Lena Luthor Is the Hero You’ve Been Holding Out For

Hello, friends, and welcome to this week’s LenaCap! We had such amazing, wonderful, perfect Lena content this week, and I was happy to see that the episode overall wasn’t a giant disappointment! I don’t think Supergirl is where it could be, in terms of strong female characters, maybe just because of the bad taste seasons 2 and 3 left in my mouth. But I believe with my whole Lena-loving heart that it could very well be on its way. And that makes me happy.

We open on Businesswoman!Lena, who is one of my favorite Lenas (spoiler alert — they’re all my favorite), multitasking AF, of course, when Kara brings Big Belly Burger to her BFF.

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Lena’s been working nonstop and skipping meals to work on the image inducer, because sales have skyrocketed ever since the world found out President Wonder Woman was President Wonder Alien. But our biggest takeaway here from the beginning part of this scene is, while Lena may look great in just regular heels, she looks motherfucking amazing in a knee-high boot. “Cathy,” you say, “you aren’t a fashion blogger.” But you see, Lena Luthor makes anything possible.

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Kara tries to engage Lena about the revelation about the president, but Lena’s not having it. She just says she never has had any faith in politicians (I feel you, Lena), and Kara is surprised that she’s so cynical. Um, Kara, you’re her best friend. If I’m not surprised that’s how she feels, why are you?

Lena, always the level-headed thinker with an eye on the bottom line, is happy the president stepped down, because it would have caused chaos. Kara’s worried about the fall of democracy, though, and not the loss of some zeroes in her bank account. She’s sad that everyone is fighting, and Lena gets it, even if she doesn’t feel it.

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(That eye makeup, though. Like her jawline, it could cut glass.)

And now to the second part of the reason Kara is here — she needs info on Mercy Graves, and what Lena shares with us is…not what I was expecting. When she said “Mercy’s complicated,” I was hoping for a bit more of a “naked friends with benefits” reveal, but it’s even sadder than that. With how critical Lillian always was of her, when Lex brought Mercy into their lives, it was like she had someone else on her side; someone to help her navigate life and tell her how to act, how to be. How to live. How to wear a pair of knee-high boots. Someone who was proud of her but also willing to help steer her where she wanted to go. And someone who taught her how to win. And maybe someone who taught her that “loving the taste of scotch” is a valid reason to have a noontime drink.

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Mercy left Lex because he became obsessed with Superman, and she felt that humans should be able to develop powers and abilities, like aliens, and not just develop their intelligence…something that Lena agrees with, much to her alien bestie’s chagrin. But how could anyone be surprised by this? Lena Luthor has always strove to be the best. Just because she wants humans to be as powerful as aliens doesn’t mean she wants to be more powerful. She just wants to be the best. And, you know, she is.

Our gal pals are interrupted by Eve, who tells Lena that her head of programming for the image inducer is dead, his laptop is missing, and they’re being hacked. So Cyber!Lena steps in and blocks the intruder, but not before the image inducers stop working for long enough for aliens to be exposed, albeit briefly. Including Brainy, who almost gets the snot kicked out of him by a bunch of mouth-breathing (presumably straight) white dudes. Too real.

But through it all, Cyber!Lena.

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Lena vows Mercy Graves will never get in L Corp…and then of course the building is put on lockdown because Mercy Graves is there.

And now we see Protective!Lena, who’s determined to make sure her friends don’t get hurt in the attack. And in the next couple of scenes, we see some of the most enjoyable background comedic acting from Melissa Benoist that I’ve ever seen. It legit made me chuckle…and also had me include multiple Kara gifs in a LenaCap. So that’s how you know I mean it.

Lena gives her…something (science!) to help protect against a sonic attack or whatever, so Kara just shoves them in her (apparently 14-inch deep) pocket when Lee isn’t looking.

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Kara tries to leave, or even find a closet to hide in to “lay low,” but Lena refuses, and Kara’s face is perfect.

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After Mercy appears onscreen to taunt Lena a little bit, Kara once again tries to get them to split up, but Lena’s not having it. Safety in numbers!

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And who could forget when Alex called Supergirl on her comm called her sister on the phone?

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Lena sends Eve off to do some magic, but insists that Kara stay with her. You know, for safety.

And all of this, I think, is a calculated move on Lena’s part to finally get Kara to admit she’s Supergirl. She pushes and pushes and pushes, because she knows there’s no real danger when the Girl of Steel is around. So why not press her advantage to nudge Kara out of her Kryptonite closet? She’d never force her to admit something before she’s ready, of course, but there’s no harm in trying to up the timeline, you know?

