My performance of the week ending 1/11/20 on TV goes to…

Marlo Kelly as Beth Cassidy on USA Network’s Dare Me.

There’s a new mean girl in town and she can already give Regina George and Heather Chandler a run for their money.  Throw in some over-competitive cheerleading, dark secrets, obsession, and a possible murder, and she may just be crowned the new Queen Bee.

**Please note spoilers have been left out for your convenience.**

Dare Me has aired two episodes so far and I am already completely captivated by Beth Cassidy, played brilliantly by Marlo Kelly.  While a lot of the other characters have potential as well, there is something almost magnetic about Beth. Her wide eye stares and dangerous actions make her a potential modern day femme fatale, but there’s also several layers beneath this tough appearance.

Beth clearly has a weakness for her best friend, but we all know that obsession can be a deadly game, especially when someone gets in her way.  While the cheesy montages are a little bit much, Marlo nails every scene with unsettling perfection.  This may be her break-out role because she is destined for stardom.

In addition, Beth clearly has some family issues going on.  Her father moved in with his mistress across the street and their daughter is also on the squad, which causes even more drama during games and practice.  Being on top of the pyramid is not just a privilege…it’s a necessity, and Beth is willing to take out the competition while keeping a smile planted on her face.

Beth is already set up to face off against our main protagonist, Coach Colette French (Willa Fitzgerald), but will she be able to put her personal agenda aside for the good of the team?  I personally am looking forward to more interactions between these two because the tension is intense.

Coach Colette French does not initially seem to be intimidated by Beth, but she is not an ordinary teenage girl.  There is clearly this jealousy and rage brewing inside of Beth, but she is able to appear so calm and in control on the surface.  Sometimes, that can be even more dangerous; however, as Beth even keeps certain secrets from her best friend, Addy.  Beth is manipulative and calculating and yet we can’t turn away from her.

Marlo Kelly fearlessly embraces this beautiful dark role with perfect poise.  She is a scene stealer for sure and the main reason why I keep coming back for more every single week.

What’s next for Beth?  Well, there is this mystery unfolding slowly week after week and you have to wonder if Beth is behind a possible crime, but is she the obvious choice?  Beth has already demonstrated that she is not afraid to break the rules to get what she wants, but how far will she go?

I can’t wait to find out!  

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Dare Me” on USA Network: Dark Sensational Potential with Spirit Fingers

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“Cheerleading equals death,” according to Torrance’s hilarious younger brother in Bring It On and he may have been spot on when it comes to USA Network’s new teen drama.  Teenage girls can be dangerous, especially when the captain’s spot on her beloved squad is threatened, as secrets slither into the open, luring us into a promising slow burn thriller.

After watching the Pilot episode, the show already reminds me of Bring It On combined with some dark cult comedy greats like Heathers and Jawbreaker, which could be the formula for a fantastic new show.

Dare Me is based on the novel of the same name by Megan Abbott, following the plot of a cheerleader who seeks revenge on the squad that betrayed her.  The show premiered on the USA Network on December 29th 2019 and will feature 10 weekly episodes.  It stars Willa Fitzgerald (Scream), Marlo Kelly, Herizen Guardiola, Erika Prevost, and Taveeta Szymanowicz.

The show seems like it may have been better suited for a slot on Freeform and a mid-season premiere can be problematic, but the show could be a diamond in the rough.

Does Dare Me do enough to capture our full attention in its Pilot episode?  Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Strong and interesting characters.

I am already a fan of Willa Fitzgerald and she is definitely making waves as the new coach of this cheerleading squad.  Marlo Kelly is also proving to be quite the scene stealer as the mean girl captain with a bitter sweet tooth for revenge.  More please!

Cheerleading can be brutal.

I absolutely love the concept of this show and we are immersed into a competitive world where these girls will do anything to be the one on top of the pyramid.  The dark and sadistic hints are enough to hold my attention, as we begin to explore the secrets leading up to some kind of unspeakable crime.

I have a lot of questions already, but that just means this show is doing a good job of keeping me invested so far.

The Cons:

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Super long montages and lots of fluff.

