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 Has a Not-So “Happy Holidays” S2E6 – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Six “Happy Holidays”
Written by Nina Fiore & John Herrera
Directed by Jen McGowan
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Now, we continue the NFFA sanctioned All-American Carnage with The Purge Season Two, Episode Six, “Happy Holidays”!

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

*Ben (Joel Allen) continues developing his sociopath skills; he dupes the cops investigating Andy’s brutal stabbing with a sob story that apparently trumps any physical evidence or lack of corroborating witness. Then Ben whisks Kelen (Danika Yarosch) off to spend Winter Break at home in update Louisiana. Also with his bloody clothes and his trusty God mask.

*Marcus (Derek Luke) dupes Sam Tucker (Jay Ali) into coming over to talk things over. Sam brings his wife, April (Rachel G. Whittle) along, Marcus brings his Colt’s Manufacturing Series 70 Competition handgun out of the gun cabinet, and Michelle provides a lovely spread of Camembert and wine.

*Esme’s (Paola Nuñez) storyline crashes into the ongoing heist planning of the Ryan Grant (Max Martini) Robbery Crew. Not that Esme has much a choice: her unsanctioned murder investigations earn her status as a fugitive, hunted down the street of New Orleans by the NFFA Security State in real-time.

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Dermot Mulroney had such a good time voicing Bobby Sheridan in Season One, he came back for a teaser cameo!

EPISODE NOTES

Teaser Tidbits

* The cold open features more worldbuilding! The title card for “The Bobby Sheridan Show” appears on the screen. As an American eagle spreads its wings, an American Flag flows in the wind, accompanied by an electrified, Jimi Hendrix-esque version of “America the Beautiful”.

*A nice bit of detail. At the bottom of the Bobby Sheridan title card, we see “NFFA Approved” in small but noticeable letters.

*“Fear is the first step on the long  road to respect.” Bobby Sheridan (Dermot Mulroney) puts an NFFA spin on Machiavelli’s famous quote from his 1532 masterpiece of political philosophy, The Prince (“It is better to be feared than loved if you cannot be both.”)

*For all his love of the Purge, Bobby Sheridan sees the masked Campus Killer as a coward.

*Turns out the Anti-Purge student (Hayden Guthrie) Ben stalked at end of Episode Four, “Grief Box“, was murdered off-screen.

*Frequent guest Lena Dash (Amye Goussett)  “of the NFFA” thinks the murders are “overblown” and the CCTV footage of Ben wearing the God mask could be a hoax.

*Is journalist Sydney Rivera  (Hannah Alline) an “America Unplugged News” correspondent, or “America Unplugged” news correspondent?

*Sydney perceptively asks, regarding the body of the dead grifterfarmer killed by Ben in Episode Three, “Blindspots“, “How does a corpse bury itself?” and these three off-Purge murders may be the product of NFFA policies.

*Bobby reads an ad for Insta-Glue, “the only glue FDA approved to treat gunshot wounds and stabbings. Insta-Glue, the glue that clots.

*Sydney is already unnerved by Stacy’s offer to help Syd experience the Purge “up close and personal”. Finding out she now has 201 active death threats on “The Urge to Purge” doesn’t help. Stacy brags about her app total of 1,284715 active threats, it’s been “great for her brand.”

*Bobby Sheridan gets the line of the episode: “You’re nobody in America unless somebody wants to Purge you.

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THE PURGE — “Happy Holidays” Episode 206 — Pictured: (l-r) Jaren Mitchell as Doug Vargas, Christine Dunford as SGT Andrea Ziv, Max Martini as Ryan Grant — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Welcome to the Ryan Grant Robbery Crew, Esme Carmona!

*Since the end of last week’s episode, Esme’s apparently gone on the lam. She’s using an old-fashioned paper map of CCTV camera placement around Olivia Hughes’s apartment.

*Esme takes photos on the same angle as the dashcam in the NFFA Mail (no USPS?) van parked in front of Olivia’s building. She thinks their system may have some clues. Given how thoroughly the NFFA wiped the Surveillance Center footage, it seems unlikely they’d forget about other sources of footage.

*The NFFA uses Darren Moore (Denzel Whitaker ) to lure Esme into the open. Drawing her into an embrace, Darren shows Esme he’s wired. Darren hands her a wad of cash and silently forms the words “I’m sorry” as they exchange misleading small talk.

