REVIEW: Syfy's Wynonna Earp - Season 1

By Cara Grassi

Well-written, strong female characters, quips that’ll make your head spin -- Syfy's WYNONNA EARP is exactly what you’re looking for. 

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I’ll come right out and say it--- I’m a total sucker for “a crazy chick with a gun.” If you’re looking for well-written, strong female characters, quips that’ll make your head spin and a story that keeps you enthralled at every turn then look no further than Syfy’s Wynonna Earp.

Admittedly, SyFy network may not have been my go-to when it comes to television but Wynonna Earp pulled me in almost immediately. After having been shown the light and because of the engaging storytelling and interesting characters, I kept coming back for each of the new episodes. At the urging of friends, I spent hours binge-ing to catch up with the rest of the east coast. Time proved to be nothing more than a foreign concept and it was shocking to see just how quickly it slipped away.

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Following the untimely death of an uncle, Wynonna Earp (Melanie Scrofano), the oldest living heir to the late, great, gun-slinging Wyatt Earp, returns to her hometown, Purgatory. Immediately sensing that something is off, Wynonna finds herself investigating the strange supernatural circumstances that surround his passing. After having bitten off more than she can chew, Wynonna is faced with a family curse, demons/revenants that are out for Earp blood and an oversized gun dubbed “Peacekeeper” that only she can wield to send them back to hell. Totally manageable, right?

While Wynonna and her methods in general would be considered unorthodox, she isn’t on her own for this endeavor, despite the fact that her snark could render someone almost entirely speechless. The group, and the very concept of there being a “Chosen One” to slay the forces of evil, evil being led by the big bad, Bobo Del Ray (Michael Eklund), is very Buffy-esque, so it only makes sense for there to be some kind of Scooby Gang to aid in said fight.

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Waverly Earp (Dominique Provost-Chalkley), the younger sister left behind in the wake of a family tragedy years ago, is eager to prove herself worthy of the family name. Deputy Marshall Xavier Dolls (Shamier Anderson) assists Wynonna on her mission, but has some secrets of his own despite appearing as the stoic and seemingly model agent. Hailing from the secretive division named Black Badge, a division tasked with keeping tabs on all things that go bump in the night, Dolls has his own fair share to offer to the gang even if he at times might seem like a stick in the mud. And then there’s Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon), yes, that Doc Holliday. With his southern charm and all, Doc appears to be out to fulfill his own agenda when we first meet him. As the season progresses, his intentions become clearer. As the season progresses, he proves himself to be faithful to Wynonna’s mission and it's undoubtedly interesting to see how his morals shift with the changing weather.

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Laden with wit, humor and badass women kicking major butt and taking names in a wholly authentic "Weird West" setting, Wynonna Earp is as close to a breath of fresh air as you’re going to get. If none of that manages to get your attention, there’s more. What’s demons and magic wreacking havoc in a small town without the involvement of the local police department? While they do manage to keep the police force a bit clueless, a persistent and bright-eyed Officer Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell) seems to catch wind of what’s been happening in their quiet and terribly quirky town.

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Being attractive in uniform isn’t strictly synonymous to men and it doesn’t take long for Waverly to notice Haught. A relationship built on a genuine concern for each other’s well-being and an attraction that sends hearts a flutter eventually blossoms between the two. This in particular serves as a pleasant addition amidst the chaos, especially given the “Bury Your Gays” trope that seems to be widely popular as of late. Wynonna Earp manages to steer clear even when bullets are served up in excess and instilling hope within a community that’s been spurned many times before. If only it were somehow possible to pass out bulletproof vests to lesbians television wide.

While a renewal is still up in the air as the season one finale was as recent as just over a month ago, many viewers are hopeful for good news (from SDCC!). If there’s a show out right now we’d like to see more of, it’d be this one. There’s so much more to be explored, backstories, relationships and characters that deserve to be fleshed out, as well as the countless surprises that we can surely expect. With an active backing on social media and a fan base that appears to be growing daily, Earpers are continuing to wish for the best and rallying towards a potential second season. They won’t be making their peace anytime soon. 


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