The show is already coming across as a slow burn thriller, which means we will need to invest some time into it before we get any major reveals.  There is a lot of set-up in the pilot episode to really introduce everything, but I could have done without the numerous montages.  Seriously, it seemed like they were endless.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in for now, but I’m not completely convinced as of yet.  The show has a lot of promise and potential to become something truly dark and magnificent, but I just need things to speed up slightly so that I don’t lose interest too quickly.

When a show airs weekly episodes, they need to do enough to keep viewers coming back and I think they have, but we need to keep up the pace and introduce more dark secrets involving this major crime to prevent us from losing interest.

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

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My performance of the week ending 12/21/19 on TV goes to…

Paola Nuñez as Esme Carmona on USA Network’s The Purge season two.

The Purge season one was such a welcomed surprise last year and I wasn’t sure that a new group of characters would be able to live up to it, but Esme Carmona gave me someone to truly root for.  Paola Nuñez’s performance was inspiring, heartfelt, and powerful. 

**Please note major spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up on the series.

As soon as season two began, Esme immediately became my favorite character.  I thought it was so interesting that she worked for the NFFA, but had a moral compass.  The more secrets Esme uncovered, the more she was in danger, but her quest for the truth was truly inspiring.

We have seen members of the Resistance in the previous movies and season, but Esme’s transformation and discoveries as a part of the NFFA were truly unique, showing us just how corrupt the system was.  Esme could have easily stayed quiet, knowing full well what the NFFA was capable of, but she continued to take huge risks to get justice for those who were wronged by the system, including Professor Adams, who was very near and dear to her heart.

Once we glimpsed into Esme’s past, I was even more intrigued by her character.  Esme did not always follow the rules, but she fought for what she believed in and family and friendship were so important to her.  Esme’s dynamic with her sister was heartbreaking, which made the scene with her father that much more compelling and understandable.

During the season, I was really hoping that Esme would team up with Ryan and she did, which helped develop her character even more.  As Ryan and her grew closer, we got to see a softer side of Esme, making her even more likable.  Not too many characters tend to survive on Purge Night so I didn’t want to get my hopes up about these two, but I thought this gave Esme’s character even more layers and it made the season finale that much more shocking.

What’s next for Esme?  Well, not much if you watched the season finale, but that doesn’t mean that her actions were done in vain, as they actually inspired a Resistance movement.  Esme’s face was the symbol of this movement, as her friends refused to let society forget about who she was and what she stood for.

Nuñez was able to channel so much strength into Esme’s character.  I was captivated by her every single time she was on screen and I truly believed in her cause.  The quest toward truth and redemption is never an easy one, but Esme Carmona’s courage reminded us that our lives depend on it and we should keep fighting for answers one day at a time.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 2 episode 10: “The Purge Doesn’t Work”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching USA network’s The Purge season 2 episode 10 season finale last night, we were reminded that “the truth is the only thing more powerful than this regime, so demand the truth no matter the cost…your lives depend on it.”

Please note MAJOR spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “7:01 AM,” Esme attempts to tell the public the truth, but the NFFA is not going to let her make this broadcast without putting up a fight.  Meanwhile, Ben and Marcus face off, Ryan’s group is ready to blow things up, and Michelle’s life hangs in the balance.

My top 5 moments from The Purge season 2 episode 10 Season Finale are:

5

“There is no way in hell that I’m gonna let you die.”

Marcus is not questioning things any longer and it looks like he has finally found his true purpose at the Triage center.  Michelle is not doing so great, but Marcus is able to save her life.  It looks like Michelle was actually trying to make things right after all and I have to say that I’m perfectly fine with that.

Marcus deserves a chance at real happiness and it looks like he and Michelle will continue to work with the Resistance to help others in need.

Will we get to see Marcus in any future Purge movies as a result?  We know that the Triage center always plays a major part and I would love to see more from his character.

4

“Don’t tell me this was all for nothing.”

Meanwhile, Esme breaks into the NFFA command center and is trying to release the footage from Olivia Hughes’s murder off Purge, but she can only send the file to the broadcast room, which really doesn’t leave her a lot of options.

Vivian meets up with her in the stairwell and agrees to grant her access into the room, but of course their boss, Curtis, breaks up the party.  Curtis initially seems like he believes Esme, but ends up shooting at her and poor Vivian is shot instead. 

