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TV Tuesday: Wynonna Earp

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Watch season two Fridays at 10 pm on Syfy

Syfy original series Wynonna Earp follows Wyatt Earp’s heir as she takes on the Earp curse. Now twenty-seven, Wynona must wield Wyatt’s Colt to shoot revenants (returned out-laws shot by him) while dealing with the town of Purgatory’s judgement.

Created by the Show Runner of Lost Girl, you can be sure that this show has a lot to offer. The age the Earp curse begins, Wynonna has returned home after many years away. She is on her way back for a funeral when her bus has a malfunction and a woman dies. She returns home on foot and soon becomes partners with a US Marshall who is a member of the black badge division. Now in possession of her great-great grandfathers Colt, Wynonna is able to kill demons by shooting them between the eyes and she is the only one that can wield the weapon.

Airing on Space in Canada and Syfy in the US, Wynonna Earp has carved out a little cult following for itself. Holding a huge following in the LGBTA community, Earp’s healthiest couple is  a bisexual and lesbian woman. The main female is a strong, complex woman with a difficult past and a wild life. Going into its second season, Wynonna has an even more diverse cast. The show has proved itself worthy of a following as it continues to listen to its audience and maintains a strict rule that woman are always badass, even when they show weakness.

For the fans of Supergirl who have promised to boycott the show after a reckless display of ignorance during Comic-Con, you have a new show you can jump to and trust. There is a hilarious cast of people that support and love the community that loves them. The stories are cheesy at times but it remains true to itself, laughs at itself and doesn’t take itself too seriously.. Wynonna Earp is a show for Syfy lovers, strong woman lovers and people who want to be supported.

Thanks to google I was able to do a little research that looked further into female representation on the small screen and female viewership. Over the past five years a lot has changed. There are more female centric shows on then ever and female viewership continues to grow. Women watch about four minutes more TV a day than men but their representation has been the decision of groups of mostly white males gathering in a conference room. Luckily we have those that have our backs, women who don’t take no for an answer and many ways to prove how much we really need something.

Via Comic-Con we found out that this feminist, female centered, LGBTQ representing, Sci-fi Drama was renewed for a third season. Ten years ago I may have been surprised that this show made it past the first season and in 2017 I am glad to say that I am not. Wynonna Earp deserves at least two more years under its belt for the many things that it offers its audience and that includes a safe space to spend a Friday night.

Watch season one on Netflix. Season two airs Fridays on Syfy. Wynonna Earp has been renewed for a third season.

 

Film Noir Friday: Too Late for Tears

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Lizabeth Scott as Jane Palmer

Too Late for Tears was originally released in 1949 starring Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy and Kristine Miller. The film was Directed by Byron Haskin, written by Roy Huggins and adapted from a serial by Roy Huggins. In the public domain, Too Late for Tears is available to watch on YouTube in pristine condition. An original print was found in France and restored at UCLA. This edition premiered on TCM on July 17, 2015.

After a bag of cash is thrown into their backseat by mistake a husband and wife disagree on what to do with it. Alan Palmer, played by Arthur Kennedy wants to turn it in. His wife Jane, played by Lizabeth Scott, wants to keep the money. Things soon go south for her when she meets Danny Fuller (Dan Duryea) who claims the money is his. Jane tries desperately to keep the money, going so far as to kill her own husband and bring Fuller into it. As she grows more ruthless, Jane’s sister in law Kathy (Kristine Miller) becomes suspicious of her so she calls in a man from his past.

Too Late for Tears showcases the perfect example of a Femme Fatale. A beautiful women who pulls the strings even as the anti-hero attempts to gain control. Much like the better known Femme Fatale’s like Barbara Stanwyck’s turn as Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity, Jane Palmer seduces a man into helping her get away with the murder of her husband. While Stanwyck’s role as Phyllis was straight up seduction, things for Jane are a little different. There was no original plan for her to do this but she was sick of the mundane life she was leading. Being a house wife was not for her so when given the opportunity to change her life she went for it. She was willing to risk her life and things resulted in murder just so she could hold onto it. Beneath the wide eyed innocence that she seems to pull off so perfectly is a killer who’s main goal is to grab a huge chunk out of life damn the consequences.

When a film is found or restored I will always recommend it. Especially if that film is good or at least interesting. Too Late for Tears is one of my new favorite films of the genre. The main focus is on the female protagonist and while there are big male roles in the film it is the woman that does most of the dirty work. Film Noir has always been one of my favorites due to the complexity of the female characters and this film is no exception. It gives us a character that appears innocent and thirsty for adventure on the surface but beneath it all she is thirsty for a lot more. She shows weakness, strength and a vigorous need to fight back. That vigor however will be her end.