‘The Purge’ is a TV adaptation of the horror movie franchise of the same name. James DeMonaco, who is the mind behind the film franchise, is creator of the show as well. The show airs on the USA Network and first premiered on September 4, 2018. ‘The Purge’ TV series has been produced by the same team of producers as the film series. The team consists of DeMonaco, Jason Blum, who has worked on films like ‘Whiplash‘ ‘BlacKkKlansman‘, and ‘Get Out‘, Michael Bay, who is best known for his ‘Transformers‘ movies, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form.
The events of the show take place in the same universe as the films. The movies contained four installments. Fans flocked to the show expecting the same level of horror and thrill as was portrayed in the series of films. Although the series is based on a fresh and unique concept that is sure to appeal to many, it did not sit too well with the critics who said the new premise was a bit boring and seemed bloated. They opined that the franchise, which is known for its fleetingly fun premise, ruined it by taking the story to the small screen, and in the process killed the potential of the show.
The Purge Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘The Purge’ is led by Gabriel Chavarria as Miguel and Jessica Garza as Penelope Guerrero. In the show, Miguel is the elder brother of Penelope. He is a US Marine who returns home on Purge night after getting a cryptic message from his sister. On the other hand, his sister is a member of a cult that pledges to be sacrificed. However, she finds her faith questioned when she is exposed to their realities.
Hannah Anderson appears as Jenna Betancourt, who starts off as an anti-Purge proponent but decides to go out on Purge night. When she confronts the violence, she is forced to introspect and face some deep and perhaps disturbing truths about herself as well as her marriage.
In season 2, it is unlikely that the main cast members will return. We will most likely see new faces join the cast. It is the habit of the Purge franchise to keep adding new faces, thus they are not bound to have characters return for the new Purge.
The Purge Plot: What is it about?
‘The Purge’ is set against the backdrop of an altered America which is ruled by a totalitarian form of a political party. The series follows some characters who seem to be unrelated and living in the same city. As time goes by, each character is forced to reunite and come to terms with their past and discover just how far they will go and the things they will do to survive. The series will take place on Purge Night, but it is coupled with non-purge action.
We are shown a 12 hour period wherein all theft, vandalism, arson, murder, and various other crimes are made legal. In the dystopic anarchist setting, Miguel, the Marine, is seen searching for his sister, who has joined a death cult. Other characters have their own motives. Some are driven by revenge, while some see Purge night as an opportunity to raise capital for themselves.
However, everything goes awry when societal shackles are taken off. In the modern-day and age when there are often calls to eschew certain governments besides political practices that often edge on anarchism, ‘The Purge’ serves as a stark reminder about the depravity that humans are capable of and shows how an anarchist situation might actually play out. Overall, it also sets an interesting dichotomy between a totalitarian government which keeps baser human instincts in check, and all these repressed things come out when Purge night is declared.
In season 2, we might see the Purge move to Europe from America as the past season hinted at the EU bringing their own Purge night. The show has also promised that there might be crossovers with the film materials somewhere down the line since they are set in the same universe, so that would be something exciting to watch.
The Purge Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘The Purge’ Season 1 premiered on September 4, 2018. The good news for the fans is that on November 2018, USA Network renewed the show for another season. ‘The Purge’ Season 2 is slated to premiere on October 15, 2019. and is expected to air till December 17, 2019.
The Purge Trailer:
Here’s season 2 trailer to get you excited. If you have not seen the series, we definitely recommend you give it a watch for the violent exposition of mayhem and sheer chaos that lies at the heart of human society.
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