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Wynonna Earp decks the halls with boughs of Bulshar

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Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 9 p.m. E.T. on Space. Photo courtesy Bell Media
Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 9 p.m. E.T. on Space. Photo courtesy Bell Media

Spoilers follow for Wynonna Earp Season 3, Episode 6, “If We Make It Through December.”

We bid adieu to Jolene, Queen of the Hypnotic Pastry, last week and although I’m glad we can rest easy for a whole two seconds now that Waverly’s life isn’t in immediate danger, I can’t help but think about the stupendously massive spread we would’ve been treated to if she managed to stick around in Purgatory until at least January…

Well that’s enough of those pesky hypotheticals. Merry Earpmas in August! Wynonna opens this week’s episode, titled “If We Make It Through December,” with how I open my everyday life – looking longingly at herself in the mirror rocking a Christmas onesie, wondering when this aesthetic will become the next fashion trend. She and Mama delightfully banter amongst themselves throughout the opening and Doc decides to live out an actual dream I believe many Earpers have, wherein he busts onto the scene wielding a relatively healthy-looking tree he chopped down with his bare hands. If Mama isn’t a fan of the Holliday splendour, I will gladly volunteer as tribute.

Nedley has the ultimate “getting-too-old-for-this-shit” moment when he encounters a fully-grown adolescent chasing after what he believed to be “Santa” – actually being Bulshar in a raggedy cape. The kid clearly bypassed every Christmas season because anyone with half a morsel of Christmas cheer would know Santa wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a fedora.

As folks deal with the presence of Bulshar Clause, we’re treated with the reveal of Waverly’s parentage. Particularly, how Mama’s relationship with Julian paved the way for the angelic Waves we all know and love. Initially, Mama decided to take the Tywin Lannister route of adult child rearing – that is, a parent gutting the absolute hell out of a freshly-killed animal as he/she bestows wisdom upon their curious offspring. Thankfully for my gag reflex, we instead got a summery flashback of a happy pregnant couple that featured a tiny sprinkle of adultery and abandonment. Waverly experiences an obvious bout of existentialism as she wonders about this mystery figure she had no idea existed until recently, along with the notion that she is a friggin’ angel!

On the flip side, Doc and a mustache-less Jeremy have a heart-to-heart about Jeremy’s romantic prospects, and watching Doc attempt to decipher modern-day references could truly work as a spin-off on its own. Jeremy chooses the “be direct” approach to relationships, which takes us to what I assume is a direct copy of a Santa’s Workshop where we find Bulshar’s victim from the beginning of the episode and – gasp! – Park Ranger Robin! I guess the kidnapping trees needed a few extra hands for the workshop (or they’re controlled by Bulshar – either sounds plausible.)

Wynonna awkwardly flirts with Charlie Fire Services as “The Sound of Silence” plays within the walls of Nedley’s brain. She and Mr. Services head back to HQ with a cup of blood-soaked snow waiting to be analyzed by Jeremy. We ultimately learn that Bulshar needed descendants of the first families of Purgatory to be separated and alive from other residents for some nefarious purpose. Both the missing kid and Robin derive from families who simply can’t get enough of Purgatory, thus we’re treated with a sequence where the two watch as Bulshar force-feeds a screaming man (whose ancestors betrayed him one time at Band Camp) a peach core and green slime. We all know this is the rightful punishment for those who don’t eat their vegetables.

The crew brainstorm ideas on how to rescue the abducted, with Haught producing the key to finding them because she is just that amazing. Wynonna also high fives herself after declaring that she’s watched Carrie (1976) because everyone else left her hanging (clearly because they were too enthralled by her fabulous taste in film). In stellar Earp fashion, she and Charlie rescue those kept by Bulshar to a montage set to a techno version of “Jingle Bells,” something I never thought I needed in my life until today. Although I am all for Wynonna sharing the mistletoe (and then some) with a hunky firefighter, it’s a bit heartbreaking seeing the growing tension between her and Doc. I guess the whole concealing-a-vampire-wife thing can cause some strain in a platonic relationship. Jeremy and Park Ranger Robin kiss and plan a date for “leftover tofurkey burritos” and although he is ridiculously cute, that… sounds absolutely disgusting. A stellar facial structure cannot make those words combined together sound appetizing.

Wynonna Earp Season 3 Episode 6 - If We Make It Through December. Photo courtesy Bell Media

Wynonna Earp Season 3 Episode 6 – If We Make It Through December. Photo courtesy Bell Media

While a majority of this week’s Wynonna Earp is spent on the Bulshar victims’ rescue, the progression of Wayhaught’s arc is executed brilliantly throughout. Both Waverly and Haught experience immense character growth not only with their relationship but individually as well. Providing justifiable growth for a loving fictional couple is a daunting task and the showrunners have continuously nailed it every week. Waverly’s interactions with Bobo throughout the series have been riveting to watch because you never truly know if he is to be trusted or not. As we’ve seen throughout the series, Waverly clearly understands this idea and, although her curiosity gets the best of her, she doesn’t allow herself to be hypnotized by his words. She processes what he reveals about himself threatening Ward and, though Bobo claims he will let her know where Julian is if she frees him, she refuses. Now that Mama chose to release him, my distrust for both he and Mama is amplified and that just excites me! Haught manages to score the promotion she has deserved since season one and we didn’t need to endure a 10-minute standoff with her questioning Waves as to why she hasn’t had her mind blown by the news. The two have evolved beyond needing to analyze every possible thing wrong with the other – they’re a regular, loving couple who communicates and apologizes when they’re in the wrong. PLEASE give us more!

