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Wynonna Earp – The Best New Show You (Probably) Didn’t Watch

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I didn’t hear anything about this show until halfway through its first season when a friend of mine started ranting and raving (in the best possible way) about Wynonna Earp.

“Kickass hero!”

“Great storytelling!”

“Great acting!”

“OMG THIS SHOW *flails*!!”

Here’s the basic premise: the great great granddaughter of Wyatt Earp is a law-breaking drifter whose uncle dies and comes back for his funeral only to get caught up fighting the “revenants” (demons) of the 77 outlaws killed by Wyatt Earp back in the day. Throw in a buttload of daddy issues, a mysterious gov’t agent, witches, and an immortal, and you get a seriously kickass show. My friend was not exaggerating.

I think the best thing about this show is how flawed Wynonna is. She’s on a journey from criminal to hero and that’s a cool thing to witness. Even as she’s figuring out how to make amends for problems she legit caused, she’s still saying f*ck you to the people who demand she conform if she’s going to be part of society. She’s also unapologetically in charge of her sex life, which is unusual in television, even today.

The second best thing is Wynonna’s relationship with her sister, Waverly. There aren’t a lot of shows out there that give us actual sister bonding that includes disappointing one another, regaining trust, or genuine love even when they want to punch the other right in the face.

Now, I haven’t read the graphic novel on which this is based, so I can’t compare the two or tell anyone how it measures up to the original source material. What I can say is that the storytelling really is excellent. It’s got a fast pace, but everything unfolds really naturally. And there are definitely a few surprises that pop up I didn’t see coming.

Aside from the story itself, the acting is all around outstanding. I don’t know any of these actors, but the casting people did a great job. Wynonna is played by Melanie Scrofano; her adorable little sister Waverly by Dominique Provost-Chalkley; her “boss” Agent Dolls by Shamier Anderson; and Doc Holliday by Tim Rozon. There’s also the great supportive roles played by Katherine Barrell as Officer Nicole Haught (which is hilariously apropos) and Sheriff Nedley by Greg Lawson. Last, but certainly not least is the bad guy Bobo del Rey, played by Michael Eklund.

I can’t go into much more without spoiling the show, so I’ll stop here. As a testament to how much I loved this show, I bought the season (13 eps) from Amazon at around 8pm on 8/6 and finished the season by 1pm on 8/7. That’s how damn good this show is. Do yourself a favor and watch it. Season 2 is official, though it won’t be airing until next year some time.

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About Nancy M. Griffis

Author and screenwriter who loves scifi/action/adventure/urban fantasy genres. I have two published novels, Mind Games and Eternal Investigations, as well as a short story published for charity called "Home Fires Burning." All are available through amazon.com and barnesandnobles.com.

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