Thursday, April 10, 2008


Last fall I was excited to see a new show on the CW Network called Reaper. I was very fortunate to see the first two episodes of this entertaining show, but for some reason we have lost the CW Network in the Rouses Point area.

So I can't really tell you to watch this show, because technically, I am not watching it either - at least not on television. I have, however, been able to catch all the episodes online at

The show is based around Sam (Brett Harrison), who is a bit of a slacker that never went to college after high school, is still living with his parents (until recently) and works at the Work Bench (a Home Depot-type store). Well, on Sam's 21st birthday he finds out that his parents had sold his soul to the devil before he was born. The Devil (Sam Wise) has come to collect his bounty on the day of his birthday, but there is a catch, he doesn't want to take Sam to hell - he wants him to become a bounty hunter, and catch the souls who have escaped hell.

Each week offers a new escaped soul that Sam, and his two Work Bench buddies Sock (Tyler Labine) and Ben (Rick Gonzalez), have to figure out how to track down and catch. There is also a 'vessel' that used to store the soul until it can be returned to hell. The 'vessel' changes for each episode, and the gang must figure out the best way to use it to capture the soul.

Sock is a pretty interesting character, and is used mostly for comic relief. Ben is a very noble friend, that puts his neck on the line to help Sam out, and most of the time ends up getting hurt. Another side story that occurs on Reaper is the story about Sam and Andi (Missy Peregrym). Sam and Andi have been friends forever, but Sam has other ideas about their relationship - and has desperately been in love with her forever. But, Andi (for most of the first season) has only wanted to stay friends - sort of even blowing Sam off, telling him nothing will happen.

I have never officially gotten into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel or Charmed, but I am told that fans of those shows are also fans of this show. But, if you like a little bit of science fiction and a lot of laughs - and you are lucky enough to have CW - then check out Reaper. Even if you don't have CW - check it out online like me.

As of this moment, however, Reaper has not been picked up for next season - nor has it officially been axes - so if you can watch the last few episodes this season, perhaps that could help propel it onto next season's fall schedule.

Here's hoping.

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