Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Reaper Takes a Slice Out of a New Season

Warning: Spoilers
(spoilage factor: about the same as a gob of cheese dried onto the inside of the pizza box that Sock... well, that would be a spoiler, wouldn't it?)

It was a solid enough start to season 2 of "Reaper" tonight. Not a great episode, but entertaining. Sock's dilemma with his newly-acquired sister was a hoot, and Sam had a nice escaped soul takedown. All it needed was a little place-the-vessel-on-the-mat action with Gladys.

My problem was with the sub-plot about Sam and Andi's tiff. They've been through that kind of thing already. Hell, that was most of the first season. You'd think that with Sam bringing Andi into the full truth of what's going on, and with her accepting it, at the end of season 1, they'd be past all that by now. You might argue that's precisely Sam's problem, that he still can't get his shit together, but I don't think so. His finally-realized relationship with Andi at the end of season 1 was significant enough that he would have let her know he was roadtripping, or taken her along (like any sane guy with a scorching hot girlfriend that he's head-over-heels for would do when she feels the same), instead of just taking off like some little wuss with only a note to be sent by the least reliable person he knows. The whole set-up for their fight just seemed like the writers got lazy. Let's hope the rest of the season doesn't have any repeat performances of this nonsense.

The question remaining from last season of course is what's the deal with Sam's father (meaning the father he grew up with who was buried alive in the finale - and then uncovered by Sam's mom) and mother?

And then there's a new question for the new season: has the escaped soul from the end of the episode really gotten out of his deal with the devil, and if so, can Sam cash in on the same kind of strategy? Somehow, I have my doubts. Funny that when the devil showed up at the end in his red muscle car to congratulate Sam on a good take-down he didn't rag on him for letting the soul escape like he normally would. Seems like a convoluted trick is in the works, and I'm guessing, that in some way, in the end, the joke will be on Sam.
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