WYNONNA EARP – Season 3 Episode 10 – SPOILERS
Kevin (Anna Silk) walks out of the abandoned uranium mine where Bulshar was once entombed, . She removes her protective gear and heads for the Earp homestead, somehow acquiring a Smart FourTwo Electric Drive Coupe along the way. (Smart vehicles are distributed and sold by Mercedes-Benz.) Kevin describes herself “a representative of a long line of Ambassadors tasked with looking after the balance in the world” She calls her bosses “The Menfolk”, and seems quite resentful of them. And she tells Wynonna and Charlie that Bulshar’s arm is still in the mine and it can be used to make a weapon that will kill the demon. (It turns out that Kevin is lying, and the quest for Bulshar’s arm is a device to find out if Waverly can control the power of her father’s ring.)
The Earps should have tumbled to this deception once they found out a few things about the ‘revenant’ to whom the arm was attached. One Armed Clint (Dru Viergever) died after Wyatt trapped him in the mine (so Wyatt only killed him indirectly, making him a questionable candidate for revenanthood). Bulshar’s arm is supposed to be radioactive, but Wynonna and Waverly only get radiation burns when they touch Clint’s face, not when they touch the arm, or any other part of him. (If Clint was that radioactive, everyone who was nearby would have severe radiation poisoning.) Clearly, the radiation was an illusion, as were the burns inflicted by it.
Waverly’s dad and Juan Carlos were once charged with guarding this “garden” thing that Bulshar wants to get into, and they somehow allowed Bulshar to escape from it. (In those days, Bulshar took the form of a serpent.) Why, one wonders, did Bulshar escape from the garden to begin with, if he now wants so badly to return there?
Kevin explains that Waverly is the champion who can keep Bulshar from achieving his goals, but that in the process she will be turned to stone. Kevin has lied before, and there is no particular reason to believe this.
Meanwhile, acting on information from Bobo (Michael Eklund), Doc and Nicole head out in search of the journal that Maeve Perley (a distant relative of the Iron Witch Gretta Perley) kept for Juan Carlos. They find the Perley house unlocked and unoccupied, but Nicole is soon possessed by the spirit of Maeve (voiced by Sydney John), who was burned at the stake for witchcraft and is now trapped in fire. She wants Doc to provide her with a freshly killed corpse to inhabit. Maeve knows that Doc is “undead”, and that seems to make his body undesirable to her. Maeve tries Nicole’s body on for size first, temporarily switches to Jeremy, and then quickly back to Nicole. When she gets no cooperation from Doc and Jeremy, the young witch throws up Nicole’s hands and says: “Then you two get nothing.” (This is a strange thing for her to say, because Jeremy has the journal.) Maeve-in-Nicole then falls and hits her head. The next thing that Doc says to Jeremy is “This book needs to get back to BBD.” (Doc is well aware that Black Badge Division has pulled out of Purgatory.) Then the house catches fire.
When Charlie the firefighter arrives to extinguish the blaze, Doc drains him of blood, but when he offers the corpse to Maeve, she is nowhere to be found. (Maeve wanted a freshly killed corpse to move into, but a body without blood would likely be useless to her.) When Nicole discovers that Doc has killed Charlie, she threatens him with wooden bullets (which, like rubber bullets, are normally used for crowd control and of questionable usefulness against a vampire). As Doc walks away, an uncharacteristically evil grin appears on his face. One suspects that Maeve might be inside Doc. It would explain why he killed Charlie.
When Maeve was alive, it seems she was one of the good guys. Here is how Doc describes her to Nicole: “She lived alone; she wrote in books all day; she would not speak to men. She helped other women with, uh, women things. Childbirth. Not having children.” Being burned alive and being trapped in fire for so long might have driven her mad.
Maeve tried on Jeremy’s body briefly, but left it quickly, saying: “I need someone more pure, as in purely human.” So, it seems that Jeremy is not 100% human. Does that mean that Black Badge modified him like they modified Dolls, and he either doesn’t know about it, or just isn’t saying?
We also find out that Robin (Justin Kelly) not only majored in Jazz History, but also minored in Astronomy, and has stopped upchucking dirt (which means he is likely no longer under Bulshar’s influence). Both Robin and Bobo like experimental jazz, so Robin lets Bobo listen to the song “Like Wolves on the Fold” by Colin Stetson.
At the end of the episode, Waverly and Wynonna notice that, though it is 9pm in the middle of winter, the sun still hasn’t set. Also, Mercedes (Dani Kind) is apparently kidnapped. (The shirt cuff on the arm that grabs her is very similar to the shirt being worn by Doc Holliday in this episode.) Has Mercedes been captured by Doc, or Bulshar, or Kevin, or by someone else entirely? Did Kate actually leave town, or was she turned into a tree by Bulshar? Can Waverly’s ring bring Charlie back from the dead? And what is the significance of Kevin and Waverly’s pickle eating?
Melanie Scrofano stars in the short film THE ENDINGS, which depicts a woman in the throes of a relationship’s demise, and is filmed from the perspective of the woman’s lover. During filming, Art Director Jessica Ennis acted the part of the lover in order to elicit reactions from Scrofano. The film was directed by Caitlin Cronenberg, and accompanies the book of the same title (which is now a Globe and Mail best seller), a collection of 28 stories of heartbreak, relationship endings, and new beginnings (some fictional but others inspired by real life) put together by Cronenberg and Ennis. The book is available on Amazon. The short film can be streamed on Vimeo.
Scrofano is also Valentina (Nat’s wife who turns informant) in the second season of BAD BLOOD, a TV series created by Simon Barry, and based on the 2015 book “Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto’s Last War“, by Antonio Nicaso and Peter Edwards. Season Two will premiere on CITY-TV in Canada on Thursday, 11 October at 8/7c. Scrofano’s first appearance will be in Episode 2.2, titled “A Grapefruit Worth 20 Million.”
Katie Strain (Jolene in “Landslide“) will be a bartender in LUBA, Caley Wilson’s film about a single mother whose ex-husband Donnie (Vladimir John Cubrt) is a recovering crack addict. Six years after their breakup, with bills piling up and no one else to depend on, Luba welcomes Donnie’s return to their son’s life. But he relapses, and Luba is thrust into a fight for survival. Courtney Deelen and Precious Chong are also in the cast. LUBA won the Audience Choice Award for Best Picture at the 2018 Canadian Film Festival in Toronto. A trailer is available on Vimeo.