THE PURGE TV Warns Viewers “This Is Not a Test” as Season Two Commences on USA Network – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeasonn Two,  Episode One “This Is Not a Test”
Written by Krystal Houghton Ziv
Directed by Tim Andrew
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

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We begin a second season of Officially Sanctioned, All-American Carnage with The Purge TV Season Two, Episode One, “This Is Not a Test”!

WARNING!

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Spoilers Ahead!

The Purge TV follows four storylines this season.

*Esme Carmona (Paola Nuñez), a “tagger” working the last two hours of her Purge Night at the New Orleans NFFA Surveillance Center.

*Ryan Grant (Max Martini) and his robbery crew pulling a heist at the “First Parish Bank”

*Emergency room doctor Marcus Moore (Derek Luke), hunkered down at home with his wife Michelle (Rochelle Aytes).

*Cooke University student Ben (Joel Allen), venturing out on Purge Night to take pictures at “Suicide Bride” on a frat house dare.

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Sure, Purge Night is a GREAT time for a fraternity prank!

NFFA Surveillance Center Notes

Teaser of the Dammed

*Megan (Cindy Robinson) asks Casting Agent (Paul T. Taylor) that oft-mocked Method Actor’s question, “What’s my motivation?

*After four movies and 10 television episodes, we finally get to match a face to the (in)famous Purge Announcer voice;  veteran voice artist Cindy Robinson has been with the series since The Purge (2013).

*Very meta moment ( of the dramatic irony variety) as Megan innocently asks, “So what is this going to be, a movie or something?

*TV watchers of a certain age remember well the solemn, golden tones of the Emergency Broadcast System announcements. Kids today don’t know what they’re missing!

*We see a map of New Orleans in the opening title sequence, as well as on-screen ID of Esme’s workplace the New Orleans NFFA Surveillance Center.

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From Star Trek to The Purge – welcome, Connor Trinneer!

Esme’s Long Two-Hour Shift of the Soul

*Pre-shift, Esme and her co-workers relax in those icons of 1970’s design, Lee West Alpha Chamber Egg Pod Chairs. Seems weird that they’re facing away from the healthy lights in the center of the chairs. Wonder if they’re SAD  -specific lights, or garden variety light therapy?

*Is that Star Trek: Enterprise veteran Conner Trinneer I spy as Esme’s supervisor?

*Series formally begins with 2:02:46 remaining on Purge Night.

*Even on Purge Night, some crime (like the Purger seen toting a bomb) prompts a question “How would you like to tag this?” as an Infraction, Misdemeanor,
Minor Felony, or Major Felony.

The real-world examples I found referred to its use in electronic monitoring of people already convicted of a crime, or alternately (at number 25 on Dictionary.com, “to accuse of a violation, especially of a traffic law; to hold answerable or accountable for something; attach blame to”.

*The Great Seal of the NFFA reads “Per virtutem pax”,which roughly translates as “By virtue, peace”. According to the seal, the NFFA was founded in 1984.

*It can also refer to “Peace Through Strength”, featured in Ronald Reagan’s 1983 State of the Union message. Interestingly, Reagan won a second term in 1984, the year the NFFA was founded. His campaign slogan – “Morning In America“.

*Vivian (Charlotte Schweiger) notes a Level 10 official in distress. In The Purge: Election Year (2016), the NFFA “revoke(s) the rule that level 10 government officials are untouchable during the Purge” specifically to target Presidential candidate Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) for assassination.

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Sure, NFFA Visual Analytics sounds harmless enough …

*Vicks Vapo Rub to mask unpleasant odors is familiar to fans of both crime investigation dramas and true crime documentaries.u

*Esme’s over-arching plot thread begins when she sees a Dr. Drew Adams, someone who “helped her out of a really dark place” outside her home. Adams shot by persons asking “Professor Adams, where’s the file? and referring to “File 64”.

