Wynonna Earp: Steel Bars and Stone Walls & Shed Your Skin
Original air dates: June 9th, 2017 & June 16th, 2017
Alright Earpers, don’t get your spurs in a bunch when I tell you it took me awhile to get on board with the show. The beginning of the series just didn’t grab me and I couldn’t put my finger on why: it’s a little corny (I love corny), it has demons (I love shows with demons), it has lots of whiskey drinking (I love whiskey) and it has a bad-ass heroine with a big gun (I love shows with strong female leads). But I would find myself muttering to my dog about how fast and loose the show was playing with iconic, historic characters. Then it hit me—not everyone grows up a stone’s throw from Tombstone, and not everyone had class field-trips to see reenactments of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, or walked through the Bird Cage Theatre. So, I looked at the show with new eyes, and episode by episode the show wormed its way into my heart.
Now we are two episodes into the second season and our characters are still dealing with the aftermath of the show-down of Bobo’s trailer park—namely Dolls being taken into custody, the Revenants being scattered, and when the barrier of the Ghost River Triangle was briefly opened all sorts of new creatures came forth. The first episode has Wynonna, Waverly, Haught and Doc looking to rescue Dolls. Wynonna makes a quick alliance with a fellow Black Badge Agent—Eliza (our little Tam-Tam from Lost Girl aka Rachel Skarsten). Eliza can get the group into where Dolls is being detained and does just that. Things didn’t go well; Dolls did escape, but is on the run, and Eliza didn’t last the whole episode (I was hoping she would be a permanent addition to the cast), but they gained Jeremy (who’s quickly becoming my favorite). The episode ends with the group (minus Haught) re-applying with The Black Badge Division, by signing a contract in blood—I’m sure that will be fine.
The second episode we have a ghost and spider infestation at an abandoned school being remodeled into condos. Wynonna and Waverly dispatch the creepy-crawlies, but at first Wynonna thinks the ghost is Willa. At the end of the episode we see that there were two creepy ghosts at the condo site, so I am sure we will see them again. While this was going on, Doc was blackmailing Agent Lucado so he can buy Shorty’s Bar. Kate Drummond as Lucado is good—every time she is on screen I want to smack her with her shoulder pads. Jeremy is proving to be a valuable member of the team and I love him crushing on Doc. Waverly is being more affected by the black ooze that she was exposed to last season and she is now eating demon spiders—so that can’t be good. At least she and Haught are doing a little better– I like them as a couple—I hope it lasts.
Waverly is having doubts as to if she really is an Earp or if she was adopted. My bet– she’s an Earp. Why? Because she is acting just like her sister. Wynonna has been against putting Waverly in harm’s way since the first episode, even though Waverly has proven herself time and time again. Waverly is doing the same thing with Haught. She didn’t tell Lucado or Moody about her, and brushed off the fact that Dolls had deputized her last season. So, ignoring a loved one’s wishes seems to be a family trait. I get the need to protect a loved one, don’t get me wrong, but I also think if someone isn’t backing down from the fight it is best to help and prepare them.
The team is without a leader—I don’t count Lucado as the leader, though I’m sure she would disagree. Wynonna needs to step up a little. I know it had to be incredibly hard and painful to kill Willa, but she needs to grow from the experience and not let it weigh her down. I think she needs to trust Waverly to hold her own and Waverly needs to trust Haught. I guess what I am saying is they need to fully trust in each other and they need to create a clear plan of attack. Maybe I’m jumping the gun– maybe Dolls will be back. I don’t know if at this point I miss him. I will admit he isn’t my favorite character, but he might be the glue that keeps the team together and focused. I guess time will tell, but as it is, I am looking forward to the rest of the season. I just hope Waverly doesn’t go evil—I think one evil Earp last season was enough.