THE PURGE TV S2E7 “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Seven “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
Written by Nick zigler
Directed by Darren Grant
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Now, we continue the NFFA sanctioned All-American Carnage with The Purge Season Two, Episode Seven, “Should I Stay or Should I Go”!

Be sure to visit Father Son Holy Gore for The Purge episode recaps, and follow FSHG for tons of in-depth TV and movie recaps, analysis, and reviews!

WARNING!

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Spoilers Ahead!

 

Plot Threads of the Dammed

*Kelen (Danika Yarosh) attempts to sneak back to campus sans Ben (Joel Allen), who graciously offers to drive her back. They hit the road!

*Marcus (Derek Luke), Michelle (Rochelle Aytes), and Darren Moore (Denzel Whitaker) find out why everyone wants to kill Marcus, then they hit the road!

*Esme’s (Paola Nuñez) and Ryan Grant (Max Martini) collect information on the Jackals gang from Episode One, then – wait for it – they hit the road!

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Ben Gardner, World’s Luckiest Serial Killer, sees someone’s been looking through his suitcase.

EPISODE NOTES

*The episode title refers to the classic, oft-covered and played in movies and commercials 1981 single by The Clash from their album Combat Rock. “Should I Stay or Should I Go” hit #1 on the UK charts – in 1991 when it featured in a commercial for Levi’s jeans.

Teaser Tidbits

*The Merrymakers Mask Co. sales meeting. Ian (Benjamin Nathan-Serio) demonstrates a Scarecrow-like burlap sack mask, featuring the popular “Michael Myers In Halloween Point of View” technique.

*Can’t tell if the mask’s mouth is sewn or stapled shut.

*Ian notes, “Visibility is excellent. Ventilation is greatly improved from last year.”

*Ian’s boss (Craig Welzbacher) likes that news, because “We don’t need another suffocation lawsuit. Thank God that happened on Purge.”

*Linda (Lindsey Pearlman) thinks the company should “Make a push for the LGBTQ market” Repurposed on old SKU, added spangles & LED lights in the rainbow flag colors.

*They use old inventory, look like they care, and of course, will give a portion of the proceeds to a “relevant charity”.

*Jimmy has an idea for the “Inspired by True Events” line – The Campus Killer mask. No ad budget = no problem. Since “Bad taste sells“, cable news will cover the outrage the mask generates and publicize it for Merrymakers.

*“The Merrymakers Mask Co.” Company logo is a Purge-specific variation on the comedy and tragedy masks from ancient Greek theater.

*Given the rich history of masks and Mardi Gras in New Orleans, it’s not surprising this has become a booming industry under the NFFA.

*As the episode begins, it’s “116 Days to Purge Night“.

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So begins a Purge version of “a deadly game of cat and mouse”.

Road Trippin’ With Ryan and Esme!

*In an abandoned building, Esme (Paola Nuñez) logs into the NFFA network during the skeleton crew shift and downloads information on the Jackals gang we met way back in Episode One.

*Ryan (Max Martini) wonders why Esme chose to trust a former cop. “You walked away from a system that betrayed you,” and Max chose not to harm the bank guards during the robbery at 1st Parish Bank.

*At this point, Vivian appears to be the NFFA team player, busy tracking Esme’s location – 652 Longview.

*It doesn’t sound like Ryan wants the Jackals information for Purge Night revenge; I suspect he’s cooking up something involving a double-cross of Capt. Ziv and her crooked cops.

*Esme uses her analytical skills to help Ryan visualize where his mom might be, based on her history and behavior patterns.

*Ryan’s mom wanders away from the care facility. Ryan has to present his real id to the cops who find her, and Esme bails as they approach Ryan’s truck.

*Alice Grant (Geraldine Singer) wonders why her son isn’t in class. Ryan tells her, “School was dismissed” – agreeing with Alzheimer’s patients’ reality instead of trying to correct them.

*Esme, walking back to Ryan’s loft, sees flyers for car sale “72,000 miles, $8,200.00 OBO (or best offer) Contact Drew Adams 1-800-555-0140“.

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Esme sees Vivian’s car flyers – is Vivian helping? Or is she luring Esme out of hiding?

*Turns out Vivian (Charlotte Schweiger) arranged to have those flyers posted along dead spots on Esme’s travel patterns. Why is Vivian helping/reaching out to  Esme?

