WYNONNA EARP – Season 2 Episode 3 – SPOILERS
Doc still doesn’t have a hat, and Wynonna was right. His head does look naked. Nicole’s hat has also disappeared, and she is complaining about being required to wear khakis. Wynonna has added a scarf to her usual black leather outfit, and Waverly is much more fashion conscious this season.
The local high school hockey team (The Purgatory Blue Devils) got tired of being perpetual losers, and in 2007 invoked a demon to help them win a championship. Ten years later, the demon returns to collect a literal pound of flesh from each of the players. The demon is identified by Waverly as a Marzaniok, “bringer of good and bad fortune”.
This episode has some similarity to the Buffy episode “Witch” in which the witch trades bodies with her daughter so she can relive her youth as a champion cheerleader, and the witch ends up trapped in a trophy. Waverly role-plays as a cheerleader for Nicole. Also, Wynonna traps the Marzaniok inside the trophy the Blue Devils won in 2007.
Just what is possessing Waverly? This week she ate lipstick. Her gustatory cravings are not exactly symptomatic of pica, since the unusual things she ingests do have some nutritional value. Also, it should be pointed out that Waverly hasn’t done anything pro-demon so far, despite her possession. But she collects shiny objects. (One wonders if some of them are made of silver. Or does the demon possessing her have an allergy to that metal?) Has she been taken over by a demonic magpie?
Dolls knows something is different about Waverly. She was the first person he ran into on his return to Purgatory, and he got a good look at her goo-blackened eyes. (Emily Andras told The TV Junkies that Waverly “…turned and looked at Dolls like he was a delicious hamburger.” But Dolls had been without his meds for a while, and was likely more demon than man during this encounter. Demonic possession seems to erode the memory, and it is possible that neither Waverly nor Dolls will remember anything about it.
We meet more members of the Gardner family when Nicole arrests Tucker Gardner (Caleb Ellsworth-Clark) against Waverly’s advice, and then Tucker’s sister Beth (Meghan Heffern) comes down to the station and gets him released. Sheriff Nedley (Greg Lawson) insists he not be charged because the Gardner family is an important one in Purgatory. “Boys will be boys,” he says. Nicole responds with the best line of the episode: “I’m sorry, did I hit my head and wake up in patriarchal bullshit land?” Nedley gives her a bunch of paperwork to keep her occupied, but later, after she gets tossed around the office by the Marzaniok, he comes back and tells her he’s grooming her to be his replacement. Nedley hands Nicole his file on Tucker, explaining that he’s been playing a “long game”.
To stop Wynonna from killing him, the Marzaniok gave Wynonna a wish and, after a slight hesitation, she wished him back into the trophy. She did not kill the demon because Doc and Rosita (who is a biochemist) are reverse-engineering Doll’s medicine on the sly. They plan to use the blood of the trapped Marzaniok as a main ingredient. We know from earlier in Season Two that Peacemaker will kill all sorts of demons, not just the resurrected revenants originally killed by Wyatt Earp. The interesting thing is that the Marzaniok knew that Wynonna’s gun would be fatal to him. (Demons seem immune to conventional weapons.) When she pointed it at his head, he immediately asked her to spare him, and offered her a wish.
Mercedes (Dani Kind) tells off her younger siblings, and soon after is surprised from behind by that creature from the crate in Episode 2.1. The creature inserts two taloned fingers into Mercedes’ mouth and pulls. It is unclear if Mercedes will survive.
The Black Badge crate that the creature once inhabited had writing on it in an ancient Egyptian alphabet, and was shipped from London to New York City, possibly during the reign of Queen Victoria. The creature is wearing a black veil, which kind of goes with the gloves.
Andrea Ross (season two stunt double for Melanie Scrofano) doubles for Alexia Fast in the thriller THE NINTH PASSENGER, which follows a spontaneous midnight sea voyage by a group of eight partying college students, one of whom is the offspring of an biotech company’s evil CEO. Both their engine and their radio fail, and the boat drifts to a dark island which seems to be inhabited by an unknown, vicious creature. Then “something” sneaks onto the yacht and begins picking them off one by one. A trailer is available on YouTube. THE NINTH PASSENGER is expected to be released later this year.
Tyler Reinhold (Bryce) is Cam in TO THE MOUNTAIN, the story of five hikers: a father and son mourning their mother/wife’s tragic death, two young women on their year abroad, and a retired professor in search of a new meaning for her life. The harsh and beautiful mountainous surroundings force them to connect with one another. The film features an original score by Young Neighbours, a four piece band led by Eric Pauls and based in Calgary. (Their debut album, “The Landscaper” can be purchased on Bandcamp.) TO THE MOUNTAIN is an official selection of the 2017 Regina International Film Festival. A trailer is available on Vimeo.