[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]
Syfy’s newest scripted (thank God) series, Wynonna Earp,Â debuts this Friday night, and although itÂ launches onÂ April Fool’s Day, I can safely assure you thatÂ its titular character suffers none of them. Girlfriend has some serious swagger.
Headlined by The Listener‘s Melanie Scrofano and created by Lost Girl and Killjoys producer and writerÂ Emily Andras, the show is leaping into the Syfy kickass women voidÂ created by the departureÂ of both Lost Girl and Bitten. The network has already welcomed her to the fold alongside Killjoys‘ Dutch.
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If you’re a fan of Westerns and U.S. history, or even if you’re not, the name Earp probablyÂ means something to you. Buckle up, because history’s veering way, way left with the Earp lore and redefining his gun-slinging days against the backdrop of the supernatural, as you do on Syfy.
WynonnaÂ is equal parts sass, soul, and humor as a young woman who’s seen unspeakably horrible things and walked away to preserve her own safety and sanity only to find herself summoned home when the past rears its ugly head.
She arrives in her hometown of Purgatory on her 27th birthday and immediately comes face to face with one of the boogedies she’s been dodging. Rather than turn around and run back from whence she came, she decides to dig in her heels to keep her family, and especially her equally sassy younger sister, Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley), safe.
The key to their protection is a wickedÂ 19th century gunÂ called the Peacemaker, which has been hidden away for a while. Wynonna’s arrival coincides with that of a super-secret special agent named Dolls (Defiance‘s Shamier Anderson), who tries toÂ recruit her into the service of her country for something she’s been trying to disavow for most of her existence.
Also arriving in town around the same time is a sultry, SouthernÂ stranger played by Schitt’s Creek‘s Tim Rozon, who’sÂ worked with Andras on Instant Star and Lost Girl. I’m not going to name him here because I think that’s a fun surprise, but if you look at Syfy’s info on the series, you’ll find it. He shows up not longer after the gun, and when he mistakes Wynonna for a prostitute she cackles that hookers are paid.
The big badÂ in the seriesÂ is actually several medium bads, related to Wynonna’s great-grandpa’s activities a long, long time ago. We’ll meet their really big bad next week. He’s played by Michael Eklund (Bates Motel and Continuum, for starters), which pretty much tells you all you need to know about howÂ frightening he is. Next week, we also get a better bead on Dolls, and his dynamic with Wynonna, which is a hilariously odd balance of heat and frustration.
I dig the hell out of the premise, and am beyond thrilled that it’s chock full of Canadian blood. The series is based on the IDW comic book series of the same name by Beau Smith.
I knew and liked Scrofano from The Listener, and she was my first draw to the show.Â She is terrific here, playing a prickly, defiant, probably borderline-alcoholic who is pissed off at the whole turn of events that dictated her life to begin with and have now drawnÂ her back to Purgatory. That anger fuelsÂ her forward, even through moments of extreme terror, because that’s how she’s survived.
You immediately recognize that nothing’s ever come easy for Wynonna–except a multi-generational albatross-type dictate about demons and Hell because now that she’s 27, she’s officially tasked with resolving unfinished family business, but I digress.Â It’s extraordinarily entertaining to watchÂ her navigate her newÂ responsibility with disgust, resignation, and a healthy sense of humor. She gives no f-cks and it just might save her life.
The supporting cast is great, too. The pilot episode sets the stage with the basics, butÂ by the second episode, you get a better sense of what Rozon, Anderson, and Provost-Chalkley are going to do with their characters. It’s readily apparent that everybody is having a ball.
Wynonna Earp premieres Friday at 10/9c on Syfy. It’s definitely a fantastic way to close out your week, especially if you sometimes arrive at Friday night feeling ever-so-slightly homicidal. Let Wynonna do the heavy lifting, kids. Here are a couple of sneak peeks of the premiere and what to expect this season.
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