Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 5: “You can’t Break Me because I’m Stronger than You”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 5 last night, the voice over reminded us that “if you see something, do something, because a storm is coming.”  Well the storm has definitely arrived for some of our favorite characters and it’s not about to let up anytime soon.  The decisions made on Purge Night can change lives forever, but who will you ultimately decide to be?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Rise Up,” Penelope comes face to face with her dangerous ex-boyfriend, Henry, and we learn more about their jaded past.  Meanwhile, Catalina tries to warn Jenna to find Rick and get to the cellar before it’s too late, Jane continues to accompany the Matron Saints, and Miguel points his moral compass in the right direction.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 5 are:

5

“Be a hero.  Step up.”

At the end of last week’s episode, we finally got a glimpse of the man in the mask who has been going around on Purge Night as a vigilante, accompanied by the voice over.  While I’m not sure if they are one in the same or connected somehow, this man could be the key to changing everything.  At the end of this episode, the man approaches a group of men who are attacking someone, ready to step up and be a hero, but I am still anxiously waiting for his story to unravel.  Is he somehow the key to saving the other characters we have met or is there another connection here?  We’ll have to wait and see, but there is something to be said about the voice over’s final words:  “Become the person tonight that you want to be tomorrow.”  I think this can apply to every one of the characters, but they have to discover who they are on their own.  Whether they make the right or wrong decisions, only they can determine who they are and who they can still become.

4

“We’re all survivors here.  Including you.”

Jane continues to travel with the Matron Saints, but begins panicking that she will not be able to reach David in time.  The Matron Saints teasingly ask Jane if this is a “Purge Night booty call,” and further explain that Purge Night has the second highest conception rate after New Year’s Eve.  I guess who needs romance when the Purge is in the air.  Jane witnesses the Matron Saints save a woman from being beaten by her husband and the woman is thankful for their help.  Jane is shocked when the Matron Saints decide to brand this man with “Pig” on his forehead.  Jane tries to get them to stop and explains that they will regret this, but they explain that it is necessary.  Jane can’t handle watching this and ends up leaving, desperate to get to David in time.  One of the Matron Saints gives her a card so she can contact them if she needs help and something tells me that Jane might change her tune after she finally meets up with David.  While I appreciate Jane trying to do the right thing here, not everyone is ready to listen to their conscience just yet and I have a feeling that David has something up his sleeve.  Watch out Jane!

3

“Do not ever turn on someone who just saved your ass.”

Well said Miguel.  Well said.  At the end of last week’s episode, Miguel learned that his new cowboy friend was transporting victims to the “Carnival of Flesh.”  Miguel has a big decision to make, but he makes the right one and helps the victims, betraying the man in the cowboy hat.  We learn that the victims are the man’s landlady and son and he was tired of her raising his rent.  While I can definitely understand and appreciate that complaint, I’m not sure it warrants a delivery to the “Carnival of Flesh.”  Miguel is shocked when the landlady’s son turns a gun on him and he shows off his skills by taking back the gun with barely any effort.  Seriously Miguel is bad-ass!  Miguel is finally reunited with his sister, Penelope, but it’s not on the best of terms.  Security finds him after the man in the cowboy hat alerts them of the breach and Henry is ready to “pay to play,” no matter what the cost is, seeking revenge on Miguel.  An eye for an eye so to speak.  Sorry I couldn’t resist.  How is Miguel going to get out of this one?  I’m not so sure, but I am rooting for him no matter what.

2

“Sometimes revolution is the only way to make the world a better place.”

The Stanton’s maid, Catalina, warns Jenna to find Rick and get to the cellar.  Jenna tries to get some more information from her, but Catalina is very cryptic here, only telling her that she is in danger.  Jenna tries to knock on Lila’s door, but no one answers.  Rick goes off to find Jenna and all hell breaks loose.  Jenna spots men with guns approaching the Stanton house and they quickly realize that they are all about to be brutally attacked and killed.  We know from The Purge films that many revolutionary groups have tried to take down the NFFA, but Jenna and Rick are innocent here.  Jenna tries to get Lila, but Rick tells her they have to go and they make it to the cellar.  The door is locked and Catalina meets them there and we learn that she is part of the revolution.  Catalina recognizes that Jenna and Rick are innocent and tells them how to get to safety.  Jenna panics and asks about Lila, but Catalina explains that “no Stanton is safe.”  Will Lila be all right?  Will Jenna go back for her?  Things have escalated at the Stanton house and Jenna will need to make a much bigger decision than whether to choose Team Rick or Team Lila romantically.  While I am definitely shipping “Jelinna,” Lila may be out of luck, but let’s hope that she can find a way out.

