6.5/10 It is a shame that “The Purge” was cancelled after this sophomore season since the second season was a step up from the first. Low ratings is what lead to its cancellation which is too bad because if more people would have stuck around from the first season to the second, they would have seen the uptick in quality. Unfortunately, since the first season was a mediocre disappointment, I fear many viewers stopped tuning in before the quality went up. As to why this season is an improvement upon the first, there are several reasons. For starters, while some political messaging remains, the overt political propaganda of the first season is greatly diminished. I’m not sure if that was due to different writers this season or if the studio heads at USA Network told them to tone it down, but not getting lectured with radical political messaging felt great. This was probably the least political Purge installment, season or movie. The second season is also the first Purge installment to not just take place over one Purge night. All the movies and the first season take place just before, during and the immediate aftermath of Purge night and this season really mixes it up, which was fascinating. The first episode concludes with Purge night ending and the vast majority of the season takes place in the year leading up to the next Purge, which the last episode or two highlight. The seven or so episodes outside of Purge night give off some interesting developments about the corruption of the NFFA, explains how the science of promoting the Purge has been manipulated and distorted and highlights how the NFFA deals with off Purge violence. As I mentioned in my season 1 review, I was curious as to if hospitals were off limits or not on Purge night and I finally got some answers this season. The plot was better than last season and especially the last two episodes had a great climax to end things. The cold openings switched from the same, continuous character to random cold openings that have no bearing on the overarching plot but I preferred it this way, as we get to see some creative moments and an awesome cameo in the season finale which I won’t spoil here. The action and violence was upped this season and for a show of this nature, it was exactly what the doctor ordered. As for the problems that still bring the season down, there are several worth mentioning. The most ridiculous aspect of the season involved a subplot with a doctor who is hated by his entire neighborhood. When the reason as to why they hate him is revealed, I couldn’t suspend my disbelief at how ridiculous of a reasoning they had. One of the men’s anger was completely understandable but for everyone else to jump on the hatred bandwagon was completely laughable and I didn’t buy it for a second. Speaking of things I didn’t buy for a second, the season finale has a couple of ridiculous moments in it. One death near the end seemed pretty preventable but the character just gives up and it felt silly. Another character clearly dies/bleeds out yet in the last moments of the show, we see they magically survived so they could get their little happy ending. There were definitely over the top moments or big coincidences that I wasn’t buying but less this season than the previous one. One character was poised to return for next season which would have been great to see him return as well as maybe combine the surviving characters from both seasons for something but alas, this is the last we will see of the Purge in television format, which is a shame because these stories seem far better suited for television than they do film format. At least the series ended on a slightly higher note, as season 2 trumps season 1. If you love this franchise, then this show is worth checking out since you can binge both seasons rather quickly. However, if the movies didn’t do much for you, then this series won’t be your cup of tea either.

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