Sunday, April 11, 2021

REVIEW: 'Wynonna Earp' - Waverly and Nicole's Wedding Day Radiates Hope and Love Across Purgatory in 'Old Souls'

Syfy's Wynonna Earp - Episode 4.12 "Old Souls"

Big feelings and bigger decisions are revealed when a new witch makes herself known in Purgatory.

In 2020, the television industry aired 493 scripted shows across numerous outlets. The way people consume content now is different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, it's less necessary to provide ample coverage of each episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site provides shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the season finale of Syfy's Wynonna Earp.

"Old Souls" was written by Emily Andras and directed by Paolo Barzman

In the end, Wynonna Earp was a celebration of love and hope. It inspired great drives of passion and excitement. The show gets to end on an incredible note for all of its characters. Sure, it's sad that the show is ending. However, this finale functions perfectly as a closing chapter for this world. It's not racing against the clock to save the world before some demonic threat enacts some grand plan. That has definitely been the stylistic choice in the past for the finales. Instead, that climatic moment happened in the penultimate episode. The story was still built around Waverly and Nicole's devotion to one another. They feel at home together and in the Ghost River Triangle. As such, they are capable of carrying the burden of protecting this place. They rely on support from their family. However, this life is fulfilling and rewarding to them. Others feel the appeal of traveling elsewhere. Love is at the forefront of all of these dynamics though. The entire family was fighting to save Waverly previously. Her individuality had to be preserved. She couldn't suffer as a result of some grand cosmic plan that was established for her. The family fought against that. They get to choose their own happiness. Wherever you go, I go. That's the phrase displayed on Waverly and Nicole's wedding banner. It's the summation of their relationship. They are completely trusting and open with one another. They deduce that the wedding gown is cursed simply by returning to the news articles of the town. For Wynonna and Doc, they go on a whirlwind adventure trying to figure things out before the wedding occurs. But again, this family is at its best when they are working together. Sure, Wynonna putting on the dress signals some desire within her that has been missing for awhile. It's all fundamentally about her accepting love in her life. For a long time, she has walled herself off from that luxury. She couldn't allow others to feel that towards her. She had to be the protector that Purgatory needs. She is the Earp heir. She still has business to do with Peacemaker. Those distinctions lost their value this season. She still wielded this power. It corrupted her friendships. People could no longer stand by her actions. She was still noble because she fought for a worthy case. Nicole and Waverly hope to lead differently. They want to embrace a community where humans and demons can peacefully coexist. It's not going to be easy. Wynonna doesn't have to protect them should the worst arise. This town is used to dealing with these crazy situations and brutal assaults. The family has been strong throughout all of them. That shouldn't come at the expense of their happiness though. Waverly and Nicole found each other. Their love has been steadfast ever since. They have served as the romantic backbone of the series. Wynonna and Doc always run hot or cold. Their feelings are erratic despite how passionate they can be from time to time. With Waverly and Nicole, it's a rewarding relationship that has been tested but never broken. It's inspiring. It's a celebration of love. It's a story that must be lifted up even amidst the dark times present in the world. Now is the time for Waverly and Nicole to embrace this new stage of their lives. Doc sees that clarity as well. He has a new lease on life. He could have died once more. He will have to pay for his sins eventually. He is no longer bound to this place. He doesn't feel the need to serve as protection for the Earp family. His friendships with Waverly and Wynonna run deep. They trust him with their lives. He will ensure their happiness is cherished and respected. The wedding is absolutely beautiful. Nothing goes wrong. It's sad that so many couldn't be present to celebrate it. And yet, the family has always remained open and willing to embrace more displays of love. That culminates with Wynonna and Doc leaving Purgatory to finally find their daughter. That's the direction their lives need to head towards. They can no longer escape the pain of their past. They've tortured themselves for too long thinking they deserve to suffer. They can have hope and love together as well. That starts with this first step. They admit a willingness to love and be loved. Everyone may have regrets over what has happened in the past. It can't prevent them from moving on with their lives permanently. They still have things to keep them moving forward. That radiates throughout this finale. It's emotional and devastating to say goodbye. But the Earp homestead will always be a home for whomever comes along to explore and experience this world.