We all have wondered for years about certain aspects of Purge night that were either partially shown or never shown in the films. The Purge TV event has done a wonderful job of doing that so far. Locked down buildings, boarded up rehab centers, volunteer medical assistants, “game shows”, and a bus full of teens on a suicide mission from a cult leader. The Purge TV show has touched on that and more. Spanning over ten episodes, I sadly missed reviewing episode one, but of the two episodes, we’ve gotten so far… This show is on par to be really good.
We all know the story, America dealing with a rise of violence decides to create a holiday to cut down on crime. The Purge is created out of this by the NFFA. At first, it starts out as an experiment on Stanton Island, New York. The holiday spans over years and is ended when a new president is elected which causes a violent public reaction. This series happens somewhere in-between the madness. What we know so far is that the show follows five people; Miguel (Gabriel Chavarria – War of the Planet of the Apes), Penelope (Jessica Garza – Modern Family), Jenna (Hannah Emily Anderson – Jigsaw), Rick (Colin Woodell – Unsane), and Jane (Amanda Warren – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). They are all in for a crazy Purge night.
Miguel and Penelope are brother and Sister, they’re parents died during a Purge. Miguel joined the Marines, and Penelope got strung out on drugs. Penelope leaves her rehab center and joins a cult that believes in sacrificing yourself on Purge night. Miguel spends the show looking for his sister. Jenna and Rick are a “happily” married couple, that is trying to help the poor. The only thing is, they need a rich donor to help. They end up at a party with a ton of rich NFFA members and donors. The party is weird as each guest was gifted with a mask of a serial killer. Jenna has a horrible feeling about the party, but she sticks it out. Jane is basically the assistant to an investor. She is trying to do everything she can to become his top assistant. All he sees is a woman that he wants to sleep with, so he harasses her through some various aspects of the show. The night will come down to a lot of things, and a lot of morals will be tested.
Tonight’s episode was a tad bit more violent than the others. At first, it seemed as if we were going to see our first financially illegal deal done, but it turns out it was just Jane putting out a hit on her boss? We met Lila (Lili Simmons – Westworld), the daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country; a member of the NFFA. She also had a relationship with Rick and Jenna? There’s a lot of questions that come up in this episode, and it makes the show that much more intriguing. What we do know, is that Penelope has to watch a friend get sacrificed to “the invisible.” She realizes that she’s made a terrible mistake, and has no idea what lies ahead. Miguel is on a mission, and in this episode we see…. Nothing will stop him from finding that blue bus that his sister and the other teens are on.
This is a very political show, as the films are. The rich are locked away and safe. The poor are left in the streets to either Purge or be Purged. Then, there’s the blue bus. Good Leader Tavis is a manipulative woman that has made the children think they need to sacrifice to go to “the invisible” something like Heaven, but it’s a concept she created. The TV show really shows that there are a lot of things that go on during Purge night. We also see plenty of flashbacks of Jane in her boss’s office, and it shows why she wants him dead. Also, we see Miguel play in some kind or televised Purge game and it’s pretty intense, but, hey if he wins he gets a car! He also gains some info that leads him to a person, that may or not help him. We don’t know yet.
There’s so much going on in this show that it’s truly hard to digest. We see harassment at work. We see a couple that a woman is clearly trying to manipulate, but for what gain? The show is definitely intriguing, and I’m sure we are in for a great climax. Each episode builds up the tension. There’s violence, drama, and a great storyline (so far). There is much more to come, and I have high Hope’s and expectations.
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During a 12-hour period when all crime — including murder — is legal, a group of seemingly unrelated characters cross paths in a city in an altered America. While the clock winds down, some will fight, some will hide, others will embrace what it means to purge to its fullest extent — whether for revenge, personal gain, protection, or unadulterated glee. As each character is forced to reckon with his or her past and plot how to better their futures, they soon discover how far they will go on Purge Night.