#EarperView with @ChancePurgatory

Hello, friends, and welcome to this week’s bonus EarperView! Who better to learn more about than the Earper fandom’s favorite doggo, Chance Purgatory.

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

I’m just a happy dog about town who likes to be dressed up and spend time with my owner. But being the unofficial mascot of the Earper fandom has really changed my life. I get recognized on the street now, and people are constantly asking for autographs. Anything for my fans, though.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

Well, seeing as I live at the Purgatory Visitors Bureau, it was kind of unavoidable.

Is this your first fandom?

Are there other fandoms?

What is your favorite fandom memory?

Winning the PCA. The fandom has worked so hard, and it was such an honor to be there with Emily, Melanie, and Tim.

 

What is your favorite con memory?

Probably re-enacting “The Pose” with Tim.

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What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Cuddles.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

People being there for you whenever you need them. And also a fandom who is ready, willing, and able to create Twitter accounts for anything.

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

People may not know this, but I actually got the chance to be a featured extra in Wynonna Earp. Here are some of my favorite scenes.

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

As long as it doesn’t have a pill in it, I don’t have a preference.

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

The number of squares in my buffalo-plaid shirt.

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

Woof, woof, woof. Woof-woof-woof WOOF.

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

This question is an attack.

How have you Earped your life?

Well, I’ve been asked to be the handler for Bernie at an upcoming con, so I think that speaks for itself.

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

Pooped in the Visitors Bureau, truly making it a shit show.

 

Friends, thank you so much for joining me this week for a fun series of EarperViews. Many thanks to the organizers of Earp Expo (and Chance Purgatory, of course) for participating in such a fun week. I’ll see you all again soon, I hope.

#EarperView with @WhiskeyBad

Friends, welcome to our last Very Special Earp Expo EarperView! We close out with Heidi, who is the security director for the con.

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

Seriously, at this point, I think Earper has just taken over all of the egos. The Earpin’ don’t stop.

Ideally: Earper 24/7/365

Professionally: Robot Wrangler*

*Inquire inside

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

I hopped on the bus post season 1. I caught wind of the show after watching the ClexaCon 1.0 WayHaught panel on YouTube. A month later, S1 goes to Netflix and the rest is history.

Is this your first fandom?

If I subscribed to one of those DNA testing sites via mail in spit swab, they would find Fangirling in my genes. I’m just doin’ what my mother before me did and her mother before her. This is my first fandom on Twitter and it has been a life-altering, wig-snatching hurricane of amazing that has made my life infinitely better. But I’ll always fondly look back on the Charmed/Buffy/Smallville days when Fandom was message boards and AOL Instant Messenger.

What is your favorite fandom memory?

DragonCon 2017 Full stop. That is when I met all of my faves and we liked each other so much we decided to organize a Con of our own. Expo is gonna be so dope, ya’ll.

What is your favorite con memory?

Breakfast with Evelyn Andrews at ClexaCon 2018. I was hungover, there was no bacon, and I’m pretty sure the chair I was sitting in was trying to kill me. Also, everyone else at the table may have wanted to kill me, too, after I said Mon-El wasn’t THAT bad. I’m not good at reading the room. [ Editor’s note — This EarperView is canceled. ]

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Doing no harm and taking no shit. Live Tweeting new episodes is a close second.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Wynonna Earp is so much more than a TV show. Three seasons in and it is more like a CULTURE. A culture of inclusivity, acceptance, love, kindness, vagina jokes, creativity… basically a giant list of positivity that I could go on about for days. It’s a place where I get to go to decompress. To be 100% myself. I am the luckiest.

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

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I think this pretty much sums it up.

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

First things first, do I have to lick it?

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

I fall under the ‘Exclusively Fandras’ section of the Kinsey Scale

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

“I don’t blow jobs without a please first.”

That’s 8 words. What can I say? I’m a giver.

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

“It looks like ol’ What’s His Name was all about the alternates. You and me kid.”

“Am I your backup?”

“I think we both know I’m yours, Angel.”

How have you Earped your life?

The increase in the amount of tacos, donuts, whiskey, kindness, love, and acceptance in my life since I became an Earper is pretty substantial.

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

I think the Earpiest thing I’ve ever done is still yet to be done. It’s a work in progress, but I always carry the Earpin’ spirit with me everywhere.

The People’s Choice Award makes its way onto the Wynonna Earp set. What part in the storyline does it have?  

It’s the hilt of Wynonna’s new lightsaber.