*We do see Vivian asking (and getting no answers from) Curtis (Connor Trinneer) after pulling an all-nighter of keystroke analysis on Esme’s workstation before it was wiped.

*Is Vivian just as much a true believer as Curtis, but with a bedrock filled with ideas of “right and wrong” that don’t align with the NFFA?

*Interesting in the high-tech surveillance world of the NFFA, both Vivian and Esme use flip phones.

*Esme confesses to Ryan her role in sending Tommy (Doug Vargas) to jail. His fate, along with the deaths of Professor Adams and Olivia Hughes, compels her to stay.

*Of course, Ryan kicks Esme out. As she’s leaving, Esme thanks Ryan for sheltering her; instead of running and leaving someone else to sit at her desk, pushing the same buttons, she’s not going to stop until she can “blow up this whole f*cking thing”.

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It’s a Beautiful Day to Get Out of the Neighborhood.

Road Trippin’ With Marcus, Michelle, and Darren!

*This season’s long-plotted out revenge plot centers around Marcus.

*Five years ago, grumpy neighbor Clint (David Maldonado) took his wife to the ER at Bienville. There is a Bienville Street in New Orleans, along with a Bienville Medical Center (in Arcadia, Louisiana).

*Based on partly her respiratory distress, ER doctor Marcus diagnosed atrial fibrillation, proceed to shock her heart.

*Clint’s wife died. Marcus didn’t come out to tell Clint himself. And when Marcus and Michelle moved into the neighborhood, Marcus didn’t even recognize Clint, or remember the death of Clint’s wife.

*A neighbor notes, “You barely knew any of us.” Maybe Marcus shouldn’t have skipped all those boring Home Owner Association meetings.

*Clint owns a big pickup truck – just like the one that tried to run down Marcus back in Episode Three, “Blindspots“.

*Since Clint’s not a total jerk, the HOA will “consider” canceling the bounty on Marcus – if he and Michelle leave by midnight.

*An obviously distraught Darren (Denzel Whitaker) just happens to meet up with Marcus and Michelle outside their home.

*Why does Darren go to Marcus instead of his mom? Not willing to put her in danger?

*Darren isn’t allowed past the Louisiana/Mississippi border; he’s on a “no travel list”. Did the NFFA repeal Saenz v. Roe and the Constitution’s Privileges or Immunities Clause (Amendment XIV, Section 1, Clause 2)? Is this an NFFA version of the post 9-11 “No Fly List“?

*In telling the officer, “I’m reaching for it (ID) right now” Marcus is following advice from the ACLU, “DO keep your hands on the wheel and let the officer know what you are doing (saying) “I’m going to reach for my registration now.

*Marcus won’t abandon his son; the family turns around and returns home.

*Marcus, like Esme, reaches a point of clarity this episode. He realizes that there are guys like Clint everywhere, and “some of them are running this country.

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Hey, Clint has a big old pickup truck, just like the one that ran Marcus down!

Road Trippin With Ben and Kelen!

*Kelen (Danika Yarosh) can’t get a ride on her phone’s Uber/Lyft app, Economy or Premium.

*Her credit card number ends in 1121.

*Ben wakes and sees the suitcase has been gone through. He insists on being a Good Boyfriend and driving Kelen back to campus.

*From this point on, Kelen and Ben play a charade of each pretending not to know what the other person knows. What does Ben’s mom (Shelly Calene-Black) know? She’s so understanding of her son; does she know Ben has done, or at least what he is capable of?

*Ben again doesn’t realize that confessing to murder with phrases like “I felt better, I felt great” tends to freak people out.

*Kelen realizes she’s a hostage, tries to fake placate Ben for confiding in her,  lull him into trusting her.

*For all his deadpan demeanor, Ben plays with Kelen like a cat tormenting a mouse.

*He hands her a knife so she’ll feel “safe”, then takes her cell phone when then they stop for gas and a bathroom break.

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Kelen knows she’s trapped with a monster.

*Kelen scrawls a message on paper toweling, leaving it in a restroom. “HELP! I’ve been kidnapped by the Campus Killer. Green Subaru Southbound on 55

*Given how skeevy the restroom appeared, I don’t think depending on prompt restroom maintenance was the wisest course of action.

