1.) I LIKE IT
Hey, you wouldn't be reading my blog if you didn't like the way I look at life and the way I write.
The series is witty, sassy, and fun.
And fun is in short supply these days.
2.) WYNONNA HAS YOUR KIND OF LUCK
What if you possessed the only gun that could kill the demons trying to kill you and your beloved kid sister ...
and you couldn't shoot straight?
Wynonna is the great-great granddaughter of Wyatt Earp,
the lawman whose descendants are cursed to face all 77 of the outlaws he killed, returned from Hell,
upon their 27th birthday.
And you thought your last birthday sucked!
3.) YOU WILL LAUGH OUT LOUD
All her life, Wynonna has been scorned and treated shabbily,
so she has developed a wicked wit and false bravado to face the world of frowns.
Turn to any episode,
and you will notice the crisp, funny dialogue by the laughter in the room ... yours.
Struggling with a local who turns out to be a demon in disguise, Wynonna smirks,
"You're dumb. You're ugly. You sure we haven't dated?"
4.) THE SISTERS STEAL THE SHOW AND YOUR HEART
Though Wynonna's return to her hometown of Purgatory
( think Firefly mixed with Supernatural )
strikes sparks from her kid sister, the two soon learn to lean on the strengths and love of the other.
And they are fun and funny together.
5.) THE SHOW PUTS THE CHOSEN ONE TROPE ON ITS EAR
Wynonna Earp, the only one who can use the gun to dispatch 77 demons out to kill two sisters
and then go out to devour the rest of the world.
The Chosen One, right?
Wynonna is broken. Think frisky, whiskey, risky.
Wynonna is played beautifully by Melanie Scrofano
who is able to infuse the character with heart and pathos
while still making her hilarious and a total badass.
It becomes quickly clear that the kid sister, Waverly, is better suited to save the day
while being unable to use the gun.
The brains of the operation is Wynonna's little sister, Waverly, played to pixie perfection by
a whip-smart, firecracker of a woman who would really like it if you would stop underestimating her now.
She may be small but she be fierce, and while she may not be the Earp heir, it's her family curse too.
6.) IT'S FROZEN MEETS BUFFY
That's how the show's creator, Emily Andras, pitched it to the SYFY network.
The overarching theme of the series is the relationship between the two sisters,
one who happens to have a kind of magic power,
as they learn to rely on the strength of the other, coming together as a family.
It has a distinct visual style, which is helped a lot by the fact
that it is filmed in many real locations in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
7.) RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ADULTS DONE REALISTICALLY
No phony love triangles between Wynonna, her boss, and Doc Holliday:
A bruised woman drawn to two broken men who find themselves wanting to be better than they are.
Forever feeling misunderstood Waverly finds love where she least expects it in Officer Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell).
Don't cringe, guys, the two actresses do a wonderful job portraying this story-line in a way that feels authentic and nuanced.
Wynonna Earp might be a supernatural Western with lots of action, but it also has a big heart.
This is down to Andras and her team of writers.
They have managed to make characters who not only seem realistic,
but who are also people that you really care about.
This is especially true of the show’s female characters.
Andras just understands how to write believable, well-rounded female characters.
8.) A SOUNDTRACK THAT ROCKS
Right from the opening credits you can already tell Wynonna Earp is going to rock.
The show begins with a splashy credit sequence set to Jill Scott’s “Tell that Devil”
which captures its girl-powered-supernatural-element-fighting nature.
It’s a distinctly contemporary song that still manages to fit in with the overall Western feeling.
The whole first season features an eclectic mix of new and old folk, rock, and indie music
from familiar bands such as Civil Twilight and lesser-known singers like Jeen.
AND LASTLY, I HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE HUMOR:
What are you waiting for?
The first season is on Netflix. What? You still staring at this screen and not your TV screen?