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Reaper – The Favorite
This was an interesting week for Reaper because there is a lot happening and at the same time they have to maintain the weekly story line. I think they did well with it, but it just goes to show you that the writers do not forget. I mean we all knew some of the bigger story lines from last season had to pop up again, and this week they sure do. I am getting a bit ahead of myself though…
The Devil (Ray Wise) introduces Sam (Bret Harrison) to Morgan (guest star Armie Hammer), his charming, rich, perfect other son. The Devil tells Sam he must teach Morgan how to have a stronger work ethic as he’s grooming him to take over the “family business” so Sam reluctantly takes Morgan with him to capture the next escaped soul.
Meanwhile, Sock (Tyler Labine) uses Ted (Donovan Stinson) in his next Work Bench scheme and Ben (Rick Gonzalez) thinks Nina (Jenny Wade) is secretly disgusted by his human form.
This week we are introduced to Morgan (is this a popular television name now), who is one of the Devil’s other sons, and seems to be the favorite son of the devil by all appearances. I thought that this worked well to give Sam some new blood in the soul capturing band of men, while at the same time moving along the Devil’s relationship with Sam. That car…well that could have been the highlight of the show, Maserati’s are works of art.
The weekly storyline was something that seemed a bit rushed actually and it was because of everything else that was going on, but it was a darn interesting soul. The only issue I had here was the use of the gold coins and bugs, because for some reason the bugs special effects just did not look that good. I guess it is tough to make a beetle look good solid gold and moving. Really wished that this soul capturing could have been done over two episodes because the back story was impressive, plus he was pretty creepy.
Another small dip in the show is this continuing relationship between Ben and Nina. I mean is she there to kill Sam? If so I am not going to be surprised, if she is not then what the heck is she doing on the show? Giving us insight into how demons live? Nope we had that better with the neighbors they used to have. Giving Ben something to do? Well, I do not think his current character really deserves any spotlight time. If this is the way the writers are fleshing out Ben, I think they need to think about it some more. Do not get me wrong though Jenny Wade is hot. Best part of this part of the story was Ben going to Gladys to see if she could help him out with satisfying a demon in bed.
Sock, he just won’t give up on his schemes to work less and still keep his job. I think now that Andi is in charge of the Work Bench though it makes watching these schemes play out more enjoyable as he has a worthy adversary. I loved how he got Ted to become his subcontractor and the way Andi deals with it at the end is great. What I find interesting about Reaper is that the funny story lines are funny because they hit a nerve with your everyday life.
The back story, finally we get some season one story lines that were never tied up back to the show. Sam’s dad is now some sort of zombie, I can not wait to hear the story behind that, maybe it even ties in to the guy that got out of his deal with the Devil? Yeah do not forget about him even though we did not hear anything on that this week. Another solid week to a show that is just continuing to please. Keep all the characters relevant and you have television gold.
Note: It was pointed out to me, because I guess I am not that observant, that they did a Leverage shout out when they were going to steal the painting which now is quite funny. I do love Leverage.