Wynonna Earp blew into town Friday night and brought along with her what’s sure to be one hell of an adventure. Wyatt Earp’s great great granddaughter (Melanie Scrofano) returned home to a little town called Purgatory, and assumed her place in her family’s legacy. Part of that legacy involves using Wyatt’s old gun, “The Peacemaker,” to fight off demons–or rather revenants–trapped in the town, looking to harm many of its residents. With the help of her younger sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and Agent Dolls (Shamier Anderson) of the mysterious Black Badge Division, Wynonna has reluctantly accepted her new responsibilities, and looks like she’ll be sticking around Purgatory for a while longer.
Overall, I was a fan of Wynonna Earp’s pilot episode, “Purgatory,” written by series’ showrunner Emily Andras and directed by Paolo Barzman. It wasn’t exposition heavy, and definitely let users know the type of show they are in for this season. Luckily, that seems to be a fun, sassy and smart wild west adventure that left me wanting more when the credits ran on this first episode. There were a few moments in particular that I really enjoyed from the pilot and I’ve highlighted those below. Read on and see if your favorites made the list.
The theme song & music
After successfully battling a revenant, and giving him a proper beat down on her way into town, the series’ theme song starts blaring, and with words like “I told that devil to take you back,” I was immediately hooked. The song perfectly matched the show’s overall vibe, and let viewers immediately know what they were in for. It was loud and unapologetic, much like the kickass leading lady herself. It wasn’t just the theme song that was great though, throughout the entire episode the music selections were perfectly on point. I know the music this season is being done by Andrea Higgins and the gang at Arpix Media, whose work on other shows such as Killjoys and X Company I’m a big fan of, so I expect this trend to continue through the season.
When we first meet Waverly, she comes in guns blazing, taking shots at the woman she thinks is trying to sleep with her boyfriend Chance. As it turned out, it was none other than her big sister Wynonna, who has returned for her “worst birthday ever.” Yes, Wynonna may be the title character here, but that entrance let us all know that her little sister won’t be sitting idly by, letting big sis take care of all those demons on her own. The town of Purgatory better be on the lookout for these Earp women because as Waverly’s entrance alone showed us, they are clearly a force to be reckoned with.
Wynonna & Waverly’s fight
Like any good big sister, Wynonna wants to protect Waverly from all the hurt she’s gone through in knowing the truth about their family, but little sis has other ideas. When Wynonna discovered that Waverly had not listened, and has been secretly researching their family, it set Wynonna off. She wants Waverly to get the hell out of dodge before anything can happen to her, but this is Waverly’s home, and even if she has to risk death, she’s not leaving. Through this fight, we also learned that one reason Wynonna is so reluctant to come home and fight off the revenants is because she accidentally shot her father with “The Peacemaker,” and while that’s something Wynonna blames herself for, it was clear Waverly sure doesn’t. I suspect that guilt over her father’s death is something that will surely be explored in episodes to come for Wynonna.
Henry’s first appearance
Early on in the episode, we saw a mysterious person crawl out of the well where Wynonna had hidden The Peacemaker. We don’t know who the person is, but only saw their hand and a strange ring. Later on at the bar, Wynonna ran into a character who called himself Henry and was wearing the same ring in the bar, played by the always charming Tim Rozon. He seemed to know a lot about Wyatt Earp’s history, and while she may have just brushed him off as another crazy Earp fan, it’s clear there’s something more to this character. With his smooth talking ways, Rozon’s character may not exactly be a good guy, but I’m definitely intrigued to find out more. Plus, I totally agree with Wynonna, “you’re outfit’s adorable!”
Wynonna rescues Waverly
When Waverly was taken by a local group of Revenants eager to get their hands on The Peacemaker, Wynonna rolled in with that blaring, kickass soundtrack we hinted at above, and maked it abundantly clear that she has her own unique way of going about things. She’s finally started to realize it’s her job to rid Purgatory of these revenants, and that was all thanks to a pretty badass rescue of her little sis.
Waverly: “”Hey you came back for me.”
Wynonna: “Duh, I’m nuts. Remember?”
Wynonna: “Waverly was right, we need that gun. And I’m talking to my truck.”
Wynonna: “This is blackmail you dick!”
Waverly: “Looks like you’re not the only one sticking around.”
Wynonna: “Big city leather loafers. Douche!”
Waverly: “Great butt though.”
Agent Dolls: “Earp, I know what you know.”
Wynonna: “Well you don’t know me Deputy. Talk to the locals, they’ll tell you.”
Agent Dolls: “That you’re mental, a bad seed.”
Wynonna: “Aww, you forgot scary good in bed.”
Wynonna: “What kind of person wants to be a gunslinger?”
Doc: “Wyatt Earp wanted to be a farmer. 30 seconds in the OK Corral and a gunslinger he was made. Sometimes life chooses for us.”
Those were just a few of our favorite moments from the premiere episode of Wynonna Earp. Did we leave anything out? Make sure to let us know if we did!
Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 10 p.m ET on SyFy in the US. In Canada, episodes air Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on CHCH. All episodes will also stream live on CHCH.com in conjunction with the SyFy and CHCH broadcast airings.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.