Luckily, we find out at the end of the episode that Vivian is actually all right and is now working for the Resistance.

Go V!

3

“You’re trying to play God, but you’re not God. I AM!”

OK psycho Ben, you need to calm down.  Ben wakes up in the Triage center after Marcus brought him there to help him and he decides to return the favor by brutally murdering a bunch of doctors with a scalpel, claiming that they are robbing Purgers of their rightful kills.

Marcus ends up facing off with Ben and is able to stop him, but he doesn’t kill him.  Rather, he leaves him outside and says that the Purge will take care of him, but Ben somehow makes it out of there OK and is now left being creepy as ever with his God mask.

I guess if there is a Resistance, there still has to be a group dedicated to the Purge and it doesn’t look like Ben is going to stop the violence anytime soon.

2

“You see, it is a lie.”

After Ryan and his crew are able to blow things up and successfully steal their score from the Jackals, things are looking up for them, as they decide to head down to Panama to start new lives.  Only Ryan cannot leave Esme behind and decides to go after her.

Ryan tells Esme that he is where he’s supposed to be and plans on stalling the NFFA to give Esme enough time to broadcast her message, hoping that they will be forced to arrest Esme rather than kill her.

Ryan shows off some impressive shooting skills while Esme is able to successfully broadcast her message.  She explains that the Purge doesn’t work and goes into detail about Professor Adams and her study, revealing footage of the NFFA breaking into Olivia’s house off Purge.

Ryan is eventually killed and the NFFA comes face-to-face with Esme, but it is now after 7:00 AM and yet they still get the call to take her out.

Esme is shockingly killed and the NFFA claims that her broadcast was “fake news,” but Esme’s actions are not in vain.

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“Our country deserves better.”

At the end of the episode, we learn that Darren is leading the Resistance movement, which features an image of Esme in the background, trying to tell the truth while fighting against the NFFA.  Vivian and Turner are also working for the Resistance, giving Turner a chance to really become someone worthy.

Marcus and Michelle are there as well and Ryan’s group ends up wiring his share of the money to the movement so that they can really make a difference, uniting our characters together.  Well, I guess except for psycho Ben, who seems to do better on his own.

Overall, this was a jam-packed season finale with so many twists and surprises.  I loved the fun cameo from Ethan Hawke in the beginning and I have to say that the season finale presented me with some twists that I did not see coming.

I hope this paves the way for a season 3 because I’m certainly not done with The Purge series just yet!

Stay tuned!

What did YOU think of the season 2 finale?  Did you predict who would survive?

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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 2 episode 9: “It’s Time to Celebrate”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching USA network’s The Purge season 2 episode 9, Ms. Lorelai’s Corner for kids taught us that “The Purge gives your mommies and daddies the freedom to accomplish things they never thought possible.”  You know, like murder…

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Hail Mary,” Purge Night is officially here, as our main characters are all tested.  Meanwhile, Ben gets a wake-up call, Marcus tries to fight fire with peace, and Esme winds up in a dangerous situation.

My top 5 moments from The Purge season 2 episode 9 are:

5

“He won’t stop until you’re dead.”

Clint and the neighborhood watch are out for revenge, surrounding Marcus’s house.  Their plan is to smoke Marcus out, but he refuses to fight fire with fire, recognizing that he would become just like them.  Marcus explains that there has to be another way, but can one really reason with someone on Purge Night?

4

“I’m trying to give you a gift.”

We learn that Ben has had the urge to Purge since he was little, enjoying Ms. Lorelai’s Corner a little too much, while taking his anger out on his action figures.  Glad to see that the NFFA is shaping the youth of America so well.

Ben tells Turner that he wants to give him a gift and says that he has to Purge Scotty or he will kill him.  Turner has been a coward throughout the entire season and he doesn’t stand up to Ben here either, finally giving in to the pressure to survive.

After going out to enjoy the festivities of Purge Night, Ben finally gets a reality check when he is surrounded by a group of Purgers wearing God masks.  Ben tries to tell them that he’s on their team, but they are out for blood and he better start running…

3

“I need to turn you into a ghost.”