*Hard-working, dedicated to the ostensible justification for Purge Night, Esme embodies a uniquely NFFA version of Hannah Arendt’s “Banality of Evil“. She condemns a man to summary execution, using the technology and authority of the state to decipher Tommy’s photo-finish half-step over a property line as the last notes of the Purge siren fade. She’s just following orders, after all.

*Is the Liquidation Protocol for a Major Felony (Armed Robbery) in place every other day of the year?

*One wonders how much the as-yet fictional NFFA Surveillance State resembles its most advanced real-life example in China, where, as reviewer JohnLancester notes, “the ultimate goal is to make people internalise their sense of the state: to make people self-censor, self-monitor, self-supervise.

*The NFFA Surveillance State, or at least what we’ve seen through four movies and the television series, mixes the lethally absolutist absurdity of Brazil, the arbitrary absolutism of Stalin’s purges, the above-mentioned technical sophistication of China, and the Sons of Jacob in The Handmaid’s Tale and the Dominonism of The Family.

*Esme may think she’s being pretty sneaky using a flash drive to download the footage of Professor Adams’s assassination, but that ceiling security camera sees all.

*Esme now has a quest for the next nine episodes; discover what happened to Professor Adams, who wanted her dead, and what the heck is in File 64.

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Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk, I’m a bank robbing man, no time to talk.

The Ryan Grant Robbery Crew

*FINALLY, so good, old-fashioned, non-lethal criminal activity on Purge Night!

*Ryan’s crew is robbing the “1st Parish Bank”. A parish is the Louisiana equivalent of a county, so this is the Purge version of  “1st County Bank”. Still a bit weird, since we’d expect to see a “1st National Bank” or “1st Federal Bank”.

*While Ryan’s second in command, Sara (Chelle Ramos) has a cool head, Tommy (Doug Vargas) takes an almost Joker-like glee in his job, and will pay the price for his impulsiveness and greed by episode’s end.

*The main vault seems to be stocked with singles, no Benjamins ($100.00 bills). Which makes sense; wouldn’t a bank prepare for Purge Night and move large bills to a safer location? For that matter, wouldn’t electronic bank robing make more sense? Cyber crime is just as legal on Purge Night as old-fashioned robbery.

*Ryan’s safecracking tech may be the 21st century high tech version, but his dedication to the craft honors the masters of the illegal art. He also uses flash-bang grenades.

*The human jackals in tonight’s episode are a bit more proactive than their four legged namesakes; jackals in the wild usually let other animals do the work of finding prey, then feast on the unwanted scraps.

*The “honor among thieves” code the Jackals violate may be just as fictional as they are.

*Ryan’s post-Purge storyline – is it connected to Tommy’s? Will Tommy survive the Liquidation Protocol?

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Sandin Security systems have a habit of turning themselves off at the worst times.

Marcus and Michelle: Purge Night and Chill

*Marcus (Derek Luke) and his (fiancée? wife?) Michelle (Rochelle Aytes) fall victim to a classic crime harkening back to the first Purge movie – a home invasion.

*Their security system (from Sandin Security?) unlocks itself at 5:43 in the morning.

*Michelle – hiding in the closet from a masked killer whose seemingly dead corpse later vanishes – calls back to Laurie Strode’s fight against the Bogeyman Michael Meyers in at the finale of John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978).

*Marcus pleading for help at his neighbor’s house reminded me of the first appearance of the Bloody Stranger (Edwin Hodge) in The Purge (2013).

*Marcus refers to Darin and Tonya (reference to his previous family?) in “another zip code” and their experiences during Purge Night.

*Marcus’s post-Purge storyline: find out who wanted him and Michelle dead. He has a clue in the scar seen on the assailant’s hand – and the man’s phone.

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That’s, um, quite a distinctive Purge Night getup.

Ben and the Very Bad, No Good, Rotten Purge Night

*Ben and Turner (Matt Shively) leave their fraternity house (looks like Alpha Tau Gamma) to visit “Suicide Bridge”, which people hang themselves from instead of jumping.

