Thoughts on ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’

I watched ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’ on the flight home from my recent holiday.
I’m glad that I’ve seen it, for completeness. It’s nice to have followed her story all the way through, even of the missing years are a bit disconcerting, and perhaps it’s a huge relief not to have to sit and cringe my way through them!
Note: “spoilers” ahead, but I’ve tried to keep them to a minimum.
This movie got more reactions from me than many movies I’ve seen recently, mostly because of the AWFUL cringeworthy moments (like Fawlty Towers), but some of it was quite heartfelt & real, and I cried.
The acting is perfect. Renee Zellweger gives a brave and convincing performance. Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey are as dependable as always. Emma Thompson is her unfailing best. All of the supporting cast are great – I can’t fault any of them. They make a great ensemble of good performances. It’s just some storyline details I have issue with.
I liked the fact that Bridget finally got married to a man she loves and who loves her back. It would have been good to have ended the movie there, without the ‘diary entry’ voiceover. At that point there was closure, a neatly tidied ending for all of the characters, including both men.
I can see that it’s good literary structure/symmetry for Bridget to observe that she’s a “singleton no more”, because she began the series by describing herself disparagingly as a singleton.
But: the way it was put in there without expanding to reveal maturity or character growth just ruined the whole movie. Bridget was smug about being married, and smug about finally being smug. It was as though the whole point was to be married for the sake of putting it on her Resume.
If the message of the movie is: people don’t grow and change and they just stay stupid their entire lives, being rescued by better people (because both Mark and Jack are better people, not just richer, saner people), then that final diary entry achieved it.
However, I think there was much more to the movie. (There is probably more to the book too, but I haven’t read it.)
There were several points in the movie that illustrated how shallow and idiotic Bridget continues to be, eg. her thoughts as she walks along the street near the beginning of the movie. It’s a genuine struggle for people to lose weight, and it is an achievement, but it’s not a ‘life’s purpose’. Neither is getting married. That’s part of the point of Bridget as a character: we’re supposed to laugh at her. However, she also had moments of maturity and common sense.
Those moments of common sense were not at work. She did numerous ridiculous things at work. Not small things either. It really made me wonder how she’s survived there for so long, and why on earth she had such support and love from her colleagues.
We discover, this movie, where Bridget gets her silliness from: her mother & father are equally daft. We also see wonderful moments of Bridget asserting herself, and the genuine love her parents have for her. They listen. They take her seriously. These moments are evidence that Bridget is worth watching, there’s a heroine buried beneath the idiocy.
Bridget is remarkably mature in her approach to the baby, and in trying to handle the two possible fathers. The mayhem around this is entirely understandable. Perhaps her wedding veil is another example of her more mature approach to things. As was the eventual reveal of the reason that she and Mark had split before this movie. The fact that she actually had grown as a person made the last diary entry all the more irritating.
In the end, I need to remember that this movie is supposed to be a comedy. The fact that there is any character development at all amongst the verbal slapstick is a bonus.
It’s worth watching if you enjoy British comedy, and/or liked the first ‘Bridget Jones’ movies. I just wish they’d edited the ending of this one differently.

Wynonna Earp Finale Season 1: I Walk the Line

As might be expected, the Season Finale answered some questions, and raised some more! It resolved the issue of Willa as Bobo’s lead, but left us with Dolls, Wynonna and Waverly in peril! “Good is a moving target.”

If you haven’t seen the Season One Finale,  yet, be warned: this review is full of spoilers. You can watch it here (with your Syfy TV Provider), on CHCH.com, or catch up with the Official Recap.

What can I say that hasn’t already been said on Twitter during the Friday night live Tweeting? I’m sure I’ll find a few things!

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The episode began and ended with a trio: Doc, Wynonna and Dolls at the beginning, and Doc, Wynonna and Waverly at the end. In between, there were plenty of surprises, reveals and hints of more to come.

In typical Wynonna Earp style, humour alleviated the tension of what really was a terrifying situation. Wynonna’s “Not now Alan!” as she stopped her attacker, followed by Doc and Dolls throwing Wynonna out the window so smoothly, was adorable choreography!

One of the most charming parts of this episode is the Dolls and Doc Team-Up. They have so much respect and trust for each other, despite their obvious rivalry for Wynonna’s affections. When Doc and Dolls praise each other to Wynonna, it’s like they are her children, wanting Mummy’s approval of their working together, and she responds accordingly, although looking slightly puzzled:

“As long as you boys had fun.”

When Dolls was shot, Doc revealed how much he was looking after him:

“I brought your drugs. You are the laziest junkie I ever met.”

As it turns out, Dolls has two drugs, which seem to turn “on” and “off” the parts of him that he usually keeps “dead”. While we don’t yet know exactly what that is, he seems to be something like a Werewolf, with lizard eyes and super-strength. Doc switching it on was a serendipitous mistake, since that strength was exactly what they needed at the time.

Since we last saw Dolls in the back of the Black Badge truck, charged with treason (which Dolls reminded us earlier, carries the death penalty), we just have to hope that Wynonna and Doc can rescue him in time! They don’t seem to know that Purgatory is about to be obliterated on Lucado’s orders, and perhaps it will be up to Dolls to stop that. But: will he get the chance? Hopefully Bobo’s disappearance buys them some time: Dolls could say that he jumped out of the truck and ran back to Purgatory.

Dolls’ insistence that Wynonna not touch his wound was most likely to keep his secret from her. Perhaps she would have found “other” flesh, or become contaminated by his blood. Maybe he’s also sending her back to Doc? Doc did practically propose, while he and Wynonna were collecting weapons. Farming chickens and barley doesn’t sound particularly romantic, but it would be peaceful, and it was a definite “we”.