*Kelen denounces Ben as “sick”. She refuses to cut his arms and desperately attempts to escape after stabbing Ben in the leg. Kelen flees back to the highway, only to be flattened by an oncoming car.

*Ben reaches and crosses his Moral Event Horizon when he catches up to Kelen and kneels over her broken body. Kelen is mortally wounded, choking on her own blood. Ben makes a show (for himself?) of weeping over her body as he strangles her to death.

*In its moral bleakness and Ben’s affectation of weeping over Kelen as he murders her, this scene played like a cable-friendly variation on Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986).

*In effect, the Campus Killer is Ben’s true self, wearing a “Ben Gardner” mask. Oscar Wilde describes Ben’s story perfectly. “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

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The Campus Killer Formerly Known as Ben, walking amongst us.

*”Monster (Under My Bed)” by Call Me Karizma plays over the episode-ending montage. I first mis-heard the title as “Monster (Under My Back), which makes it even creepier.

Monster, monster under my bed
Come out and play cause I need a friend
You’re so damn close that I feel your breath
You’re the only one I have left

Feel you in my bones
Shiver up my spine
You’re a master of disguise
You show up when no one’s home
Are you real or just a lie
I can feel you in my mind
And my soul
But I love when you jump in
And help me feel something

 

The Purge Season Two, Episode Eight, “Before the Sirens” airs Dec.  at 9/8c on USA.

Official USA network 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.

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

THE PURGE TV “Grief Box” S2E4 – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Four “Grief Box”
Written by Desta Tedros Reff
Directed by James Reynono
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Now, we continue the NFFA sanctioned All-American Carnage with The Purge Season Two, Episode Four, “Grief Box”!

Be sure to visit Father Son Holy Gore for The Purge episode recaps, and follow FSHG for tons of in-depth TV and movie recaps, analysis, and reviews!

WARNING!

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Spoilers Ahead!

 

Plot Threads of the Dammed

*Esme (Paola Nunez) continues investigating Prof. Adams’s death, using NFFA resources.

*Marcus continues investigating into who tried to kill him.

*Ryan (Max Martini), Sara (Chelle Ramos), and Doug (Jaren Mitchell) continue planning their big heist.

*And Ben (Joel Allen) continues to get away with murder due to the NFFA’s obsession with keeping crime statistics down by manipulating crime statistics and reclassifying murders as heatstroke fatalities and suicides.

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Full shot of the header image – note the reversed writing below the handcuffs on left.

EPISODE NOTES

Teaser Tidbits

This week, the teaser takes the form of an NFFA public service announcement celebrating “Remembrance Day”, celebrated on June 21, three months after the annual Purge. We follow a formally dressed man (Choppy Guillotte) delivering “Grief Boxes” to families of Purge fatalities.

*The driver/delivery man wears formal mourning clothes, with a sprig of Blue Baptisia in the buttonhole and a yellow handkerchief in the breast pocket.

*The Star-Spangled Banner plays softly in the background.

*The soothing words of the female narrator urges viewers to “Wish a safe and happy holiday to every citizen who has a loved one sacrificed for the Purge … celebrate these great martyrs who gave their lives for our county …no greater act of service than to give your life for our great nation. We celebrate the mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice … it’s the American thing to do.

*Giving one’s life for one’s country … an idea going back to Roman poet Horace. His Odes (III.2.13) exclaim,

“It is sweet and good (or right) to die for your fatherland,” wrote the poet Horace (Odes III.2.13), and echoes of this idea are seen in requiems and memorials throughout history. “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori,” translated “What joy, for fatherland to die!”

*Thanking the families of Purge Night victims can be seen as the NFFA version of thanking veterans for their service, a rote phrase often accompanied by giving veterans discounted sports tickets or a lower interest rate on their new home.

*While many things have changed in the NFFA’s America, the American Way of Death is still intimately entwined with commerce.

*The driver eventually returns to an Amazon-like warehouse where an enormous assembly line puts together Grief Boxes. Each box appears to contain some items unique to each victim, a portrait of said Purge victim, and a miniature brass urn.

*As the camera pans away from the assembly line, we see wheelbarrows toting mounds of ashes from massive containers. Are the bodies we saw picked up from the curb in Episode Two taken to industrial-scale crematoriums? Where have we seen that before in human history?