Esme continues her plan to shut down the NFFA headquarters, working with the resistance member she met with before.  Esme needs to be turned into a ghost so that the NFFA cannot hunt her down, but things go horribly wrong when the van crashes, leaving Esme right in the middle of the city on Purge Night.

The bounty is quite the incentive, as Purgers start to recognize Esme, so she better make a run for it.  Let’s hope she can make it out of this alive, but it will not be easy.

You can do this, girl!

2

“Let’s go be thieves.”

Ryan and his group continue with their plan to break Tommy out, as Tommy and several other inmates are volunteered as tribute for an annual Purge Hunt for rich people.  Ryan pays his way in, but things get tricky when they find out that they will all be using weapons that their ancestors used.

Oh and don’t forget, there will be trophies this year!

Ryan is able to save Tommy and the others, but he ends up in a dangerous situation of his own.  Luckily, the group is able to find him and save him before he is buried alive, but will they be able to pull off the rest of their heist now that Tommy is back in action?

I can’t wait to find out!

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“You want to Purge me…Purge me!”

You tell them, Marcus!  Marcus’s strategy seems to be working at first, as Sam suddenly realizes that he doesn’t have the stomach for the Purge after all.  Marcus and Michelle save him and trade him for Clint, but Marcus tells Clint that he just wants to talk things out.

At first, Clint seems to be willing to compromise, understanding that the Purge will not bring his wife back, but he decides to stab poor Michelle in the neck anyway, trying to take her away from Marcus to even the score.

The rest of the group let Marcus go; now realizing that perhaps this wasn’t the best idea, but Michelle’s life is in immediate danger.

Marcus is trying to get Michelle to the Triage since the hospitals are closed, but of course things get more than interesting when they pick up Ben after almost running him down.

As we approach the season finale, there are a lot of players in place, but we’ll have to see how this all ends.

I am super excited for the cameo from Ethan Hawke in next week’s episode as well, bringing us right back to the original movie that started it all!

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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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 2 episode 7: “You Cannot Trust Anyone”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching USA network’s The Purge season 2 episode 7 last night, Ben reminded us that “you’re always going to be afraid until you see it for yourself,” but I’m not sure that applies to every situation…

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” Kelen tries to make a run for it, but Ben has other plans for their romantic weekend away.  Meanwhile, Ryan and Esme clash over what to do next and Marcus and Michelle confront the neighborhood.

My top 5 moments from The Purge season 2 episode 7 are:

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“Somebody tried to Purge me and now I feel like the bad guy.”

Marcus is clearly still in shock over this news, but now he’s ready to get to the bottom of things.  Michelle promises to stand by his side, so I guess these two are now ready to make amends.  I’m not sure if things will ever be perfect between Marcus and Michelle, but they do make a good tag team and Marcus is going to need all the support he can get at this point.

4

“We have to remain impartial.”

Vivian continues to have her doubts about Esme’s “treason” and begins questioning everything, but her boss reminds her that Esme cared a little too much and made things personal.  Vivian is smart enough to realize that she should keep her mouth shut here and comes up with a creative way to reach Esme.

She puts up flyers in a dead zone with Dr. Adams’s used car for sale to get Esme’s attention and it works, but Esme warns her to be careful.  Vivian seems ready and willing to help Esme fight against the NFFA, but she needs to watch out for their boss.

Something tells me he might already be on to Vivian…

3

“Pick up the knife and I’ll show you.”

Kelen is beyond freaked out after discovering the bloody God Purge mask in Ben’s bag.  She tries to play it cool and tells his mother she wants to head back to school early, but Ben agrees to take her, realizing that she most likely saw the mask.

Ben confronts Kelen about it and she admits that she saw the mask, but Ben seems interested in keeping Kelen safe, claiming that they have such a strong connection.  Kelen plays along at first, but after Ben finds the note she left in the bathroom about being kidnapped by The Campus Killer, all bets are off.

Ben tries to get Kelen to embrace the Purge by having her cut him with a knife, but Kelen decides to stab him in the leg and makes a run for it.  Poor Kelen is struck by a car and Ben takes her breath away…literally.  Ben is clearly devastated about Kelen’s death, but it doesn’t look like this has changed anything for him.

