Welcome back to Wynonna Wednesday, Earpers! If you’re like me you eat, sleep and breathe all things Wynonna Earp. Each week we’ll delve deeper into our favorite s**tshow. I suggest you stockpile on whiskey and doughnuts. Perhaps some tasty tacos?
Now, for this column I’m going to explore the connections between our favorite goofball scientist Jeremy Chetri and Sunnydale’s resident quip machine Xander Harris. Wynonna Earp was most certainly inspired by Joss Whedon cult classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So, besides being one of the few humans in their respective circles, what else do these leading men have in common? Join me for some Grade A analyzing below. Let us Earp!
Alright, let’s start with Jeremy (protrayed by Varun Saranga). Jeremy was employed by the Black Badge Division as a Lab Technician prior to BBD’s disbandment. He worked alongside Agent Xavier Dolls (Shamier Anderson). Jeremy moved to Purgatory in Season 2 of Wynonna Earp, becoming an official member of the Earp family. He’s completely human – in fact, he’s one of the few fully human characters on the show. Jeremy’s intellect is a great asset to the Earp circle, not to mention his scientific prowess. He developed a replica of the BBD serum used to keep Dolls’ Lizard Man powers in check. In short, Jeremy is one smart dude.
Now, we have Xander (portrayed by Nicholas Brendon). He’s best friends with Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Sunnydale’s resident Slayer extraordinaire. Xander, like Jeremy, is also fully human. Zero supernatural capabilities. He aids Buffy in her mission to protect Sunnydale from the creatures emerging from the Hellmouth. He too is one of the few mortal characters on the series. He eventually becomes a skilled physical fighter, helping Buffy fend off hordes of demons while Sunnydale collapses in Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s televised series finale.
Of course, the initial commonality between these two is their utter humanity. Oh, the humanity, indeed. Neither one is extraordinary in any respect, save their ability to fire off witty one-liners at a moment’s notice. Jeremy has the upper hand with his intellect, though. Science for the win!
Jeremy shares a special connection with Waverly Earp (Dominique Provost-Chalkley), who embraces the former with open arms. Whereas Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano), the Earp heir, is reticent to accept this newcomer to Purgatory. Jeremy also bonds with Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon), although that bond is severed in Season 3 when the latter is turned into a vampire. I guess you’d say Jeremy and Doc are “frenemies,” locked in a tenuous alliance. However, Jeremy’s friendship with Waverly is special, as she’s one of the first of the Earp circle to make him feel welcome. She makes him feel at home.
Next, there’s Xander and his relationships. In tandem with his friendship with Buffy, he’s also incredibly close to Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan). They even have a brief courtship. However, Xander and Willow’s bond eventually morphs from romance to an inseparable friendship. Xander also finds a mentor in Rupert Giles (Anthony Head), Buffy’s Watcher. Xander was not made to feel less because he was human, and in fact that humanity made him an important asset to the Scooby gang.
Both Jeremy and Xander possess close bonds with female members of their respective circles. Much like Xander’s relationship with Giles, Jeremy also regarded Dolls as a mentor of sorts. Dolls and Waverly aided Jeremy as he adjusted to Purgatory’s innate strangeness, as Willow and Giles did the same for Xander in Sunnydale. We love us some close friendships amid the innately strange.
Now, Jeremy is well-versed in pop culture, and many of his witty one-liners are laced with pop culture references. He’s socially awkward, incredibly intelligent and kindhearted. He’ll do anything for his friends, and possesses an unmatched loyalty for his chosen family. Jeremy also relies on humor when in sticky situations – he uses it as a crutch in order to process his discomfort. However, Jeremy is stronger than he believes, and soldiers on like the rest of the Earp circle.
Next, we have Xander. Xander is sarcasm in human form. He too utilizes humor as a crutch in perilous situations. He knows the ins and outs of pop culture. Whedon is a big fan of sardonic, pop culture-laced one-liners. Xander is chock full of those. On top of his heaping helping of sarcastic digs, Xander is also intelligent and loyal to his friends. He’ll do anything and everything to protect those he loves. His character evolves over the course of Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s televised run. He’s socially awkward and somewhat of an introvert, like Jeremy.
Of course, while both share many similarities in personality and sense of humor, Jeremy and Xander also differ in other ways. For one, Xander is a bit of a misogynist and has that “nice guy” mentality. You know, that toxic thought process that makes “nice guys” believe they’re deserving of the world. Jeremy, thankfully, doesn’t suffer from that. If anything, Jeremy could use a dose of self-confidence, because he’s the s**t in my book.
Would Jeremy and Xander get along? Perhaps. After slaying a vampire, they’d mosey on over to the Bronze for a drink and a chat. They’d gush over comic books, and whether Marvel is better than DC. Jeremy would lament over the cons of living in Purgatory, while Xander would try to one-up him with complaints of Sunnydale and Spike’s latest crimes. They’d trade quips over dating while simultaneously fighting off the forces of evil. Jeremy would find Anya positively curious and would urge Xander to bring her over to the precinct for some good-natured examining. In short, these two would gel together…maybe in small doses, though.
Well, that’s all I wrote, Earpers. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled, your whiskey bottles full and doughnuts at the ready for next week’s Wynonna Wednesday! Wherein I may or may not be examining what it means to be an Earper. You’ll have to tune in Wednesday to find out. I promise that every Wednesday will be no chill, Earpers. All the no chill.