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TV Review: Wynonna Earp S1E1 Purgatory

wynonnaearp1-075f2Wyatt Earp’s great granddaughter celebrates her 27th birthday by reluctantly returning to her hometown to take on her family’s legendary curse in the premiere of this supernatural series based on the IDW Publishing comics created by Beau Smith.

Having read the first couple of the new Wynonna Earp comic series, I went into this debut episode with low expectations, and the episode was generally exactly what I expected. The first episode is a bad D-movie in episodic form instead of the movie where it’d probably work in a much better way.

When I heard the series would be on SyFy there was a certain aesthetic I expected (not a good one) that I associate with television series and movies on the channel, and this show fits that perfectly. It’s not totally poor quality as in a low budget film, but there’s a certain look of bad special fx and cheesy framing of scenes, bad dialogue, and horrible acting that you mix together and deliver for the average show, and this one fits that formula.

The story is predictable, dialogue (delivery and text) is just bad, and there’s moments you have to wonder about the logic. And that’s a shame because the show and concept has a lot of potential.

Melanie Scrofano who plays Earp feels like she’s attempting to channel Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones, but seems to miss a lot of the subtlety that Ritter’s portrayal had. The rest of the cast feels like stereotypes and the bad demons are so beyond silly in their acting.

As I said, there’s potential with this show and hopefully things get better, but holy crap is this debut not good. It’s just a mix of cheesy bad that feels like it’s trying to be serious, is bad, and doesn’t get the joke.

Just not good.

Overall Rating: 4.4

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