Wynonna manages to multi-task, having serious relationship discussions amidst managing a major crisis. She’s adamant that she’s not going to shoot the townspeople, nor Willa, if she can avoid it. But, as Doc so wisely says:

“Doing what’s right in the face of ridiculous odds…You are beginning to sound like a hero.”

Wynonna was truly heroic when she walked into the darkness to rescue Willa by shooting her. That giant python/land lamprey was determined to have the Earp heir. Peacemaker glowing blue instead of red seems to indicate that Willa is not going to the fires of hell, but somewhere else. Perhaps her violence is excused in recognition of the many influences on her, leading to her recent beliefs and actions. That surprises me, really.

Both the Nedleys were a surprise this episode: Chrissie, Waverly’s friend, kidnapping Waverly and holding her hostage was a shock. She had seemed to be better than that last time we saw her. Then again, she was under the influence of a psychotropic drug. It’s perhaps fortunate that she wasn’t worse!

Sheriff Nedley telling the crowd that Wynonna is “one of their own”, and “what we made her” actually brought tears to my eyes. The fact that they listened was a relief – presumably they hadn’t had as much to drink as some of the others.

Fortunately, Officer Haught also hadn’t been drinking. I might have been as relieved as she was when Doc told her what was going on, and Dolls’ saying:

“Agent Haught…welcome to the Black Badge Division”

It’s about time that Haught became an “official” part of the Team.

Haught’s bullet-proof vest has been a huge hit with fans! As are Waverly’s declaration of love, and Wynonna’s approval. Of course, in true Wynonna Earp style, these occur at very inconvenient moments, and amidst humour, such as Haught’s indignant “Kind of?”, and Wynonna’s “Yep, you guys do that!” Considering Wynonna’s reaction to Fish’s revelation, her quick acceptance is not surprising, even if it took her a while to figure it out.

Speaking of figuring things out, this is really a guess, but I have a feeling that Juan Carlo is an Angel. He sent Doc back to help Wynonna. He talked to Wynonna at the end and then actually disappeared. He talked to Bobo before Willa opened the door. Bobo has had about 130 years of being a Demon. He’s developed significant powers, including his telekenesis, and seems to know quite a bit about what’s going on, including “the rules”. He tells Juan Carlo: “You’re not allowed to interfere, remember?”, and Juan Carlo backs off. Bobo also asked Juan Carlo: “What are you going to do? Tell on me?” This seems to indicate that there is some power that Bobo is accountable to, that Juan Carlo has access to. Then again, Bobo seems to be mocking Juan Carlo with the question, so perhaps that power is no longer available?

Bobo tells Juan Carlo: “I can save [Willa].” Perhaps he is hoping to have Willa feel love instead of hate as she opens the door. Juan Carlo even looks like he pities Bobo, and his attempt to save the human who is “too far gone”. It seems that Bobo really does love Willa. “Swans mate for life.” Willa referring to the townspeople as “meat sticks” is possibly a hint of where her head is at. When Willa is talking about killing the entire town, Bobo says to her: “You’re one sick puppy, in your own way.” Presumably, the 13 years or so (she was taken at 13, and “released” by the Stone Witch before she turned 27) living in a tree-house affected Willa’s thinking. Even before that, she’d spent her life being “trained” by Ward. The little we’ve seen of that included emotional abuse.  Bobo swears that he didn’t hurt or molest Willa, and that they fell in love later. When they met and kissed, this episode, it was Willa who was in control. After their failed attempt to open the door, Bobo leans on Willa for comfort and support. Yet, while he has his good points, Bobo is still a demon. His way of thinking would have influenced Willa’s. What is particularly interesting is that Willa had another visitor in the tree-house, “whispering promises in the dark”, but she didn’t tell Bobo about it. It will be fascinating to find out who that was, and what they were promising. Was it Juan Carlo, trying to influence her for good? Was it another Revenant, and what could they promise? Was it the Stone Witch, with her own agenda? Or was it someone entirely unexpected? Whoever it was, it seems clear that Bobo wouldn’t have been happy about it.

While we’ve seen Bobo do some dreadful things, we’ve also heard that Lou was “too sadistic” for Bobo. We know that he manipulated a 6-year-old Waverly, but also that she was happier with him than with her parents, and he has never harmed her, even though he’s probably had many opportunities to. He even tells Waverly that he used to watch the girls, and wonder how “a man like Ward…” (who beat his wife, and made a deal with a demon) “…ended up with so much goodness.”

It seems that Waverly was a “bonus” bundle of goodness. It’s possible that Willa knows Waverly isn’t really her sister: She’s about 7 years older, and spent a lot of time with Ward. If she’s not an Earp, she could be a baby that Ward’s wife conceived with someone else, maybe even Bobo. (I hope not, because that would be creepy: his “wife” would be his daughter’s half-sister.) Considering that Waverly comments on her mother not even remembering her birthday, it’s more likely that Waverly is from some other family. It sounds like Ward didn’t pay much attention to her either, so she must have been “placed” there, the Earp’s agreeing to, rather than initiating the arrangement. (BTW, I think Ward probably killed his wife, not that she left.) Who, then, is Waverly, really? Why was she with the Earps?

Right now, of course, Waverly is the “evil black goo-possessed” girl who’s about to shoot Wynonna.

I have a feeling that the very serious look on Wynonna’s face when Waverly asked “Are you ready?” with such a beautific smile, might mean that Wynonna noticed something. She might not be completely surprised by Waverly pulling the gun. Even if she is, Doc is “the fastest draw in the West”, and hopefully will knock the gun from Waverly’s hand before she can do anything dreadful. This final scene, is, of course, just one of the many reasons that we need Season 2 of ‘Wynonna Earp’: There’s still so much of the story to be told.


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With love to the Wynonna Earp cast, crew and fandom, and looking forward to Season 2 (fingers crossed!)

