‘Wynonna Earp’ deserved more; but what we got is immaculate

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This week’s throwback isn’t exactly old but I’m going to count it. Why? Because I actually recommended it to you lovely readers back in 2020 during the early days of the pandemic. And that’s felt like an eternity ago. So much so, I nearly forgot I did it.

Among the TV shows I recommended was Syfy’s “Wynonna Earp.” And I attribute the TV network sparingly. The poor writers, producers and actors had to fight tooth and nail just to get their fourth and final season. A complete travesty if you ask me.

I’m actually in the middle of rewatching this series on Netflix for about the twelfth time (and that’s being generous).

“Wynonna Earp” premiered in 2016 and stars Melanie Scrofano (some may recognize her from the Canadian hit show “Letterkenny”) as Wynonna, the great-great-granddaughter of famous gunslinger Wyatt Earp.

Of course, Wyatt did more than just make a name for himself. He also killed a demon sheriff in a town called Purgatory. That same demon cursed the lawman and his descendants. Every criminal — and those caught in the crossfire — that Wyatt killed with his pistol “Peacemaker” would be resurrected over and over as demon “revenants.” And for each generation of the family an “Earp Heir” would be tasked with putting down these demons with Peacemaker. Sending all 77 demons back to hell is the only way the curse can be broken. And another twist, the demons can’t escape Ghost River County, where Purgatory is located.

So, with Peacemaker in hand, Wynonna sets out to break the curse that has tormented her family for generations. A curse that took her toxic father and older sister Wylla.

She isn’t alone of course, she also has her little sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley), Waverly’s girlfriend Nicole Haught (Katherine Belle), her boss Deputy Xavier Dolls (Shamier Anderson) and Wyatt’s own best friend Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon).

I’ve recently realized that “Wynonna Earp” is what the CW’s “Supernatural” could have been if it hadn’t been on that nightmare of a network. The rabid fanbase of that show may crucify me for that but I’ll stand by my hot take. Of note, I also liked that show too. I just like this one more.

Show creator, Emily Andras did well when she took the concept of a comic book, written by Beau Smith, and brought it to the small screen.

I’d say my favorite part of this show is its ability to not take itself too seriously… an issue I had with the other show I mentioned. Sure, it has those heartpounding, tense moments and the scenes that have and will always make me cry.

But there’s such good one liners, comedic dialogue and timing (which I feel many of the cast got to adlib — Scrofano in particular) that truly makes it enjoyable.

“Wynonna Earp” is a gritty sci-fi drama, but it isn’t so much so that you feel depressed watching it. It truly can be a comfort show, and is for a lot of people — including me.

And the chemistry between the actors is immaculate.

Scrofano and Provost-Chalkley could truly pass for sisters with their back and forth. And it’s so touching just to see how protective Wynonna is toward her baby sister. Their relationship is truly the anchor point of the show. In fact, Wynonna would have high tailed it out of Purgatory after learning her fate if it weren’t for her sunshine, angel of a sister.

Of course, Provost-Chalkley’s chemistry with Barrell also could often find you on the edge of your seat. From the touching soft moments between their characters, to the gut wrenchingly sad ones… these actors have the range and the dedication down pat.

Really, I could gush for hours about the entire cast from Anderson, Rozon and many more. Suffice to say, I love them all really.

I was sad to see it end (although the final season is amazing in its own right) but at least we got four season. If Syfy had its way it would have been less.

So, if you’d like to watch an interesting sci-fi western with a great cast and healthy dose of comedy, look no further than “Wynonna Earp.”

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Laura Jameson is managing editor of The Express.


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