Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Waverly Earp) stars as Grace, Kiana Madeira (Poppy in W.E. episode 2.6) will be Amy, and Varun Saranga (Jeremy) will play Gavin in the SyFy original movie NEVERKNOCK, about an urban legend that turns out to be true. (Legend was that, in 1986, three teens were brutally murdered after knocking on the door of 59 Oakwood Lane, and the killer was never found. For forty years, kids were warned to never knock on the door of that house for fear of what might answer. Grace and her friends fail to heed those warnings.) Also in the cast are Jodelle Ferland of DARK MATTER, and Eliana Jones (who was teenage Tamsin on LOST GIRL). NEVERKNOCK will air on SyFy (US) on 15 October at 9pm. Continue reading →
WYNONNA EARP – Season 2 Episode 8 – SPOILERS
With the aid of a pentagram, Peacemaker, and Wyatt Earp’s badge, Wynonna goes on what Juan Carlos calls a spirit quest. She has an out of body time traveling experience and learns how Bobo Del Rey became a revenant, where the third seal is hidden, and who the widows are. After being rescued from the burning church that housed the pentagram, she dies for seventy-seven seconds, and then is revived by either someone from the local fire department (The Order), or Dolls (it is not clear which).
When the Earp heir dies, all the revenants he or she has sent to the underworld return. Wynonna was dead for 77 seconds, and there are a total of 77 revenants. (There seems to be no reason for this bit of numerical synchronicity, as some of the revenants were alive, and some were dead at the time Wynonna died.) All seventy-seven revenants should be alive again now. This includes Killer Miller who brought the darkness in Episode 1.2. Miller comes to mind because Doc Holliday treats us to a (most likely apocryphal) story about how Miller was “filled full of lead” by Wyatt Earp.
Ambrose and Levi, the romantic revenants from Episode 1.5, will also have returned. Maybe they’ll get together quickly, stay far away from the heir, and live a long and happy life together. There’s Jonas, the fellow who might be the father of Wynonna’s kid, who was just put down in the previous episode. He’ll be back to boast and make trouble for Wynonna. And then there’s Bobo, whom we actually see come to life again.
Bobo (Michael Eklund) was inadvertently killed by Peacemaker. Sometime in the 1880’s, Purgatory’s Sheriff Clootie, a demon, was using him as a human shield against Wyatt Earp’s bullets. Svane told Wyatt to take the shot, and the bullet passed through Svane and into the Sheriff. The Stone Witch tells Svane that he is included in the curse on Wyatt’s descendants. This may or may not have been true (the curse was cast by the Sheriff, not by Constance). It is implied that Svane might have avoided the curse had he committed a truly selfless act and helped Doc escape from the well, but he was jealous of Doc’s friendship with Wyatt and instead tried to trick Holliday into giving up the ring that gave him immortality.
The sheriff did not die, could not be killed, and so was buried alive behind three magical seals (the last of which is the ring Doc wears) by his wife, Constance Clootie, who apparently did not like her husband very much. The widows are Sheriff Clootie’s other two wives, and they are trying to find and break that third seal to release him.
When Dolls insisted that Wynonna shoot Hypnos (in Whiskey Lullaby, Episode 2.6), it seemed that Wynonna began to realize that some demons are maybe not as bad as others, and that it might not be necessary to kill all of them. (When Nicole and Waverly did not track Poppy (Kiana Madeira), the cleverly named daughter of Hypnos, when she ran off, Wynonna told Waverly: “She’s not the enemy.” It might be that the ability to form alliances with some demons and possibly some of the revenants is central to eventually breaking the curse, but such an approach might precipitate conflict with Dolls.
Waverly needs to know her ancestry, so she has her DNA tested. Nicole makes the mistake of trying to keep the results from her, and the two have a bit of a falling out.
