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Pure Season 2: Premiere Date, Cast, Recap, Update

May 22, 2019
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‘Pure’ is a Canadian crime drama television series that first aired on CBC Television and then on Super Channel. It first premiered on January 9, 2017. Notably, Hulu picked up the show in the USA on April 12, 2017, while WGN America got the US television rights to the series in August 2017. The show is about a newly elected Mennonite pastor who, in order to clean up a drug trafficking problem in his community, works undercover within an organized crime network by betraying a fellow Mennonite to the police.

The series is created and written by Michael Amo of ‘The Listener’ fame and directed by Ken Girotti who has worked on ‘Orphan Black‘ and ‘Vikings‘. Amo spoke of the show and how he had pitched the idea to several networks in the 2000s but did not find any takers. However, now that crime drama, especially those related to drugs, have come to the forefront, with some excellent offerings like ‘Breaking Bad‘ and ‘Narcos‘ out there, it is no surprise that ‘Pure’ got picked up and is doing rather well.

‘Pure’ is set in a fictional town called Antioch in Southern Ontario, as well as the U.S. state of Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The show is inspired by the operations of a Mennonite organized crime ring that smuggled cocaine and marijuana from Mexico to Canada and the United States. The show was embroiled in a controversy regarding the depiction of the Mennonites. As a viewer, Royden Loewen, chair in Mennonite studies at the University of Winnipeg, said he was “mildly entertained” by the show. “I was troubled and dismayed”, he said.

The series has amassed a strong fan following which saved it from the brink of cancelation that we will elaborate on later. For now, it is suffice to say that critics have praised the show some striking performances and empathetic characterization. However, they have pointed out that the layered narrative sometimes becomes the undoing of the series.

Pure Cast: Who is in it?

Ryan Robbins, of ‘Arrow‘ and ‘The Killing‘ fame, plays Noah Funk, a pastor who goes undercover to root out a criminal organization. Other characters are Peter Outerbridge, of ‘Cold Creek Manor’ fame, who appears in the role of Eli Voss, a gang leader. Rosie Perez, whose breakthrough role was in acclaimed director Spike Lee’sDo the Right Thing‘, appears in the role of Phoebe O’Reilly, a DEA agent.

A. J. Buckley plays the role of Bronco Novak, a policeman, while Alex Paxton-Beesley of the ‘Good Witch‘ fame appears as Anna Funk, Noah’s wife. Alyson Hannigan, who is best known for playing Lily Aldrin on ‘How I Met Your Mother‘ appears in the role of Esther Dunkel in the upcoming season. She is also going to be joined by Zoie Palmer of ‘Dark Matter‘ fame and Christopher Heyerdahl of ‘Van Helsing‘ fame. Their roles remain unknown for now.

Hopefully, we will also see some of the main cast return in the upcoming season, and the overall intensity of the drama is sure to be enriched by the presence of a strong supporting cast as well.

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Pure Plot: What is it about?

The story of ‘Pure’ revolves around Noah Funk, a Mennonite pastor who is newly elected. The man has a good heart and is bent on ridding his community of drug traffickers by betraying a few Mennonite to the police. The show is based on true events and takes the viewers deep into the secretive Mennonite subculture. We get to see things through the eyes of Noah, who is a conflicted but good-hearted individual who seeks to protect his family and his faith while doing good for the community. In the closed community, he attempts to remove the drug problem but it turns out to be bigger than anticipated as the gangs have trans-border affiliations with ruthless cocaine cartels of Mexico. Just when Noah thinks he is winning, his wife and he are thrust headfirst into a world filled with greed, violence, and betrayal.

Despite the show’s plot being overstuffed, the premise is really basic. A simple family man gets dragged into a drug ring trying to protect his family and community. However, this is no Vince Gilligan masterpiece, and despite some solid performances and bits of empathetic characterizations, overall, the people in the show lack nuance and a lot of decision making and character development seems to be one dimensional. However, one good point about the show is how the morally bankrupt cop is shown to have decent instincts as he ties up with the DEA, trying to stop the drug ring, even as we see pastor Funk immersing himself more and more in the darker side of operations.

In the upcoming season, we are likely to see the story resume from where it left off. Thus, we are going to see Noah’s wife trying to make it on her own after Noah seems to have disappeared for around a year. In an attempt to shield her children from their family’s involvement with the drug cartel, she soon finds herself in the very center of the operation that she and Noah attempted to tear down. Hopefully, the series will make the character actions a bit more nuanced, and not overstuff the plot, but rather flesh out the core motives, so that the show becomes easier to follow and more enjoyable.

Pure Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Pure’ Season 1 premiered on January 9, 2017. Although the show was not initially renewed for a new season, in April 2018, it was picked up by Super Channel, Hulu, CBC, and WGN America for another season. The six episode ‘Pure’ season 2 is scheduled to release on May 28, 2019. Fans of crime dramas must check out the show.

Pure Trailer: 

You can check out the trailer for ‘Pure’ Season 2 below to know what to expect this season.

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