Friends, thank you so much for joining me this week for this Very Special Series of EarperViews, and many thanks to the fine folks of Earp Expo for playing along. For more info on the con, you can go to their website and see what they have planned. And don’t tell anyone, but I hear there are even more things to come!

#EarperView with @failwolf1

Our penultimate EarperView is with Danielle, the Media Director for Earp Expo. I will also add on a person note, Danielle is fucking hilarious and smart on the Twitter, so if you’re not following her, you should.

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

Idk if I have much of a non-Earper alter ego anymore. I kid, kind of. I live in southern Indiana with my fiancée, Casey. I work for the Louisville Health Department as a Graphic Designer. I spend my free time with my fiancée (playing video games or trying new food places around the city of Louisville). My free time also goes to planning Earp Expo. Next year Casey and I will (hopefully) be purchasing our first house then planning our wedding.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

I stumbled on Wynonna Earp after bingeing Carmilla. There was a compilation of WayHaught scenes from season 1 that was suggested to me. I watched it, then immediately rewatched it a minimum of five more times. Internally I thought, “I have to keep watching this WayHaught storyline, so I better watch the whole show.”

I believe I found the fandom through watching reaction videos. The first reaction video I ever saw was Marcie’s reactions to Wynonna. I think I said hey to her once on Twitter, before she knew who I was. This led me to interacting with more Earpers and the cast.

Is this your first fandom?

Yes, especially the first fandom I’ve been this involved in. The first “TV show” I got into was General Hospital, I would make “fan videos” of Nikolas Cassadine and Emily Quartermaine.  But this is the first one I’ve been fully involved in.

What is your favorite fandom memory?

Definitely winning the PCAs. It’s a huge deal for our little shit show, and it’s even sweeter knowing the award was based off fan votes. Genre television doesn’t get nearly enough recognition and if we can come together and vote for Wynonna Earp to get genre TV on the radar then our mission has just begun. The joy on Kat, Mel, Tim, and Emily’s faces on the red carpet was the real award and better than a million golden shake weights, although a million PCAs would be nice.

What is your favorite con memory?

The first time meeting Emily. Earpers ‘crashed’ a FanGirls shirt meet up at DragonCon. It was pretty much the first time I had met Earpers and she was the first person from the show I had ever met. The moment I walked into the bar, Emily’s eyes locked on to mine. Well, it was either my eyes or my Fandras shirt that caught her attention; to this day I still don’t know. She was so nice as she introduced herself to me (like she needed to, pfft). She asked me how my con was going so far and we chatted for half a second and it was inevitable, we’re best friends now. The say never meet your heroes, they’ll only disappoint you. Well, I say, “FIND HEROINES LIKE EMILY ANDRAS!!”

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Cons will ALWAYS be my favorite Earp activity. It’s comforting knowing you’re in this little bubble of inclusivity, kindness, and acceptance. Meeting new Earpers at conventions are wonderful because sometimes those turn into friendships. Also, it’s the only times through out the year I can see and hang out with my squad.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Wynonna Earp means kindness. Kindness through Earper Support. Kindness through NoChill. Kindness in charity donations. Kindness in EarperGreet. Kindness through giveaways. As Dom says, kindness breeds kindness.

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

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

Roasted Baby Red Potatoes?

Cut in half, drizzled lightly with olive oil, seasoned with a little sea salt, pepper, garlic, and rosemary. Baked in the oven. Mmmm. Maybe top with a little sour cream.

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

If you multiply Idris Elba’s age and Blake Shelton’s age then divide by Total Spice Girls No.1 hits, then subtract the number of PCAs Wynonna Earp has won and add the number of dick jokes in season 3…that’s how much I Fandras.

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

Because they’re not mutually exclusive.

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

There are a lot of emotional Earp sisters moments, and if I take the time to think through them all, I’ll be here hours later crying into a pint of ice cream. So I’m going to say the scene in 311 where Wynonna is on the back of the truck and shoves Waverly’s head back in the tool box and shuts the lid while Waverly yells ‘Mother F*cker”. It’s an accurate portrayal of how sisters act and is on brand for the show’s comedic tone.

How have you Earped your life?

I think planning an Earp convention is Earping your life pretty hard. There’s a lot that goes into planning a con, so most of my free time is spent on that. My work office is completely Earped out, so I talk about Earp with coworkers any chance I get – I’ve even converted a few Earpers. And I have a TeePublic shop with Earp tees that you can find here.

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

I made Dom’s iconic water bottle into a tapestry. I wanted to cosplay her bottle at Earpapalooza, but it didn’t work out quite as planned so I wore the tapestry as a cape instead. Dom’s reaction to it was priceless. She was floored by the fact that someone took the time to recreate all the stickers on her bottle and put it on a tapestry. Here are some photos. 