Lena and Kara track Mercy to the hidden Luthor dungeon where Lena keeps her “experimental prototypes,” and I’m sure Kara would love to nose around there a bit, but now is not the time, Kara! They find Lillian’s Lexosuit, minus one big-gunned arm. Mercy stalks out, trying to be the girl with the big-ass gun, and Lena keeps Kara behind her, trying to Protect. Mercy accuses Lena of only caring about being superior, but Lena disagrees — it’s about doing good in the world. Because Lena Luthor IS A GOOD PERSON…as you’ll see by this amazing-but-completely-unnecessary protection, special-friend style.

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Mercy somehow simultaneously taunts AND compliments Lena at the same time? You know, the way that only a former gal pal quasi-sister can do. Lex used to mock her because he was afraid she would surpass his skills, Mercy reminds Lena. They’re alike, you see — they’re both the best…which Lena disagrees with, because while Lena is top-shelf, Mercy is like middle shelf on a good day.

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Mercy accuses Lena of being motivated by only money, but we all know that isn’t true. And when Kara points out that Lena isn’t a murderer and Mercy says that’s because she hasn’t had the opportunity — well, we know that isn’t true, either.

And then LENA AND MERCY HAVE A LASER-ARM BATTLE. Here’s where Lena finally realizes she’s in trouble and sends Kara out into the hallway “for safety.” Lena’s handling it, sure, but better safe than sorry, I guess, because very shortly after, Supergirl shows up to help save the day.

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I could watch these scene on repeat for a very long time. Not even ashamed.

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Mercy tells Lena she doesn’t deserve the Luthor name, and Supergirl chooses that moment to bust in and correct our supervillain gal pal. It’s the Luthor name who doesn’t deserve Lena. They joke about how Lena could ask how Supergirl got past the lockdown but she won’t because she’s grateful for the assist. It seems like maybe Supergirl and Lena are starting to build up a friendship again, at the same time Kara seems to be losing faith in her bestie because of her stance on aliens.

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Mercy had to be where so much of her confidence came from, because Lena Luthor is nothing if not confident…at least outwardly. God knows it couldn’t have come from Lillian, who never treated Lena as though she were good enough. And then to have to fight one of the people who helped make you, especially one with ties to the brother she loved? Heartbreaking.

The writers this season I think are setting us up for a Lena with more shades of grey than we’re used to seeing, and many of those shades are going to be darker than I want them to be. But — BUT — the difference is, it really feels like the groundwork is being laid for them to make sense, storytelling-wise. We know Lena’s complicated relationship with Lillian and how that completely would fuck you up. Now we get the added info that another maternal (sisternal?) figure, Mercy, who helped shape the person Lena is today, wants Lena to choose a side. I think she’ll always choose science and knowledge with an eye on the greater good, but I imagine this choice won’t look as “good” to everyone in the room.

Oh, but also, maybe I just have my gay goggles on here, but…what’s behind this “almost” in “she was almost like a big sister,” hmm?

The difference between Lena and Mercy? Well, there are a lot of them, and a lot of similarities, too. But the main difference? They may both think that humans should strive for superpowers and strength to rival aliens, but Lena would never strike down aliens to accomplish that. She’ll work to make sure they can hide themselves, if that’s what they want. She’d never out an alien who wasn’t willing to come clean yet. Just maybe a nudge.

I do want to take a moment to say that Nia Nall gave me chills in this episode in the best way possible. She’s rapidly become a reason to watch for me, along with Alex and Lena. I feel like we’re seeing her come into her own and realize that it’s worth it to stand up for what she believes in, and it’s a journey I’m here for. I have a lot of feelings on her character and her journey, but as a cisgender woman, my voice isn’t an important one here. I look forward to reading and hearing the transgender community’s thoughts on this character and her importance, and I hope that Supergirl gives her the storyline she deserves.

The Alex Danvers/Nia Nall/Eve Tessmacher corner of randomness:
  • Brainy ordered and paid for 12 pizzas but only walked out with six. Those men were truly monsters.
  • I like that Eve had her moment of heroism. You know, with the hairpin.
  • Alex, your haircut and general badassery and compassion for Brainy? I love it all. You’re perfect.

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  • Oh, but Alex? I question your choice to put a clearly anti-alien dude in charge of the Graves siblings.
  • I wish I had Kara/Supergirl’s optimism about the state of our country.
  • Alex and Mercy’s scenes together shouldn’t have more chemistry than James and Lena’s.

