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Welcome back to The Quad! I was so stoked that my favorite show about bounty hunters in space was renewed for a second season. Season one left us with some burning questions and concerns, the chief ones being D’avin and Fancy taken by Khlyen to be made Level 6, and the bombing of Old Town, which left Alvis and Pawter holed up in the tunnels while Johnny, Dutch, and Pree escaped aboard Lucy.

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A badass heroine, a whipsmart spitfire of a sister, a handsome lawman, an ambiguous and mysterious baddie, demons, motorcycles, and a fringed leather jacket? C’mon, what more could you want?

Actually, since I rhetorically asked, I’ll tell you. I’m a list maker, like that Go Go’s song you’re probably too young to remember, and I make lists of junk I want to buy when I have the money, lists of the people I’ve fooled around with, lists of goals long and short; and I think like most people, list makers or not, I carry around a mental checklist of what my ideal entertainment would look like. First, it would be serialized television, that’s a given. It is long form in a way that allows for world building and character growth that film simply can’t accommodate. I’m a TV person all the way.

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Recently, The Collective Bloggers attended a little convention known as WonderCon 2016. I was lucky enough to sit down with the cast and crew of Wynonna Earp, the SyFy channel show based on the thrilling comic book series created by Beau Smith and adapted by Emily Adras. Our newest Collected Contributor, Jay Jaqobis, will be penning weekly reviews on this feminist, scifi, supernatural (don’t call it a) Western, and I was lucky enough to ask Emily Andras (showrunner, writer executive producer) and Beau Smith (comic book creator) a few questions at the convention this past weekend. Read our interview below.

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The Writers

Beau, what has it been like adapting your original vision into an entirely different medium?

Beau Smith: It’s been fun…

Emily Andras: I’ve got a taser under the table [laughs]. I’m watching you!

Beau Smith: I’ve always written Wynonna Earp at 40-45 years old, in the prime of her Black Badge career and Emily has opened this wonderful world of basically, the origin of Wynonna Earp and how she went from a mess to the best…

How does the comic book arc differ from the television series arc?

Beau Smith: We’re trying to do a hybrid with the comic book, where the traditional Wynonna Earp readers from the last twenty years can pick this new series up and go, “Oh yeah, it’s the origin of Wynonna Earp,” and [those traditional readers] watching the television show, they go, “Oh, Doc Holliday! He’s never been in there before, or Waverly…this is new stuff!” These are gifts [traditional readers] are getting now, so, they’re getting extras. Whereas, the people that have never read a comic book and never will, possibly, watch the television show (if they do pick it up), [those viewers] are going to go, “This is the Wynonna Earp I see on T.V. She’s getting to travel, she’s getting to do all these other adventures.”

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Syfy

#5: Bounty Hunters, in Space!

This show is just that, bounty hunters in space.  And it’s rad as hell. Action, adventure, intrigue, spaceships, flashy weapons, mind control, heart; this show has it all.  It’s fun and campy, but avoids being cheesy or too predictable.  The world building is phenomenal, the societies encountered feel really fleshed out.

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Syfy

Killjoys are neutral bounty hunters that work as teams to apprehend criminals across “the Quad”, a quaternary planetary system on the brink of a class war.  Killjoys are able to go where others can’t in pursuit of their bounties and loyalties are tested when “The Warrant Is All”.

Creator Michelle Lovretta, who was a writer and producer on Lost Girl, and Executive Producers David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, both EPs on Orphan Black, are the team behind this show, and the majority of the reason I was stoked for it to come out.  I see a lot of similarities in the three shows; strong female leads, charismatic supporting cast, deep friendships between the characters that feel authentic from the very beginning.