The Waverider lands in Purgatory. What sort of anomaly did they find, and what happens?

The Waverider travels to Purgatory to stop the Abdominal SnowWoman from demolishing the town completely. After Wynonna, Peacemaker tests the Legends (Hey, she has history with people showing up and not being who they say they are), and they pass with flying colors. Their teams work together to fight the anomaly and are almost unsuccessful until Rory brings out his flame thrower and turns the creature into a puddle of water while Wynonna yells, “Take that, you Abdominal Snow Bitch.”

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They all find themselves at Shorty’s because, if there is anything these teams know how to do, it’s drink. Rory and Haught are playing drunken darts, causing a ruckus. Ray is still shocked by the fact that THE Doc Holliday, the greatest gunslinger in history, is alive and sitting in front of him. Waverly and Ava share murder board stories and gab about their amazing girlfriends. Gary and Jeremy, standing with their shirts up, ‘show off’ their nipples (one inverted, one missing) to each other. Meanwhile, Sara and Wynonna stand on the steps of Shorty’s, look on, proud of their team and the hard work they did.

As the Legends board the Waverider to leave, Rory side-eyes Haught, shaking his head. “What was all that about?” Waverly asks putting her arms around her girlfriend.

Nicole gives one last wave to the team before turning in her girlfriend’s arms, placing a small kiss to Waverly’s lips. “Oh, he’s just mad I beat him in darts.” Haught says pulling Waverly back inside Shorty’s, making her way behind the bar. “And we were playing for this,” she exclaimed as she raised a weapon from behind the bar.

Waverly’s eyes grew three sizes as she recognized the device in her girlfriends’ hands. She jumped up and down yelling, “OH. MY. GOD. A FLAME THROWER!”

The End.

HOLY SHIT, THAT WAS AWESOME.

Ahem.

Also, Danielle wanted to include something about Bobo/Beebo, but ran out of time to work it into the story. I loved that so much that I wanted to throw that in.

Anyway, I’ll see you back here tomorrow for the last in this week’s Very Special Earp Expo EarperViews.

#EarperView with @gatorjas

Hello, all, and welcome to day two of the Earp Expo EarperView series! Today we meet Jasmine, the other Co-Director of Operations and Logistics.

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

 I’m an MBA student and Vendor Account Manager by day! Business is boring, generally, but I love what I do. It also comes in handy when planning a convention of this scale.
 I live in SFL with my amazing wife and our two pet-children, Lola and Buns. I’ve been active in the LGBTQI community since I was 25 (I came out a little late in life).  I also run the local chapter of my company’s PRIDE organization. When I’m not spending time with family/friends, working on my career or EXPO needs, I like to travel, I enjoy discovering new local restaurants with my wife (we are foodies!) or having (somewhat) lazy days at home every once in a while.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

I was reading an article about the “best couples on TV moments” on a website. One of the couples that made the list was WAYHAUGHT. I hadn’t heard much about the show at that point but who wouldn’t find themselves intrigued after that WayHaught couch scene? I decided to jump right in and start with S1E1. I had no idea what type of impact the show would have on me (or my soon to be newfound “framily”). My first interaction with the fandom was at DragonCon 2017. A few Earpers created a group chat for those attending, and I was invited to join via Twitter. Having the show and my Earper family is one of the best experiences of my life to-date.

 Is this your first fandom?

I tried to get involved with the Callie/Arizona (Grey’s Anatomy) fandom, but I wasn’t really welcomed like Earpers welcome newcomers . The Grey’s folks are really intense. I guess the answer is yes, lol.

What is your favorite fandom memory?

When I travel to cons, I usually try and select the conventions where I know my closest Earper friends will also attend. We were together (with a few missing members) in Minneapolis for Earpapalooza, and we tend to get loud at random hours of the night. We needed to find a place where we could discuss everything Wynonna Earp, drink a little (or a lot), and maybe play some music. As we randomly walked the hotel looking for somewhere to plant ourselves, we stumbled across this huge open space before reaching the gym area of the hotel. We found a table, chairs, some ottomans….it was pretty perfect! We spent the rest of our con nights at that very spot, laughing and spending time with each other – it’s my best memory so far.   

What is your favorite con memory?

