Wynonna Earp is very much back and it would feel wrong not to blog about it. Without further adieu, here are my top five highlights from the season two premier:
1. B-Movie Monster Magic: The major cliff-hanger of last season was did Waverly shoot Wynonna or Doc? Turns out, she shot a fairly gnarly looking monster that was about to pounce on her big sister. Wynonna Earp has always embraced its silliness and may I just say that it is so refreshing to see some old school style monstrosities onscreen? CGI is all well and good, but sometimes a dude in a mask does a much better job. Purgatory’s latest inhabitant looked like Admiral Ackbar had fallen into a blender and I freaking loved it! Wyonna Earp has a very specific aesthetic to it and polished, computer generated bad guys just don’t seem to fit (phallic evil worm snake from last season not withstanding – I’ll watch Wynonna outrun a giant penis devil any day). Here’s hoping we get to see lots more bad guys in this style throughout the season. I would much rather Wynonna Earp look like the original Star Wars trilogy than the prequels. More masks. More makeup. More fake blood. BRING IT.
2. Doc’s Missing Hat: I don’t say this lightly, but Emily Andras just one-upped Steven Spielberg with the hat gag. Indiana Jones is one of the most influential franchises in my world. I would not be who I am without it. So the idea of losing a signature hat is worrisome. Except Doc losing his hat made for a hilarious situation that never felt over-played. Tim Rozon’s comic timing is perfect and Wynonna saying Doc’s head looked naked was perfect and it was all just perfect. I’m sorry, Indy, but that was lit.
3. Melanie Scrofano: It’s hard to imagine a time when Melanie Scrofano wasn’t twirling Peacemaker around her finger. And I realize that Melanie Scrofano only plays Wynonna on TV, but what a miracle of the perfect actor in the perfect part. Keeping up with Wynonna is half the battle of watching the show – it’s a fun battle though so no complaints. And poor Wynonna is probably feeling every feeling there is to feel. She just killed her sister, her baby sister is in danger, her man is locked up, her other man lost his hat (and is a self-sacrificing romantic, damn him), she was bested by a lamp, she’s now had to sign a blood oath, and there are still revenants trying to get her. Watching Scrofano is like watching an Olympian. She’s just the best at what she does. And bless this show for pausing during an otherwise action-packed hour to let Wynonna just have some time to cry. Emily Andras, just…uuuugh stop.
4. Nicole Haught: Last year my fascination with Waverly’s characterization knew no bounds. This year I’m already writing a thesis on Nicole Haught. Kat Barrell is one of those rare actors that can do everything with her eyes. Those are some dangerous eyeballs. So Nicole is expressing EVERYTHING without saying much and it’s all kind of heartbreaking? I shake my fist at you, Kat! How dare!
No, but seriously – Nicole Haught wants to belong. She’s wanted to belong since last season. Remember when she wasn’t invited to Waverly’s party? And then she was only “kinda” Waverly’s girlfriend? Then there was the small problem of everyone in town lying about Purgatory’s supernatural inhabitants. Nicole wants the truth. And she wants to understand her place. And she wants to be included. The beginning of a relationship is hard on anyone and it’s no different for Waverly and Nicole. Nicole wants to understand where she fits into Waverly’s life and Waverly’s life is full of danger and a ‘ride or die’ sisterhood and a whole lot of supernatural research.
And now Waverly has been goo’d (which is much better than Goop’d) so Nicole is trying to figure out why her brand new girlfriend tastes different (Andras, I see you) and has lost her ability to handle weapons in a safe manner. She needs her identity affirmed by Doc because she’s an Agent, not just an Officer, she’s an Agent – except only Doc and Dolls were around when that promotion occurred. And now she’s been left out of a blood oath. Nicole Haught wants to be part of the Scooby gang. She wants to know how she fits into all of this. In the meantime, it’s like she’s on the margins of the cool kids at school. Sometimes they invite her to the sleepover, but sometimes they forget she even exists and it’s hurtful and confusing. So hurtful and confusing that she managed to do the impossible and turn her cheek to a Wavery Earp kiss. My goodness. The willpower! I’m not going to mention any underboob here because I am a lady and this blog is a classy place.
5. Character, Character, Character – A good plot is great, but good characters? That’s a show. Waverly Earp is one of the best and the addition of the mysterious goo is intriguing. I will admit to being nervous about the goo. I didn’t want Waverly to suddenly have no control over her own actions or do things that she wouldn’t want to do. So I’m sorry, Emily, I shan’t doubt again! I shan’t! But Dominique Provost-Chalkley may actually be human sunshine. Also, Waverly, I’m not sure if Neosporin works on bruises, but eye on the prize, girl. Eye on the prize. Special shout out to Shamier Anderson too – I don’t know what Dolls is, some kind of lizard dragon thing – but I really want to know. And that smile at the end? Oh, Xavier. Somehow Wynonna Earp has me shipping a heterosexual love triangle. This is unheard of. I’M DISTURBED. But also, MORE PLEASE.
Basically, season two already feels fantastic because these characters are so fantastic. They could all sit on chairs and start reading the phonebook and, hell, that would be really weird, but it would somehow work too? That’s the mark of a stellar show. And the Wynonna Earp troupe is second to none.
On a personal note, Wynonna Earp has brought a lot of good into my life. Last season inspired me to write more than I’d ever written before (since years in graduate school where I was forced to write a lot of very boring, very soul crushing, content). I was incredibly lucky to meet Emily and the cast during Fan Expo last August and it felt very much like a homecoming of sorts. Conventions are strange places that can harbour false familiarity, but despite the major drama of the day (lining up is a lot harder than it looks), the cast could not have been more lovely and welcoming. Many Earpers have made lasting friendships, raised a lot of money for good causes, and actively made the world a better place through their hard work. I don’t talk about my personal life on the blog, but I can say that this show has made me very, very happy for many reasons (thank the nerd gods for chance meetings and Freudian slips).
While it doesn’t seem like Wynonna Earp will be attending any Canadian Cons this year, I wish the cast and crew all the best for season two. Thanks for signing my comic books. Emily, thanks for letting me name Nicole’s cat. It feels good to be back in Purgatory.