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]

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 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.”

F&S Deep Dive Starring Joe the Sandwich Guy, “The Forgotten” Man of THE PURGE!

thepurge_castinfo_joe_desktop_2880x900Episode Six “The Forgotten”
Written by Jeremy Robbins
Directed by Nina Lopez Corrado

[All  images courtesy Patti Perret/USA Network]

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

Now, on to the All American Carnage of The Purge, Episode Six – “The Forgotten”!

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RIP, Boho Abusive Junkie Henry

Plot Threads – 

*Jenna (Hannah Anderson) & Rick Betancourt (Colin Woodell) Running for their lives from costumed, skateboard-riding Purgers, Rick and Jenna make it home alive. They proceed to bicker away the evening over – what else – Jenna’s fixation with Lila and (according to Jenna), Rick’s failure to reject the NFFA and everything they stand for.
Of course, their post-argument Moment of Bonding, discussing what their unborn daughter would like to eat (eggs over easy), is interrupted by the arrival of the bloody yet Indestructible Lila Stanton,  banging on the door and begging for her life.

*Miguel (Gabriel Chavarra) & Penelope Guerrero (Jessica Garza) Tied up to witch burning stakes, Miguel and Penny endure a seemingly endless round of taunts and threats from Henry (Dylan Arnold). Mr. Abusive Boho Junkie  gets so wrapped up in talking about how he’ll torture them to death that he fails to anticipate Miguel’s knockout headbutt.
Miguel chokes Henry to death, frees Penny, and the pair escape via a corpse laden cart carrying leaving the Carnival of Flesh.

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David Ryker is a bit too calm about Jane ordering his murder.

*Jane Barbour (Amanda Warren) Jane’s boss David Ryker (William Baldwin) reacts with remarkable nonchalance to the news that she targeted him for murder. He congratulates Jane on her out of the box thinking, offering her a drink and a guided tour of his home.
Said tour includes a lecture on the restored building’s history, a viewing of his expensive art collection – and the sight of a shot in the forehead Bracka (AzMarie Livingston) laying dead in Ryker’s oh-so-expensive bathtub.
Jane’s tour concludes in a Party Room. Filled with women tied up in lit alcoves, fondled by David’s all-male guest list. Ryker explains it’s all ok because the men  “look and touch but nothing more. Everything happens over the clothes … if the women behave and keep quiet, they get to go home in the morning” before two of his hired goons drag Jane away.

*Joe the Sandwich Guy (Lee Tergesen) Joe gets the flashbacks this week. In November 2018, Joe loses his job at Saticoy Supply Company due to the endless quest for corporate profits; Saticoy is making money, just not enough to avoid getting shutdown without warning or severance. In the present, Joe easily dispatches the three thugs beating a man to death. The man credits Joe as “a lifesaver” while the Purge radio voiceover urges citizens to “become the person tonight you want to be tomorrow.”

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Penelope discovers a reason to live at death’s door.

Notes on “Rise Up”

*Is Jenna projecting on to Rick, or just unable to see her own faults? Rick may want to do business with the NFFA, but she’s the one committing adultery with the daughter of one of the most powerful families in the NFFA power structure.

*The gruff male voice telling Jenna “She’s dead” reminded me of the ending of the classic of the short story/radio drama/movie Sorry, Wrong Number. This 1943 radio play by Lucille Fletcher was adapted by her for 1948 movie starring Barbara Stanwyk and directed by Anatole Litvak. The story of a husband desperately trying to prevent the murder of his wife after he changes his mind about arranging her death also echoes in Jane’s storyline.

*Jenna does show some practicality in ditching her high heels to run for her life (I’m looking at you, Jurassic World), but she continues The Purge TV tradition of RUNNING FOR YOUR LIFE DOWN THE MIDDLE OF A WELL-LIT STREET.

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Jane realizes she’s caught in a trap set by her boss.

