F&S Deep Dive Into “Lovely Dark & Deep” Territory On THE PURGE

thepurge_castinfo_joe_desktop_2880x900Episode Six “Lovely Dark and Deep”
Written by Nick Betancourt & Krystal Houghton Ziv
Directed by Nicole Weyr

[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 Seven – “Lovely Dark and Deep”!

WARNING! Converging Plot Threads (and Spoilers) Ahead!  

*Jenna (Hannah Anderson) & Rick Betancourt (Colin Woodell) Rick and Jenna bicker over raising the Sandin Security gate to save Lila (Lili Simmons). Neither of them sees a figure sneaking into the house before the gate shuts. The Rick-Jenna-Lila triangle continues inside Chez Betancourt, with Jenna expending all of her concern on Lila; from gently cleaning Lila’s wounds, to offering to let her stay as long as she needs, before giving Lila a goodnight kiss on the forehead. 

Lila repays the hospitality later in the evening when she brutally stabs the gun wielding home invader. The now deceased intruder? None other than the Betancourt’s passive-aggressive neighbor Ross (Joe Chrest). Turns out he’d had enough of Jenna and Rick chopping down his maple tree, parking in front of his house, AND (horrors) not inviting Ross and his wife over for dinner.

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Lots of Jenna/Lila/Rick angst this episode.

*Miguel (Gabriel Chavarra) & Penelope Guerrero (Jessica Garza) are the only characters who spend any time in the woods, which may be “dark and deep” but are not at all “lovely”. They spend their time fleeing from  Bygones, stealthily running  past some Fight Club wannabes, and bickering about the past before escaping from a Purge Night snare trap.

*Jane Barbour (Amanda Warren), tied up as an unwilling exhibit in the Most Sexist Party Room Ever, endures verbal, emotional and sexual harassment from David Ryker (William Baldwin) in the present.

Her past, in the form of flashbacks of her childhood, provide no respite. Lorraine Barbour (Deneen Tyler) loves her daughter and works tirelessly to provide for their family of two. But where Jane sees brains and hard work as the pathways to success, Lorraine believes her daughter must “play the game” and use her looks. Attractiveness is an asset Jane must use to “play their game” and win.   That’s why Jane asked a  nurse (several episodes back) to relay the message “I forgive you” to her hospitalized mother. As part of that game, Jane’s mother corralled her daughter  into a humiliating (if successful) run on the teenage beauty pageant circuit for the scholarship money.

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Kudos to The Purge for NOT making Jane’s mother a one-dimensional “bad mom”.

Back in the present, David doesn’t get to enjoy his lecherous activities for too long. The Joe the Sandwich Guy (Lee Tergesen) story joins Jane’s. He cuts the power, then bursts into the party room, shotgun blazing. He cuts the ropes binding Jane’s wrists and buys time for Jane to free the other imprisoned women. Surprisingly enough, Anya (Alyshia Ochse) follows Jane’s prompt to assist her. After they are all unbound, Jane shoots David in the head.

Earlier, Jane persuaded Anya to take her Matron Saints contact card. As Joe’s van drives away from the scene, the Matron Saints van pulls up to David Ryker’s house.

Notes on “Rise Up”

*Is Lila lying? She seems genuinely shell-shocked, but …

*I hope this is heading for a twist, because the Lila/Jenna/Rick triangle is the least compelling storyline on this show.

*All of Jenna’s concern and worry are directed towards Lila and her unborn baby. At this point I wouldn’t blame Rick if he separates from Jenna, works out a custody arrangement regarding their baby, and leaves Jenna and Lila to their own devices.

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Jane’s vision of her life is very different from her mother’s plans.

*There is a whole area of legal practice devoted to “Neighbor Law

*Did Ross know there are entire books to deal with issues like neighbors cutting down a tree on the property line, or finding out if you can do anything about people parking in front of your house on a public street.

*Turns out Fight Clubs actually exist outside of movies and television.

*Snare traps aren’t usually set up for humans.

*Hmm. I didn’t see anyone eating pancakes at Pete the Cop’s hideout, but I bet that’s where Miguel and Penny end up.

*Ziplines can put you at risk for anything from broken bones caused by falls to flesh eating bacteria, but not being burned alive.

*Robert Frost’s 1922 poem,”Stopping by Woods On a Snowy Evening” is the source of this episode’s title.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.

*Jane’s family hails from the island of Barbados.

*Her high school, named after the third President Thomas Jefferson, is one of many, many schools named after the oft-controversial Founding Father.

*”If this is about scholarships, why am I wearing a bikini?” Ironic that America under the NFFA features pageants with the swimsuit competition that both the Miss Teen USA and Miss America pageants eliminated in real life.

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Penny and Miguel pause for an argument in the woods.

*I loved the  contrast between Jane’s academic accomplishments (Captain of the Math team, VP of Student Counsel, Excelling  in science and calculus) read over the PA, and her refusal to smile on the runway.

*Did Lorraine Barbour have a part in Jane forgoing a science or math centered career path for a more lucrative job in finance?

*A plaque on the wall of Jane’s home reads “I can do things through Christ who strengthens me”. This quotes Paul’s letter to the Philippians, Chapter 4, verse 13.

*David Ryker was the Worst Boss Ever, but he knew his Renaissance artists (comparing the terror in Jane’s eyes to the work of Caravaggio).

Next Week:  Episode Eight “Giving Time Is Here” (which makes me think of the Peanuts Christmas song “Christmas Time Is Here“).

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 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.”