*Esme escapes tazing, but her boss (Connor Trenneer) at the Surveillance Center uses temporary “Priority Access” to tap into every cell phone in her vicinity and identify her location using facial recognition technology.

*Esme flees to the area of Ryan Grant’s garage. If she knows where it is, wouldn’t her boss? Esme and Vivian (Charlotte Schweiger) tracked Ryan Grant’s movements a couple episodes back; we didn’t see Esme or Vivian deleting that data.

*According to Ryan’s fake Louisiana driver’s license information, he is Graham Dixon, DOB 12-11-1969. LIC # LA3742398, Exp. Dt. 12-11-2036

*Christine Dunford’s corrupt Captain gets ana. Andrea Ziv, same as Ryan’s partner in the articles Esme researched a few episodes back (and same last name as series Producer Krystal Houghton Ziv).

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 Esme Carmona wears the latest from the Public Enemy Number One Collection!

Kelen Stewart Goes on Vacay with the Campus Killer!

*Young Cop (Nicoye Banks) and Old Cop (Mike Harkins) like to brag about their skills, but are they really so gullible as to believe Ben’s story? What about stuff like “fingerprints”, “analyzing the crime scene”, and “evidence”?

*Another Level Y offense in the NFFA’s America? Underage weed purchases. Ben may be a sociopath, but he sure doesn’t want to get expelled.

*At this point in the episode, it’s “117 Days to Purge Night”.

*Turner (Matt Shively) had to his “Molly” in the tongue of his shoe to get it off-campus.

*Ben again proves he is no criminal mastermind by taking the God mask with him and making the torn lining of his suitcase he hides the mask in very obvious to anyone who might look – like his suspicious girlfriend.

*Kelen might not feel “so lucky to be staying with you” when she figures things out.

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Good thing Ben brought along his God mask as a “security blanket” to keep calm.

*At Gardner home, older brother Logan (Joshua Mikel) verbally needles Ben, who verbally explodes, brandishing a knife at his brother as he almost screams, “I’d love to see what the Campus Killer would do to you!”. Ben and Logan’s mom (Shelley Calene-Black),  does not seem surprised at their hostility towards each other.

*How good is the economy? If NFFA manipulates crime statistics,  why not “cook the books” regarding the economy? Logan has an economics degree, yet his mother tries to boost his ego by noting “you had a great interview” for a loading dock job.

*Kelen’s majoring in Art History. Surprisingly enough, there are actually jobs out there for her after college; if she survives dating Ben the Campus Killer.

*That night, Ben sneaks out of the house to burn evidence in an improvised fire pit. Too bad he saves the God mask. Kelen, of course, lets curiosity get the better of her and in searching the suitcase, finds the ripped lining  – and the bloody God mask.

*Kelen has her Sleeping With the Enemy moment as Ben settles in beside her and she stares into space, at the viewer.

* To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, “Give a man a mask, and he’ll show you his true face.

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Hope Ben cleaned up any bloodstains in the car from killing the grifterfarmer.

Marcus and Michelle: Who Are the People In Our Neighborhood Who Want to Kill Me?

*There weren’t quite as many F-Bombs dropped this week, but Marcus did note that Sam must’ve considered Michelle a “volcanic f*ck” if she was worth Purging over.

*It’s nice that Michelle’s first instinct after the meeting collapses is, “I’ll get the duct tape.

*It looks to me like Marcus commits (at the least) off Purge, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Attempted Murder (slamming Sam’s face into the surface of the oven, lighting the gas), and with Michelle as an accomplice, False Imprisonment.

*After all that “persuasion”, Sam cancels his hit, but … that only reduces the bounty by $10,000.00 – to $65,000.00.

*Who put up the rest of the money? Sam turns back to Marcus and Michelle as he and April walk across the street, and spreading his arms wide, says “Look around you.”

*Suddely, Marcus and Michelle notice that their neighbor’s glances seem hostile, veiled with menace. Looks like the entire street chipped in to Purge Marcus.

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Wonder if the Home Owners Association discussed the bounty on Marcus at the meetings he skipped.

The Purge Season Two, Episode Seven, “Should I Stay or Should I Go” airs Nov. 26 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.