*According to Greater New Orleans, Inc., “there are currently eight private colleges and universities, three public institutions, and two seminaries that serve the Greater New Orleans region.” “Cooke University” is not one of them.

*I thought I spied a woman in a blue robe hanging from the bridge – a member of the cult from Season One?

*The young woman’s outfit with a buzzsaw blade – familiar to any 80’s music fan who remembers the 1984 single “Animal (F**k Like A Beast)” from heavy metal band W.A.S.P..

*Ben’s impulse towards compassion gets him caught in a snare trap.

*The “God Mask” worn by Ghoul Face (Lakeith Stansfield) in The Purge: Anarchy (2014) returns. Ironic that that characters saw himself as merely a procurer, while this mask wearer is much more violent.

*According to the CDC, “1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetimes. Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 38 men have experienced completed or attempted rape and 1 in 14 men was made to penetrate someone (completed or attempted) during his lifetime.

*Ben’s reaction, his revenge on the wearer of the God Mask, killing him deader than dead, will define his journey for the rest of this season. Will it lead him into a downward spiral, an embrace of The Purge?

Next episode, we’ll find out if “Everything Is Fine” for Esme, Ryan, Marcus and Ben. It airs October 22 at 9/8c on USA.

Until next week citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.

Official USA netork images, articles, and other Purge related goodies can be found here.
My deep dives into Bates Motel, The Exorcist, and Seasons 1 & 2 of Channel Zero reside at SciFi4Me; Fang and Saucer is home to my deep dives into Season One of The Purge TV, and Channel Zero Seasons 3 & 4.

PRVIEWING SEASON TWO OF THE PURGE TV – NYC COMIC-CON PANEL & SCREENING

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USA Network
Season Two begins Tuesday, October 15, 8/9c
[All  images courtesy Astrid Stawiarz/USA Network]

Back in August, I looked at the teaser for The Purge TV Season Two, hunting for clues and hints regarding the new season of the dystopian horror franchise. I made some educated guesses and advanced my hopes for what Season Two might bring.

 “It’ll be interesting if Season Two both follows and reinterprets last season’s format. Season One flashed back to the choices made by characters leading up to Purge Night. I’d love to see this season mix it up a bit, mixing Purge Night events with flashforwards, showing this season’s characters dealing with the consequences in the following days, months after the Purge.”

It looks like some of my wishes are coming true in The Purge Universe in this new season, premiering Tuesday, October 15 9/8C on USA Network.

Instead of flashforwards, Season Two begins in the final hours of Purge Night, and as I hoped,  follows our new cast of characters from the day after the Purge through the rest of the year. The standard Purge formula – follow a group of disparate characters through one Purge Night – is undoubtedly thrilling, involving, and hooks me in every time. But it’s wonderful to see the creative Powers That Be shake things up a bit.

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Joel Allan, Paola Nunez, &and Executive Producer Krystal Houghton Ziv at 2019 New York Comic-Con.

At the New York Comic-Con, the cast, writers, and creator James DeMonaco gathered for a screening and panel discussion. According to DeMonaco and series writers and Executive Producers Krystal Houghton Ziv and James Roland, Season Two will include some interesting tweaks on the franchise formula.

*World Building. The framework of the original Purge movie was simple (a home invasion thriller), but within that simplicity was room to expand and grow a fictional world. As DeMonaco noted,”Season 2 is committed to illuminating “slices of the [Purge] world” and “the repercussions of the Purge” outside of Purge Night. “The real estate of the 10 hours of TV allows to explore the world.

*When I dove into the Season Two trailer, analyzing the music, symbols, characters for clues. In particular, I wondered about the prominence of the “God Mask”, worn by “Young Ghoul Face” (LaKeith Stansfield) in The Purge: Anarchy (2014). Kristen Houghton Ziv, notes “the writers wanted to incorporate something similar to the God Mask that appeared in The Purge: Anarchy, and ended up deciding to bring back the God Mask in all its terrifying glory.”

