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Cowboys? Check. Outlaws? Check. A magical gun? Check. Supernatural beings? Wait… what? Yep, that’s right, it’s just another day in the town of Purgatory for television’s newest hero Wynonna Earp.
The upcoming Syfy series Wynonna Earp sees the great great granddaughter of legendary gunslinger Wyatt Earp reluctantly returning to town, after a three year absence, in hopes of ending her family’s curse once and for all. In order to do that, she’ll have to rally a team together to bring paranormal beings to justice, something that sounds much easier said than done. Based on the IDW comic book series of the same name, Wynonna Earp comes from showrunner Emily Andras and premieres on Syfy Friday, April 1 at 10 p.m. and Monday, April 4 at 9 p.m. ET on CHCH. Melanie Scrofano (The Listener, Gangland) stars as Wynonna, alongside Tim Rozon (Schitt’s Creek), Shamier Anderson (Defiance) and Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Avengers: Age of Ultron).
After being lucky enough to view the first two episodes, we thought it’d only be right if we shared the love, and passed along a few things to get fans even more excited for the show’s premiere. Below are some main bullet points and takeaways from the first two episodes, things fans should know as they get ready to meet Wynonna and Co.
Scrofano slays it
Showrunner Andras has said that she originally jokingly pitched the series as “Frozen meets Buffy,” and from what we can see in the first couple episodes, Scrofano is slaying it as Wynonna. Wynonna is a hard-drinking, motorcycle-riding, kickass female action hero, who at the same time can be vulnerable and doubt herself–in short, a character that in a lesser actress’ hands may be difficult to pull off. However, Scrofano is clearly up to the challenge, and especially by Episode 2 she’ll have both demons and viewers firmly under her control.
Sisters before misters
So a kickass female battling supernatural beings, we definitely can see where the Buffy part of Andras’ equation comes in, but what about Frozen? Well, Wynonna’s got a little sister, Waverly (Provost-Chalkley), and the headstrong younger Earp is not willing to just sit idly by while her sister fights off the big bads. Waverly and Wynonna clearly have a complicated relationship, but it’s one we’re eager to see more of as the season progresses.
Wynonna is good, she just doesn’t know it yet
When we first meet Wynonna she’s not quite sure that she’s up for the challenge of continuing her family’s legacy. She’s got a very complicated relationship, not only with her family, but with all the people in town. They remember her as a crazy chick with a drinking problem and other behavioral issues. From what we can see, the town, and most importantly Wynonna herself, will have to learn that deep down she is good, and the right person for the job.
A mysterious government agency
But what exactly is the job Wynonna has returned to do? There’s another new visitor in town, Agent Dolls (Anderson), who has some information and a proposal for Wynonna. He’s followed the demonic behavior here and he wants to get rid of it with her help. But who exactly is he working for and can we trust them? That’s what Wynonna will have to find out.
Trapped in Purgatory
The town Wynonna has returned to is called Purgatory, and it’s quite literally a character in and of itself. Filmed in Calgary, the show’s setting is breathtakingly beautiful at times and really lends authenticity to the western look and feel the show, town and people have going on. Purgatory is a place that traps people and demons alike, and we can’t wait to learn more about the magical powers of this town.
Grab your cowboy hat & boots!
As we just mentioned, there’s a definite look and feel happening on Wynonna Earp. Cowboy hats and boots, flannel and western wear are abound, and we were totally feeling it. The style really goes a long way in helping the show feel fresh, new and different from other things we’re used to watching on television. The only problem is, you may find yourself wondering aloud, “Hmmm, maybe I could also rock a leather jacket with fringe?” Let’s just agree the answer to that is “no,” and leave Wynonna be with her signature look.
As if the town and style weren’t enough to give this show a look and feel all its own, the music plays a huge role in adding to Wynonna’s overall vibe. It’s got a killer soundtrack through the first two episodes, and a theme song that reminded us of True Detective Season 1 or True Blood, really helping viewers become immersed in the show.
The demons, or rather I should say “revenants” as they are called on this series, aren’t your typical supernatural beings. They can’t be hurt by just any old weapon, and that’s where Wynonna comes in. It turns out that Wyatt’s old gun, the Peacemaker, is pretty special and now that Wynonna has her hands on it, the revenants of Purgatory better look out!
Demon: You’re just a girl.
Wynonna: I’m THE girl. With the big ass gun.
An Andras joint through and through
Andras wrote the first two episodes of Wynonna and her signature brand of humor is all over the place. Not only is there snappy, smart dialog and quips with every turn, but Wynonna has a “give no f**ks” style about her that has us simultaneously wanting to be her, but also be best friends with her. Andras is the showrunner here, and it’s clear she’s infused her whip-smart attitude not only into Wynonna, but into Waverly and every other aspect of the show, and that’s a very, very good thing in our opinion.
Andras has mentioned before that sexual representation is key in any series that she creates. As promised, there are characters on Wynonna Earp that are not heterosexual. In Episode 2, we dive deeper into just exactly who they are. Sexuality has been fluid on Andras’ shows, as we have seen before in Lost Girl, and while we don’t know if they will confirm their identity (which is not by any means needed), we can say that Wynonna Earp will continue to explore different types of relationships without any questioning from those involved.
Beware of Eklund!
Last, but not least, Michael Eklund (Arrow, Bates Motel) joins Wynonna in Episode 2 as a character that may be soon appearing in all of our nightmares. He’s imposingly terrifying, and while we don’t want to give anything away about who he is, it’s suffice to say he’ll be sticking around and causing much trouble for Wynonna and her gang throughout the season. While the prospect of that scares us, Eklund seems to be having a blast playing the bad guy, and we couldn’t help but be eager to see more of this performance.
Wynonna Earp will premiere Friday, April 1 at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy in the US. In Canada, episodes will begin on Monday, April 4 at 9 p.m. ET on CHCH. All episodes will also stream on CHCH.com beginning Friday, April 1 at 10 p.m. and continue to run simultaneously with episodes in the US throughout the season.