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Michelle again takes second place to Marcus’s investigation obsession .

Esme Carmona, Plucky Detective

*Esme gets her jump scare quotient for the episode when Darren visits with hard copies of Prof. Adams’s test subjects. She’d deliberately misfiled them to keep them safe.

*The subjects have no names, only numerical identification. Esme plans to get around that by using NFFA facial recognition software.

*Darren said Prof. Adams was studying the addiction to violence, theorizing that those violent acts light up the pleasure centers of the brain like a drug. Which isn’t too far off the mark in real life.

*Darren speculates something the audience already knows from the Purge movies; the whole premise of the Purge is a lie. Instead of reducing crime, the Purge “makes people want to kill more, every day of the year.”

*The First Purge (2018), revealed the original Purge’s origins as a dodgy social science experiment. The Purge: Anarchy (2014) exposed the 1%’s practice of using the Purge to reduce the population of the other 99%.

*According to Esme, blowing a stop sign marks citizens as a “Level G”, and enables government tagging. Last week, we learned that Tommy’s crime marked him as a Level R offender.

*Esme learns that every test subject but one is dead.  Deceased subjects include Jeremy Cain, Alex Wade, Ian Grossman, (Candace?) Remante, Sam Bogh, Dara Kurvitch, Serge Paloulian, Trent Sarreal.

*Esme finds the last test subject, Olivia Hughes, dead, and a broken window latch in the woman’s home. Detective Estrada (Gerardo Davila) is surprised. He hasn’t had a “B & E” (breaking and entering) in six years, much less a murder.”

*Back at work, Esme again uses work computers to search for video footage around Olivia’s home. Oddly, all she finds is an error message: “Media Offline: error code: 987aba468_23”.

*Det. Estrada is not pleased to get a call from Esme about this. Olivia’s death has been ruled a suicide. He understands that may upset Esme, given her sister’s troubled history.

*Except Esme didn’t tell Estrada about her sister.

*Aaaanndd her Supervisor (Connor Trinneer) is monitoring Esme’s reaction to this call – through her computer monitor.

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Esme continues to use easily monitored work computers for her private investigation.

The Ryan Grant Robbery Crew

*Ryan’s crew plots the bank/airport heist at his mother’s rest home.

*Their problem with their plan; using jamming devices to disable the money plane’s electronics would be illegal, along with putting the triggering device in the money before it’s loaded on plane.

*Visiting Tommy (Jonathan Medina) in jail gets Ryan the name of a possible bank connection.

*Tommy’s been in the clink for three months and appears to be getting beaten regularly.

*Wonder what Ryan’s gift of The Count of Monte Cristo to Tommy signifies? The future storyline for Tommy?

*Turns out you can use Grief Boxes to get free lap dances at strip clubs!

Marcus and Michelle: I Don’t Know Who Wants to Kill Me

*Turns out Marcus didn’t lose his wife Tonya (Devyn Tyler) to a Purge related event but just having different visions of life. Tonya wanted to stay in their neighborhood, Marcus wanted to move up and out to the Garden District. (Interesting. Click that link and you’ll see a house that looks very familiar from Season 1.)

*The P.I. Marcus hired last week discovered that the assassin, name of  Heywood Diedrick, lived on the same street Marcus grew up on.

*14 yrs ago on Purge Night, Marcus and Tonya gathered their neighbors inside their house, with the children in the center of the room for safety. A masked Purge gang bursts in. One holds a knife to Tonya’s throat. She recognizes the teen, Eli, (Joshua Rivera), by his voice and Nike Air Force 1 shoes.

*Tonya, with help from Marcus and Andre Damien D. Smith) talks him down to put the knife down.

*Eli uses a hunting knife as his weapon of choice; an up-close and personal weapon we’ll see Ben wield fourteen years in the future.

*Present – Andre arrives at BBQ in a GMC Denali truck that tried to run Marcus over. M assaults Andre, but D points out A’s car has a Jamaica front plate cover and a roof rack with spotlights

*Marcus learns from Tonya that someone had come around last summer asking about him. Marcus goes home and again abandons Michelle (Rochelle Aytes) to rework his suspect board (aka String Theory Wall of Crazy) and visit the Ivory Road message boards.

