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Wynonna Earp: Season 2 Review

The second season of Wynonna Earp took us down some interesting roads, from furthering plots to startling revelations, taking on a surprising journey and wondering what comes next for Wynonna, her sister, and their friends.

The biggest surprising revelation of the season was Wynonna being pregnant. This was incorporated into the season when the main actress, Melanie Scrofano, was actually pregnant in real life during filming. It was revealed in this touching video that Melanie was very pregnant when they came back for the second season and she was absolutely terrified what this meant for the show, because she was afraid that she would end up getting fired or the show being cancelled (as we've seen this unfortunate debacle before), but was reassured that wouldn't be the case and they wrote the pregnancy into the season to make it work with the current state of the narrative. And it does. It also works with the character, since Wynonna has a very realistic reaction of someone finding out they're unexpectedly pregnant. I know some people aren't fans of pregnancy/baby storylines, I'm not always one myself, but you know what? This one works, and a lot of that has to do with how they handled Melanie's pregnancy, giving her all the support and wrote a storyline around that which made sense to the universe. I know that this wasn't originally what they had planned for the second season, but they did it incredibly well.

I also really liked how they handled the emotional aspect of the whole thing, too. Again, it was realistic for someone like Wynonna to be unsure about the pregnancy and her being a mother, her innocence and naivety and inexperience with the situation, and also her questioning whether she would be a good mother, the life that this child would have especially in midst of the dangerous lives they leave thanks to the curse. This leads to the difficult decision to give the child up in the gut-wrenching season finale. Sending the baby far away from Purgatory was a smart decision (both rationally and narratively), but it was emotionally heartbreaking.

I understand if this storyline didn't do much for some people, but I really respect the show for the support they gave Melanie and incorporated her own pregnancy into the season and made it work, which doesn't always happen. Personally, I rather enjoyed it, and it made the second season interesting with the direction they went in more intimate character moments and explorations.

As for the rest of the season, particularly with the breaking of the seals to unleash the a hellish demon, that was rather interesting in itself. I'm curious to see where this leads to and how in the world Wynonna and the rest of them are to stop it. I was intrigued with seeing and learning of the history of how he was trapped in the first place, along with the curse being taken into effect and who was involved.


Other things I liked about the season:

++ The Widows were incredibly interesting to me, they added something interesting to the seasonal arc with breaking the seals and doing whatever it took. It also got interesting towards the end with them turning against each other. The actresses did a fantastic job with portraying them, especially as they became unhinged at the end there.

++ Nicole and Waverly. I was uncertain how to feel about the drama surrounding their characters this season, because I dislike it when characters refuse to actually communicate with each other, but somehow I wasn't that bothered by how this went down. Initially, I was worried that they would end up becoming like Bo/Lauren from Lost Girl, but thankfully they went the opposite direction where, even if there was miscommunication and the lack of talking out their problems, they eventually did. They admitted and acknowledged their own faults and that is what I am looking for. Also, I could see it from both sides and actually understood where the other was coming from. So, I liked how it was overall handled in the end, and I honestly hope that they keep that up and not go in a disastrous direction.

++ Speaking of, I really liked how involved Nicole Haught was this season, and how much her character is becoming her own. She's had some pretty amazing interactions with the rest of the characters this season.

++ Melanie is absolutely genius with her comedic timing. I mean, this has always been a given, but this season she brought so much amazing moments. I love how she plays Wynonna as being endearingly oblivious and clueless while still being able to kick everyone's ass. It's awesome. I love her and Wynonna so much.

++ I really liked Rosita. And honestly? I understood her side completely. I wholeheartedly believe that she is one of the good revenants who didn't do anything wrong, and was just an unfortunate victim to Peacemaker's wrath. What she did in the finale was a bad decision, but she was acting only survival instinct at this point, and while that wasn't the way to go, I understood her reasoning. She felt judged by Wynonna even before it was revealed she was a revenant, and the comment about shooting her last to break the curse probably didn't help matters either. I mean, it was a nice gesture in Wynonna-terms, but being someone who is doomed to live this curse as much as the Earp heir isn't fun. So Rosita was reacting strictly out of self-preservation at this point. And just based on her emotions during that finale confrontation, she clearly was upset that she felt the need to do this, and that makes me very sad for her. I don't know what's going to happen to Rosita in the future, since she was merely grazed by Peacemaker and ran away, but I really liked the concept of having a friendly revenant among Team Earp.