It would have to be meeting the cast for the first time at DragonCon. Not only was it my first convention experience, but I was also preparing to meet the cast members of the show that I presently love! I was extremely nervous — a babbling idiot at times, I’m certain. I walked up to Dominique Provost-Chalkley’s table and I mumbled “Hello, nice to meet you”. She is one of the nicest folks you will ever meet at a convention. She said hello in return and took the print from my hand. I completely forgot I was supposed to hand her a post it with my name on it! Dominique sort of looked at me with her Sharpie in hand and slightly confused. I realized she had no freaking idea who I was, and I’m supposed to tell her what I wanted her to write/sign. I mumble (again), “Oh, I suppose I should give you this post it with my name on it huh?” She giggled and said “Oh, you suppose?”. By far my favorite con memory and it was a privilege to be mocked!
  
 What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

 Attending the panels at conventions. The cast is always so genuine and interactive!

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Wynonna Earp, for me, is an outlet to be yourself without caring what others may think of you. We have a show that addresses the complexities of relationships, both straight and queer. We have a show with badass female leads as a focal point. We have a show that isn’t afraid to address mental illness and combat the stigma of mental health. People and families aren’t perfect. Sometimes friends become family. I’m having trouble putting into words the love and light that Wynonna Earp provides to me and so many others. I just hope the cast, show runners and crew know how much we appreciate and applaud their efforts in creating the material we admire.

Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?
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Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

Sweet potato!

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

45?

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

Jason Momoa told me so?
 What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

“I’m not saying it’s going to be OK. I’m just saying I’m here.”

How have you Earped your life?

I try to Earp it Forward whenever possible, especially through Expo. The best way I’ve Earped my life is by creating a dedicated fan convention with some of my favorite Earpers. This convention is for the fans.

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

It’s definitely creating a convention dedicated to Wynonna Earp and my fellow Earpers, with my closest Earper friends.

What real-life revenants do you wish that Wynonna and her crew could fight and defeat?

A certain president of a certain nation would be at the top of the list! The current leaders of the US Environmental Protection Agency are second. Lastly, anyone trying to erase our transgender brothers and sisters also must go.

Thank you so much, Jasmine, for playing along, and I’ll see everyone else here tomorrow for the next EarpExpo EarperView!

#EarperView with @DrQuinzel92

Hello, friends, and happy 2019! And what better way to start off the new Earp year with a new batch of EarperViews?

This week, we’re going to get to know the fine folks who are responsible for the best convention in New Orleans, Earp Expo! And first up is Kristin, the co-director of Operations and Logistics!

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

When I’m not Earpin’, I work full-time as an environmental consultant. I love to travel, and I’m so lucky my job allows me to visit many exotic places, such as Albany, New York; Providence, Rhode Island; and Trenton, New Jersey! Another perk of the job (besides driving in Mid-Atlantic/New England traffic) is I often find myself in interesting(?) situations that almost always equate to great stories, including one about a nursery and some unfortunately placed butt plugs. [ Editor’s note — okay, you have my attention. ]

Oh yeah, I’m also working on my M.S. in Biology and will be finishing in May right before Expo!  

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

I think I stumbled upon Wynonna Earp while I was watching Dark Matter. I kept seeing promos for this new show about some crazy chick with great hair and a big-ass gun. I thought to myself, “That show looks badass. I think I’ll give it a try.” And the rest is history. I’ve been hooked since the moment Kirsten got off the bus. Some may even call me an Earper OG. Seriously, it’s in my email signature.

Is this your first fandom?

Yes, it is! I feel like I hit the fandom lottery, too, because it can’t possibly get better than Earpers!  

What is your favorite fandom memory?

Watching Episode 304 in a room full of Earpers at EH Con! Having other people to anxiously shriek at the TV with was awesome.  Also, Emily and all of the writers were sitting behind me, so I got live commentary.

What is your favorite con memory?

Without a doubt, my favorite con memory is Dragon Con 2017. Earp Expo started as a group chat on Twitter for a bunch of Earpers going to Dragon Con.  When we finally met in person, all of us got along so well it was like we’d known each other our entire lives. Being around a group of people that understood my fangirling was the absolute BEST feeling, and I made some of the best friends I’ve ever had.

That weekend we also had the lovely Sharon Belle and Winny Clarke join us for a get-together we planned at restaurant in downtown Atlanta. In between the drinking and mingling, we ended up watching the Season 2 premiere of their web series Swerve with them. It was a pretty cool experience.

There was also an incident with Sharon, a bottle of Knob Creek, and two food trays that I won’t mention. BUT since I’m a firm believer in pics or it didn’t happen, I’ll leave you with this…

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What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Is drinking an excessive amount of whiskey considered an Earper activity? If not, I’d say going cons. This past year, I’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to travel all around the world doing Earpy things and have met some incredible people along the way. Earpers really are the best of us.   