As always, thanks for joining my flailing, my friends. I’ll see you next time. I Lena you all.

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Lena Luthor is a Chess Champion

Hello, friends, and welcome to season 4 of Supergirl! I am…eternally optimistic about what’s to come in this season, and the premiere (watched after an exhausting and amazing weekend at Earpapalooza) didn’t give me reason to doubt said hope, but didn’t really do much to give me any. But honestly, after last season’s cape tricks, I’ll take it.

Lena and Kara are so happy to see each other, because Lena’s been in Metropolis, you see, setting Sam in as the head of whatever at L Corp. Who cares, right? Totems, schmotems. All that matters is that Sam is Very Much Alive and maybe could come back, right? Right? RIGHT?! Anyway, Kara leaves James and Lena alone because reasons, I guess, and when she walks out the door, the chemistry in that room drops from like 1089 to 3. Seriously. Lena just looks uncomfortable with James. I’m not doubting the characters care for each other, but I am doubting the intensity and the CHEMISTRY.

Anyway, Lena wants to leverage some intel with the DA to get her to drop the investigation and any possible charges against James, but James says no. He knows how important it is to her to be good and leave her criminal family’s past behind. You know, because LENA LUTHOR IS A GOOD PERSON. And looks great in yellow.

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Lena takes a call and finds out things aren’t going great for James with the DA because — you know what? Who cares? Then we get some of Serious!Lena.

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Supergirl finds her old pal Lillian Luthor in prison, looking casually glamorous in her prison scrubs, playing chess with none other than your favorite and mine, Lena. Kara asks her for information on the Evil Siblings (no, not Lex and Lena), and Lillian just gives it all up. She’s turning over a new leaf, our Lillian. Okay, sure. Lena, of course, gives up what information she has immediately, and surprisingly, Lillian doesn’t take much more convincing than that.

Another day, another chess match, and another breathtaking Lena. She tells Lillian that she’s let go of her anger, and her mother makes rude comments about Lena’s technology letting aliens hide in plain sight. Lena says it’s all to help fund her important research, and I assume it’s that secret alien rock she’s been working on. Lillian asks why the hell her perfect, amazing, beautiful daughter has graced her with her presence, and Lena says it’s because of James. All of the uncertainty with him right now has made her realize she needs to appreciate the people she has left, even if they are kind of terrible and in prison.

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Lillian blames Superman for Lena and Lex’s falling out, and Lena gets her talking about Lex’s shady former business dealings…which of course Lena records, then takes to the DA in exchange for dropped charges for James. Because Lena Luthor is a shrewd negotiator.

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James thanks Lena for letting him handle the Guardian stuff by herself, and it’s just sad that she feels like she can’t be honest with her boyfriend or whatever he is. The DA says that there are no charges against James for his past actions, but if he does it again, there will be trouble, so I guess maybe the DA played Lena a little bit. And Lillian sees that Lex’s former business associate is going to be indicted based on what she told Lena, and she knocks the king over on her chess board in a show of defeat, because I guess that visitors’ room is where she lives now, even if no one is hanging out with her.

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Queer Corner of Miscellany:
  • Alex Danvers’ haircut. Whilst training. Thank you for your time.
  • Alex and President Masdin in a scene together: “kiss, kiss, kiss!” James and Lena actually kiss: “[gagging noises]”
  • I very much enjoyed the introduction of Nia Nall. I thought Nicole Maines did an excellent job of channeling her inner youthful Kara Danvers, and I liked the scenes with her and her mentor very much. I also appreciated the layers in their scenes together — the passion with which Nia described her take on the fashion industry, and then her explanation of why she allowed the story to be snatched away from her. Because of our background knowledge of the character, I definitely head-canoned more into that scene than was said, and I’m curious to see if it’s true or just me projection my own queer story on queer characters. You know, again. Classic Cathy.
  • I very much appreciated Nia’s monologue about fashion and how what you wear is an expression of yourself, and I couldn’t help but notice Lena’s clothes in two scenes. She’s seeing Kara and James for the first time in ages, and she’s wearing bright yellow — a beacon of sunshine, that one. But with Supergirl and her mother in prison, she’s suddenly back in dark clothes, perhaps a nod to her possible villainy this season.
  • All of the Lena/Lillian/Supergirl scenes this season, please! They’re so delicious together, and when you start to think about the dynamics — Lena’s feelings about Supergirl, Supergirl’s former distrust of Lena even though she’s Kara’s best friend, the fact that Lena is not being completely honest about her secret stash of Heron-el, and then we all remember that Lillian knows Kara is Supergirl but Lena “doesn’t”? Three amazing characters Two strong, powerful, well-written characters, plus one character that’s hopefully on her way back to being those things, makes for scenes that I want more of.
  • I liked the Alex and Brainy scenes, especially when he tried to cosplay Winn.