From Waverly’s reaction to her DNA analysis, we can assume that she is not a blood relative of the Earp family. (She has only Wynonna to compare her DNA to. The test should tell her if she and her sister have the same mother, but a different father, or if they are entirely biologically unrelated.) Waverly has some sort of connection to Bobo, and Wynonna might paradoxically have created that connection while time traveling. (She told Bobo, then known as Robert Svane, that Waverly was his “angel”.) Bobo’s relationship to the Earp sisters is complex and still not fully understood. He rescues Waverly from an icy pond, tricks her into burying a talisman that allows The Seven to attack the Earp Homestead and kidnap Willa. Then he falls in love with Willa. He might be Waverly’s father, but even if he’s not, he probably knows who is.
It seems unlikely that Waverly will turn out to be a key of some kind created by The Order.
The death of Juan Carlos (Shaun Johnston) is the latest in a series of departures of older characters on the show. Shorty and Judge Cryderman died in Season One. Gus hasn’t been seen since she sold the bar to Bobo, and Sheriff Nedley has announced his intention to retire.
Rayisa Kondracki (Constance Clootie in WE Season One) is Anna in the made-for-TV thriller SLEEPER, the story of Jennifer (Kara Kilmer), a woman who begins to question who her husband Freddy really is after seven years of marriage. After a miscarriage, Jennifer begins to question whether the spark may be gone. Then Jennifer catches Freddy in a few minor lies, and when a sudden accident throws Freddy into a coma, a larger story begins to unfold, making her question if she ever really knew the man. Filming in Montreal was completed in June. Broadcast details have yet to be confirmed.
New Touch, an unreleased song by CAVEBOY, is playing in the background when Rosita arrives at Shorty’s with the piñata. The group plans to release their next album sometime in the fall, and “New Touch” will probably be on it.
Peter Skagan (Shorty) is Mr. Cravens in DEAD AGAIN IN TOMBSTONE, a film in which Guerrero (Danny Trejo) returns from the dead once more to protect a stolen relic which has the potential for creating hell on earth from getting into the hands of a gang of renegade soldiers. Marnie Madden (worker #1 in Episode 1.5) and Gwyn Auger (party guest in Episode 1.13) make uncredited appearances in the film, which will be released directly to DVD and Blu-Ray on 12 September. DEAD AGAIN IN TOMBSTONE (the first sequel to the 2013 film DEAD IN TOMBSTONE) can be pre-ordered from Amazon. A trailer is available on YouTube.
WYNONNA EARP – Season 1 Episode 5 – SPOILERS
Ambrose (Tyrell Crews) asks Wynonna to help him find his lover Levi (the revenant that Doc dragged across the border of Purgatory at the behest of Bobo). He tells her the story of how they met.
AMBROSE: “Life could be pretty lonely for a fella like me. Back in those days, you can imagine. And then the most beautiful man I’d ever seen, a photographer, daguerrotypes, you know what those are?”
WYNONNA: “Old timey pictures, right?”
AMBROSE: “Mmmm-hmmm. He walked right up to me on the street. He was so bold that way. Sold me on getting my photo done. You had to sit completely still. My stomach was fluttering something awful. We just stared at each other. And stared. By the time the photo was finished…”
WYNONNA: “How blarfably romantic.”
AMBROSE: “We promised that if we were ever struck down by Peacemaker, next time we regenerated we’d meet at the same day, time and place.”
The song playing at Shorty’s while Ambrose tells his story is Livin’ in the Fire by Motopony. The story of Ambrose and Levi seems to crystallize Wynonna’s guilt. Later, she tells Doc that she can’t just go on coldly executing revenants, and needs to give them a chance to “come clean”. (She’s been having nightmares, and Waverly suggested that guilt over this might be the cause.) Vinnie the Vulture (Josh Bertwistle), the fellow she tries to torture, tells her that Earps are always “trying to cut filthy little deals whenever it suits them”. And a guard she and Ambrose subdue tells her that he is suspicious of anything an Earp might say. It seems the Earp family has a history of opportunism and ruthlessness, with which Wynonna is uncomfortable. She informs Dolls that she is not a cop and needs to do things her way. Dolls is OK with that (like he has a choice) as long as they are “pulling in the same direction, roughly”.
