Some TV shows are only as good as their premises, so it always helps to have a completely unique and endlessly explorable concept when putting a series together. Just such a broadly explorable idea was built into USA's chaotic TV adaptation of The Purge, which centers on an anti-holiday that labels almost all criminal activity permissible for a 12-hour period. If Purge Night were a real thing, the biggest issue would obviously be the general, rampant murdering that goes down, but there are myriad other details and situations to consider.
CinemaBlend was invited to The Purge's set earlier this year, and I interviewed the bulk of the main cast members, at certain points asking each about the random and weird thoughts they had, both on the set and off, when considering a world where Purge Night was a legitimate event. And there are some pretty intriguing answers to be gleaned here, so let's jump head-on into everyone's responses.
Gabriel Chavarria - Miguel
On The Purge, actor Gabriel Chavarria portrays the incredibly determined Miguel Guerrero, whose season mission is to track down his in-trouble sister. Because he's playing a U.S. Marine, Chavarria had to get into that kind of mindset while filming, and though the character is a bit of a loner, the show features flashbacks depicting Miguel with other soldiers. As the actor put it, he and the other actors wondered a lot about how things would play out in a Purge-friendly world, and it's the military-related ideas that are the most thought-provoking.
The various Purge films have taken on a number of different topics and angles, but definitely nothing like the kind of military base takeover that Gabriel Chavarria brought up. I love the idea of a specific group or organization getting the sole focus for a horror project like that, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more action-ready setting than a military base. Chavarria then took it a step further.
Before, Gabriel Chavarria's pitch was just a generic plot about some people taking over a military base, and now it has morphed into a general-gone-rogue revenge tale. Such is the power of The Purge concept.