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Family.

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

Yes! I currently have 2,308 photos on my phone and about 800 are WE related (the remaining 1,508 are pics of my cats and accidental screenshots I’m too lazy to delete). Here are a few…

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This is from the fan lunch at SDCC17. It was the first time I met the cast!

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I went to Calgary in June and got to tour Bleeding Art Industries. They have some very cool Wynonna Earp props. Definitely check it out if you’re in the area. #Squad

When in Purgatory…

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This is from Love Fan Fest in Barcelona. Please focus your attention on the beautiful European Earpers around me and not the makeup melting off my face.

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Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

Yukon Gold 1,000%. Sweet potatoes are like Jolene’s cupcakes. They look delicious, but in reality they’re pure evil. Don’t @ me.

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

Well since Fandras isn’t a thing, 0 (I’m a solid 12.5).

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

People’s Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2018

(Runner-up: Bananas and bootcuts and bangs, oh my!)

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

This question is so unfair! They’re all GREAT. But if I must choose, I’d probably say in Episode 206 when Wynonna finds out she’s pregnant. I ugly cry EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I hear Waverly say, “I’m not saying it’s gonna be okay. But I’m just saying, I’m here.”

Also, in Episode 202, when Wynonna and Waverly are slo-mo walking out of the demon spidey nursery looking like they’re coming back from the Kid’s Choice Awards from hell. I love a good slo-mo walk.

How have you Earped your life?

The week after I got back from SDCC17, I kind of permanently Earped my life…

 

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

I’m organizing a 3-day party in New Orleans for 500+ of my closest friends. I think that’s pretty Earpy, right?

The Purgatory Scooby gang decides to take a vacation and ends up in NOLA for Mardi Gras. Tell us a little bit about what would happen.

Oh, this is good. I’ve never thought about a scenario like that before…

*proceeds to summarize 100 page script on Wynonna Earp’s Mardi Gras shenanigans*

Waverly, Nicole, Jeremy, and Robin decide to go on a double date at a Jazz club. After a few hours of sipping on Hurricanes and enjoying the live music, Nicole notices Waverly incessantly checking her phone with a look of concern on her face. When Nicole asks what’s wrong, Waverly tells her Wynonna is not returning her calls or texts and she’s afraid she’s going to miss the parade. Hoping to calm her girlfriend’s nerves, Nicole offers to go check on the elder Earp at the Bourbon Street bar they left her at.

When Nicole arrives at the bar, she spots a very intoxicated Wynonna covered in beads and dancing on the bar. As Nicole tries to make her way toward her, some overly friendly ladies block her path and refuse to let her pass until she takes a couple of over-priced body shots. Although Nicole politely and repeatedly declines, the shot girls are aggressively persistent (Seriously, beware of the Bourbon Street shot girls!), so she eventually agrees to drink them so they’ll let her through. When Nicole pulls out her wallet to pay the women, she quickly realizes she doesn’t have any cash and hastily makes her way to the ATM in the back of the bar. When she returns, Wynonna is nowhere to be found. Nicole frantically searches the bar but sees no sign of Wynonna. All of a sudden, Nicole hears yelling and she quickly makes her way outside to see what’s going on.  

Wynonna had made her way onto a float of a passing parade and was generously tossing beads at spectators. Nicole makes a beeline for the float and just barely reaches it before the shots finally hit her. She stumbles towards Wynonna and when she finally reaches her, she hears Waverly yell, “Wynonna! Nicole! What are you two doing?! We were supposed to watch the parade, not be part of it!”. Before Nicole can answer, Wynonna whips around and says, “Waves, look! Beads!” and proceeds to toss her, Jeremy, and Robin the beads from around her neck. Finally noticing Nicole, she places beads around Nicole’s neck as she doesn’t want her red-headed comrade to feel left out. As Nicole attempts to drunkenly convince Wynonna to remove herself from the float, they are both pulled off by police officers and promptly arrested.

A panicking Waverly calls Doc for help bailing out Wynonna and Nicole. Doc, who is none too pleased about his outing to the local vampire bar (A REAL thing in New Orleans) being interrupted, begrudgingly agrees to help. Once the gang gets to the police station, Doc proceeds to glamour the officers and gets them to release Wynonna and Nicole from the drunk tank. Thankful for their friend’s resourcefulness, Wynonna and Nicole treat everyone to beignets at Café du Monde and spend the rest the evening enjoying each other’s company in a sugar-induced coma.
I…feel like this could happen at Expo?

Anyway, thank you so much, Kristin! I’ll see you back here tomorrow for another EarperView!

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.

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.