by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)
Today (July 6) we wish a very happy birthday to actor Adam Busch. He’s currently starring in the TBS sitcom “Men At Work,” but here at The Weekly Whedon we love Adam for portraying Warren Meers (or Mears, depending on whom you ask) on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.”
Warren was the leader of the Trio (or the Troika or the Nerds), who were essentially the sixth season’s Big Bad – if you don’t count Dark Willow. Like best buds Andrew (Tom Lenk) and Jonathan (Danny Strong), Warren was a former Sunnydale High student. Together they annoyed, frustrated and downright terrorized Buffy and the Scoobies in their quest to “take over Sunnydale.” But while Andrew and Jonathan remained relatively harmless – to anyone but each other, anyway – Warren got meaner and more dangerous as season six progressed.
Warren did some truly terrible things; he killed his ex-girlfriend and tried to frame Buffy for the crime, and he fatally shot Tara while trying to do the same to Buffy, thus bringing about the whole Dark Willow thing. But people tend to forget that Warren did have a few redeeming qualities. He built the Buffybot, for one, and did a damn good job with the likeness. Aside from providing many hours of fun for Spike, Buffybot later filled in for the Slayer when she was dead.
Warren was brilliant and ultimately evil, but he could also be gallant. When Spike was threatening the safety of a beloved action figure in the Trio’s lair, Warren uttered one of the best lines of the season: “You don’t want to hurt the Fett, because man, you’re not coming back from that.”
In the end, what Warren accomplished in life (he never did manage to take over Sunnydale, after all) paled in comparison to the impact of his death. His demise was probably the most spectacularly gross of the entire series. Did he deserve to be skinned alive by Dark Willow? That’s debatable. What’s undeniable is the shock generated by the act - the image of Warren’s peeled body still brings a shudder to this loyal fan of the Buffyverse.
Previously on The Weekly Whedon:
» ’Firefly’ at Comic-Con: our shiny hopes and dreams
» Jane Espenson's 'Husbands' to feature Whedonverse favorites
» Joss Whedon's birthday: celebrating with those who know him best
» Still Slaying: Comic Buffyverse continues to expand
» Joss Whedon action figure: what can it do?
MTV News producer Tami Katzoff presents The Weekly Whedon, a column exploring all corners of the Whedonverse from "Marvel's The Avengers" to "Buffy" and beyond. Assemble your reactions in the comments section!