Meanwhile, Bobo’s lawyer turns out to be Constance Clootie (Rayisa Kondracki), the ‘stone witch’ (Clootie’s maiden name is Stone.) She’s the one who put Doc at the bottom of a well for a hundred years. (When she encounters Doc in this episode, she casts a disorienting spell on him in Romanian.) Connie has a relationship of mutual convenience with Bobo. She apparently has agreed to give him some of her powers (Bobo has acquired the power of telekinesis. The witch might transfer such power to him during sex if the heel-sucking scene is any indication) along with a promise of a way out of Purgatory. In exchange for that he is to reassemble the bones of two people (her children? her siblings?) for her. These bones have been scattered widely, we do not know by whom, most likely to prevent just such reassembly.
CONNIE: [Speaking to bones] “It’s almost time lovies. Uncle Bobo is finding you. All of you. And then it will be just like we planned.”
BOBO: “Alright, that’s enough, Constance. Don’t get hysterical.”
CONNIE: “Let me take them. They’ll be happier with me. Won’t you let me?”
BOBO: “You’d like that, wouldn’t you? What I would like, Connie, is the lead to get out of this goddamned prison. My lead, that you’ve been promising me for years.”
CONNIE: [slaps him] “Tit for tat. Like we’ve always said.”
BOBO: “I put your boys back together, you give me that lead.”
CONNIE: “By the by, when were you gonna tell me that Doc Holliday was back among the living?”
BOBO: “When were you gonna tell me he scares the living shit out of you?”
Another new character, Purgatory’s City Manager and Judge (played by David LeReaney), whose name is Cryderman, is clearly corrupt and may be in league with the Stone Witch and/or Bobo Del Rey. He and Wynonna don’t like each other much, and he has a photo titled ‘The Death of Josiah Earp’ in his office which shows the seven member hunting party that also took Wynonna’s father and sister. (Josiah Earp was Wynonna’s great-grandfather.)
Doc and Wynonna finally have sex, although Wynonna, being inclined toward self-analysis these days, expresses doubts as to whether they should. Earlier in the story the sight of of a topless Dolls made her tongue-tied, so it was predictable that she would succumb to Doc’s advances, but Wynonna does not share Doc’s thirst for revenge and that will likely inhibit the development of the relationship. The song playing as Doc and Wynonna kiss is Window by Bonefield, a French producer & composer based In Lyon, France (also known as Noone, Bonefield, FOM & Oscar Sandlarz). Another of their songs was used in W.E. episode one during the revenants’ war party.
Josh Bertwistle (Vinnie the Vulture) will join Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre as a featured player for May, and will appear in Super Scene on the 28th. Bertwistle is also starring in a comedy webseries recently funded by Storyhive called MEGA CRIME UNIT, with three main characters: a police chief with IBS, a detective with 2 years till retirement, and a rookie who should probably repeat police academy.
David LeReaney (Judge Cryderman) will be Alex Fischer in EMPYREAN, a science fiction drama about a man whose near death experience awakens his psychic abilities. Shot in and around Calgary, the film describes itself as a “meditation on the intersection of time, space, and memory”. EMPYREAN has received AMPIA nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, and Best Original Score. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Marnie Madden (Female Worker #1) is raising money for a film called THE SILVER THIMBLE GANG, an Old West drama featuring a unique band of female outlaws headed by Maggie Beaumont, who broke bad after she was beaten and left for dead in the desert by her abusive husband. And Madden has begun work on a webseries called ONCE UPON A DATE, written by herself, Josee Nisbet, and Melissa Cambridge, which will tell “real life funny stories” of experiences with social dating sites.