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Reaper – A New Hope – Season Premier
Raise your hand if you forgot the new season of Reaper started last night. *raises hand*. I got lucky because I had to use the DVR to record American Idol for my wife that I caught it out of the corner of my eye. It is so hard to believe that this show was ever on the chopping block. Reaper is all that is right with television, it is funny in a smart way, it has great acting, good weekly and overall story line, and the concept is just money. Now the few problems is has going on for it are the long gap between the seasons, and I hate the say it but the being on the CW does not help either.
The new season really builds upon the last and it looks like it is making some course corrections to address some of the minor shortcomings of the first season, while keeping all of the good stuff. This episode starts by showing the boys, Sam (Bret Harrison), Sock (Tyler Labine) and Ben (Rick Gonzalez) on the last leg of their four week excursion away from trapping souls. While they are away they get evicted, lose their jobs, and Andi is just all sorts of pissed at Sam who entrusted Sock to mail a letter stating their whereabouts. Also when they return Sock finds out he has a new sister (Eriko Tamura) who he falls in love with. Who could forget about The Devil (Ray Wise) who looks to be a little bit angry that Sam was away on his vacation so he is putting him through a pretty serious Reaper test. Sam trys to use the fact that he is The Devil’s son to bag out or get some help on the job, but this is the damn Devil and help, well that is just not going to happen. The fact that Sam tried to summon The Devil with a Star of David rather than a pentagram is not only humorous, but is sure to put The Devil in a bad mood.
The vessel that Sam uses this week (cattle prod) is on a recharger so he has to come up with an intersting way to grab all forty souls. It involves a beer truck with a baby logo, yes you read that correct, and some drunken planning. Sam is lowered down into the den of souls with the cattle pod vessel to the tune of “The Sugar Plum Fairy”, genius. The music is what really sells that scene. Then we get to find out what looks to be the major storyline of the season, one of the souls can not be sent back with the vessel and it looks like he may have broken his deal with The Devil. Sam and Andi will end up going to look for him and find out his secret which looks to be a seasonal story line.
Overall a great start to Season Two and it looks like we with have that ongoing storyline of Sam trying to break his deal with The Devil in a new way as the stuff with the contract did not seem to work out for him in Season One. Sock in love with his step sister story will be sure to create some funny scenes. The acting for this show is really that good. Ray Wise plays The Devil as good as I have ever seen, and I have always enjoyed Bret Harrison since I saw him on Grounded for Life. If you are not watching Reaper you are missing out on some of the best that television has to offer.