*Do Pixar movies exitst in The Purge Universe? Boho Junkie Henry fell into the trap of monologuing, made famous in The Incredibles (2004) villain Syndrome’s taunt to Mr. Incredible, “Oh-ho-ho-ho, you sly dog! You got me monologuing!

*Henry also worked the classic Bond villain cliché “We’re not that different, you and me into his busy night of talking instead of getting down to business.

*MedlinePlus.gov didn’t have  “almost being beaten to death” in their list of  “Causes of Corneal Injury”.

*Penny, who longed for death, undergoes a rebirth of sorts escaping in a cart full of death bodies.

* “Please exit the Witch tent now.” Hands down, this is funniest line of the series so far.

*I couldn’t find any record of a artist named Le Mercier – the French painter of the Dali-esque work David Ryker paid $600,000 for.

*Sandin Security gets another mention as the security system installed by David Ryker.

*According to this episode’s security cam, it is 1:03 am on March 22nd.

*Jane reenacts the “flee from the obvious danger only to wind up in a worse situation” horror trope when she avoids getting in the elevator with David – only to find Bracka’s body in the bathtub.

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The most interesting character on The Purge series, ladies and gentlemen!

*David’s disgust for women who “run to the Times” with allegations of sexual misconduct echo real life event in the MeToo era.

*To David, Jane’s humanity – calling off the hit on him – only reveals her weakness.

*Now, let us examine the lunch of the Forgotten Man himself –

Sandwich consisting of Oscar Mayer Bologna on White Bread (probably Wonder Bread brand), with French’s Yellow Mustard. (Extra points for artistically dabbing in on the knife beforehand) Along with (probably) Sargento sliced cheese ( it doesn’t look like the classic Kraft Singles package). Add in a  Coca-Cola, a package of Lays Potato Chips and some Lifesavers for dessert and you have yourself a meal.

*Saticoy Supply Co. derives it’s name from a community in California, and the language of the Chumash Native American tribe of that region.

*The Saticoy calendar is open to November 2018. Joe watches a People’s Court type program that refers to a 2015 dispute.

*Joe’s unseen narrator state that the Statue of Liberty “hands you a torch. Now come and take it.”

*Given the stark us vs them economic message of the episode, “The Forgotten” probably refers to FDR’s use of the phrase in 1932  “… the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.”

“We’re dinosaurs and meteor’s coming” – John Owens (Steve Coulter)

*I watched the episode twice and had no idea that Joe and his co-worker John Owens were related as in father and son related. At least that gives us a last name for Joe.

???When Joe was searching for work, did he find a new calling rescuing people? Who provided the GPS and ID of people to save? This is the most interesting thread on the show right now.

Next Week: The Purge heads for “Lovely Dark and Deep” territory in Episode Seven.

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, and Channel Zero, check here at F&S and at SciFi4Me.com.

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

F&S Deep Dive – Who Will “Rise Up” on THE PURGE’s Night of the Long Knives?

thepurge_castinfo_joe_desktop_2880x900Episode Five “Rise Up”
Written by Jamie Chan
Directed by Julius Ramsay

[All  images courtesy Patti Perret/USA Network]

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

Now, on to the All American Carnage of The Purge, Episode Five – “Rise Up”!

Plot Threads – Two plot threads saw our characters arriving at their destinations (Jane and Miguel), while the third had them making a frantic escape (Jenna and Rick).

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Meanwhile, at Stately Stanton Manor …

*Jane Barbour (Amanda Warren) – The Matron Saints make a stop to rescue a woman from her abusive partner, then branding the offender on the forehead with PIG in large, sans-serif letters. Jane can’t participate in the branding. Grabbing a set of keys, she heads off to save the life of her boss David Ryker (William Baldwin).