I thought this was a solid season-four premiere. I’ve lost a lot of faith in Supergirl because of the last two seasons, and while this didn’t completely restore my faith in the show, it didn’t knock it down any more pegs, so I’m gonna call this a win. I don’t buy any of the chemistry between James and Lena, because you can’t purchase something that doesn’t exist, but you’ve got me for now, show, and it’s mostly because of this.

#EarperView with Willa Earp

Hello, friends, and welcome to season three’s last EarperView! You know, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When life gives you rats, you make a smoothie. When life has a missing EarperView and you’ve promised three for the week, well, you improvise. So I give you an EarperView written from the viewpoint of the true Earp heir…Willa Earp.

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

I have no non-Earper alter ego. I was raised by an alcoholic father who groomed me for Heirhood since I was young, and then I was kidnapped by a Revenant, then it was the treehouse for a while, and then some time at the commune. Then back home with the sisters, all to end with…well, I’d hate to give away the end of the story. Let’s just say I’m pretty Earpy. The Earpiest Earp around, some say.

SHUT UP, SOME WOULD SAY THAT.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

WYNONNA EARP WOULD BE NOTHING WITHOUT ME.

This fandom is pretty rad, though. Lynn Rachels is the best of us, am I right?

Is this your first fandom?

No. I was very into Lost Girl at the commune. One of my sisters there wrote the best Valkubus fanfic.

What is your favorite fandom memory?

When Megan stitched me. Oh, that’s right. She never did. She only stitched my sister. And Waverly. And Doc. And that ginger cop. And that cop and Wynonna’s sister together. And then for Christmas. And Nedley. And the show runner and creator. And a bunch of words. And KIERSTEN, my favorite barista. But never the true Earp heir.

What is your favorite con memory?

Meeting Emily Andras, former show runner of Lost Girl. She was so excited to meet me, too.

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Making Waverly put herself into dangerous situations and thinking it was her idea. “Waverly, walk on the ice. Get your stuffed animal.” “Waverly, walk on the beam or I’ll tell on you.” Good times.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

That bitch stole my gun and my title.

Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?

Yes. Here is one of me with the former show runner of Lost Girl at a con.

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Here we are having a dance-off. Obviously I won, because I am good at everything.

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Here are some a gays trying to take a photo, but I made it better by showing up.

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Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

I thought this was a serious interview. What kind of a question is this? Also, do you ever wonder how a potato feels when it’s in the ground?

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?

Tamsin.

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.

She makes even the worst characters sympathetic.

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

Probably with Willa and Wynonna in the barn, where Willa reminds Wynonna that she’s not alone anymore. I also like when Willa and Wynonna attack everyone with guns and where they go drinking at Shorty’s. Oh, and when Wynonna hit me on the head with a chamber pot.

How have you Earped your life?

Coconut oil. We used it for everything at the commune.

What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?

Bobo Del Ray.

 

Well, everyone, many thanks to you for reading this week’s off-the-cuff EarperView. Many thanks to Nedley’s Office for the photo assist, and to her, Heidi, and my Earper fantasy-football league for assuring me that this wasn’t a horrible idea! I hope it brought a little chuckle to you, and I’ll see you all on Twitter for the finale (and some of you in real life!).

I do want to take a moment to thank everyone who reads these EarperViews and especially the people who very kindly agreed to do one this season. Your trust in me and willingness to let us get to know you a little bit better is something I take very seriously, and I hope it shows. I’m so grateful, I love doing these, and I hope they brought you a little joy every week.

That being said…I’m looking forward to a break. I’ll see you guys in season four.

#EarperView with @chocolateyshell

Hello, friends, and welcome to finale week’s second EarperView! Today we get to know Shelley Scarrow, AKA the genius who brought us one of the most moving and entertaining episodes of television I’ve ever seen, “Jolene.” I am continually impressed by her writing ability, and when I met her and the other writers at EH Con, I told them how cool it was that it felt like someone could see inside by brain.

But Shelley isn’t just a writer. She’s one of the funniest people I’ve seen on Twitter (so says the Angela Lansbury gif exchange we had last week), and she is always down to talk about yarn. I had my wife crochet a hat for the writer’s room mouse that I brought to EH Con, and I was embarrassingly excited to give it to her. She’s also extremely supportive of the people around her, including random bloggers and recappers who just feel lucky to be in her orbit. If you judge people by how they treat others, well, Shelley is the best of us.