Questions I have that need answers:

++ There was this fan theory a while ago about Peacemaker being somewhat sentient, and this season further solidifies that theory entirely with Wynonna pleading with Peacemaker in the finale to work for Waverly even though she isn't the Earp heir. I'm also quite curious about Peacemaker turning blue and why that happens. Does it happen when Peacemaker is being remorseful? When someone wielding it isn't its rightful owner (in the S1 finale Willa was handling the gun before it turned against her because she went "bad", which in the same moment Wynonna picked it up and had to shoot her sister, and in S2 Waverly isn't the heir but Wynonna pleaded with Peacemaker to help them out in the situation they were in and it listened), so it makes me wonder the kind of magic Peacemaker has and how it operates.

++ Is Mercedes okay? Is she alive? Did she get her face back?

++ The biggest question I'm sure everyone has, and one that will probably be answered in the third season, is how long did Wynonna know the whereabouts of their mother? I have an inkling she found her during her time away from Purgatory, and probably didn't tell Waverly to spare her feelings. But this opens up a lot of questions regarding their mother, how much she knows, why she left in the first place, etc.

++ I really like the addition of Jeremy as a new character among Team Earp. He was an outsider from Black Badge who got wrapped up into all of this, but he fits in quite well, and I find his crush on Doc very adorable.

++ So...is Wynonna going to be involved in a poly relationship or what? Okay, let me backtrack. The show has shown us that Wynonna has feelings for both Doc and Dolls, and they both have feelings for her and would do anything for her, and vice versa. Also, I cannot see Wynonna being in a serious monogamous committed relationship, considering the life she leads. And since this unfortunately didn't happen on Lost Girl (which I still call bullshit because Bo was a succubus who fed off of sexual energy to survive and it would've made perfect sense for her to be in a poly relationship, but I digress), I really want this to happen on Wynonna Earp since the setup is right there. We just need actual conversations about this arrangement, y'know, on the screen between the characters because otherwise it'll be confusing for the audience and for them if they aren't on the same page with each other. Because I'm so down with Dolls/Wynonna/Doc as a workable demon fighting poly relationship, the ultimate OT3. Please, Emily Andras, make this happen.

++ I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed that Bobo isn't Waverly's biological father, because that would've been an interesting direction to go in and it made perfect sense with the setup that we were given, and why Bobo has been very protective of Waverly, but I suppose that would've been too easy. I know some were skeptical at first at the notion. But this continues the question...who is Waverly's biological father? Bobo mentioned he is of kin, but if she doesn't have revenant blood in her, than what does that mean? Could Bulshar be her father? If so, that's just recycling a dreaded Lost Girl plot. I mean, it would be impossible considering he's been imprisoned for a long, long, but who knows what magical means could've happened.


Overall: I know the season got mixed reactions, but I personally enjoyed this season, probably way better than I thought I would. There were moments that made me question what they were doing, writing-wise, in terms of character interactions and conversations, the whole miscommunication and not talking about things and such, but in the end it came together nicely. They handled the pregnancy storyline very well, accommodating to Melanie's real life pregnancy and working it in nicely into the story which created an interesting season filled with a lot of surprising character moments and interactions. The plot moved along to the opening the seals unleashing a powerful demon, which now will be part of the third season arc of figuring out what this Bulshar wants and how to defeat him, and breaking the curse once and for all.

(I'm sure I'm forgetting things to talk about this season, since there was a lot going on that I have feelings about, but I got my main thoughts down for now.)


Also in casting news, Megan Follows is joining the third season, which is pretty exciting.

Plus, it seems that Syfy is allowing shows to use profanity, particularly 'fuck', more now which I'm hoping that the writers for Wynonna Earp take full advantage of. I'm just sad that we don't get this same courtesy over on Netflix's Marvel shows, particularly for characters like Jessica Jones.
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