1

“You can’t break me because I am stronger than you are.”

In this episode, we get a flashback to Penelope and Henry’s past and start to completely understand why she is not so pleased to see her ex-boyfriend on Purge Night.  Henry seems completely deranged and is thrilled to have found her.  Henry initially tells Penelope that he has so much to tell her and seems to want her back in some way, but Penelope refuses to give in, telling Henry exactly what she thinks of him.  In the flashback, we learn that Henry was responsible for Penelope’s drug addiction and that he even got violent with her when she tried to walk away from the relationship.  Miguel and Henry had a huge fight and Miguel is responsible for the awful injury to Henry’s eye.  Flash forward to present day and Henry tells Penelope that he feels betrayed by her and that she broke him.  Penelope stays strong; however and tells Henry, “You were already broken.  I’m done being scared.”  She also sheds some real light on Purge Night and explains that Henry thinks that Purge Night will solve all his problems, but it won’t.  It will just make everything worse and she is absolutely right.  This is the first time I have seen Penelope really stand up for herself and find her inner strength and it’s about time.  Up until this point, Penelope has been a lost and naive soul, dependent on others.  She is no longer broken now.  She has become a force to be reckoned with and I have a feeling that Penelope may end up saving Miguel in the end.  Jessica Garza was absolutely brilliant in this episode and she has really sparked a fire in her character that no one will be able to put out.  Henry better watch out.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Purge below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 4: “You’re the Only Reason I’m Here”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 4 last night, the voice over reminded us that “humans have been the most vicious animals all along.  Man invented fire, man invented weapons, man invented purge.”  The voice over further explained that “man wasn’t designed to be polite.  Man was designed to survive.”  While we know that our need to survive is always present, that doesn’t mean that we need to “release the beast.”  There is always a balance for everything and we just have to remember that.  However, this is sometimes easier said than done on Purge Night.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Release the Beast,” Miguel continues to try and find Penelope, who has now been taken to the “Carnival of Flesh.”  Meanwhile, we learn more about Jenna, Lila, and Rick’s past together and Jane tries to cancel her order, but runs into some trouble along the way.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 4 are:

5

“I changed my mind.”

After Alison brutally murders her co-worker, Mark, Jane is beyond upset.  Even Alison panics and says that she feels worse than before and worries that Jane is going to tell her parents.  Priorities right?  After witnessing this, Jane has second thoughts about what she has put into motion and tries to call it off.  She realizes that David doesn’t deserve this fate and makes a call to cancel her order.  Jane only gets a voicemail and realizes that she will need to go outside to find David and save him before it’s too late.  She also makes a call and tries to get a message to her mother, stressing that she forgives her.  But what does she forgive her for?  Jane grabs a hammer and heads outside, but is attacked and drugged on the way.  Luckily for Jane, she is rescued by the “Matron Saints.”  They are a group of women who teach other women about self defense, safety on Purge Night, and rescue women on the actual night.  They explain that they just want to level the playing field, as many women are sexually assaulted and attacked on Purge Night.  Jane still has to make it to David, but it looks like she will be along for the ride for at least a little while longer.  Will she be able to stop her Purge order before it’s too late?

4

“Man was designed to survive.”

For the past few episodes, we have heard the voice over of an unidentified man who also wears a mask and eliminates threats on Purge Night.  At the end of this episode, he finally takes his mask off and we meet a new player who is upset to find more victims of the Purge.  While we don’t know much about him or whether he is really a friend or foe, he seems to be some kind of Purge Vigilante.  Either way, the mask has been removed and hopefully we will get some more information on him next week.