After Lynn, of course.

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

Just a small-town girl, living in a lonely world. I’m from farming stock in Southern Ontario, about an hour from Detroit.  My background’s truly blue-collar, so I didn’t know ‘writer’ was a job, even though I’ve always been word- and story-obsessed and spent my entire childhood buried in books and plays. I knew ‘actress’ was a job, if not always practical, but my family was very supportive and let me go to theatre school. That’s where I very quickly discovered that I was NOT cut out for acting, but I learned a lot about reading scripts and writing and producing — also how to build corsets and weld.  I still love all these things.

I’m married to another writer (don’t do this, it is a terrible idea) and we sorta alternate between writing jobs and looking after our sons. So sometimes I am full-time stay-at-home mom, and sometimes I’m on the crazy-demanding TV production treadmill for 80 or 100 hours a week. The contrast is dramatic but I don’t often get bored, and that’s a giant plus for me because I have the attention span of a Revenant.

(That was jokes about the ‘lonely world’ part. Who could be lonely when there’s all these Earpers around and I work in the FUNNEST WRITING ROOM ON EARTH?)

How did you come to write for Wynonna Earp?

The first professional writing job I got was on Degrassi. It was through that job that I met Brendon Yorke, and we worked together for several years. He’s so funny and a really great friend, and I met Emily through him, just at parties and all that. Then she got hired at Instant Star (starring: Tim Rozon!), which was produced by the same company. We did a season on that together and just became really close. After we left those shows, we would try to get each other on whatever we got hired on. Because a) it was fun and b) I think our brains play really well together.  Being sympatico is big, intangible part of the job. I like to be on a show where I feel like I can read the showrunner’s mind at least 75% of the time – and be utterly shocked the other 25%, and that’s where I’m at with Emily.

I wrote a freelance script on the first season of Wynonna and I would tell anyone who would listen that it is the most fun I’ve ever had writing anything. When Emily asked me about Season 3, I said yes before she could even finish the sentence. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.

How does the Wynonna Earp fandom compare to any other shows you’ve worked on? Is it the same level of involvement, both on your part and on the fandom?

I think you guys have to know that there is NOTHING like Earpers. But I guess I have to answer anyway. 😉

During the early years of Degrassi, there was a bit of fan engagement but they were really only interested in the cast. The writers were just people who were messing up their favourite characters (and they would gladly tell us so at any opportunity.) I actually began to stay away from fan engagement and continued it on other shows, because lots of times the people who are posting just want to complain or mock. It really gets into my head, and it gets harder to write instead of easier.  You feel restricted by the horrible things you can hear people saying about the words before they’re even written.

But this show, thanks be to Peacemaker, is the COMPLETE opposite, I feel like the fan excitement and love is fuel for the creative process, rather than a harsh brake on my creativity. I love to think about how we’re going to get people fired up/disbelieving/excited/turned on/throwing Cheetos at their screen every week.

What is your favorite fandom memory? What is your favorite con memory?

They’re the same. Definitely watching Episode 304 at EH Con this summer. As a TV writer, you so often get ZERO reaction back. But there I was, sitting in a hotel ballroom, coated in boob/flop sweat from doing the panel, with hundreds of INCREDIBLE fans. They were laughing and cheering and booing and so excited. And it was so exciting! We writers just kept punching each other in disbelief. I would love another opportunity to watch with fans. It was an unbelievable rush. 

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

I love live-tweeting every Friday night! It’s like a huge party to look forward to, only you don’t necessarily have to put on pants. Plus I like to do themed snacks (nerdity-nerd-nerd-nerd.)

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Love.

For Emily and Brendon and Noelle and Caitlin and Matt and Christin. For the bold stories we get to tell. For the amazing cast who makes Every.Single.Line.Better! I have no idea how they do that. For the dedicated producers and directors and crew who go WAY above and beyond for every episode.

And after ‘Jolene’ aired, I’ve been sent so much love from people who saw their own mental health struggles reflected, and I’ve felt tremendous waves of love for people who are still fighting their Jolenes. It’s been both scary and the most gratifying writing experience I can think of to share those very personal things.

Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?

I was so hopped up and excited at EH Con that I forgot to take many! But here is Noelle and Emily drunk in an elevator and that sums a lot of it up.

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And here are some photos from when I did the Fangirl Fun Run, which was a huge treat for a running AND Earping nerd.