As we flash forward to two days before Purge Night, Ben is extremely pleased to see his mask on display to be sold to other potential Purgers.  I guess you’re in the big league now, Ben.

Ben is gearing up for the big night, but how will he do once he runs into people who are just as dangerous as him?

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“We ain’t running!”

After crashing a meeting at the neighbor’s house, Marcus discovers that someone named Clint has the biggest issue with him.  Apparently, Clint’s wife was treated by Marcus and died after a complication.  Clint reminds Marcus that he had assured him that she would be fine and didn’t even have the courtesy to come and tell him the news himself.  He also explains that when he became his neighbor, he didn’t recognize him.

Marcus feels bad about what happened to Clint’s wife, but some things are out of his control as a doctor.  The rest of the neighborhood is on crazy Clint’s side and Michelle reminds Marcus that “you can’t reason with grief.”

Clint tells Marcus that he can leave for good or he will Purge him.

Marcus and Michelle try to leave with Marcus’s son, Darren, who has gotten himself into trouble with the NFFA after helping Esme, but they discover that he cannot leave the state now.

Everyone returns home and Marcus says that he is not running anymore, which means we will most likely get an epic showdown between him and Clint.

Don’t forget that the entire neighborhood is after you too…

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“I have to set things right.”

Ryan and Esme continue to work together, as Esme helps him find out the identities of the Jackals.  Esme stays by Ryan’s side after his mother goes missing and I continued to get a lot of vibes between these two, but Ryan is upset with Esme after she explains that she was the one who tagged Tommy.

Esme explains that she needs to make things right and that the NFFA will continue to ruin lives until she does.  After originally telling Esme to go, Ryan has a change of heart and tells her to stay, realizing that they have the chance to truly set things right together.

When we flash forward to two days before Purge Night, Ryan and Esme are romantically together now so I guess these vibes finally led to a relationship!  Yay!

Now that they are together, will Ryan let his guard down?

Will both Ryan and Esme make it out alive?

We have only three episodes left this season, but I am super excited that they will take place on Purge Night, as it looks like a lot of this setup will now finally pay off!

Which characters will survive Purge Night?

I’m personally rooting for Esme and Marcus to survive, but we will have to see!

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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 2 episode 6: “Happy Holidays”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 2 episode 6 last night, we finally got to see the man behind the voice of The Bobby Sheridan Show, as he reminded us that “You’re nobody in America unless someone wants to Purge you.”  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “Happy Holidays,” Esme is on the run from the NFFA, which forces her to turn to an unlikely source for help.  Meanwhile, The Campus Killer is certainly making a name for himself, but things get tricky when he returns home for break, and Marcus and Michelle invite Sam over for a chat.

My top 5 moments from The Purge season 2 episode 6 are:

5

“Either my guys join or I turn you in.”

Ryan tries to keep things moving for the plan, but things are getting much more complicated now that his former captain has joined in.  The rest of the group does not trust her and rightfully so and it’s likely that she will turn the tables on Ryan and his group in the end.

Does Ryan have another plan up his sleeve?

We’ll have to find out, but I can’t wait to see what happens once all of the players are in place.

4

“She has committed an act of treason.”

After following up on some leads, Esme’s discoveries have been noticed by her supervisor, who reports that this is now a “Priority 1 Manhunt.”  The NFFA shows off just how powerful they are, using every single form of technology against Esme to try and track her down.

Luckily, our girl is aware of some of the blind spots, which works to her advantage, but this is only a temporary solution.

It also looks like the girl she was training at the NFFA is on her side, as she changes several camera views to try and help Esme.  At this point, Esme needs all the help she can get because I’m not sure that one can truly outrun the NFFA.

I’m still rooting for her anyway!

3

“So messed up…”

Yeah, you can say that again Ben, although you are proving to be quite the good liar under pressure.  After being questioned about Andy’s death, Ben reveals that he was just nervous because he was smoking weed, which apparently is a class Y offense.

Ben returns home during school break with his girlfriend and it’s clear that the urge to Purge has not gone away just yet, as his older brother continues to push his buttons.

The Campus Killer is certainly making a name for himself,  but now that Ben’s girlfriend has found his bloody God Purge mask, it looks like Ben is about to be exposed.