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Derek Luke (Marcus) and Rochelle Aytes (Michelle) meet-cute with a Purge Night mask.

*Houghton Ziv clarified the Purge chronology, stating that the new season takes place 15 years after the first Purge on Staten Island” In my write up for the first season’s premiere episode, “What Is America”, DeMonaco identified just when in the Purge timeline the new series took place.

*When is The Purge series set? Creator/Executive Producer/Writer  James DeMonaco told Vulture, “The TV show takes place between the first Purge and the last movie. We’re kind of right in the middle of all the Purge timelines, so it’s before Charlie Roan … if 20 Purges have taken place, or 15, we’re probably on the seventh or eighth in the TV show.”

*According to ScreenRant’s very helpful timeline, the New Founding Fathers of America attain power in 2014 and the first Purge takes place in 2017. Based on DeMonaco’s comment, that probably sets this season in 2024/2025.

So if Season One took place during the seventh or eighth Purge, and Season Two is set fifteen years after the first Purge, we’re probably looking at a seven to eight-year time leap between seasons. Which would be 2032?

Season Two of The Purge TV premieres Tuesday, October 15 at 9/8c on USA Network with “This Is Not a Test”.

Until then fellow citizens,“Just remember all the good The Purge does.

Official images, information, and other Purge related goodies can be found here.

My Deep Dives into The Purge Season One are here. Click the links for more of my deep dives into Bates Motel and The Exorcist. Channel Zero recaps and deep dives can be found here at F&S and SciFi4Me.com.

THE PURGE TV RETURNS-WITH CLUES FOR SEASON TWO IN TRAILER & POSTER?

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A USA television event
(All images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

The trailer and poster art for Season Two of USA’s The Purge series is here, along with some intriguing hints and clues for the next installment of the Blumhouse horror franchise created by James Demonaco. Before its’ October debut, let’s see what hints the art and trailer may provide.

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First, check out the poster above. Most interesting to me? The return of the “God” mask worn by “Young Ghoul Face” (LaKeith Stanfield) in The Purge: Anarchy (2014). If this is the same mask as worn in that film, it’s looking a bit bloodier than what we saw in the film. Also, are we seeing the sun rise in the East, or set in the West?

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LaKeith Stanfield as “Young Ghoul Face” in The Purge: Anarchy (Image courtesy Universal Pictures)

Now, check out the Season Two trailer –

A few interesting snippets of dialog in those two minutes

*An unidentified voice claims, “The Purge is making people more violent, not just on Purge, but every day of the year.

*A young woman first says to Ben (Joel Allen), “What happens on Purge Night says on Purge Night,” then “You haven’t been yourself,” to which he responds, “I know.” We see Ben drawing the same mask worn by the intruder who breaks into Marcus Moore’s house.

*Marcus Moore (Derek Luke) says “Someone tried to Purge me,”and “whoever is after me, they are not going to wait a year.”

*Is the second season moving forward chronologically from Purge Night, or featuring flash-forwards instead of Season One’s flashbacks, as I speculated here?

And the image below brings to my mind a potential connection between the two seasons. Does Ben share a school and/or fraternity connection with Season One’s Rick Betancourt (Colin Woodell)? Last season, Checkov’s fraternity paddle played a major part in Rick’s storyline, even if the fraternity  houses appear to be different. Did Rick attend (the apparently fictional) Cooke University in New Orleans, LA?

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The Delta Tau Gamma house is all decked out for Purge Night!

*The trailer’s musical accompaniment? A twangy, post-apocalyptic sounding version of “Blood On the Risers,” a WWII-era paratrooper song.

He was just a rookie trooper and he surely shook with fright,
He checked all his equipment and made sure his pack was tight;
He had to sit and listen to those awful engines roar,
“You ain’t gonna jump no more!”
(CHORUS)
Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die,
He ain’t gonna jump no more!

My Deep Dives into The Purge season one can be found here. Click the links for more of my deep dives into Bates Motel and The Exorcist. Channel Zero recaps and deep dives can be found here at F&S and SciFi4Me.com.

