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TV Review: Wynonna Earp S1E7 Walking After Midnight

wynonnaearp1-075f2Guests at an engagement party hosted by Waverly are put in grave danger as Henry remains focused on having his revenge. Meanwhile, Wynonna teams up with an unlikely ally to investigate a killer who’s targeting young women.

Wynonna Earp actually continues to improve this episode with a focused one that mostly has to do with Waverly and Henry. The episode really dives into Waverly herself and does an interesting examination of the character and provides lots of depth. The episode is her spotlight adding a lot and going far to make the character more interesting and well rounded.

There’s also a murder going on that Wynonna teams up with Haught to try to solve. That part is left open and dangling for another episode. Out of all of the actors and characters, Haught is the most interesting and talented. The episode really shows of Katherine Barrell‘s abilities on the screen and dammit, she’s the best actor on the show! There’s also something there with the character that I think it’s pretty clear what it is, but I want the show to just go with it.

Finally there’s a plot with Dolls getting dragged in by his superiors. It’s a little silly since he’s been doing his thing for how long? And now he’s being called in by his bosses?

The episode’s more focused plot helps it a lot with most of it taking place at Wynonna and Waverly’s home. It has a good look about it, something that’s not consistent on the show. Most importantly, the tone is very consistent throughout. It doesn’t try to smash in to much together as if it doesn’t know what it wants to be. There’s a clear vision here.

Hopefully the show continues to improve. This is the best one so far by a long shot and shows off the potential of it all. And the ending! It’s a good one!

Overall Rating: 7.15

TV Review: Wynonna Earp S1E6 Constant Cravings

wynonnaearp1-075f2Wynonna is out to find and bring to justice one of the Revenants responsible for attacking the Homestead 15 years ago. Meanwhile, Waverly tries to unravel a mystery left behind by her Uncle Curtis.

Wynonna Earp continues to have some good mixed with a lot of bad. The episode actually shows a lot of improvement from everything that has preceded it as the story itself shows a lot of improvement and the acting gets a bit better as well.

The concept of cannibal Revenants is a cool one and at about the 45 minute mark the show actually shows off how good it could really be with scenes bouncing back and forth between two different situations. This is the best the show has been so far.

There’s something that actually clicks with the episode. The threat, how it’s directed, the acting is improved. All of it is much better and doesn’t feel like bargain bin material. I think part of the episode’s success is the fact that it forgoes the smart ass quips as it usually relies on them to show off how “cool” it is.

The episode goes beyond Wynonna’s story too expanding the mystery for some of the other characters and actually sets things up beyond Wynonna’s mission. Its taken six episodes but the series is showing a vast improvement.

Here’s hoping it can keep up the quality.

Overall Rating: 7.05

TV Review: Wynonna Earp S1E5 Diggin Up Bones

wynonnaearp1-075f2Wynonna and Dolls organize a daring raid on the trailer park run by Purgatory’s lead Revenant; Henry comes face to face with an old friend and nemesis.

Wynonna Earp continues to have some good mixed with a whole lot of bad as Wynonna and Dolls first attempt to catch some Revenants, but all of that is jsut a way for the series to give us some of the bigger picture while also attempting to answer some questions like why Wynonna just doesn’t go in and just kill the Revenants they know about.

While the episode isn’t as good as last week, it’s not as much of a shitshow as the first one. I think some of the issue with the episode isn’t as much the acting, which is pretty bad, but the fact we don’t care about what’s supposed to be some of the more emotional impact that’s really the big thing of it. The show is trying to give us some interesting characters, but so far it’s not giving us too much of a reason too care, and mostly giving us irritating characters. The beats that are there just aren’t coming down right.

The acting is still bad with some of it being the worst yet. It’s bad, really bad. There’s a few characters I seriously wonder if they know how to emote at all. This is some D-movie bad level of acting.

The show feels like it’s relying on the wrong things, thinking that throwing in some quips will make us get behind its heroine… and that’s it really. There’s not much else there to really start cheering for these folks.

The show is so bad, most of the above is the previous episode’s review and it still applies. The show wants to be a kick-ass feminist “horror” series, but seems to fail everything in almost every single way it could.

Overall Rating: 5.2

TV Review: Wynonna Earp S1E3 Leavin’ On Your Mind

wynonnaearp1-075f2Wynonna investigates when a posse of Revenants go on a killing spree, which she concludes has a darker and more sinister point behind it. Meanwhile, Waverly challenges Henry’s motives and sets out to unearth more of his past.

Wynonna Earp takes a couple of steps back from the improvement that was last week’s episode and it’s clear the show is still finding its legs, and that’s ok, there’s been a bunch of shows that started out flawed (though this one is pretty flawed).

