Episode Review: The Purge Season 2 Premiere

October 4, 2019

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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USA is gearing up to unleash the second season of “The Purge”. This time around we will see how the annual night of lawlessness affects people the other 364 days of the year, which is a first.


I had the opportunity to see the premiere episode, titled “This is Not a Test,” ahead of its release that sets the stage for the rest of the season.


We meet Derek Luke’s Marcus who is attacked in his home by a mysterious man, Max Martini and his crew who are spending their Purge night robbing a bank, a woman working for the city who witnesses the death of a friend, and a college student who is trapped by a killer.


The episode hops between the three stories but does so in a seamless manner. There’s much more about the characters and their traumatic night that I could tell you, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. I will say this, I can’t wait to see how their stories unfold.


I’ve long hoped that the franchise would do something that reveals more than just the Purge night and USA has finally done it. Sure, it’s great to see what happens on that night, but the night has to have a big effect on life, with this season we are finally going to get to see it.


The tension-filled premiere episode is very well done. There is a great balance between emotional scenes and the violence that made the franchise famous.


There’s more technology used this time around to monitor the night, check for illegal weapons and more, so we get to see the night from a new angle, which is a cool thing.


The premiere episode overall is interesting, action-packed and is just as great as we’d expect it to be, which is why I’m giving The Purge’s first episode of season two a 5/5.


“The Purge” premieres on October 15th on USA at 9/8 Central.




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