Until this fall citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.”

F&S – THE PURGE S2 Sneak Peek Teaser

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Another year, another Purge Night – on TV, at least. USA just released a teaser trailer for the second season of The Purge. Take a look.

 

This fall, “what happens on Purge Night doesn’t stay on Purge Night“. Like last year’s highly rated “television event”, Season Two follows a select group of characters through the night. According to USA this season “dives deeper than ever before in to what the Purge world looks like the other 364 days of the year.”

It’ll be interesting if Season Two both follows and reinterprets last season’s format. Season One flashed back to the choices  made by characters leading up to Purge Night. I’d love to see this season mix it up a bit, mixing Purge Night events with flashforwards, showing this season’s characters dealing with the consequences in the following days, months after the Purge.

We have no specific premiere date beyond “this fall”, but official images, information, and other goodies can be found at the official Purge USA site, as well as Facebook, Twitter and You Tube. Season Two’s cast includes Derek Luke (13 Reasons Why, Antoine Fisher), Max Martini (Saving Private Ryan, NCIS: Los Angeles), Paola Nuñez ( La Reina del Sur, The Son ), and Joel Allen (Never Goin’ Back).

My Deep Dives into The Purge season one can be found here. Click the links for more of my deep dives into Bates Motel and The Exorcist. Channel Zero recaps and deep dives can be found here at F&S and SciFi4Me.com.

Until this fall fellow citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.”

Via Broke Horror Fan-Happy Death Day 2U Following suit with the Halloween (2018) novelization …

Following suit with the Halloween (2018) novelization, Blumhouse’s Happy Death Day and Happy Death Day 2U have been adapted into one 288-page book, which will be released on February 19 via Anchor Books.Written by Aaron Hartzler (What We Saw), the paperback novelization is available for pre-order for $15.95 on Amazon; it will also be available…

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F&S Deep Dive – THE PURGE S1 Finale Reveals “A Nation Reborn”

thepurge_castinfo_joe_desktop_2880x900Episode Ten “A Nation Reborn ”
Teleplay by Nick Snyder and Jeremy Robbins
Story by James DeMonaco
Directed by Ernest Dickerson
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

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Now, on to the All American Carnage of The Purge, Episode Ten – “A Nation Reborn”!

WARNING! Converging Plot Threads (and Spoilers) Ahead!  

*Miguel Guerrero (Gabriel Chavarra) and Pete the Cop (Dominic Fumusa) take out a couple of Rex’s goons before making their way to Thomas Paine High School. Inside the school, Penelope (Jessica Garza) manages to free herself and Paige (Kelly Murtaugh) while Joe the Sandwich Guy Who Turned Out to Be Quite a Jerk (Lee Tergesen) continues his seemingly endless show trial of (Hannah Anderson) & Rick Betancourt (Colin Woodell).

A year later, we meet up with the survivors.

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Tonight on The Purge Presents “Show Trial Theater” …

Notes on “A Nation Reborn”

*Chekov’s Gun makes another appearance, in the form of an unsecured screw on the frame of the cage holding Joe’s captives. Penny later uses it to both free herself and Paige from the cage AND jab into Joe’s left eye socket.

*In ten episodes we’ve seen one character blinded in the right eye (Penny’s abusive hipster boyfriend Henry), and another blinded in their left eye (Joe the Sandwich Guy), each at the hands of one of the Guerro siblings.

*Thomas Paine High School must’ve just closed; the pool hasn’t been drained yet!

*According to Bobby Sheridan’s opening voiceover, The Purge is 12 hours or “43,000 seconds” of possibility.

*Sheridan also claims that the “risk (of participating in The Purge) gives way to unyielding reward”. This phraseology seems a bit off. Wouldn’t “unending reward” make more sense?

*After his extensive vocal presence this season, will Sheridan make an in-person appearance next season?

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Everyone is remarkably proficient in firearms on this show.