Here are some pictures from the writing room, including my bulletin board, my work coffee mug, and a lineup of drinks I often have in front of me.

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

I was working on a show in Northern Ireland not that long ago. (NI is my ancestral homeland, though I’d never been before.) I ordered the vegetarian lunch from the catering truck, and then added some sides of whatever and sat down on the crew bus– and then realized that my plate had five different kinds of potato on it. Potato stew, mashed potato, potato salad, potato rolls, and (blush) maybe even a few chips.

And what I discovered is that this is the EXACT RIGHT AMOUNT OF POTATO. So – all the potato, all the time.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?

87.6428.

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.

Contractually obligated to say it isn’t BUUUUTTTTT…

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

Well, it’s still to come! It’s in Episode 311, at the end of the first act, and you’ll know it when you see it. Wynonna pulls out a quote from her shitty dad, one that I heard a lot in my own childhood. The truck’s in the scene.

That was my favourite one to WRITE anyway. There are too many beautiful ones to pick from otherwise, though I am partial to the moments Waverly and Wynonna had with Alice in the Season II finale, when they were a fierce little all-female family for only the tiniest moment. It was so stuffed with emotion that I was really REALLY mad at Emily. In the best way.

How have you Earped your life?

I really like seeing all the clever stuff that fans make, and shopping Earpily is my second favourite Earper activity. My backpack is COVERED in pins, my office is full of beautiful stitches and other crafts from talented fans.

What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?

Freaked the fuck out when I met Dom and Kat. I was very sweaty and scattered and they were so huggy and nice and pretended not to notice that I was stammering like a loon.

What Revenant murder would Karen and/or Georgia choose to cover on MFM?

I think Karen would deep-dive into what is arguably ‘the original sin of Purgatory’ and do the whole murder of the Clootie boys at the hand of Wyatt Earp. I’ve always wanted to know more about the Clootie boys, especially now that we’ve seen Bulshar, and I think she’d dig up some cool shit on who they were.

I think Georgia would choose something more recent historically and ‘stickier’ dramatically. Maybe the barber with the blade who can be in the mirror, or Mama Olive? I feel like she always loves a good solid horror element?

What does each person in Purgatory choose to do when it’s their turn to pick craft night?

Okay. Now this is all I ever want to talk about.

Waverly is easy. She picks something new and exciting every single time. The one constant is that there is always a glittery or sparkly component. The projects are always elaborate and seasonally themed and nobody else ever finishes theirs. This month, she wants to do a hand-painted Halloween cookie jar. Hers would look like a wise owl with star-shaped purple sparkles in his eyes. Most everyone else’s would just have an obscene phrase painted on it. I think fate might get in the way of this plan. Somehow.

Wynonna, in contrast, keeps trying to convince everybody that layering shots beautifully counts as a craft. It doesn’t, but her nights are always really fun.

Doc is surprisingly cool – did you know that cowboys and sailors were both really interested in small handcrafts? Long nights of travel are conducive to making. He’s a decent hand at tooling leather, so he’s pulled that skill out when pressed to contribute to craft night. Jeremy still sometimes wears the personalized cuff he made at Doc’s night. Doc can whittle too (fastest hands in the west) and he’s keeping that skill in his back pocket in case somebody makes him do another night. He’s thinking about wooden spoons.

Nicole is the queen of the outdoorsy Scout-style craft and can whip up useful paracord bracelets in a flash, as well as campfire starters and lanyards. It’s efficient; she’s always got the right amount of supplies and clear instructions.

Jeremy’s love of science is very real, so he’s had everybody mixing up custom lip balms and scented bath bombs.

And Kate is actually very skillful with a needle due to her aristocratic Hungarian upbringing. If called upon, she can whip up a set of rose-embroidered dowry linens with your initials embroidered in each corner. She likes to add little obscene touches to keep them from being too pretty – a liver, or a corpse beetle in the corner.

Mama Earp’s turn involved everybody decorating bras with googly eyes and tassels and went from humiliating to raucous hilarity in less than five minutes.

Nedley’s granny taught him to crochet dishcloths during the summers he spent at her trailer, but nobody’s managed to pull this knowledge out of him yet.

Um. I could keep going but I’m not sure my speculation on Bobo’s ability to make beautiful hair wraps is interesting to anyone but me.

 

Um, I think you’re wrong, Shelley. I would love to hear about Bobo’s ability to do hair wraps, and I’d take it a step further and say I bet it came about because of his relationship with Willa.

Anyway, thank you so much, Shelley, for playing along! We as a fandom are so grateful to have you as a writer for this show we love so much.