*Miguel (Gabriel Chavarra) & Penelope Guerrero (Jessica Garza) – In the present, Miguel commandeers Rex’s (Christopher Berry) truck, chokes Rex into unconsciousness, and frees his prisoners. Said prisoners (Rex’s landlady & her son), slowly make their way  DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET after the son tries and fails to steal Miguel’s stolen truck.

Miguel uses Rex’s passkey to enter Bygones, sells Rex as a sacrifice, and finds Penny. Unfortunately for Miguel, he finds his sister after Rex comes to and warns the guards, who promptly find and subdue him. Since they knock him down in front of Henry’s Torture Tent, Penny’s druggie ex-boyfriend buys Miguel to enjoy a night of revenge on the pair.

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For a dissolute junkie, Henry sure has a lot of money to spend on Purge Night.

The siblings get the flashbacks for the episode. Innocent Penelope, perhaps tired of covering for her hot-headed brother, takes up with charming boho artist/drug dabbler Henry (Dylan Arnold). After Henry adds physical abuse to the mix, Miguel delivers a beat down that results in the scarring and discoloration we see in Henry’s right eye.

Oh, and Good Leader Tavis (Fiona Dourif) moonlights as a Caring Social Worker at Penny’s rehab facility. It’s weird that being a Purge Death Cult Leader isn’t more of a full-time gig.

* Jenna (Hannah Anderson) & Rick Betancourt (Colin Woodell)Albert Stanton (Reed Diamond) leads Rick into a section of the house that’s been covered in plastic sheeting. Three sacrifices are led into the area as the guests receive hand crafted daggers. Rick pockets the dagger, but Albert inadvertently saves Rick’s life, asking the young man to find Jenna so she can enjoy the “festivities”. Catalina (Paulina Galvez) observes Rick leaving and nods to fellow member of the waitstaff.

Rick find his wife just as shots ring out downstairs. Jenna figures now is the time to heed Catalina’s warning to head for the cellar. Amid a full-scale home invasion by anti-NFFA revolutionaries, Catalina unlocks a cellar door for Rick and Jenna, tells them where to head for safety, then heads back upstairs.

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Jenna and Rick decide to skip the Violent Revolution portion of the evening.

*Joe the Sandwich Guy (Lee Tergesen) – Joe stops his van in sight of three men beating someone to death. He steps out of his vehicle and charges the trio holding a billy club.

Notes on “Rise Up”

*I wonder if Armed Home Invasion/Violent Overthrow of the Existing Order is ok on Purge Night? If the Anti-NFFA revolutionaries are only active one night of the year, they should be ok legally.

*Matron Saint Marge may be off a few months in her claim that the early-Spring Purge Night has “the second highest conception rate after New Year’s Eve”. January usually runs second to December as the leading months for conception of babies born the following August and September, the months with the highest average birthrates.

*The Matron Saints follow in a long historical tradition of using branding as punishment for various crimes.

*The setting of The Purge series isn’t explicitly stated, but judging by the beautiful wrought iron balcony on the house next to David Ryker’s place, I’d bet on New Orleans.

*Madelyn (Sabrina Gennaro) echoes the words of Malcom X when proclaiming the Saints will use “any means necessary” to protect women on Purge Night.

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Catalina repays Jenna’s kindness with mercy – and an escape route to safety.

*We hear a bit more of the New Founding Fathers of America’s profession of faith during distribution of the golden daggers –

“Blessed Be America

 A Nation Reborn

 Blessed Be Us

 A Future More Prosperous”

* Catalina is a firm believer in the   power of violent revolution; “sometimes revolution is the only way to make the world a better place.” She certainly agrees with Mao that “power flows from the barrel of a gun.”

*The Purge Home Shopping Network is a big sponsor of radio programming on Purge Night.

*The “FUBAR” emblazoned on the Vietnam War Atrocity tent at Bygones is but one of many colorful, NSFW military acronyms.

*The post-9/11 mantra “If You See Something, Say Something” gets a NFFA retooling; Joe’s radio announcer advises his listeners, “If You See Something, Do Something“.