3

“It’s like the McDonald’s of Purge.  Super Sizing killing…”

During the episode, we learn that Penelope has been taken to the “Carnival of Flesh,” which is “a celebration of killing through the ages.”  Seriously The Purge is corrupting everything I enjoy.  First fun houses and now carnivals.  What’s next?  The carnival is filled with paying customers who are ready to sport their new “Urge to Purge” tee shirts and experience “purging” like their ancestors.  There is a section for “witch trials” and the “fall of Saigon,” giving customers a plethora of options.  Penelope gets a wake-up call and is shocked by the behavior of these people.  She tries to help an old man who is pushed to the ground and mistakes her for his granddaughter.  Penelope tries to stay strong when she is taken on stage to be auctioned off as a “martyr” of sorts, but it’s clear that she is getting a whole new perspective on what humanity is capable of.  Penelope is auctioned off for two thousand dollars and we quickly learn that Henry from her past is responsible for the winning bid.  Penelope is terrified to see him and we know that they had some kind of past relationship that did not end well.  While we still have a lot to find about him, Henry is clearly twisted and disturbed.  He seems to have some kind of obsession with Penelope and I am definitely worried about her safety.  Come on Miguel!  Your sister needs you.

2

“It’s above your pay grade kid.”

Miguel looks for the help of Pete the Cop once again and asks him about “The Nuns” who took his sister.  Pete is hesitant to help him at first, but further explains that helping Miguel prevents him from becoming completely numb on Purge Night.  He refers Miguel to a man in a cowboy hat who can take him where he needs to go.  The man in the cowboy hat initially seems to be a good guy, but everyone has some kind of darkness inside them.  On the way to the Carnival, the man gives Miguel some life lessons.  Life lesson number one:  “When someone is helping, you don’t interrupt.”  Life lesson number two:  “Stop living in the past.”  Life lesson number three:  “Living your dream don’t come cheap.”  The man in the cowboy hat perhaps missed his calling as a life coach, but Miguel soon learns that he is a “collector.”  He is transporting a victim to the Carnival when he gives Miguel a ride.  Miguel tries to do what is right all the time, but will he sit by and let this happen so that he can get to his sister in time?  We’re about to see if Miguel’s moral compass can be truly corrupted.

1

“You’re the only reason I’m here.”

In this episode, we finally get a more detailed flashback to Jenna, Lila, and Rick’s past.  We learn that Jenna and Rick’s encounter with Lila was not a one time thing and they both made an agreement to only be with her together, otherwise it would be considered cheating.  Seems reasonable enough.  Only Jenna begins to fall for Lila and continues an affair with her.  Rick walks in on them and is beyond devastated.  He asks Jenna how he can trust her now and Jenna promises never to see Lila again.  Flash forward to the present and we see that Jenna is definitely having second thoughts about this promise now that Lila has returned.  We also get to learn a little bit more about Lila who explains that “I’ve been closing my eyes and covering my ears at these things since before I can remember.”  Lila has been rebelling against her family by trying to help others.  She also recognizes that Jenna and her are not like everyone else and are the exceptions.  Lila does plant a seed; however, and tells Jenna that she fears that Rick may be more interested in the money.  She even tells Jenna that she would be willing to raise the baby with her and asks Jenna to really think this over.  Jenna is definitely at a literal crossroads when an announcement is made about the festivities beginning.  She looks over at Lila walking up the staircase and Rick who is motioning her over to him.  Before Jenna can make a decision, the maid approaches her and tells her that she has to get out of the house now.  While we can only imagine what will take place next on Purge Night, it makes me wonder why Jenna is singled out here.  Either way, Jenna has a lot on her plate and has a big decision to make.  I am definitely on Team Lila for sure, but something tells me that Rick will not give up so easily.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Purge below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 1 Series Premiere: “Step Into The Invisible”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  “This is not a test, this is your Emergency Broadcast System. Announcing the commencement of the annual purge sanctioned by the U.S. Government.  Commencing at the siren, any and all crime (including murder) will be legal for 12 continuous hours.”  So you have seen The Purge movies and you are ready to set your alarms once again to find out what happens on this particular purge night.  Only this purge is spread across 10 episodes on television.  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 1 last night, I was introduced to several new characters who are about to experience their very own Purge Night.  While some characters leave something to be desired, others did capture my full attention and I was particularly intrigued by the cult that centers on “stepping into the invisible.”  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “What Is America?” the countdown to Purge Night has already started and we step into the lives of several new characters only to discover that they each have secrets of their own, which will most likely cause their past to bleed into their present on Purge Night.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 1 are:

5

“Rich people don’t kill each other on Purge Night.”