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Wynonna Earp Review Episode 12: House of Memories

Willa’s memories have been gradually returning, as they are triggered by places and events. Waverly helped Willa get all her memories back when she took her to the house she’d been kept in, but is she still pleased about that now ?

If you haven’t seen the episode yet, be warned: this review is full of spoilers. You can watch it here (with your Syfy TV Provider), on CHCH.com, or catch up with the Official Recap.

Before I launch into my tirade about Willa, there were many other important developments this episode. Doc, Dolls, Wynonna, Waverly, Nicole, even Nedley and Champ all had significant moments, which are worth a mention.

Doc in Big Bubba’s clutches showed what a superhero he is. His superpowers include remaining calm enough to establish rapport, question and outwit his captor, as well as his incredible knife-throwing skills. Those same skills led to his capture (Bubba wanted a lesson!) and his escape. He managed to clean up in time to get to the party and try to save “everyone”, or at least a few.

Such a pity, then, that Doc arrived just in time to both save the day…and witness the long-awaited kiss between Dolls and Wynonna. Dolls admitted that he needed her, and Wynonna desperately needs to be needed. If Doc hadn’t left, perhaps Dolls wouldn’t have moved in, and perhaps Wynonna wouldn’t have let him. She cares about them both. Having only one available made that choice much simpler. They don’t really have time to discuss it, though, as they have to somehow deal with an entire town about to go nuts, chasing Wynonna!

Then, Waverly and Nicole kiss in public and no-one notices. Willa uses it as her opportunity to escape. Lost the sister you were supposed to be saving Waverly? Awkies! Never mind! Turns out: you were right to be afraid of her! Maybe Waverly really IS a good judge of character after all.

Funnily enough, Champ realised that Waverly and Nicole are an item before Wynonna did. Nedley’s reaction, although a little surprised, was gold. He’s not so bad after all! Poor Champ is heartbroken to see that Waverly has moved on. I don’t think it’s actually that he’s homophobic, I think it’s that he is upset at realising that he was never good enough for Waverly. One of the things he mentions is that Waverly always told him that it didn’t matter that he couldn’t get into the Policeforce, but now she’s dating a cop. He also says, when Waverly confronts him: “You think this is because she’s a girl?”, implying that her gender is irrelevant, there are other things causing the pain.

There’s a whole other kind of pain that Champ is now experiencing, thanks to Bobo’s poison. He’s probably lucky that Nicole cuffed him: it makes it harder for him to kill himself. Let’s hope the poison wears off, because, even if there really is an antidote, I’m pretty sure that Bobo didn’t leave any behind. He didn’t hang around for Wynonna to be delivered to him, and hand out the “reward” of the antidote. He was just stopping her from following him.

Now, about Willa!

Really, it’s all about Willa. Willa is the heir. Willa is Bobo’s “Lead”. Willa betrays her sisters…and the town, and, if taking Bobo outside the Ghost River Triangle means that he and his kind will “eat everything and everyone”, she’s betrayed the world!

I should have listened! There was chatter on social media about Willa being “evil”, and I was all: “She’s been through some difficult circumstances, she needs help to adjust.” She proved me wrong, didn’t she! So many times this episode, I was saying: “Dammit Willa!”

She shot Whiskey Jim, even after being told not to shoot people, because they needed to be more strategic. Her recklessness in killing Revenants (the bar, Whiskey Jim) indicated an impatience, but she also seemed to be hiding something, even though she perhaps didn’t know what it was herself! Killing Whiskey Jim stopped him from revealing anything else.

She was very rude to Nicole, chasing her away. Then, she walked in on Nicole and Waverly and, instead of saying “Oops! Sorry!” and running out of there like a decent person, she STAYED, and blackmailed Waverly. Again. No wonder Waverly is so unwilling to stand up for herself, if she was tormented by Willa when she was very young. (Willa was taken when Waverly was 6.)

Willa’s meanness to Nicole and Waverly, and to Dolls, were noticable, but understandable considering her life as an isolated captive. Willa said that she wanted to learn to be nicer, so it was forgivable. But Willa blackmailing Waverly over Nicole showed that she really is pretty sneaky and nasty. Willa cosying up to Wynonna isolates Waverly and makes her more vulnerable to Willa’s manipulations.

 

On the other hand, she’s spent about 15 years a prisoner: captured by The Seven, kept in a treehouse by Bobo, had her memory wiped by The Stone Witch and “freed” (not returned to her family, where Bobo could take her again), and kept in a cult commune by Lou. The last few days/weeks that she’s been with Wynonna and Waverly would also have seemed strange to her. And, from what Waverly says, it sounds like Willa wasn’t really an angel to start with. It seems likely that Willa has Stockholm Syndrome (feeling empathy for her captor, and siding with them), but it could be that she, like her daddy before her, sees the benefit of an alliance with Bobo, and she may have initiated it. Bobo seems to care about her more than just as a tool to use. Of course, he IS an evil demon so…

At the party, Willa was excited, and enjoying herself. She didn’t seem to share the concerns of Wynonna, Waverly and Dolls. In fact, she told them to wait…and DRINK. Willa hadn’t spoken with Bobo yet, but did someone else tip her off about the champagne? Surely Bobo wouldn’t risk her safety. When they met, he didn’t bother offering her an antidote. Does that mean that she wanted her sisters and friends to die a horrific death?

Perhaps she was innocently enjoying her first ever party, with no knowledge of what was going on. Somehow, I doubt it. I have a crazy theory, plucked from nowhere (as usual!) that perhaps the details of the party were so important to Bobo (the hotel, the ice sculpture, the “rivers of champagne”) were because Willa once told him that was how she pictured her wedding. If so, part of her excitement might have been the realisation that Bobo remembered, and did this “for her”. Yep: crazy theory from no-where, but it seemed more like a girl’s idea of a party than the idea of a 130 year old man who mostly lived in a trailer park, despite his business dealings and control over the town.