*Last week, I noted the golden daggers brought the horror hotel of  “Hotel California” to mind. Their ceremonial use at the Stanton party also suggests The Night of the Long Knives – Hitler’s 1934 purge of the paramilitary SA “Brownshirts” that consolidated his power in the Nazi party. In The Purge universe, the NFFA uses The Purge to maintain their power, both through indoctrination of the elite 1% – and winnowing the 99% they see as “undesirable”.

*Thank you, Security Cam 1 at David Ryker’s house, for giving us a definite timestamp for the series – 3/22/2027 12:07 A.M.

*Rex’s (Christopher Berry) advice to Miguel, “That’s the game, kid,” recalls Jane’s mother admonishment to her daughter –  “if only you’d played the game …” back in Episode One.

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Henry makes the leap from Boho Junkie to Unrepentant Jerk.

*The damage – destruction really – of Henry’s eye is by my estimation the most overt graphic violence we’ve seen on The Purge series to date.

Next Week: Who are “The Forgotten” in Episode Six? 

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, and Channel Zero, check here at F&S and at SciFi4Me.com.

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

F&S Deep Dive – THE PURGE Ep. 4 “Release the Beast”

thepurge_castinfo_joe_desktop_2880x900Episode Four “Release the Beast”
Written by Krytal Houghton Ziv
Directed by Clark Johnson

[All  images courtesy Patti Perret/USA Network]

For a full recap of episodes of The Purge on USA (and all the other cool recaps he’s got there), check out Father Son Holy Gore!

Now, on to the All American Carnage of The Purge – Episode Four, “Release the Beast”!

Plot Threads

*Miguel (Gabriel Chavarra) & Penelope Guerrero (Jessica Garza) – Miguel spends most of this episode finding out where the Neon Nuns took his sister, begging Pete the Cop for a ride, then riding shotgun with the affable-with-an-undertone-of-sleazy “Cowboy” Rex (Christopher Berry) to an indoor Purge Night theme park called Bygones. Along with some homespun “live your dreams” advice, Rex is delivering  supplying Purge Night victims to Bygones, because actually “living your dreams” does not come cheap.
Miguel does not arrive in time to prevent his sister’s purchase by Henry, the oft-mentioned by never before seen lowlife who checked Penelope out of rehab.

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Jane, walking down the middle of the street on Purge Night? Really?

* Jenna (Hannah Anderson) & Rick Betancourt (Colin Woodell) – Rick & Jenna get the backstory this episode. Which consist of  Morning After flashbacks of their three-way with Lila, Lila and Jenna’s continuing relationship, and Rick’s discovery of said adulterous relationship.  In the present, Lila continues to flatter/sympathize with Jenna and antagonize Rick. Jenna rebuffs Lila’s plea to make their own family with the baby, only to see Rick joining Albert Stanton (Reed Diamond) for “festivities” at the episode’s end. 

Since the celebrations feature razor sharp golden daggers, some blood will be shed. Will Jenna heed Catalina (Paulina Galvez) and flee, or try to rescue her husband?

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Dear Purge – Please stop telling me Lila is dangerous and unstable, and start showing it.

*Jane Barbour (Amanda Warren) – Poor Mark (Adam Stephenson) lies dead on the floor in a pool of his own blood as Jane flips out, berating a shell-shocked Alison (Jessica Miesel). Alison, stunned by her own actions, realizes “I don’t feel better, I feel worse” and reminds Jane she’s not one to be so high and mighty; Alison saw Jane’s Purge Night plans on her laptop and knows who’s on Jane’s Purge List.

Jane can’t connect with Braka to cancel her “order”. Fleeing into the city streets, she’s set upon by a Purge Night celebrant (James Ricker II) who is a really big fan of the 1961 hit “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes”. He assaults and attempts to drug her, only to be foiled by a gang of well armed and determined women calling themselves the Matron Saints. They take Jane into their deluxe RV, providing her asafer ride to save her jerk boss from getting murdered than WALKING DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET ON HER OWN.