Two of the new characters we are introduced to are Rick and Jenna, played by Colin Woodell and Hannah Emily Anderson.  We learn that they are a married couple and are on their way to attend an NFFA party.  As a reminder, the NFFA stands for “New Founding Fathers of America.”  Even though we find out it is to negotiate a business deal that could eventually benefit the poor and less fortunate, it doesn’t seem like a great idea to do this on Purge Night, but their potential new partner apparently only conducts important business deals on this particular night.  Against their better judgment, Rick and Jenna travel to the party, reminding themselves that they do not want to join the NFFA.  Something tells me that they are not going to really get a choice in the matter, but I’m willing to somewhat believe that they are good people deep down.  Only we are presented with several flashbacks, which show Rick and Jenna involved in a ménage a trois with Lila.  We find out that Lila is the daughter of their potential new business partner but that she will not be at the party.  Jenna is clearly more nervous and apprehensive about her possible guest appearance than Rick, which has me already wondering what else happened between them.  Clearly the affair or relationship did not end well for someone, but we will have to wait to find out.

4

“You know I’m always watching and listening Jane.”

During the episode, we are also introduced to Jane, played by Amanda Warren.  Jane’s mother is in the hospital and she begs her daughter not to work on Purge Night.  Jane reassures her mother that where she is working is very safe and it seems like she has the respect and approval of most of her employees.  After a briefing about the importance of their business on this particular night from their boss, David, played by William Baldwin, he reminds Jane that he is always watching.  Later in the episode, Jane leaves the only secure floor of the building to meet a stranger by the doorway.  The stranger explains that they need to wait for the purge to begin and once it does, Jane is handed an envelope.  What’s inside?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like Jane may be looking to purge after all.  Is she looking to take out her boss or is there another potential enemy we have not yet detected?

3

“The fear went away.”

The character I was most interested in was Miguel, played by Gabriel Chavarria.  Miguel is a Marine who has been away and is now on a mission to find his sister after he receives a cryptic letter from her.  Out of all of the characters we have met so far, Miguel seems to be the most genuine.  He has the potential to be our very own Leo from The Purge movies, played by Frank Grillo, but he needs to be a little bit rougher around the edges to achieve that level of bad-ass behavior.  Miguel is completely focused on finding his sister and we learn that they both lost their parents on a previous Purge Night.  Even though Miguel will do anything to find his sister, he does take the time to help out a stranger in need, which sets him up to be our moral compass in the midst of the masked monsters that emerge on Purge Night.

2

“Let the fun begin.”

During the NFFA party, the guests are given one last chance to leave before the Purge begins.  Rick and Jenna nervously glance at each other, but neither of them makes a move to the exit.  All of the guests are handed out masks of previous murderers like the Manson family.  They are told, “Commemorate those who paved the way and purged before it was legal.”  While Rick and Jenna do not want to wear the masks, they also don’t want to stick out too much at the party.  Jenna has already bonded with a maid and it’s clear that she has a good heart, but what will she do now that Lila has made her grand entrance into the party, played by the fabulous Lili Simmons.  Lila is decked out in a gorgeous green sequined gown and has not yet spotted Rick and Jenna.  Something tells me that Jenna’s good girl act is about to change now that she is trapped with a potential enemy.

1

“Step into the invisible.”

During the episode, we learn that Miguel’s sister, Penelope, played by Jessica Garza, is involved in some type of cult.  It’s clear that Penelope must have been broken and in need of help, as Miguel initially looks for her in a rehabilitation center.  While we do not yet know the particulars of what happened to their parents, Penelope seems very impressionable.  Miguel desperately tries to find his sister, as the bus takes off in the middle of purge night.  Everyone is wearing ceremonial garments and they continue to chant about the importance of giving and the invisible.  Miguel finds out that giving means “to be purged upon,” and that the invisible is a form of heaven.  When the first cult member steps off the bus, as purge night begins, he initially seems confident and satisfied with his decision.  However, once he begins to glance at the masked strangers in front of him, dangerously clutching their weapons, the fear begins to take over.  He is brutally beaten to death in front of the bus, as Penelope watches in horror.  Does she now realize the fatal consequences of these actions?  Will Miguel be able to get to her before it’s too late?  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Purge below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support! 

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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