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?

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Television

The Purge 1×03 – ‘The Urge to Purge’

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 second episode, The Urge to Purge.

For an episode all about ‘The Urge to Purge’, there doesn’t feel all that much of it going on in the third outing of The Purge TV adaptation. James DeMonaco’s translation continues to suffer from a powerful sense of the TV equivalent of Attention Deficit Disorder, lurching like a pinball from one idea to another without any sense of grounding. It’s hard to understand why it’s bizarrely so engaging as a result as opposed to irritating, even if it’s becoming increasingly clear there is almost no substance beneath the ghoulish style. The Purge on TV is even more a conduit for broad sociopolitical ideas at the expense of memorable characterisation than the films.

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Television

The Purge 1×01 – ‘What is America?’

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 first episode, What is America?

The Purge making the transition from the big to small screen was almost inevitable. James DeMonaco’s pulp, social horror franchise has grown significantly from the original 2012 home invasion picture, which simply enjoyed carving up white privileged elites, into a full-blown vicious commentary on America’s slump into proto-fascism. The First Purge, which hit cinemas earlier this year, connected the near-future origins of the Purge—an American holiday founded on the principle release of legal violence—directly to our current political climate. You sense this TV translation will follow suit.

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