Willa left the party after Bobo set the whole, poisoned, “batshit crazy” town on Wynonna, and she went straight to Bobo! She had Peacemaker, she could have killed Bobo, and/or other people attacking Wynonna. Wynonna clearly wanted Waverly and Willa to be safe, and she had both Doc and Dolls with her, and Nicole and Nedly not far away. But Willa didn’t even offer, or protest.

Of course, Willa may have a secret plan to stop Bobo at the last minute. As someone reminded me: she IS an Earp. The question about Willa is: is she still an Earp on the side of good, playing a long game, like Anakin Skywalker, or has she turned completely to the dark side?

 

Next week’s Season Finale must surely reveal what we need to know.

Meanwhile, remember to remind @Syfy to #RenewWynonnaEarp, and tell them why it’s an awesome show.

18 June to 24 June has been deemed “Wynonna Earp Appreciation Week” by @WynonnaFans. The announcement Tweets are below.

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Saturday 18 June: Michael Eklund

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Wednesday 22 June: Dominque Provost-Chalkley and the Special Effects

Thursday 23 June: Melanie Scrofano and the Music

Friday 24 June: Emily Andras and IDW Entertainment

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Wynonna Earp Review Episode 11: Landslide

Last week there were nice girls in white, this week there are nasty girls in black, and men in camo. It’s ‘all hands on guns’ at the Earps!

If you haven’t seen the episode yet, be warned: this review is full of spoilers. You can watch it here (with your Syfy TV Provider), or catch up with the Official Recap.

Despite the various adventures of the men of Purgatory, this week is all about sisters. Twin Vampire-ish-type Sirens, and the three Earp sisters.

Whatever the twins are, they’re clearly under Bobo’s control. For some reason, though, he’s kept them locked up for a year. Is that to reduce attention from the Police etc, from unexplained deaths? Does he keep them locked up in order to make them hungry, ready to attack on command? Perhaps they’re just too difficult to contain. Their release this time, as a favour to the Judge, is short-lived. They enjoyed a rich meal before Wynonna ended their time on earth. That seems like such a good thing, until we remember that Peacemaker’s kills resurrect when the next heir turns 27. Those twins might be back, badder than ever.

Meanwhile, all the badass Earp sisters are out-of-sorts this week. Willa’s return has been a shock for everyone. Gus is thrilled and hopeful, but Wynonna, Waverly, and Willa herself are having quite different reactions.

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Wynonna is feeling even more of a fraud than she did to begin with: she feels that she shouldn’t be the heir, because it was Willa’s job. Of course, earlier Waverly was jealous of Wynonna being the heir, because she felt perfectly capable. Suddenly she has TWO sisters who are the heir, but she still isn’t! Willa, on the other hand, once she remembers training to be the heir, can’t understand why they don’t just get on with shooting all the Revenants. All those years in isolation hasn’t brought her up to speed with the concepts of discretion and consequences in mainstream society. If you can call Purgatory “mainstream”. Wynonna says “Dolls is gonna kill us”, but in all seriousness, Black Badge might really kill them.

Added to the “heir” issue, there are also the sibling dynamics which resurface. It seems that Willa and Wynonna were close. Also: that Willa wasn’t very nice to her youngest sister. Perhaps Waverly felt left out then, which is making her resentful now. Willa observes that Waverly isn’t just distant, she’s afraid of her. As a child, Waverly was so angry and worried about the unhappiness in her family that Bobo chose her to be his accomplice. Perhaps it wasn’t just her fighting parents at issue. Willa, perhaps not surprisingly, seems to have quite a bit of anger of her own.

Bobo saving Willa, and then Willa asking about him, indicates that maybe Waverly wasn’t the only Earp sister that Bobo had a connection with. We previously found out that Ward and Bobo had a deal. We also previously found out that ‘The Seven’ were acting against Bobo’s wishes in hunting and killing heirs. Willa told us that Ward knew the homestead was going to be attacked that night. Presumably Bobo had found out the plan, and had counter-measures in place. No-one counted on Wynonna picking up Peacemaker, and it killing Ward. We don’t know yet what really happened to Willa. Perhaps she escaped into the Forest, and was “chosen by the light” as Wynonna was. Perhaps she was rescued from ‘The Seven’, but then taken to Lou instead of to Bobo. No doubt, future episodes will tell us more. After all she’s been through, it’s not surprising that Willa needs some time to readjust to her family and her life, but something does seem a bit “off”.

But really, what is going on with Bobo? His behaviour is so contradictory!

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He collected strange green crystals from the Revenant Judge, but offered the Judge a deadly treat with the twins. (The Judge’s response indicated that he knew Bobo was trying to kill him.)

He was angry when he saw Willa in the phone video, but he saved Willa from the men the Judge sent, and told the Judge off for arranging it. This means he was monitoring what was going on at the Earp homestead, AND that he didn’t want Willa killed. Even PEacemaker only grazed him. Considering the shot it made to save Waverly, I think Peacemaker could have made the shot if it had really intended to kill Bobo, regardless of Wynonna being pushed over by Willa.

Bobo has someone inside Black Badge providing him with information, BUT it seems he doesn’t really want Dolls dead?

It seems that Bobo got Whiskey Jim to send Wynonna and Dolls to Lou, which is where they found Willa. I thought “the weapon” that Lou had was the killer skinchanger. Was Willa the “weapon”: a hostage to keep Bobo away? Did he send Wynonna to rescue her? Is Willa the “surprise” Bobo said he has for Wynonna? (I’m still expecting Ward to make an appearance.)

Dolls has been very supportive of Wynonna, getting the DNA test done quietly, and reminding her that she is still “the Earp [he] needs”. He’s also human enough to be affected by the twins, but with so much self-control that at the same time he can question them and restrain his inner reptile/whatever he is. Wynonna not being affected made me chuckle: perhaps it’s a good thing Waverly wasn’t there.