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Marcus is about to leap on the Dark Web.

Ben and the Really Bad Strawberry Road Trip

*Ben relives killing last week’s grifterfarmer (ops, I meant “beloved berry farmer”) as he punches a boxer’s training dummy. He’s even more relieved when Kellen shows him a news report revealing the farmer’s body was discovered. The cause of death? Heatstroke!

*Interesting NFFA news blurb on tv “NFFA Cancels Iowa Event So Level 10 Officials Can Remain With Their Loved Ones”. Is this plot-related or just Remembrance Day Weekend scheduling?

*Ben’s visit to the “Purge USA Store” “Remembrance Day Sale” is the visual highlight of this episode, featuring more of the Purge Commercial Industrial Complex.

*Along with signs advertising “New and Used Purge supplies at 20-80% Off!” we see this gem –

“Lost a Loved One?

Purged  a Pal?

Present a new

Grief Box

For 25% Off!”

*Items on sale run the gamut – Chain saws, heavy-duty flashlights, along with what looks like WW2 hand grenades and Civil War minne balls. Crossbows, Throwing Stars,  hunting knives with wicked serrated edges, handguns, and shotguns.

*I didn’t see semi-automatic weapons; they must be above the “Class 4 and lower” allowed during the Purge.

*Get your Purge All-Purpose Bleach in the Purge Cleanup Section, featuring products to remove “blood, urine, fecal matter, odors – Guaranteed – Natural Ingredients!”

*The store PA system announcesWe Blow Out So You Can Blow ‘Em Away!

*Ben meets a Purge True Believer at the store. Andy Tran (Lawrence Kao) loves the Purge, and loves to drink, so Ben invites him to Remembrance Day Frat Party.

*Andy would add his roomie to his Purge list, but needs him for answers to Organic Biology tests.

*Ben picks out a knife, Andy perceptively notes, “You like that up-close kind of sh*t, huh?”

*Are the hooded, bound young men at the party frat pledges, or something more sinister?

*Instead of putting his turncoat friend Turner (Matt Shively) on his Purge list (or killing him right there), Ben ends his evening stalking of the annoying Anti-Purge activist (Hayden Guthrie), wearing the blood-smeared God Mask.

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I’m sure the police would say Ben’s latest victim fell on the hunting knife!

The Purge Season Two, Episode Five, “House of Mirrors” airs Nov. 12 at 9/8c on USA.

Official USA network 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.

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

THE PURGE TV Assures Citizens “Everything Is Fine” S2E2 – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Two “Everything Is Fine”
Written by James Roland
Directed by Jessica Lowrey
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Now, we continue our second season of All-American Carnage with The Purge Season Two, Episode Two, “Everything Is Fine”!

Be sure to visit Father Son Holy Gore for The Purge episode recaps, and follow FSHG for tons of in-depth TV and movie recaps, analysis, and reviews!

WARNING!

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Spoilers Ahead!

 

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Vivian (Charlotte Schweiger) and Esme (Paola Nuñez) spy on fellow citizens at the NFFA Surveillance Center.

Plot Threads of the Dammed

Athough Esme (Paola Nuñez), Ben (Joel Allan), and Marcus (Derek Luke) are starting to cross paths, they, along with Ryan (Max Martini), are still following their separate plot threads.

*Esme can’t let go of her suspicions regarding the death of Professor Adams (Avis-Marie Barnes), and continues her investigation despite her supervisor’s (Connor Trinneer) warning.

*Ben falls further into his post-sexual assault PTSD, despite claiming (like the episode’s title) “Everything Is Fine”.

*Marcus solves one mystery, but stumbles on another.

*Ryan hunts for clues regarding the First Parish Bank’s pre-and-post Purge money shifting strategy, along with a bit of personal business involving his mother (Geraldine Singer).

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Sara (Chelle Ramos) reconsiders her life of Purge Night crime. 

EPISODE NOTES

Teaser Tidbits

*Big thanks to James Roland, writer of this episode, for the title of the insanely catchy song playing over the Zippy Maids cleanup. It’s “On the Move” by Vinyl Pinups ft. Whissell.