Will Ben really try and kill his girlfriend to keep this secret?  We’ll have to wait and see, but she better watch her back for sure!

2

“I need your help.”

I had a feeling that Esme was going to turn to Ryan for help and she does in this episode.  Ryan is skeptical at first, but decides to help hide Esme, realizing that they are ultimately both good people and want the same thing.

Ryan asks Esme if she thinks she can really take down the NFFA and perhaps she can if she gets some support here, but it’s not going to be easy.

Esme is welcomed in as the newest member of the team, so perhaps she can also help Ryan deal with his Captain problem…

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“I wasn’t the only one.”

Marcus is still in shock over Michelle’s confession, but he is not about to let things go, as he decides to text Sam from Michelle’s phone, asking him over for a chat.  Only Sam shows up with his wife, April, to make things even more awkward.

April apparently knows about the affair, but says she had no idea that Sam tried to Purge Marcus.  At first, Sam says he didn’t do it and even tries to put the blame on Michelle, but eventually has a change of heart when Marcus holds his face above the stove burner.

Sam takes down his part of the contract, but we get another twist and learn that he wasn’t the only one and that apparently the whole neighborhood wanted to Purge Marcus.

So, what did Marcus do to piss everyone off?  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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 2 episode 5: “House of Mirrors”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 2 episode 5 last night, I realized that Ben may have had a point when he asked, “How can something be good one day and wrong the next?”  But don’t let the NFFA hear you say that.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “House of Mirrors,” Ryan is forced to call an old enemy for backup after getting into a jam.  Meanwhile, we get a glimpse into Esme’s past, Ben continues to unleash the violence within him, and Marcus finally finds out who tried to purge him.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 2 episode 5 are:

5

“You’re the one that got to leave…”

In this episode, we flash back to 10 years ago and learn more about Esme’s past with her sister, Sofia.  We learn that Sofia was being abused by their father and Esme tried to get her out of there to protect her.  Sofia started to see Dr. Adams, which connects the rest of the dots for us, but she is clearly broken and traumatized from what has happened to her.

Esme’s father tries to stay with her on Purge Night, but she locks him out and listens to him get brutally murdered outside, which peels back even more layers of her character for us.

Through it all, I still think that Esme is a good person, but this does explain why she may be working for the NFFA, as she genuinely believed she was trying to protect other innocent people, feeling somewhat responsible for what happened to her sister.

4

“We’re animals born to hunt.”

Ben’s friend, Andy, seems to be Purge obsessed, but even he has some rules and guidelines.  Ben makes the mistake of telling Andy about killing the farmer, but claims he is joking.  Ben can tell that Andy may tell someone and decides to brutally stab him before he can say anything.

There are a lot of bodies starting to pile up for Ben now and it’s only a matter of time before he gets caught…

3

“We’ve never had someone on the inside before…”

Esme is certainly taking things up a notch in the present and decides to call some kind of resistance group with her suspicions about the NFFA.  They seem grateful to have her assistance and it’s clear that Esme just wants to get some justice for these victims, but it looks like Esme is about to be in a world of trouble.

Her boss has been watching her and is about to announce her as a traitor, which means that she might need to turn to someone for help.

Perhaps Ryan?  I personally think that they would make a great tag team, but Ryan has his own mess to deal with right now as well.

2

“Names have consequences and they come at a price…”

They certainly do, but Marcus is willing to do whatever it takes to find out who tried to purge him.  We find out that the informant is not interested in money and would rather use Marcus’s skills as a doctor, but I have a feeling that Marcus is going to be in constant debt to the informant now.

Was it all worth it?

Well, he does find out that the name of the person who tried to purge him is Sam Tucker.  Michelle finally comes clean and says she had an affair with him, as Marcus’s world begins to start crashing down all around him.

What will happen when Marcus confronts Sam?  I can’t wait to find out!  And is Michelle really in the clear here?

1

“We can help each other.”

After Ryan and the rest of the gang break into a house to get into a safe they need, they end up in a dangerous situation when they are locked in the house.  The owners are armed and ready to stop them, but Ryan realizes that his only choice now is to call the police…

They end up escorted out of the building by the cops and we discover that he actually called his former captain who wants in on the deal.  Ryan has no choice but to let her in, but this is not going to end well for sure.