*For all his extensive planning, Joe is undone by two things; a continued weakness for monologuing, and atrocious time management skills.

*Throughout the episode we’re reminded how much time remains until the end of The Purge. Besides being nice way to ratchet up the tension, we can keep track of how much time Joe is wasting.
*6:12 Joe orders Jenna and Rick “On stage, NOW!” then yammers on about The Purge providing everyone with “an equal opportunity, a level playing field.”
*6:25 Joe asks, “What does a signature mean, Rick?”, spends more time lecturing R&J on the elements of a contract, then lets Rick goad Joe into an extended riff on the theme of “Let me explain in excruciating detail my reasons for being pissed off.”
*6:42 Joe insists “I’m not going to waste a lot of time on this,” as he forces Jenna to aim a gun at her husband’s head. Joe now has 18 minutes to get through both the Betancourts and his other two hostages!
*6:45 Joe holds Penny at gunpoint, and for some reson gives her a chance to monologue about “Desperate people hurting each other every year because they’ve been manipulated into doing it.

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Joe dressed for success, but forgot to read the fine print.

Here’s some information on contracts, signatures, and fine print that Joe glossed over during his blah-blah-blah bloviating.

*A signature on a contact is, well, pretty binding.

*If you read a contract but don’t understand all fancy language in a contract’s fine print, having an attorney review it for you is recommended. Or at least print out a checklist for yourself.

*Joe sure enjoys sadistically coercing confessions out of people. Too bad it’s pretty terrible way to NOT get the truth out of people subjected to it.

*”I didn’t understand what I was signing” isn’t a great thing to bring up after the fact.

*Joe’s petulant question to Penny “Where the hell were you born?” Thanks to the 14th Amendment, she’s just as American as Joe.

*Like the classic Warner Brothers cartoon starring Ralph Wolf and Sam the Sheepdog, Joe expects everyone to shake hands, go on with their lives, and meet up again next year.

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Spoiler Alert – Joe, Miguel, Penelope (and Bartender Guy)survive!

*After all, “without rules, we’re animals.”

*Rick begs Jenna to take their daughter away and raise her “anywhere but here.” We see them living in France in the episode’s coda. But according to the news, the European Union will debate bringing The Purge to the EU. In the real world,  far-right, nationalist parties are currently gaining strength across Europe.

*The mortality rates for gunshot wounds to the stomach/abdominal wounds like Rick’s are – not good.

*If ALL crime – including murder – is legal during The Purge, why does the NFFA need  “Loyalty Squads” to prevent “Revolutionary Purge Night Terrorism”?

The Purge has been renewed for a second season. More official images, information, and other goodies can be found here.

Click the links for more of my deep dives into Bates Motel and The Exorcist. Channel Zero recaps and deep dives can be found here at F&S and SciFi4Me.com.

Until next season citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.”

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Since we don’t see Joe die, is he actually dead?

F&S Deep Dive Into the Penultimate Episode of THE PURGE – “I Will Participate”

thepurge_castinfo_joe_desktop_2880x900Episode Eight “I Will Participate ”
Written by Nick Snyder
Directed by Ernest Dickerson

[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

For a full recap of episodes of The Purge on USA (and all his other cool recaps), please visit & follow Father Son Holy Gore!

Now, on to the All American Carnage of The Purge, Episode Nine – “I Will Participate”!

WARNING! Converging Plot Threads (and Spoilers) Ahead!  

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Why oh why weren’t these Purgers wearing ROLLER SKATES, Show?

*While Miguel Guerrero (Gabriel Chavarra) and Pete the Cop (Dominic Fumusa) spend the episode identifying, tracking, and driving in pursuit of Joe the Sandwich Guy Who Turned Out to Be Quite a Jerk (Lee Tergesen) and his van full of hostages.