While the episode isn’t as good as last week, it’s not as much of a shitshow as the first one. I think some of the issue with the episode isn’t as much the acting, which is pretty bad, but the fact we don’t care about what’s supposed to be some of the more emotional impact that’s really the big thing of it. The show is trying to give us some interesting characters, but so far it’s not giving us too much of a reason too care, and mostly giving us irritating characters. The beats that are there just aren’t coming down right.

The acting is still bad with some of it being the worst yet. It’s bad, really bad. There’s a few characters I seriously wonder if they know how to emote at all. This is some D-movie bad level of acting.

The show feels like it’s relying on the wrong things, thinking that throwing in some quips will make us get behind its heroine… and that’s it really. There’s not much else there to really start cheering for these folks.

There’s enough twists that’s keeping me slightly interested in the series, but there’s just so much that’s not clicking, it’s almost sad because there’s much that could work, be fun, and entertaining. So far though, it’s not giving us a lot of that.

Overall Rating: 5.2

TV Review: Wynonna Earp S1E2 Keep the Home Fires Burning

wynonnaearp1-075f2Wynonna attracts some unwanted attention after returning to Purgatory; at the same time, she struggles to keep her impetous nature in check while trying to conform to the rules imposed by the Black Badge Division.

Wynonna Earp greatly improves with this second episode that feels like it drops you right into things without much explanation or spending time with setting things up. It’s just go and as a viewer you’re either on the ride with little thought, or, you’ll probably not enjoy it.

As a continuation of the first episode it does wonders in improving that episode, which failed in so many ways. The two together feel like one extended episode as opposed to a first and second, as if the two were meant as a tv movie and was split up.

The episode doesn’t fail nearly in the same way as the debut. The cheesy lines aren’t quite as cheesy, though there’s still a lot of clunkers. The acting isn’t quite as horrendous, though it’s still not very good. The show has go from unwatchable to really good bad tv, if that makes sense. It reminds me more of a d-movie including bad special fx and a plot full of holes. Don’t think too much about the show, and you might enjoy it.

There’s still lots of improvement to go before the show gets to “good,” but compared to the first episode this second has a much more campy vibe about it, there’s almost an Evil Dead feeling about it in some ways.

I went from thinking this is one of the worst shows I’ve ever watched to not having that opinion any more, so definitely an improvement from its debut. Here’s hoping it continues to improve.

Overall Rating: 5.2

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

Wynonna Earp Gets International Distribution

Wynonna EarpDynamic Television, a leading co-production and television distribution company, has announced that Wynonna Earp, a new supernatural thriller series from IDW Entertainment and produced by SEVEN24 Films is available for pre-sale at MIPCOM. Wynonna Earp will premiere on the Syfy Channel in April 2016 from Executive Producer and Showrunner Emily Andras.

Based on the IDW Publishing graphic novel created by Beau Smith, Wynonna Earp is a fast-paced, 13-hour episodic supernatural thriller that follows Wyatt Earp’s descendent as she battles demons and other demonic beings. Wynonna is a witty and wild modern day gunslinger, using her unique abilities and a dysfunctional posse of allies to bring the paranormal to justice.

Principal photography begins this month in Calgary, Alberta.  The series stars Melanie Scrofano as Wynonna, and Tim Rozon, Shamier Anderson, and Dominique Provost-Chalkley.

SyFy Acquires Wynonna Earp from Seven24 Films and IDW Entertainment

SEVEN24 Films and IDW Entertainment announced today that Syfy has acquired the U.S. rights to Wynonna Earp, a live action television series based on the IDW Publishing comic created by Beau Smith. Emily Andras developed the series for television and will serve as Executive Producer and Showrunner.

With an initial order of 13 one-hour episodes, Wynonna Earp is a fast-paced, contemporary thriller that follows Wyatt Earp’s great granddaughter as she battles demons and other supernatural beings. Wynonna is a witty and wild modern day gunslinger, using her unique abilities and a dysfunctional posse of allies to bring the paranormal to justice.  The series is scheduled to premiere in April 2016.

Melanie Scrofano will star as Wynonna Earp. Tim Rozon will play legendary con artist Doc Holliday, and Shamier Anderson plays the mysterious Agent Dolls.

Wynonna Earp will be produced in Calgary by SEVEN24 Films, and distributed by IDW Entertainment. Production is slated to begin in August. SEVEN24’s Jordy Randall and Tom Cox will serve as Executive Producers.

IDW CEO & Publisher Ted Adams, David Ozer, Peleton Entertainment’s Todd Berger, and Circle of Confusion’s Rick Jacobs packaged and facilitated financing for the series.

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