WYNONNA EARP – Season 1 Episode 6 – SPOILERS
The episode’s title is ‘Constant Cravings’, and it is an apt one. Dolls (Shamier Anderson) craves a blue liquid which prevents something (we don’t know exactly what) from happening to him. Is he a revenant made human by the injections? That would explain why the blue liquid is strictly controlled by the Black Badge Division. Wynonna seems to crave Doc Holliday. When Doc approaches her in a suave and polite nineteenth century manner to arrange a meeting between himself and Dolls, Wynonna is clearly hoping his request is of a more personal nature. Doc (Tim Rozon) craves revenge against the Stone Witch. And then there are the cannibals, whose gustatory cravings only surface when an Earp heir comes of age,
Curtis MacCready leaves Wynonna a motorcycle, which she immediately identifies as a Harley-Davidson 1200 Stage One Screaming Eagle. For Waverly, Curtis leaves a note with a riddle, and when she solves it she finds another note designating her “keeper of the bones”, along with a skull in a box. Waverly visits The Blacksmith (Rachael Ancheril) for an explanation of the skull (because The Blacksmith knows about such things).
The skull’s identity is revealed during a ceremony joining Waverly to it, and The Blacksmith becomes frightened and searches frantically for salt, most likely to make a ‘witch bottle’ to protect herself. (The Blacksmith, whose name we do not yet know, addresses Gaia a couple of times, so it is reasonable to assume she is pagan and/or Wiccan.) Waverly broke up with Champ (Dylan Koroll) before visiting The Blacksmith. Will her mystical entanglement with the skull cause problems for her budding relationship with Officer Haught?
The Blacksmith’s first words to Wynonna were: “You know, the only thing I hate more than trespassers is an Earp”. Her distrust of Earps underlines a point made in the previous episode. It is not just Wynonna that folks in Purgatory dislike. It is the entire Earp family. After Hetty tells Wynonna about Moma Olive’s cannibalism, there is this exchange:
HETTY: “It’s all true.”
WYNONNA: “Except that you left out the part about wanting my daddy dead.”
HETTY: “Each time an heir came of age, Mama would get ravenous and then murderous. Killing Ward was the only way to stop her.”
WYNONNA: “So you are the sixth.”
HETTY: “This curse won’t end until you end.”
WYNONNA: “Funny, I feel the same way about you.”
Hetty (Alex Paxton-Beesley) makes an interesting point. To the seventy-seven revenants tied up in Wyatt’s curse, killing the heir is a logical thing to attempt. That being said, it is surprising that there are not more attempts on her life. Success would resurrect all those the heir has killed, and, until a new heir comes of age, would prevent any more of them from being sent back to wherever that flamey portal takes them. In Hetty’s specific case, it would stop her mother’s reversion to cannibalism. There are probably other revenants whose nefarious activities go dormant when the Earp heir is killed. An Earp’s coming of age means a serious spike in the local crime rate.
Alexandra Zawrony, who wrote this episode, gave Greg David of TV-EH a hint of things to come. “I can say that The Stone Witch darkens the doorsteps of many characters,” Zawrony said. “She will become super-prominent this season. We will definitely see more of that pink Lincoln”. Even so, all we know of the Earp curse is its effects. We do not know its cause. There seem to be as yet undefined forces at work in Purgatory.
Kyle Durack (ill-fated backpacker) is the author of two books, RAGE, and RAGE II, both of which are available in Kindle Editions. Both are fast-paced stories about a young man with Cerebral Palsy who stumbles upon a strange power to change into ‘monsters’ of his own design. Durack also is one of two unnamed men in a coffee shop in the slapstick comedy PU PU PLATTER, a lighthearted film that chronicles the struggles of two star crossed lovers from opposite sides of the world who try to achieve their dreams while struggling to bridge broad culture gaps – often with hilarious results. PU PU PLATTER can be purchased online for $7.99.
Beau Smith tweeted on 12 May that, according to Comic Book World, WYNONNA EARP Comic #3 is one of the top ten best selling comics, beating X-MEN #7 and DAREDEVIL/PUNISHER #1.
Valerie Planche (Mama Olive) will be Colleen in the sci-fi thriller INCONTROL, in which some college students discover a device that allows them to control other people. Greg Lawson (Sheriff Neadley) and Sarah Troyer, (Kiersten in episode one) are also in the cast. Planche is also Dora in a short film called GUNS OF PURGATORY, in which a group of iniquitous characters seek vengeance on an outlaw on the American frontier.