*Said hostages Penelope Guerrero (Jessica Garza), Jenna (Hannah Anderson) & Rick Betancourt (Colin Woodell), Jane Barbour (Amanda Warren), Joe’s old boss Eileen (Allison King), Lifesaver Guy “Pete” (Garrett Kruithof) and another woman who may be named Paige (Kelly Murtaugh) find themselves imprisoned in a cage on the auditorium stage at Thomas Paine High School, soon to be put on trial. 

Why? Turns out Joe’s been channeling a lifetime of resentment into an elaborate, and lethal, Airing of the Grievances. From petty slights to life-scarring bulling, Joe’s collected everyone responsible for everything wrong in his life on Purge Night for some state-sanctioned revenge. Joe himself is blameless, a perpetually innocent victim.

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Purge-weary Pete finds a new mission – helping Miguel save Penny.

Will Miguel and Pete, like Spock in the Star Trek episode “Court Martial“, save these prisoners before Joe passes judgment on them all?

Notes on “I Will Participate”

*We find out why Joe said his motives on this Purge Night were “ personal.” We already knew he blamed Eileen for the closure of the Satacoy Supply Company operation. Everyone else in the van?

LifeSaver Pete physically and publicly bullied Joe to make him do Pete’s homework and take home exams throughout their time at Thomas Paine High School.

Paige denied coverage for treatment of John Owen’s cancer as a pre-existing condition. Joe’s excellent health insurance did his father no good.

Jane had the nerve to “swipe left” in the middle of a dinner date with Joe – and pay the tab! His insufferable racism and sexism might’ve been the reason for her mid-date ghosting.

Jenna and Rick (allegedly) failed to pay Joe for the security system he installed on one of their developments.

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If you miss Sam and Dean driving around fighting evil, here’s Miguel and Pete!

Penelope’s crime? During her Purge Death Cult days, she failed to say “Thank You” after Joe held the door open for her when she exited a restaurant.

*Revenge is a classic motivator in movies as a whole, especially in the horror genre. From Oldboy, to Freddie Krueger, to the Saw series, punishment for slights and/or crimes, whether real or imagined, is a storytelling well that will never run dry.

*And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie’s classic 1939 mystery novel, also put a seemingly unrelated group of people on trial for unpunished crimes buried in their past.

*Joe’s endless High School Misery Monologue makes him sound more like the insufferable tourist played by Monty Python’s Eric Idle than a revenging hero.

*Bobby Sheridan is the bloodthirsty self-help guru Joe’s been listening to all series.

*Joe lives at 12018 Broad St., belongs to the NFFA, and according to Pete’s inaccurate database, has no living relatives. His license plate Q4OCFP bears the NFFA motto “A Nation Reborn”.

*Starting a security company as his second career allowed Joe the means to easily disarm Eileen and the Betancourt’s Sandin Security systems.

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It’s just like The Warriors, except with bedazzeled neon.

*The aerosol tracking spray Joe used to stalk and capture his victims isn’t as implausible as I initially thought.

*His Stalker String Theory Wall of Crazy is a conspiracy theorist classic.

*If Lars Von Trier ever decided to direct a “black boxDogville style production of Our Town, it would look like the setup at Thomas Pain H.S..

*I previously misread a character  like Joe once before, in the person of Pierre ( Jean-François Sivadier) from the French cult series The Returned. If you haven’t watched it yet, I won’t spoil further for you.

*For all his meticulous planning and flawless execution, in the end Joe is just a small, sad man. Instead of looking inward for the answer to “why” he looks outward for someone to blame. Instead of being happy with the life he rebuilt, he lashes out at those who (in his eyes), destroyed the Way Things Used to Be. Who gained their position in society at his expense.

*Pete the Cop embodies that American cinema classic, the weary yet noble antihero.

Next Week:  Episode Ten “A Nation Reborn” brings The Purge on USA to a close.

The Purge airs Tuesdays on USA at 10/9c.

More official images, information, and other goodies can be found here.

For more of my deep dives into Bates Motel, The Exorcist . My Channel Zero recaps and deep dives can be found here at F&S and SciFi4Me.com.

Until next week citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.”