TV Review: Reaper – A New Hope


Reaper, The CW, Airs Tuesday Nights at 8/7c

Episode: “…A New Hope” (Season 2, Episode 1)

Synopsis: Season 2 opens with a bang as we find our misfit heroes wrapping up a four-week cross-country road trip that leaves them jobless, homeless, and in a hole with the Devil upon their return. Given the task of trapping upwards of 20 souls using a finicky electric cattle prod, Sam and his pals also face several other somewhat less life-threatening issues involving Andi, The Work Bench, and Sock’s interesting new family situation.

Review: Season 2 is off to a good start, with much less of the first episode’s focus being placed on Sam and Andi’s relationship. Unfortunately, it looks like this boring side plot won’t be going away any time soon. Based on Sam and Andi’s mutual revelation at the end of “…A New Hope”, much of this season will likely be devoted to their awkward interactions as Sam searches for a way to “beat the Devil” and free himself in order to be with Andi. As those of us who would like to see this sub-plot fade into the background already know, watching Bret Harrison (Sam) and Missy Peregrym (Andi) try to muddle through an average relationship is made even more painful by the fact that the chemistry between the two actors is nonexistent, and a new season hasn’t changed that torturous fact (what HAS changed are the physiques of both Sam and Ben–apparently the actors must’ve spent their extra-long pre-season break pumping some iron at the gym).

Fortunately, “…A New Hope” introduces a new side plot involving Sock, arguably the show’s best character (followed closely by the Devil, who rocks out in his very sweet ride near the end of the episode). Sock returns home from his month-long road trip with Sam and Ben to find a strange Asian girl living in his parent’s house. Played by Eriko Tamura (Yaeko from six episodes of Heroes season 2), the strange Asian “squatter” in Sock’s parents’ house turns out to be Sock’s new step-sister. That’s where the storyline takes off, with the boys contemplating the merits and pitfalls of romantic relationships with step-siblings (“Yeah, but if she shoots you down, then you have to spend every Christmas with the step-sister who turned you down.”).

What we’d like to see this season: 1) It would be nice to see Sam take on a reaping job without Ben and Sock. Understandably, best friends help their buddies out, but the amount of work that Ben and Sock do to help Sam complete each job does seem a little ridiculous. Not to mention the fact that Sam unquestioningly expects his friends to help him round up souls for the Devil. Sam should prove his mettle—come up with a plan for capturing a soul and then carry it out on his own. He is the son of the Devil, after all. 2) Probably a little predictable, but we’d like to see some fresh blood on the show—preferably female blood. With Sam and Andi on the rocks over Sam’s contract with the Devil, the perfect opportunity opens up for some other ladies to enter the equation. 3) The return of Tony (Ken Marino), a homosexual demon bent on destroying the Devil. Not only is Ken Marino a pretty attractive guy, but the combination of homosexuality and demonic nature is a hilarious addition to the show.

Reaper is on every Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. EST on ther CW. For more information, including cast bios, check out the show’s official site.

Paige graduated from Wheaton College in May 2008 with a degree in English: Modern and Contemporary Culture and Media and a minor in Psychology. She currently works for a medical device consulting company in North Attleboro, MA as a Clinical Data Manager working on clinical trials of medical devices. In her spare time, Paige enjoys expanding her DVD collection, going to the movies, and catching up on new TV shows. She loves writing about and watching film noir, B horror films, and action movies with a lot of shooting, blood, guts, and preferably zombies or vampires.

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