Dolls was pretty awesome in protecting Waverly when the house was attacked. He sprang into action like the pro that he is. Waverly wouldn’t have been shot, except that she tried to be a hero (again). Dolls had told her to go to the basement, away from the windows, and he told her to hide. Perhaps that is what triggered her rebellious reaction.

“Eat shit, shiteaters!” is a line which will surely be quoted far and wide. It’s almost up there with: “You underestimate my power.”

Meanwhile, Doc had tried to leave, but the car broke down at the border of the Ghost River Triangle. Who knows how long he waited before that mysterious man arrived to help. It’s a good thing that Doc can’t die from cold or starvation. (He can only die by a bullet, a blade or…was the third thing drowning?)

The mysterious “Good Samaritan”, Juan Carlo, obviously knew a lot more than he let on. He happened to have a fan-belt for Doc’s car. He knew about Wynonna and Purgatory. He knew about the significance of the Winter Solstice in 4 days, when “the gate opens”. (The gate of hell, letting more demons into Purgatory?) Juan Carlo had retrieved Doc’s Deputy Badge, & it wasn’t blacked by the fire he’d thrown it into. He also believes that it is important that Doc be by Wynonna’s side, fighting the Revenants.

It’s hard to know what choices Doc actually made, since the last words he spoke indicate that he kept the fan-belt, but it didn’t fix the car! Was it Juan Carlo who dragged Doc off at the end of the episode?

Let’s hope someone tells Wynonna about the Solstice and the gate, and Waverly can use her exceptional research skills to find out what it all means in time for them to stop that gate from opening.

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Wynonna Earp Review Episode 10: She wouldn’t be gone.

From an inauspicious beginning, the episode finished on a very emotional note! Friends and family are few enough for Wynonna. She’s lost so many, and recently gained a few.

If you haven’t seen the episode yet, be warned: this review is full of spoilers. You can watch it here (with your Syfy TV Provider), or catch up with the Official Recap.

It really seemed dumb for Wynonna and Waverly to walk into a bar full of Revenants who want to kill them (if Wynonna dies, Waverly is the next heir). They were really quite fortunate to walk away, which makes me wonder again about Bobo’s agenda. Given what we’ve seen of Bobo’s powers, he could have killed Wynonna before now, so maybe he wants her alive for a while longer. There could be many reasons for that, but, since he’s a demon, maybe he just enjoys her misery…and is anticipating adding to it. He did tell her last episode that he had “a very special surprise” for her.

Bobo buying Shorty’s ensures “mutually assured destruction”: Wynonna can’t go in and shoot the Revenants in their nest, while their nest is full of civilian witnesses. It also means that Wynonna and Waverly can’t socialise there. Bobo also wants something that Shorty’s “holds” – unless it was just this strategic positioning.

This episode we discover that Bobo has a Nemesis:  Lou. Lou was too sadistic for Bobo. Wow. Bobo sounds better all the time, doesn’t he? But, think of some of the things that Bobo has done: burning CC’s sons, drilling his own man’s head, chaining Revenants to The Devil’s gate…I’m sure the list is 130 years long. Yet, Lou is worse than that.

Wynonna is quick to seize on the opportunity to recruit a powerful ally against Bobo. Of course, she’s being strategic, not just distracting Dolls from Bobo’s revelation about Doc and Wynonna’s relationship. Melanie Scrofano does a superb job in that scene of looking truly “caught out”: she actually looks like the blood has drained from her face.

Nicole already knew about Wynonna and Doc. Perhaps she’s good at picking up on vibes. Maybe Wynonna told her, that night they bonded, although that seems unlikely.

Somewhat surprisingly, Waverly was shocked to learn that Doc and Wynonna had “slept together”, even though she already knew that Doc loves Wynonna and had challenged him on it. She didn’t seem pleased. Waverly is probably right when she observes that Wynonna avoids denying love for Doc, and probably right that Wynonna does care a lot about Doc. Waverly is unimpressed with Doc’s urge to run, however. Doc trying to avoid her lecture shows that he knows her well, and that he’s scared of women he cares about. Maybe because he can’t shoot them?

Waverly talks to Doc

Waverly confronts Doc about running away (Image from Syfy)

Dolls seems even more upset than Waverly when Bobo tells him about Doc and Wynonna. Is he jealous? Or is he upset that his favourite Demon-hunter is fraternising with an unnatural being? Is he just annoyed that Wynonna didn’t tell him herself? Either way, although Wynonna cares about Dolls, and works hard at building the trust in their relationship, she doesn’t trust him.

It’s interesting that Dolls has been collecting blood samples from Whiskey Jim, to satisfy Black Badge, while keeping him uncomfortably suspended, but hasn’t yet interrogated him. Has this been a long, slow “softening-up”? Wasn’t Dolls trying to find the mole in Black Badge?

It’s hard to know, when Whiskey Jim tells Wynonna and Dolls about Lou, whether this is exactly what Bobo wanted him to tell them, or if there is something else to come later. Dolls noticed that he told them too easily. Sending Wynonna and Dolls after Lou works in Bobo’s favour either if Lou kills them or they kill Lou. It’s only if Wynonna convinces Lou to help fight Bobo that Bobo would have a problem. Presumably, Bobo felt pretty safe that wasn’t going to happen.

It’s also hard to know why Wynonna burned Whiskey Jim after he gave her the information she wanted. Does she have her own sadistic streak? Ward supposedly enjoyed torturing Revenants. Is it part of Peacemaker’s curse: turning the wielder into a monster, like those it kills? Or is it just the toll of Wynonna’s experiences making her unnecessarily mean? Fortunately, she has Dolls watching out for her:

“Don’t get all hard and forget that you’re human, that you’re you.”

