This is Not a Test – The Purge TV Series: Episode Recap (S2E1)

THE PURGE -- "This Is Not A Test" Episode 201 -- Pictured: Paola Nuñez as Esme Carmona -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

The Purge TV Series Season 2 has begun as it started off with the lady auditioning for the NFFA’s The Commencement Of The Annual Purge.  The Commencement seems to play a important role this season compare to all the film series and previous TV season.  Here’s a reminder of what’s it’s being said before the Annual Purge begins:

“This is not a test. This is your emergency broadcast system announcing the commencement of the Annual Purge sanctioned by the U.S Government. Weapons of class 4 and lower have been authorized for use during the Purge. All other weapons are restricted. Government officials of ranking 10 have been granted immunity from the Purge and shall not be harmed. Commencing at the siren, any and all crime, including murder, will be legal for 12 continuous hours. Police, fire, and emergency medical services will be unavailable until tomorrow morning, until 7 a.m., when the Purge concludes. Blessed by our New Founding Fathers and America, a nation reborn. May God be with you all.”

The Purge is back it’s 2 hours left until 7AM where America is still in the chaos of Purge Night.  When it’s 7 AM, the Purge Night is over with a siren which point citizens can no longer murder, mutilate, and steal with impunity.  It’s a bloodbath for sure during the Purge Night.

NFFA’s Surveillance Center

Drones and Cameras are everywhere.  Any class 5 or above is consider a crime during the Annual Purge.  NFFA’s Surveillance Center in New Orleans, Esme monitors the grotesque violence playing out in her district.  This is not new for Esme as she worked through many Purge Nights.  This Purge night got personal for her when she notices Professor Drew Adams whom she knew was in crisis outside of her home and was in jeopardy.  Gang of hooligans ask Adams for a mysterious file, then shoot her dead after failing to cooperate.  Esme was devastated

and suspicious so she watch it on repeat to figure out why.  She did something extreme where she discreetly transfers the video of Drew’s Murder from her co-workers to a USB stick while her co-worker was away from her desk.  I’m thinking Esme should know better since she is in Surveillance Center and camera is everywhere.  Tsk Tsk, she’s already one step closer to trouble than she was in the beginning of the season!

Purge Gate was breaches at Marcus and Michelle’s home

Just like every citizen don’t want to be a part of the Purge night and counting down until the Purge Night is over.  Michelle and Marcus was laying in bed and suddenly heard that their protective Purge gate rolled open.  Marcus got his gun and the intruder start shooting at both Marcus and Michelle.  The intruder got out of the house.  Michelle close the barricade and hide while Marcus heading out in the night to find his intruders.  As Marcus was outside, his neighbor was shooting anyone that was in his blinding spotlight.  Marcus manage to jump in the car that was wrecked into the tree and stay low-profile.  Marcus was able to see the masked man who was the intruder walking by the car.  Marcus made a smart move by honking the horn and the spotlight crew shoot the masked man dead.  The Purge ends, Marcus reunited with his wife and want to know who breached his Purge gate, while checking the wreckage car area, the masked man disappeared and he found a phone with several pictures of him.  Marcus realized he was the targeted.

Bank Robbery gone wrong

Crew of bank robbers cracks a series of safes and accesses a bank vault, where bundles of cash rise to the ceiling,  There was suppose to be more money but it was less than the bank robbers hoped.  While there are precious minutes left on Purge Night, there was other thieves trying to steal from another thieves.  As the crew hides behind the wall of bulletproof glass, the jackals drag Doug, lookout man, out and put the gun to his head.  The crew of bank robbers threw the duffel bags of money out of the door causing the bomb to detonate and knock the jackals.  They escape the bank but remain help up by Tommy.  Tommy came out while NFFA surveillance tag Tommy was still standing on bank property as the Purge Night siren blares meaning he’s sure to be prosecuted if caught.  The crew has no choice but to leave him behind.

Fraternity Brothers headed out to Suicide Bridge

Ben and Turner, two fraternity brothers, went out of their house with the goal of capturing a picture of the so-called “Suicide Bridge”.  They can’t turn back as this is one of the Delta tradition where the grim-name suggested for Suicide Bridge, known for corpses hang from beams on its underside.  They snap a picture as a proof and started heading back to their frat.  They both heard a woman pleading for help inside the garage.  They got closer to investigate, Ben fell in a booby trap and dragged inside.  Turner was looking for himself and abandon Ben.  A masked figure with GOD written on this forehead appeared and stab the woman in the abdomen.  He then moved on to Ben and make him his sexual prey by asking him to take his clothes off.  As the masked figure started to get sexual, Ben grab the knife from the woman’s stomach and start stabbing his predator over and over again as the Purge Night comes to a close.

We have seen 4 stories and no connection to each other whatsoever at this point.  We have seen sign that Marcus is going to look for his intruders, Ben may turned to wanting to purge, Esme is going to invegigate who killed Drew Adams, and Tommy may be capture as he has been tagged!  I can’t wait to see what really happen in the next 364 days in between the annual Purge night.

Be sure to watch the next episode tonight on USA Network at 9 EST/8 CST!