*While there is a non-nightmarish 2008 country song by Josh Turner called “Everything Is Fine”, my mind went to the nightmare fuel version from David Lych’s 1977 movie Eraserhead, “In Heaven (Everything Is Fine)”. It features one surreal lyric

“In Heaven

Everything is fine

You got your good things

And I’ve got mine”

*Much more soothing is this family’s post Purge luncheon sountrack, Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Natchmusic“, which wafts through the home while the former man of the house  gets tossed to the curb with the other Purge Night trash. It’s picked up by “City of New Orleans Waste Management – Body Recovery Unit”

*The suburban McMansion serviced by the Zippy Maids features accents of NFFA blue throughout, a statue of the Virgin Mary robed in blue in the hallway, yellow roses at the curb, and, in a bit of color symbolism used through out the Purge franchise, a pot of blue flowers by the mailbox, flanked by US and NFFA flags.

*There are a surprising number of companies worldwide using the word “Zippy” for their cleaning service, but not in combination with Maids. In the US, we’ve got Maids.com, Merry Maids, and Molly Maids.

*The Zippy Maids concept resembles an NFFA version of the 2009 Amy Adams and Emily Blunt feature Sunshine Cleaning, which focused on the kind of biohazard and disaster recovery cleanup offered by ServPro. Their regular cleanup service motto? “Like It Never Even Happened“.

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Ah, the dreaded visit to your supervisor’s office for a chat/performance review.

Esme Carmona, Plucky Detective

*The opening credits confirm it Connor Trinneer IS NFFA Surveillance Center Supervisor “Curtis”!

*Curtis reports some statistice to a distracted Esme; a 30% uptick in every district from last year’s Purge making this the “biggest Purge in city history” with “way more finish-line f*ck ups” – like Tommy’s.

*Esme wears super-sleek wireless ear buds/air pods – which tend to fall out and are not great for everyone’s ears.

*At least Esme’s boss didn’t say “have a seat” when she got the dreaded visit to your supervisor’s office.

*We learn Professor Adams supported Esme after sister Sophia’s death; Adams was “the only person who listened” to the grieving sister.

*Esme downloads the data from the Professor’s cell phone and “registered smart tv”, then takes the data with her.

*Cell phones, “smart TVs“, and “voice controlled virtual assistants” like Amazon’s Alexa all have the capability to monitor your activities. Basically, voice command features are not your friends.

*The data Esme has on her personal laptop/flash drive is property of the NFFA. In taking NFFA property off site, is Esme guilty of non Purge cybercrime? Does her boss already know? Do white-collar criminals get the same treatment as bank robbers like Tommy?

*After a couple jump scares and interruption from a real estate agent (Eric Cepeda) and home inspector (Rob Roy Cesar) duo eagerly getting the former Adams residence ready for sale, Esme uses a Purge Night sound recording to track Professor Adams’s path through her home. She takes a tan mailer envelope from a secret staircase compartment.

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Esme Carmona, NFFA Surveillance State Detective!

*Esme disables her home devices – TV unplugged, phone off, music turned on – and examines the envelope’s contents, a CT scan transparency and microcassette recorder.

*The xray presents two views of a cranium, with “Englarged P. Cent.” written in yellow, alongside a circled section of brain.

*We (and Esme) hear the following –

Professor Adams voice: July 5 9:03 test subject 83
PA: Do you think about violence?
Voice: All I think about violence.
PA: Aare you thinking about it now?
V: Yes.

*If “Enlarged P. Cert.” means what I think it does, we’re in for some Lovecraftian Pineal Gland madness! For the uninitiated, Stuart Gordon’s 1986 epic From Beyond is a WTF exploration of, as TV Tropes calls it, Pineal Weirdness.

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Doug (Jaren Mitchell) realizes a life of crime isn’t the secure road to riches he thought it was.

The Ryan Grant Robbery Crew

*Are the “ladies” Ryan walks past on the street some of the Matron Saints we met last year in S1E4, “Release the Beast“?

*The camera pans up from Ryan to showcase a wide shot the post Purge New Orleans downtown with skyscrapers on fire and a voice over warning citizens to not touch corpses.

*Sara (Chelle Ramos) gave Doug (Jaren Mitchell) codeine to numb the pain of his injuries. For Sara and Doug the high risk of the Purge is no longer work the declining reward; she has amortgage, and Doug has kids.