Finding Willa was one heck of a surprise, and brought out Wynonna’s human emotions. Surely, it’s a welcome change, though: Wynonna’s family is growing instead of shrinking for a change! A nice reminder that demons lie, and not to believe everything you’re told. Wynonna had been told by a Revenant that he had been involved in torturing Willa for weeks, until she died.

Despite her seeming to be one of his favourites, Lou didn’t know that Willa was the Earp heir (he was keen to kill Wynonna once he heard who she was), so she must have joined him after losing her memories and assuming a new identity. Either she escaped or was released by one of ‘The Seven’, or by someone who was helping them imprison/torture her. Willa doesn’t seem to recognise the Earp name, so presumably she was changed to “Eve” by someone between being taken from the Earp Homestead, and “being chosen” to join Lou’s community. Willa still has the Earp determination (and skill at deception?) to compile the list of names and have Wynonna dropped off in Purgatory.

It enabled  Wynonna & Dolls to release the remaining girls from Lou’s cult. Wynonna continued to be “crazy-brave”: going back for Dolls, and instead of escaping with him and Peacemaker, she goes to “save the hippy chicks” from “the weapon”, without even knowing what it is.

Willa and Peacemaker set Lou’s skinchanging wife free from 100 years of slavery as a killing machine. But: How can Wynonna be the heir if Willa is still alive? Didn’t Waverly try to fire Peacemaker once and it didn’t work? (Anyone remember which episode that was?) Another storyline for future episodes, I hope! Perhaps Peacemaker accepted Wynonna as soon as Willa was captured by the Revenants, but was equally willing to accept Willa again when they were reunited. Does this mean that Wynonna is still the heir?

Speaking of Peacemaker: it mysteriously fell from Wynonna’s belt as she walked into the light in the forest. Willa knew that Wynonna had a gun, and it sounded like they’d taken it from her, possibly taking it “upstairs” to Lou’s stash, like the Taser used on Dolls. When Dolls reached his car, he saw Peacemaker hanging from a tree. So: did Willa hang it on the tree to be found when someone returned for the car?

Dolls sees Peacemaker

Dolls sees Peacemaker hanging from a tree.

On the topic of magical items: Bobo’s fur coat seems to be something of a motif, or perhaps an object that will gain greater significance for us later. Wynonna joked about it last episode, and Lou referred to it this episode:

“That narcissist couldn’t even figure out that his stupid fur coat won’t protect him.”

CC’s car doesn’t seem to be magical, but it is fairly distinctive. CC is known by many people around town: the Revenants know her from 130 years ago and her ongoing dealings with Bobo, and she’s (apparently) a Lawyer, too. It’s surprising that no-one is looking for CC. It’s probably easy enough to stop Nedley and Nicole from searching for her, and Bobo left her for Doc to kill, so maybe no-one wants to look for her? Her relationship with the dodgy Judge (who hasn’t been killed yet, either, by the way, Wynonna!) niggles at me. He could possibly find her useful, and go looking for her. Wynonna doesn’t seem worried about anyone looking for CC, or about anyone noticing her car.

Wynonna giving the car to Doc was thoughtful: he still gets part of his revenge by taking his “enemy’s horse”. Yet, Wynonna’s not prepared to declare love for Doc, or even be “a couple”. Wynonna knows better than to trust him, and, as Doc says: she’s chasing after two men. Wynonna cares about both Dolls and Doc.

There are few people in the world that Wynonna loves: Waverly, Gus, Doc, Dolls…and Willa.

Gus sees Willa

Gus recognises Willa (Image from Nathan R Miller, posted on Facebook)

Wynonna Earp needs to be on more than once a week! How can we possibly wait a whole week for the next episode? We can always rewatch with Syfy, and between episodes, there is the fan community to discuss it with.

Try this Facebook fan group. (If you link other groups in the comments, we can all share!)

Follow the show (and cast and other fans) on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out these Twitter handles:

@wynonnaearp,

@emtothea (wynonna’s showrunner),

@BeauSmithRanch – comic creator ,

@melaniescrofano,

@realtimrozon,

@dominiquep_C,

@shamieranderson,

@katbarrell,

@IDWentertain (production company),

@wynonnafans – fan account

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Wynonna Earp Review Episode 9: ‘Bury Me with My Guns On.’

Lots of “guns” this episode: Wynonna’s, Doc’s , Bobo’s, Dolls’, Nedley’s, even Waverly’s. It seems like The Stone Witch is the only one who’s out of ammo. Normally I link the episode title to the story-line, but this episode, I don’t see the link. Unless it’s that CC was buried without her “guns on”: she said her “magic is spent”, and she’s further restricted by being surrounded by salt. Are we going to discover in a future episode that she actually had a hidden “gun” on her?

If you haven’t seen the episode yet, be warned: this review is full of spoilers. You can watch it here (with your Syfy TV Provider), or catch up with the Official Recap.

“The thing about an Earp, they are survivors to the core, quick to recover, tenacious, committed to their cause. The thing about this Earp is that she’s all these things…”

Doc’s soliloquies are useful to the audience, but I’m wondering if they’re also a comedic device, since, each time, Doc seems to be talking to himself next to a man who doesn’t seem to know him.

Comedy, is of course, a wonderful relief in horrific stories, like Dean Winchester in ‘Supernatural’. Perhaps Doc’s best line this episode was:

“My vast wisdom is a burden.”

Wynonna and Doc round 2

My favourite Wynonna quote this episode:

“Says the unarmed Revenant in a coat Lady Gaga deemed…maybe too much.”

Despite her continuous wisecracks, the trauma that Wynonna has suffered recently has left its mark: she’s having flashbacks of Dr Reggie and Jack O’Knives. This also reminds us that Wynonna must have dealt with her past traumas quite well: she hadn’t been having flashbacks about the many other things she’s endured.