Everyone else, I’ll see you back here on finale day with the last EarperView of the season!

#EarperView with @cbleighb

Hello, friends, and welcome to the first of this week’s EarperViews! Today we get to know Christin Hanly, the script coordinator and secret keeper for Wynonna Earp. Plus, we have her to thank for a lot of content in the Purgatory Case Files! I had the pleasure of meeting Christin at EH Con and stupidly did not ask her to take a photo with me, but we chatted a bit and watched a couple of panels sort of together, and let me tell you, she is just a lovely human being.

I don’t think I’ll ever stop being amazed at how lovely everyone associated with this show is. Christin is just as lovely in person as she is on Twitter, and she’s just so great on Twitter. She shares all sorts of behind-the-scenes photos with us and adds to the rich detail of this show that we all love. We are so, so, so lucky to have you, Christin, and I hope you feel that every single day.

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

I grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (a tongue twister of a city), but have moved around quite a bit.  I’ve lived in NYC, Toronto, and now I live outside Calgary. I’ve been working in different aspects of film and television production since I was 15! (So… a very long time…)  I took a few years off a while ago to own and run a cupcake bakery but now I’m back doing what I love best – storytelling. In my down time, I like to cook and bake, garden, travel, and watch TV and movies.  I have too many cats (3) and they’re some of my favorite people.

How did you come to be the Script Coordinator for Wynonna Earp?

A lot of luck, some hard work, and the support of coworkers!  I moved to Calgary in 2014 and started working as a PA, then in Production Offices.  A few years ago I was coming to the end of a show and heard Emily needed an assistant through a coworker.  At that point I had seen season one and had even done a few days as a Locations PA on the season one set but had never officially met Emily or Brian Dennis (our incredible producer).  I sent in my résumé, called everyone I know that worked on Wynonna Earp to put in a good word for me, and then went in for an interview. From there, I started with a little light Script Coordinating and assisting Emily, and by the end of the second season I was writing the Purgatory Case Files.  

What exactly does a Script Coordinator do?

Script Coordinator is a fun job because I act as the go between for the writers and the production team.  Emily sends me a script and I track story continuity, track anything that will need to get cleared (like new character names), and format it so the Assistant Directors can make schedules and the crew can use the scripts.  It’s a lot of keeping track of things and helping. I’m also involved with the Art Department and Emily lets me do some of the writing you see on screen for things like blood contracts, diary entries, and memorial plaques.  It’s a fun mix of creativity and organization that I really enjoy.

How does the Wynonna Earp fandom compare to any other shows you’ve worked on?  

I have had the good fortune to work on a bunch of different shows and no other fandom compares to the Earpers.  They are such lovely, kind, genuine, and talented people. I’m so blown away by the drive to make this world a better place through kindness that this fandom has embraced.  My heart bursts every time I think of Earpers.

Is it the same level of involvement and interaction, both on your part and on the fandom?

Not even close!  I only work on the show for 8 months at a time, but I Earp all year round.  It’s so much fun to see reactions to the stories and the characters and I love that I get to be involved with that. Before Wynonna Earp, I didn’t really tweet and now I’m on more than I should be. The other really cool thing that I love about our fandom is how deep they dive.  They’ve opened up a lot of new perspectives on the show and are so thoughtful in their analysis. I also really love how diverse the fandom is. We’ve got people from all around the world who do all kinds of different jobs and have lots of really interesting hobbies.  It’s so cool to see what they’re up to.

What is your favorite fandom memory?

I have a few, but the first time I met Earpers will always be close to my heart.  I went to the Calgary International Film Festival last year for the Wynonna Earp panel.  I hadn’t seen Emily or the cast since production ended, so it was great to see them again and see how excited the fans were to be there.  I went with Paige from Seven24 [ Editor’s note — PAIGE!! ],  and we hid in the back and then I went to the Earper meet-up afterwards and met some really wonderful Earpers.  It was such a special event.

What is your favorite con memory?

EH Con filled my heart with so much love and joy.  I was nervous going there and didn’t know what to expect but was so blown away by the kindness of everyone attending and the thoughtfulness of the organizers.  I tried to meet as many Earpers as possible and really loved spending time with different people. It felt like such a safe space and I’m so very glad I went.

My favorite memory from EH Con was watching the episode live with everyone attending.  Watching the reactions to the episode was so special and I don’t think anything will ever be as cool as that.  I heart Earpers so, so much.