We end off on Doc and Wynonna getting off with their respective partners. Wynonna is treated with the romantic setting of a Christmas tree farm while Doc visits with a distraught Countessa who endured the wrath of Bulshar’s bee keepers. If there’s one thing we’ve known for sure about Doc Holliday throughout Wynonna Earp, it’s that the man loved being immortal. After experiencing life as a mere lowly mortal, he agrees to apparently be turned by Countessa – meaning we could potentially see the Hollidays on vampire adventures for the next few centuries. Bah humbug, yet another day in Purgatory!

“If We Make It Through December” featured the development of numerous characters and it only worked to make me adore this season more and more. After spending two seasons establishing the foundation of the Wynonna Earp universe, we’re now witnessing the complexities that come with everyday life – managing relationships, professional achievements, learning you may be a different species than what you initially believed you were – just typical day-to-day components that occur during one’s existence. The episode is essentially the climax of what has been festering in Nedley’s psyche since the beginning of the series: that he’s tired as Hell and isn’t going to take it anymore. Thankfully for us, he can continue binging the 27 seasons of Pretty Little Liars as Sheriff Haught continues protecting the residents of Purgatory alongside Waverly, who simultaneously belts out beautiful ballads while taking down bad guys with her trusty shotgun.

My 3 Favourite W’s of the Episode

I would now like to turn your attention to my 3 Favourite W’s for this episode of Wynonna Earp. These consist of favourite Wynonna Insult, Wayhaught Moment and Waverly Expression – the three pillars of any Wynonna Earp episode.

Wynonna Insult: “Queen of the Damned, meet King of the Dense.”

Wayhaught Moment: The sheer adorability that was the opening few moments with Waverly comforting Legola — er, Nicole — with her journey to Clausehood was frankly too much to handle. Also Nicole saying she always knew Waverly was an angel. Ugh, they’re so great.

Waverly Expression:

Wynonna Earp Season 3 Episode 6 – Jolene. Photo courtesy Bell Media

What did you think of “If We Make It Through December”? Let us know in the comments below.

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Schitt’s Creek to conclude after next season

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The popular CBC sitcom Schitt’s Creek will conclude with its sixth and final season, star and co-creator Dan Levy announced in a statement today. Photo courtesy CBC.
The popular CBC sitcom Schitt’s Creek will conclude with its sixth and final season, star and co-creator Dan Levy announced in a statement today. Photo courtesy CBC.

The popular CBC sitcom Schitt’s Creek will end at the conclusion of its sixth season, series co-creator and star Dan Levy announced March 21.

“We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning,” Levy said in a statement. “It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow.”

Schitt’s Creek premiered on CBC in 2015, becoming one of the network’s most successful half-hour comedies ever. The show follows the fish-out-of-water Rose family, forced to assimilate into a small town after they lose their family fortune.

Though the show’s first season received mixed reviews, it grew in regard with both fans and critics over subsequent iterations. Schitt’s Creek’s fifth season, which premiered on January 8, 2019, scored a 100 per cent “Fresh” ranking on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.

The show is also among select company among Canadian sitcoms, drawing strong viewership in the United States and elsewhere thanks to distribution on Netflix and the American Pop network. Critics have reacted favourably to recent episodes, with TV Guide’s Megan Vick writing that each season of Schitt’s Creek has “gotten better and better.”

Read Levy’s full statement below.

New episodes of Schitt’s Creek air Tuesday nights at 9/9:30 NT on CBC.

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Watch the Oscar-nominated Canadian short “Animal Behaviour”

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The National Film Board of Canada is offering Canadians the opportunity to watch the Oscar-nominated Canadian short film "Animal Behaviour" until the end of today. Photo courtesy NFB
The National Film Board of Canada is offering Canadians the opportunity to watch the Oscar-nominated Canadian short film "Animal Behaviour" until the end of today. Photo courtesy NFB

To get prepped for the 91st Academy Awards, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is offering Canadians the chance to check out Animal Behaviour, nominated tonight in the Best Animated Short Film category.

Animal Behaviour is a new short from Alison Snowden and David Fine, who previously won an Oscar in 1994 for Bob’s Birthday. The short is the 75th Oscar nomination for the NFB, and the first short film for Snowden and Fine since Bob’s Birthday. The 91st Oscars air tonight at 8 Eastern on ABC and CTV.

Watch Animal Behaviour below (expires tonight).

Next up on The Mutt: Wynonna Earp future in doubt as Season 4 delayed

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Wynonna Earp Season 4 is in jeopardy, according to the The Hollywood Reporter, due to financial difficulties. Photo courtesy Space

All of a sudden, Wynonna Earp is in Purgatory.

Earpers were stunned Thursday night when executive producer and showrunner Emily Andras posted (and subsequently deleted) a tweet suggesting that fans of the show may soon have to fight for it. Another tweet, posted shortly later, took a decidedly more straight-forward approach.

Andras appeared to be responding to the news that funding for the fourth season of Wynonna Earp appeared to be on shaky ground, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. According to THR, financial challenges faced by IDW Entertainment have stalled production on Season 4, despite the company being contractually obligated to deliver the show to Syfy.

In response to the news, Earpers took to Twitter with the hashtag #FightForWynonna, which at the time of publication was one of the top Twitter trends in Canada. Though Season 4 has yet to be officially cancelled, IDW has yet to commit to a start date for the new season.

“IDW is committed to continuing to tell the Wynonna Earp story,” the company said in a statement posted to Twitter. “Much like the fans, we are passionate about not only the series, but the comics, the characters and the overall message that the Wynonna Earp franchise carries. We are in the process of working out the details for how the Wynonna story will continue and will share new details very soon.”

Our resident Earper, Ghezal Amiri, was a big fan of Season 3, writing that the show’s season finale, entitled “War Paint”, was a “wildly emotional conclusion.” Read her recap here.

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