We definitely got some answers and reveals during this episode, but I personally can’t wait to see what happens next when Esme is on the run from the NFFA.  I’m rooting for you, girl!  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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 2 episode 4: “Remembrance Day”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 2 episode 4 last night, I realized that some citizens may want to “say no to The Purge,” but they should be careful about who they voice these opinions to.  After all, the NFFA is always watching.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Grief Box,” we flash forward to three months after Purge Night, as Esme continues her investigation.  Meanwhile, we get a glimpse into Marcus’s past, Ben meets a new friend with the urge to Purge, and Ryan gets everything ready for the big score.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 2 episode 4 are:

5

“The Purge could be making people more violent.”

In this episode, we flash forward to three months after Purge Night, as everyone prepares for Remembrance Day, which is a day to remember those who have been sacrificed for the good of The Purge.  If you lost a family member or friend, you receive a grief box honoring their sacrifice from the NFFA.  Yep, this is apparently a thing.

Esme continues to work with Marcus’s son and they learn that Professor Adams was gathering research on some kind of experiment connected to the brain scans found in her apartment.

Marcus’s son thinks that The Purge may be making people more violent during the rest of the year and he’s definitely on to something here, but we also know that the NFFA will go to extreme measures to cover this up.

4

“We need Tommy.”

As Ryan tries to come up with a plan to steal the score of their lives, they start to realize that they really need Tommy since it involves getting into a vault at the bank.  Luckily, Ryan still has some friends from his former cop days and he is able to visit Tommy for a short period of time, allowing him to secure the name of a contact that might be able to help them.

After meeting the contact, I’m not sure that he can be trusted and Ryan warns him that if he messes this up, he will kill him.

Can Ryan really trust anyone outside his inner circle though?

3

“You don’t have to do this…”

We also get a glimpse into Marcus’s past during this episode, flashing back to 14 years ago.  We meet Marcus’s first wife and learn that their marriage fell apart after he wanted to get out of their neighborhood, feeling threatened and unsafe.

Marcus goes to a Remembrance Day party with his son to get some answers, but almost loses it completely when he thinks he sees the same truck that ran him down.

Even though Marcus is convinced that someone from his past might be behind the hit, he decides to start from scratch again to narrow down the suspects, but Michelle casts a suspicious look when he reveals this, so perhaps he needs to re-visit his second wife as a main suspect…

2

“You make a good point.”

Ben decides to head out to a Remembrance Day weapons sale and meets a new friend.  His friend is all about The Purge and even gives him some ideas about creating a list in advance so that he is prepared for the following Purge.

Only we know that Ben has been purging outside of Purge Night, which is extremely risky and dangerous, even though his latest victim was determined to be found dead from heatstroke.

Ben really thinks about going after his roommate, but has a change of heart when he finds out that his brother was killed.  His roommate clearly feels guilty about what happened with Ben, which gives him a get out of Purge free card for now, but I have a feeling Ben isn’t going to let this go.

Ben’s urge to Purge has not gone away just yet; however, as he decides to target the Purge protester girl who was very enthusiastic about saying no to The Purge.  Ben is definitely addicted to violence now, as he puts on the infamous God mask with pride, ready to hunt down his next kill.

1

“What else are they covering up?”

Esme continues to hold my undivided attention while she goes through the list of the people in the experiment, suddenly realizing that they are all dead now.  There is one woman still alive named Olivia Hughes and Esme decides to track her down to get some answers.  Only she arrives and discovers that she has now also been murdered.

After alerting the police, Olivia’s death is now ruled a suicide even though Esme thinks it’s obvious that she was murdered.  When she went through the footage leading to her death, a lot of the media mysteriously vanished, suggesting that the NFFA is actually behind this, erasing all of the evidence.

Esme’s boss is now also on to her, watching her on the monitors, so she better watch her back.

Now that Esme knows that the NFFA is up to no good, is her life in immediate danger?

What did Professor Adams discover with these trials and why are the subjects all dead?