Fortunately, she has Doc, who does really care. He cares about her enough not to “claim” her:

“She’s no-one’s but her own.”

Sadly, Wynonna is coming to the wrong conclusion about her experiences, possibly influenced by the recent revelations about her father:

“Maybe it’s better to be bad.”

Of course, Black Badge doesn’t agree with those sentiments. Not publicly, anyway. Although, it seems that the Psych evaluation was rigged: from checking her well-being to calling her a murderer – obviously intended to trigger a reaction. On the basis of that, she “failed” and lost her badge.

Wynonna sweats dolls laughs

Is Dolls’ seeming lack of interest in helping her because he’s afraid of showing his hand too early? Maybe he wants to get the evidence he needs, before he gives away the fact that he knows there’s corruption inside Black Badge. That corruption comes in handy for Wynonna later, when she “passes” her “second” evaluation: was that just a falsified report, or did someone else take the evaluation, with a different examiner? Either way, Wynonna has her badge back, and can officially keep protecting Purgatory.

It seems that no-one in Purgatory is immune from panic, impatience and silly mistakes. CC deciding to resurrect one son from the parts of both led to the permanent loss of both of them, and her own entrapment. CC reveals many things while she thinks she can still bargain. We discover that her husband was a demon, and that he created the Earp curse, as revenge for the death of his sons. This was too straightforward (!) for CC. She wanted her own revenge, so she broke Wyatt’s heart by giving Doc eternal life and having Wyatt think Doc had lied about dying to avoid helping him.

We have Maddie’s abilities confirmed when CC calls her “Stupid, white witch healer, whore.” Maybe Maddie made Peacemaker? She was a white witch AND a blacksmith, and CC indicated that she was much older than she looked. Hopefully there are more revelations to come.

Maddie and her white magic are gone, and now The Stone Witch and her dark magic are as good as gone. (Or are they?) Burying CC in a dried up salt lake was genius. Wynonna would have made a good lawyer, finding those loopholes!

Speaking of twisting things around, Nedley tells Haught that he can’t accept her report with the supernatural references in it, and makes her re-write it, but he keeps it for himself. Nedley even delivers some cool (if a little ironic) lines, showing there’s more to him than Wynonna knows:

“Underneath the multiple layers of asshole, you seem like a good man.”

When he tells Dolls that he’s aware of the things that are going on, and gives him the file he’s been compiling, he does make a compelling argument for cooperation:

“If I lose my Deputy, I have to deputise someone like Champ Hardy.”

Even Dolls has to smile at that. If Black Badge is true to form, Nedley pretending he knows nothing might save his life in the future.

On the other hand, we’re learning more each episode: CC’s pink Lincoln tells us a lot. It shows us that CC and her sons are not bound by the Ghost River Triangle like the demons. She only stayed for her sons, and now she has one of them, she’s leaving.  We see that Bobo’s superpowers really are pretty super. He’s strong enough to push against the Lincoln’s engine. He can also sense things such as Doc and Wynonna’s horizontal (?) dancing. He’s not, however, immune to being out-talked by Doc and his logic.

When Bobo told Wynonna “I have a very special surprise for you,” it was really quite sinister. I expect that the surprise is Ward. I wonder how devastating that reunion will be. How Demonic has Ward become? Is Ward a little evil, like Fish and Levi, or a lot evil, like Jack O’Knives?

Conversely, Aunt Gus has an optimistic view of surprises, as she tells Waverly: “Some of the best things in life are the surprises it throws at us.” Gus’ encouragement was what Waverly needed, to be able to begin a relationship with Nicole. Before that, she wasn’t even listening properly to what Nicole was talking about, because she was overwhelmed by her own confusion and fear. Poor Nicole had bigger things on her mind. Hopefully they’ll work out their relationship, and their collaboration against demons as well. It’s nice to know ‘the Team’ has Nicole as well. Then again, this is Purgatory, where nothing seems to run smoothly for long.

Gus obviously had no idea that it was Bobo buying Shorty’s. Wynonna wasn’t completely wrong about the “Real Estate Agent”, who is probably one of Bobo’s ‘Familiars’.

Bobo with pub sign

“It’s ours now, my fellow deviants and degenerates, and what it holds will aid in our eternal salvation, and Wynonna Earp’s final damnation.”

Shorty’s held the skull. What else is hidden there? Chilling hints of what’s to come!

 

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Wynonna Earp Review Episode 8: Two Faced Jack

There were many men of two faces in this episode, and all of them were revealed. This was the most horrific episode yet, but also the most comedic. The horror was as much psychological as gory: several shocks were delivered. There were several deaths, but only one of them was a Revenant.

If you haven’t watched Two-Faced Jack yet, you can watch it (with your Syfy provider) &/or the Official Recap will catch you up. This post is FULL of spoilers!

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WYNONNA EARP — “Two-Faced Jack” Episode 108 — Pictured: Melanie Scrofano as Wynonna Earp — (Photo by: Michelle Faye/Syfy/Wynonna Earp Productions)

This was the most horrific episode so far. I think Wynonna agrees with me on that: this is the first episode that we actually see her cry. Wynonna endured the physical injuries and torture, drawing on her quick wits and her incredible self control. I’d call Wynonna’s ability to hide her feelings, including physical pain, a “superpower”. The fact that she’s had so much training in it is one of the horrors of this episode. (And another parallel with ‘The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest‘. If you’re in Australia, you can watch ‘The Millenium Trilogy’ movies on SBS ondemand, here) Another “superpower” is the nose bleed she had when she was near Jack O’Knives, or even a picture of his victim. It seemed to be accompanied by the sense that she had to follow up on this, an indicator or supernatural evil. Jack said that Wyatt had the same nosebleed. Interestingly, other Revenants, even Bobo, don’t have that effect on her. Maybe that’s because she already knew they were Revenants and she didn’t need the nosebleed to tell her?

