Television

The Purge 1×04 – ‘Release the Beast’

The Purge has made the translation to the small screen and on a weekly basis, I’ll be reviewing the show in capsule form for Set The Tape. Here’s a preview of my review of the fourth episode, Release the Beast.

One aspect of the Purge which none of the incarnations of The Purge have truly explored are the consequences, and this is something ‘Release the Beast’ makes a point of getting into, utilising the television format to stretch out the concept as a way of interrogating bigger sociological ideas… to an extent.

Yes, the law may allow you to ‘purge’, as part of the New Founding Fathers of America’s fascist rationale to retain the visage of a democratic iron grip of the United States, but The Purgehere investigates the societal consequences. For steely office boss Jane (Amanda Warren), the contract killing of her boss on Purge Night was always a distant proposition – a death that would happen by her order but not her hand, and therefore she felt a diminished level of responsibility, and some level of justification given his previous, creepy advances.

Seeing psychotic co-worker Alison murder a colleague in cold blood because she believed he would be promoted over her snaps Jane into the reality of what she’s done, and places her character on a redemptive arc which could underpin The Purge as a series itself and it’s central question – what is America?

Read the rest of this review here.

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