*Joe the Sandwich Guy (Lee Tergesen) – He has  the least screen time this week, but is put through the wringer nonetheless. He arrives at a barricaded grocery store. But he’s too late to save a man and woman who lie dead of multiple gunshot wounds. He screams with rage, and we finally see his face as he weeps.

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The Night DOES Have 1,000 Eyes – all on this guy’s face.

Notes on “Release the Beast”

* Dear Purge Writers – We keep hearing that Lila isn’t stable, but so far all we haven’t seen it. Being a willful, spoiled manipulator may be unpleasant, but doesn’t make me think Lila is dangerous. I hope the next few episodes actually show us some of the instability we’ve only heard about so far.

*I thought the series would spend a few episodes on the Purge Night, then move on to a post-Purge story. Instead, we’re seeing the pre-Purge night existences of our characters. What led them to this Purge Night, not what follows afterwards.

*Episode Four & we’re four hours into this “annual blood holiday”.

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I don’t think Penelope is going to enjoy any Cheese Fries at Bygones tonight.

*I may have figured out the identity of the third female mask at the Stanton party (after Lizzie Borden and Susan Atkins). 16th Century One Percenter   Elizabeth Bathory, the infamous “Blood Countess,” followed a beauty regimen of bathing in the blood of roughly 650 of  her servants and serfs. Eventually her behavior became such a scandal, and she ended her days locked up by her fellow Hungarian nobility.

*The portrait commonly identified as Elizabeth, and used as a mask here, may actually be that of Italian Renaissance noblewoman Lucrezia Panciatichi.

*Those wickedly sharp golden daggers on parade for the “festivities” at the Stanton party reminded me of “Hotel California”, the 1977 signature hit from The Eagles. A look at the lyrics supports a view that Don Henley, that the song was about “the excesses of American culture.” Jane is warned by Catalina to leave the Stanton house; for her it  may be a case of, “You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave.” Rick did tell her last week, “this is the world we’re living in.”

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At least Jane’s wearing practical shoes to STROLL DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET!

*Purge Product Placement(s) of the Week – Shasta brand soda in the vandalized grocery store and Verizon, former employer of Rex the Collector.

*Bygones, the Carnival of Flesh, ties in to the themes of celebration occurring before the beginning of the Christian observance of the Lenten season.

*Some of the historical reenactments at Bygones include –

*Execution by Firing Squad

*Decapitation a la Guillotine, made infamous by the French Revolution

*Tormenting an innocent victim in a Witch Trial of the Salem, Massachusetts                  variety

*Celebrating the Fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War (no My Lai Massacre?)

*Medieval history buffs can torture their victim on a Catherine Wheel from the     Spanish Inquisition.

*Or you can just enjoy some Italian or Polish sausage, Cheese Fries, and Pretzels!

*Is there an “Official Handtruck Provider” for the New Founding Fathers of America? The Purge: Anarchy (2014) also used this warehouse staple to transport Purge Night sacrifices from Point A to Point B.

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Gee, Lila looks pretty stable, why does the show keep warning me she’s not?

*Jane’s attacker may be a big fan of either the 1948 Film Noir or 1962 Bobby Vee pop hit, both entitled The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.

*Jane’s attacker used “a sedative” but not (apparently), the notorious rohypnol.

* While there are female patron saints, the Catholic Church doesn’t refer to them as “Matron Saints”.

*St. Mary Magelene is the patron saint of women, but not (officially at least) of female vigilantes.

*Madelyn’s list of crime statistics are based in real world numbers regarding violence towards women, and in the value (or lack thereof) placed on female lives around the world.

Next week,  we’ll find out who will”Rise Up” in Episode Five.

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, and Channel Zero, check here at F&S and at SciFi4Me.com.

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