What really got to Wynonna though, was further confirmation that her father, Ward, was not such a good guy. Once I’d realised that Peacemaker shoots where it wants to, I was pretty sure that Peacemaker wanted to kill Ward, even though Wynonna didn’t. It does seem that Ward was up to some bad stuff, and Bobo was clear in Episode 1 that he hadn’t wanted ‘The Seven’ to kill Ward. (Although it was he who got Waverly to plant the talisman which allowed the Revenants onto the property.) I thought he was just saying that it was unnecessary, but perhaps he had other reasons to keep Ward alive.

When ‘Jack O’Knives’ told Wynonna that Ward was very good friends with Bobo Del Ray, & that he had made alliances in order to survive, it confirmed what ‘Vinnie the Vulture’ had hinted in Episode 5: that Ward wasn’t really who Wynonna thought he was. Wynonna was probably pleased to ignore Vinnie as an attempt to upset her, but this further evidence that it’s probably true. It also helps explain how Bobo got access to Waverly, to become her “imaginary friend”.

We see that Waverly still doesn’t understand what it’s like for Wynonna. She’s still thinking it’s a “point and shoot” adventure. Wynonna tries to spare Waverly from the horror of knowing everything. That leaves Wynonna alone in her misery, and Waverly wondering what’s wrong.

While Waverly knows nothing about it, what does this deeply troubling information mean for Wynonna, moving forward? Perhaps it could mean that she might feel a little less guilty about shooting him. She might feel even more trusting of Peacemaker. At the moment, though, it just means emotional anguish: her childhood hero seems to be not such a hero.

It’s not really surprising then, since it’s typical for girls to fall in love with men like their Daddy, that the men in Wynonna’s life are Doc and Dolls. Two men with secrets, some kind of unnatural force keeping them alive, and murderous violence not too far from the surface. Yet, these two men also care about Wynonna enough to put aside their hatred of each other in order to work together to rescue her. Despite their many lies and the violent acts which are part of their skill set, deep down, Doc and Dolls want to be on the side of “good”. That is the difference between them and most of the Revenants of Purgatory.

When Doc confronts Jack, we see that Jack’s supernatural abilities include summoning objects like a Jedi, and using his claw-like fingernails as laser-like cutting tools. He recognises the Stone Witch’s knife, and it gives him pause. It must also have some power we are yet to discover. (We saw her make it glow hot in Episode 7.) It also slows Jack down considerably, when Wynonna plunges it into his back. It’s far more effective than the bullet to the head that Doc already gave him.

Jack OKnives with bullet in head

“Jack O’Knives”illustrates Doc’s accuracy…but a bullet to the head only distracted him! Image from Syfy, editing mine.

Even with the rather urgent need to go and shoot Jack with Peacemaker, Wynonna pauses to remind Dolls and Doc not to kill each other. The tension must be palpable! Yet, they don’t really want to kill each other. As Doc observes when they form a new alliance: “Well, that was easy!”

fight from Tim Rozon Twitter

Dolls and Doc get to vent some of their anger with each other…and share information at the same time. Image from @RealTimRozon on Twitter

Doc and Dolls working against each other, together, against each other and together again made this the funniest episode so far, with Tim Rozon delivering a great comedic performance as Doc. In an interview , Tim Rozon said that he finds comedic  acting hard. But his performance this episode was brilliant. For a guy who is used to associating with Revenants, Doc was sure gobsmacked when Dolls came back from the dead! Considering Doc’s nightmare experience in trying to start Dolls’ car, I’m pretty sure he was also pleased to have Dolls around to drive.

Shamier Anderson’s ‘Dolls’ ‘playing the straight man’ to Doc’s visible reactions was a perfect combination.  Somehow, though, I think it was more than Dolls’ military training that enabled him to put himself into a state of apparent death, or hibernation. It adds to the puzzle of what Dolls actually is.

One thing that Dolls is, is determined. Dolls, with some prompting from Doc, has worked out a “win-win” situation: by capturing “Whiskey Jim” (who clearly didn’t make a good impression on Dolls!), and telling Black Badge that he is testing him, he saved Wynonna, Waverly & Doc, gets to continue working in Purgatory, presumably gets his drug supply back, AND gets to hunt for the ‘mole’ in Black Badge. Tracing the connection from Bobo into Black Badge is going to be interesting. The surprises aren’t over yet!

‘Jack O’Knives’ being ‘Jack the Ripper’ was a surprise, only long enough for the similarities to sink in. Then, it was kind of obvious. As Jack told Wynonna himself: she achieved what Scotland Yard couldn’t, and she did it all by herself. Sending him back to Hell completed Wynonna’s self-imposed quest to eliminate ‘The Seven’ who tortured and killed Willa, and caused Wynonna to accidentally shoot her father, starting Wynonna’s own torturous journey through the mental health and justice systems.

Really, Wynonna had lots of reasons to celebrate by the end of this episode: she wasn’t horrifically murdered, she got the use of her legs back, Waverly, Nicole, Doc and Dolls are still alive, and she rid the earth of a truly ghastly, gruesome Revenant!

“Even when I was human, I wasn’t, not way down deep.”

Unfortunately, that ghastly, gruesome Revenant said that Bobo Del Ray is much worse. Now that the ‘Seven’ are gone, Wynonna needs to attend to the other 64 (if I’ve counted correctly), most of whom seem to be under the control of Bobo. We’ve seen a little of his power so far. It seems that a well-thought-out plan might be required.

Maybe, before she continues tackling all the evil in Purgatory, Wynonna might take some time to recover. As well as the emotional strain, and whatever other injuries she’s sustained, her toe will need to heal! She’s had a rough couple of days.

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