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Earping on Twitter.  It brightens my day to see so many lovely people interacting and generally being nice.  If you look at my timeline you would see kindness, humor, and people cheering each other on.  I love all the theories that fly around Twitter after each episode and have to try so hard not to say anything spoilery when people ask me questions.

I also really love posting my behind the scenes pictures.  I’m such a fan of all the thoughtful little details the different departments put into our show, and I’m really excited to be able to share it with the Earpers.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Family.  

Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?

A whole bunch.

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I loved seeing all the cosplay at EHCon. Here’s Christine (@tine_mclaren) killing it.
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This is Lindsay on her set visit.

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Christmas episode shenanigans with Paige (@seven24films).

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I love this picture Petra (@dutchstarbuck) took at EHCon.
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Cat Zimm (@cimzim) is the best of us.

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It was such a wonderful treat to meet Patricia (@PatriciaOgura) and Sarah (@Viking_Elf) at EHCon. They’re part of the Wormhole Whisperers and did some serious deep dives into the Purgatory Case Files.

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

Garlic parmesan fries with truffle aioli.  I know.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?

Hard 10 but don’t tell her because I like my job. [ Editor’s note — your secret is safe with me! ]

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.

Emily looks-for-the-best in all-of-us and inspires-people-to always-do-better.  

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

I just adore the love story between Wynonna and Waverly and there are some absolutely fantastic moments, so it’s very hard to choose.  In Season 2 when Wynonna finds out she’s pregnant and Waverly tells her she’s there. She doesn’t try to placate Wynonna; she just wants her to know she’s always going to be there for her no matter what.  It really resonated with me. I also really love in Season 3 when Wynonna has just given Peacemaker to Bulshar and she and Waverly are sitting in front of the fireplace catching up. There’s so much love and understanding, and we know they’ll always be there for each other.  I love that.

How have you Earped your life?

Wynonna Earp inspires me to dream bigger.  I am so inspired every day by Emily, the tea,m and the Earpers and it makes me want to be better and do better and encourage others to do the same. [ Editor’s note — I couldn’t agree with this more. ]

What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?

I turned my sister into an Earper.  Lindsay always makes an effort to watch the shows I work on but doesn’t usually enjoy them.  After Lindsay watched her first episode of Wynonna, she texted me to ask if she was supposed to like Doc Holliday as much as she did.  (Of course I said YES!!!) She devoured the first two seasons in a week.

During season three production, I asked if it would be okay to bring Lindsay for a set visit and was really excited when Emily and Brian said yes.  We don’t do a lot of set visits so it was really special that I got to do it. She came to set on the last day in the studio and we toured Shorty’s, the Homestead, and a few other sets.  I introduced her to the cast and crew that were there that day and she was beyond excited but played it cool as a cucumber. She watched as they filmed a scene and had so many spoiler-filled questions.  Being able to share that with her meant the world to me.

Now that she’s all caught up, she texts me after each episode to ask me questions and talk to me about the episode.  In our busy lives, it’s really nice to have something that we can share together.

If you could write any of the characters’ biographies, who would you choose and why?

On Season 2 I got to do some writing for the website so I actually got to update all the character biographies!  It was a lot of fun figuring out all the little details and changing the existing bios to reflect their growth through the seasons.

If I was to write a totally unauthorized biographical book for one of the characters… I would write one about Wynonna.  We know a lot about her from the show, but there’s still mystery surrounding her time before she returns to Purgatory. I’d like to know more about her adventures in Greece and what led her to be the person she is today.  Wynonna is so smart and strong willed and has been through A LOT but she’s still soft where it matters and that’s the kind of hero I want to read about right now.

 

Christin, thank you so much for letting us all get to know you a little better, and thank you for your part in this show that has come to mean so much for all of us.

As for everyone else, I’ll see you back here on Wednesday for another EarperView!

#EarperView with @cimzim

Hello, friends, and welcome to another EarperView! The subject of this week’s is Cat Zimm, and I was so happy when she agreed to join me for this (and maybe for another thing that is still a secret but that you’ll probably find out about someday). Cat is one of those people that I think I have probably been at all of the cons with but just recently got to hang out with and know better, and I’m so, so grateful.

Cat is the one of the rulers of Earper cosplay, and I wish I were 1/100 as creative as she is.

I think Cat’s superpower is that she can make anyone she’s talking to feel safe. Warm. Comfortable. As you may know, cons are a bit anxiety-producing for me, and I have benefited from Cat’s healing personality more than once. Also one time I live watched with her, and she didn’t get mad that I kept striking her in excitement, so that was nice. Continue reading