Sarah Troyer (Kiersten in “Purgatory“) is Kristen Dalton in HOMETOWN HOLIDAY. Kristen and Ryan (Bradley Hamilton) meet as guests at a community wedding in Rust Creek (Kristen’s hometown). Once a rising New York theatre star, Kristen came back home because life in the big city didn’t suit her. Ryan, a single Hollywood lawyer, was in town to sign a local rancher as his new client. Kristen mistook Ryan for the rancher, and Ryan went along with it. When Ryan returns to town for Thanksgiving and the holidays, the two of them discover that all is not as it first appeared. HOMETOWN HOLIDAY will air on Super Channel in Canada on 23 December at 8pm, and on UPtv in the US on 23 December at 7pm. A trailer is available on Youtube. 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 2 – SPOILERS
In which Doc Holliday is revealed to be mortal; Officer Haught (Katherine Barrell) lives up to her name; and Agent Dolls implies that the Earp curse is only a small part of the paranormal problem. Also, Red the revenant bites off more than he can chew, and Shorty (Peter Skagan) refuses to accept two gold coins from Doc that are likely worth much more than his tab.
Dolls (Shamier Anderson) and Wynonna go revenant hunting in the big city, Dolls insists that Wynonna use a government issue weapon, and both that and the trip turn out to be a bad idea. The club where Red (David Haysom) bites a finger off his date is Bespoke, on 10th Ave SW in Calgary. It seems that revenants from Purgatory can travel at least as far as the “big city” without ill effects.
Holliday (Tim Rozon) is concerned about the Earps learning his true identity and finding out what he did to Wyatt (whatever that was). He might be responsible for the Earp curse. So far, he is known to them only as Henry (his middle name). Bobo Del Rey and the rest of the undead know he’s Holliday, and his blood was used to summon the shadow creature that was once the assassin Jim Miller. The blood of a mortal is needed for that. For reasons unknown, Holliday replaced the mailbox at the Earp homestead after its protections had been restored, so he is not a revenant.
WAVERLY: “I know what you’re here for. I can spot you groupies a mile away. You know, the fake old west getup; the awestruck reverence when you gaze upon his saddlebags. I mean, I totally get it, right. You wanna keep his memory alive. You wanna drink where Wyatt Earp drank.”
DOC: “Wyatt didn’t drink. He preferred ice cream.”
Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) thinks Doc is a good guy, an assessment with which Holliday himself disagrees. In fact, near the end of her main scene with Holliday, she tells him “I got a good feeling about you, and I’m an excellent judge of character.” Waverly says that line almost exactly the way Gabrielle would have said it in the first season of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS. Even the hand gesture is reminiscent of Xena’s sidekick. Holliday does take her fashion criticism to heart, and steals a pair of Champs’ jeans, which he wears when replacing the mailbox.
Waverly seems smitten after meeting Officer Haught. How many episodes will go by before they go on that coffee date?
For protection, the two sisters move into the old Earp homestead, and Wynonna spots a door post with marks on it where the height of the children were measured from time to time. Willa and Wynonna have incremental height measurements on that post, but Waverly does not. There is something odd about this, and one suspects there will be more about it in later episodes.
WAVERLY: “I’m not on there, am I?”
WYNONNA: “Probably rubbed off.”
WAVERLY: “Yeah. It’s what I used to tell myself.”
Revenant leader Bobo (Michael Eklund) once posed as the six-year-old Waverly’s imaginary friend and talked her into burying a talisman alongside her dead hamster to stop her mother and father from fighting. This neutralized the protections on the property and resulted in the abduction of Willa and the death of their father. This seems to indicate that their mother, who left when Waverly was four, still had contact with the family two years later when the attack happened, because Waverly still wanted them to stop fighting. Wynonna specifies that she was twelve at the time of the revenant attack. Waverly says she was six. This adds to the confusion about Wynonna’s birthday (see previous post).
Holliday strikes a bargain to help Bobo defeat the Earps, and in return, Bobo agrees to give Doc an opportunity for revenge against the woman who made him whatever he is.
Waverly correctly identifies the giant shadow demon that Holliday sent after her as Jim Miller after Wynonna’s first shot bounces off a metal plate he wore under his coat. Miller was a contemporary of Wyatt Earp, but Earp did not kill him, unless he organized the lynch mob in Ada, Oklahoma in 1909. Wynonna is able to kill Miller with the Peacemaker anyway, which means the gun can dispatch any revenant, not just those killed by Wyatt.
Other interesting stuff: The Peacemaker burns revenants if they handle it. To be sent to hell, a revenant must be shot between the eyes, and when he or she is dispatched, the blood from the wound remains behind.
Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) is disappointed when she finds out that it was Teddy and not Eleanor Roosevelt who created the Black Badge Division, “to eradicate the paranormal forces suddenly blossoming on American soil”. US Marshalls worked with her grandfather, who almost killed all 77 of the revenants, but only lasted 11 months before he himself was killed. When Wynonna suggests that the people ought to know what they’re up against, Dolls shows her a photo of a crater that he claims is what’s left of a town called Maldito, New Mexico, that was nuked to “contain the story” after the population became aware of the situation. We have only Dolls’ word on the Maldito story, but if what Dolls says it true, it means that the Earp curse is not the only source of invading demons. (Maldito is Spanish for “damned”.)
Michael Eklund (Bobo Del Rey) will be Tucker in THE CONFIRMATION, a feel-good film about an alcoholic, out-of-work carpenter (Clive Owen) reconnecting with his son while his ex-wife goes on a religious retreat with her new husband. Filmed in Vancouver, THE CONFIRMATION was released in the US on 18 March. Asked if the film was autobiographical, Director Bob Nelson told the LA Times: “It does all start with my dad. He was a pretty good guy overall trying to do the right thing, trying to have his own morals. But good people act in ways that aren’t always honorable. I knew he had problems and I did go through some rough patches with him.”
Calgary model Millie Jayne made her acting debut as the woman whose finger was bitten off by Red at the beginning of the episode.
Sasha Barry (Bethany) will be “Susan in accounting” in the 2016 adventure film BURN YOUR MAPS, based on the short story of the same name by Robyn Joy Leff about an eccentric American 8-year-old (Jacob Tremblay) who believes he is a Mongolian goat herder. Shot in Alberta and Mongolia, the film will be in theatres later this year.
The song playing while Officer Haught and Waverly are getting to know each other is SECULAR LOVE, track six on the album True Love Kills the Fairy Tale by The Casket Girls. When Waverly meets Doc Holliday at Shorty’s Bar, the song playing is RAISE IT UP, by the Los Angeles indie pop band Distant Cousins.