Wynonna Earp: When You Call My Name
July 27, 2018 8:29 PM - Season 3, Episode 2 - Subscribe

I'm frankly amazed that the show could pull off a gag basically copied from a recent superhero movie... and the actress delivered the lines better.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:27 PM on July 28, 2018

Which gag?

I was all set to be angry at them for writing Dolls out this way, but, if Shamier really did want to move on from the show, I guess it had to be.
posted by oh yeah! at 2:49 PM on July 28, 2018

I heard some rumbles over the filming season that Shamier Anderson wasn't seen much out and about in Calgary, but people seemed to think it was just because he was so busy with other productions

So I was prepared for Dolls to have reduced appearances this season or some plots that took him out of the Ghost River Triangle, but not for him to die in the second episode! And I was telling myself, "It's okay, it's genre, they'll get him back (alive)," until I watched the farewell videos and read the articles and realized that he really had left the show. Dude.

I cried, I'll admit it. Melanie Scrofano's face gets me every time.

Kat Barrell's hair looked great this episode. Almost makes me want to cut my hair short (always a temptation in summer.)

Both Doc and Dolls died in the alternate timeline episode. It's obviously a huge deal to Doc that he was sent to Hell, but we never really heard what Dolls's experience was. I was hoping he would say when he and Doc were talking about it.

Kinda meh on seeing Waverly as the damsel in a literal cage, although of course the boob charades were fun. I wish she had a few more defensive skills up her sleeve, although I suppose having her become a magic user would be far too Willow. Lock picks, maybe?
posted by Squeak Attack at 4:02 PM on July 28, 2018

Is this show any good now? I caught a couple episodes of the first season and the dialogue was so badly written I had to bail out.
posted by runcibleshaw at 11:54 PM on July 28, 2018

Yes, it has. The first half of season one was a bit rough, yes, but by season two it really gets sharp.
posted by Mogur at 4:52 AM on July 29, 2018 [2 favorites]

Mileage may vary, by my experience with season one was that I was pretty skeptical of the show at first and not very engaged but it was summer and I had the time and then somewhere around the middle of season one, all the characters snuck up on me and I fell in love with them so that by the end of the season they were all my babies and I was hooked.

Now it's my most favorite show currently airing \0/
posted by Squeak Attack at 8:46 AM on July 29, 2018 [2 favorites]

Yeah, season 1 started off rocky - they had a bunch of world-building/exposition to get out, so, there wasn't a great balance between the 'revenant/monster-of-the-week' plot and the myth-arc/character development. But somewhere in there, I got hooked. (I also found that season 1 was more enjoyable on re-watch after season 2, once I knew everyone's backstories - Bobo in particular.)
posted by oh yeah! at 9:08 AM on July 29, 2018 [1 favorite]

Interesting/good article from the Mary Sue about Dolls's death

She also mentions a death on Lost Girl that I took kinda hard. I wasn't plugged into that show's fandom so I don't know if there was an actor-motivated reason for that one, but killing off your black romantic interests on genre shows can read as yuck.
posted by Squeak Attack at 1:32 PM on July 30, 2018

Right on for the Mary Sue article. I knew the episode was bugging me, but they told me why, pointing out how easy it would have been to write him out in a half dozen other ways that weren't Black Guy Dying To Save the White People. The last time I saw something that abrupt, it was Matthew's car accident on Downton Abbey, and I put it down to how pissed off the showrunner was at him, to give him such a stupid send-off. Surely Dolls could just go on a quest or something to get control of his inner dragon and just never be seen again unless and until the actor wanted to come back. It worked for Buffy. Arg.
posted by Mogur at 5:02 PM on July 30, 2018

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