I can’t wait to find out!  Overall, I thought this episode seemed slightly filler and transitional, but I really want to know more about this experiment.  The NFFA is up to no good, but let’s hope that they don’t silence Esme!  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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 2 episode 3: “Blindspots”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 2 episode 3 last night, we learned that the voice over is back, reminding us that “when you embrace the Purge, anything can happen.  What will you choose?”  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Blindspots,” Marcus begins to suspect his wife, Esme follows a mystery man in a mask, and Ben attempts to channel his rage.  Meanwhile, we get a glimpse into Ryan’s past, learning more about his group prior to the armed robberies.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 2 episode 3 are:

5

“This is the score to fund the rest of our lives.”

In the beginning of the episode, Tommy stands trial and pleads guilty.  He tries to explain that all he did was cross over a line when the Purge siren sounded, but he is charged with a Level R offense.  I’m still not clear on what that stands for, but I guess it’s pretty bad since he is sentenced to death.  Tommy cries out that this is not justice, but it looks like he is going to need some serious help getting out of this one.

Meanwhile, we flash back to 8 years ago and get a glimpse into Ryan’s past.  We learn that he and the rest of the group used to be police officers and they went out one Purge Night to take down a criminal.  Only they ended up crossing paths with the Captain, realizing that she was working for the criminal.  Ryan is basically blocked from finding any other type of government job and the rest of the group quits the force with him, standing by his side.

We start to truly understand why this group seems like a family, but are they prepared to do something extremely risky by going after a score outside of Purge Night?  I can’t wait to find out!

4

“You’re not good at hiding unless you need to be.”

An excellent point for sure, Esme.  I think Esme is starting to be my favorite character on the show.  I love that she works for the NFFA, but she also wants to find out the truth and she is not afraid to follow her own leads to do so.  Although it’s a safe bet that this may get her into some serious trouble later on.

We get another connection between our characters when Esme starts looking into a mystery man on the cameras.  He hasn’t necessarily done anything illegal, but Esme senses that something is up and we discover that she is actually following Ryan.

This isn’t the only connection we get, as Esme decides to call Marcus’s son, Darren.  She shares the information she found at Professor Adams’ apartment, hoping to get more information, but Darren seems cautious since she works for the NFFA.

3

“Cases like these…it’s someone you know.  Someone you’re close to.”

Marcus continues to try and find out more about who tried to kill him, but he is shocked when his wife is suggested as a potential suspect.  We find out that Michelle is actually Marcus’s second wife, but he can’t seem to believe that she would be capable of something like this.

Either way, Marcus has his guard up and decides to activate the tracker on her phone, following her to see what she is really up to.  We discover that Michelle is attending some kind of safe space group to discuss Purge trauma, as Michelle opens up about what happened and how she is feeling.  Marcus clearly feels awful for suspecting his wife and decides to surprise her with a romantic dinner.

Does this really clear Michelle as a suspect though?  If Michelle is that good, she may have been on to Marcus’s suspicions already and could have done this to throw him off track.

We’ll have to see how this plays out, but after Marcus is almost run down while he is jogging; we know that the killer is not going to rest until he is eliminated for good.

2

“Was it something you had to do?”

Ben continues to trip out after Purge Night and it’s obvious that his rage is taking over.  Ben goes for a drive and we get a Purge Easter Egg, as the famous voice over returns!  Fans of The Purge season 1 will remember that the character, Joe, was always listening to this voice over, which was later revealed to be from Bobby Sheridan’s lectures.

Ben shows up to slaughter an animal to channel some of this rage, but he doesn’t go through with it.  Later on, he stops to get some strawberries and ends up brutally murdering the man selling them after he tries to scam him out of his correct change.

It looks like the violence from Purge Night is seeping out into the rest of the year, so is it actually making people even more dangerous?  Either way, Ben is clearly not over what happened and his roommate better get out of there because I have a feeling he’s next!

1

“You’re either a ghost or a glitch and I want to know why.”

After Esme follows Ryan, he shows off his own skills and confronts her later on.  She reveals that she works for the NFFA and that he is basically a person of interest.  Ryan reminds her that he hasn’t done anything wrong, but we know that he is planning this big score.

Will Esme get in his way or will he have second thoughts about going through with it?

Maybe Ryan will be the one to help Esme solve Professor Adams’ murder? 

I’m not sure, but I love these character connections and I can’t wait until they all come face-to-face with one another.  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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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