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 11 – SPOILERS
WAVERLY: “So you think this world is under a spell? What, like Narnia, or Mar-a-Lago?”
Wynonna Earp disappeared at the end of the previous episode, the result of a spell cast by the Iron Witch (Rachel Ancheril). In this episode, the witch tells Waverly that what was cast is a “cheap glamour spell”. (A glamour spell is a sort of mass hypnosis that causes people to react to things in a specific way. There is no physical alteration of appearances.) If what the witch says is true, people in Purgatory who are under the influence of the spell are seeing the same things they usually see; they’re just interpreting what they see differently. Doc and Dolls never actually got shot, and that barn never exploded.
Bobo, the Widows, and Sheriff Clootie (those touched by the demonic, as the Iron Witch puts it) were unaffected by the spell, so the things they do actually happen. (Demons and revenants don’t accomplish much in this episode beyond breaking the third seal and waking up the long-entombed Clootie.) Continue reading →
WYNONNA EARP – Season 2 Episode 4 – SPOILERS
The episode’s title, She Ain’t Right, might come from a song of the same name by Lee Brice that begins this way:
“She got her daddy’s tongue and temper
Sometimes her mouth could use a filter
God shook his head the day he built her
Oh, but I bet he smiled.”
In the fifties, Purgatory had an annual fair, complete with ferris wheel. These days, the town has a jazz club called Ba Ding, Ba Ding that seems to be run by demons, and (according to Waverly) the town is very close to getting a vegetarian restaurant.
The demon that possessed Waverly and the demons that replaced the Gardner sisters have distinctly different appetites. We find out that Waverly’s demonic possession can be transferred through a kiss. The demon had an opportunity (last episode) to kiss Tucker Gardner (Caleb Ellsworth-Clark) and transfer the demon to his body, but didn’t. It waited for an opportunity and transferred itself to Wynonna. The spirit of the black goo still hasn’t done anything terribly evil. It just seems to want to have fun.
The Gardner family demons, on the other hand, are quite nasty. They tell Tucker that he was the reason they chose his sisters for disguises. (They apparently peeled the skin from the sisters’ heads and are wearing it like masks. It seems that Beth and Mercedes must be kept alive for this masquerade to work.) Faux Mercedes tells Tucker: “You’re too angry and too dark to be locked up. You need space to let your darkness grow. We intend to nurture your prowess.”
There are many food references in this episode. Wherever demons normally reside, the food apparently isn’t so good. Faux Mercedes is amazed by the taste of bacon. The Black Badge courier handcuffed to Edwin Earp’s briefcase pilfers a croissant shortly before he gets his hand chopped off. Agent Haught is unhappy with her gluten-free pizza lunch. And what Grandpappy Earp hid in that briefcase is a plate. Sure it’s a commemorative one, but it’s also kind of food-related. Dark Waverly’s fondness for pilfering shiny things is discovered when Wynonna finds cutlery in her coat pocket.
Edwin Earp‘s briefcase is made of a very durable material, and has a combination lock. The combination, however, is not very hard to figure out. it’s Edwin’s birthday (18 June 1940). Waverly was able to google that information, so why, once they discovered whose briefcase it was, couldn’t the fellow who stole the thing manage that bit of research? He could have used Wynonna’s phone to google Edwin, but it seems he did not have the patience. (Or perhaps he expected a more obscure combination.) All that was found inside the briefcase was a carefully preserved commemorative plate from the 1952 Purgatory Fair. Conflict over ownership of the briefcase resulted in two severed hands, one belonging to a Black Badge agent and the other belonging to Waverly. (Waverly’s grew back. Apparently demonic possession enables regrowth of limbs.) WYNONNA EARP is now tied with LOST GIRL in severed hands depicted with three.
Dolls breathes fire. Does he secrete a flammable fluid, or does he rely on methane buildup in the stomach for fuel? The spark could come from grinding his teeth, if he has fillings.
The upshot of all this is that Dolls is back to normal, as is Waverly. Wynonna is possessed by the spirit of the black goo, and can’t use Peacemaker anymore. The Gardner sisters, Beth and Mercedes, are hidden in a closet and probably in a lot of pain, while two facsimiles of them cultivate Tucker’s “prowess” (whatever that might be).
When Rosita (Tamara Duarte) made a pass at Jeremy (Varun Saranga) he declined (as expected), but he was very clear about not wanting to give Agent Dolls (who was on a cot across the room) the “wrong idea”. It seems that Jeremy might have a crush on Dolls.
Will Agent Lucado (who is now out of favour with everyone) try to capture Dolls to redeem herself in the eyes of Black Badge? Will Jeremy find true love in Purgatory? What will Wynonna do with Waverly? Will she hide her in the treehouse that Bobo once used for that purpose? If peacemaker doesn’t work for Wynonna, will it work for Waverly? If it does, will that prove she’s an Earp?
The WYNONNA EARP panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con will be Saturday 22 July at 2:30 pm in Room 5AB, and will include Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Shamier Anderson, Katherine Barrell, Tamara Duarte and Varun Saranga, along with creators Emily Andras and Beau Smith.
Maureen Jones (Cujo) will be Miss Townsend in DRAWING HOME, a film inspired by the true story of a young 1920s Boston debutante. Her future seems set: a dream life in the upper echelons of society. But then she meets a young painter from one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the Canadian Rocky Mountains. As their attraction turns their lives upside down, they soon face a universal question: Can one find “home” in another person? DRAWING HOME had its world premiere on last November at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. (The film was shot on location in Canada’s Banff and Yoho National Parks.) A trailer is available on Vimeo.
Sam Duke (Earl in WE Episode 2.2) is Ricky Caldwell in the horror/thriller EVERFALL, which is about 18 year old figure skater Eva Saint (Jessica McLeod) who, a year after being sidelined by a tragic accident, accepts an invitation from her coach to skate in a mysterious competitiion in the remote town of Everfall. Accompanied by her vlogger boyfriend and his cameraman, she embarks on what turns out to be her last chance at a comeback, but sacrifice will be required. A trailer is available on YouTube. Directed by John Kissack (who directed MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE) and filmed in Calgary, EVERFALL is currently being submitted to film festivals.