*Ryan persuades Sara and Doug to hold off on quitting. His share of the bank robbery haul is enough to pay for his dementia-afflicted mother Alice (Geraldine Singer) to live at the Layfayette Assisted Care facility. Good thing they accept cash payment in bricks of one dollar bills.

*Ryan wonders if he faces any good choices anymore (aka a “Hobson’s Choice“).

*Tommy Ortiz (Jonathan Medina) arrives at the rendezvous point, only to give himself up to the police who show up a few minutes later.NOPD cops viciously beat Tommy as they read him his Miranda rights.

*Why do they bother? According to Ryan Tommy won’t be bound over for trial; “They’ll hold him over until the next Purge, then kill him.What is the Judicial system under the NFFA like? Are all prisoners tagged with “finish-line f*ck ups” (aka major felonies) just murdered at the next Purge? Are they sold to the wealthy for Purge Parties?

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Post Purge Night, Ryan (Max Martini) has some thinking to do, and a mess to clean up.

*Ryan tracks the 1st Parish Bank’s money post Purge. First transported by Eastin Protective Services to a warehouse, then delivered by General Laundry Service truck to a private jet at an airport.

Marcus and Michelle: Purge Night and Chill

*Marcus begins his morning after Purge Night with some fresh French Press coffee – and another jump scare.

*Marcus notes that “the Cartwrights” hired someone to track whoever targeted them on Purge Night and “returned the favor” the next Purge Night.

*As Marcus arrives at work, we learn two things: Marcus works as an emergency room physician, and healthcare rationing still exists under the NFFA.

*Marcus and the other E.R. staff have to make spilt-second decision regarding triage treatment for amputations, lacerations, stab wounds, fingers blown off, and more in a facility crowded with patients desperate for care. This is one of the more graphic scenes in any Purge story, movie or television.

*The hospital is out or running low on Type O Negative blood; According to the American Red Corss, “Type O negative is the universal blood type”, present in only 7% of the population, and vital for emergency room medicine.

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Michelle (Rochelle Aytes) didn’t picture using that nifty cutlery set on Purge Night.

*Marcus uses Narcan to temporarily revive the Scarred Hand Man who tried to kill him Purge Night and pump him for information.

*Scarred Hand Man says “Ivory Road” before dying in the ER. Marcus, armed with that phrase and the dead man’s cell phone, goes to see his tech-savvy son Darren (Denzel Whitaker).

*Darren Moore is, like Ben, a student at Cooke University and Professor Adams was his thesis advisor. He isn’t hostile towards Marcus, but their interaction makes it clear their relationship is polite but distant.

*Darren not only knows what “Ivory Road” refers to, he can unlock the disguised Ivory Road icon on the dead man’s phone, AND show his Dad the $75,000.00 bounty for Marcus’s life that’s active on the Dark Web site, and will be until it’s fulfilled.

*The Purge’s Ivory Road is an obvious Purge themed version of the real life Dark Web marketplace Silk Road; the Dark Web browser Tor exists in this universe as it does in ours.

The Purge - Season 2
Looks like Apple Watches survived into the NFFA future.

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

*Ben’s behaviors after Purge Night reflect Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms experienced by victims of violence and sexual assault.

  • Flat Affect – Emotionlessly telling his girlfriend Kelly (Danika Yaroh) “I’m fine”      before taking a shower fully clothed while flashing back to the assault by God Mask. Later, Ben’s only reaction to Professor Adam’s death is wondering if they’ll have class this week.
  • Self Harm – Gouging his palm with a penknife during another flashback.

*All the storylines so far are interesting, but Ben’s has captured my interest the most. I’m concerned that instead of a series-long exploration of the effects of his Purge Night trauma, Ben will take a flying leap off Travis Bickle Cliff to Taxi Driver Town.

Eyes, Eyes Everywhere

*There are sets of eyes graffitied outside the bank and the warehouse Ryan cases while following the bank’s money to the airport.  Last week Ryan asked Tommy if he’d avoided the “eyes in the sky” on his way to their rendezvous point. Tommy claimed he’d crossed three “dead zones” to avoid detection.

*When Ben plays a Purge themed first person shoot VR game, the man  complaining about the wait outside wears a t-shirt festooned with sets of eyes.

Episode Three, “Blindspots” airs Oct. 29 at 9/8c on USA.

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

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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.