Comic-Con: Reaper Panel Report
Is there a better way to kick-off a panel than by having director Kevin Smith tell impossibly crude jokes about Stan Lee's semen? I think not. Smith was in town to screen the pilot for The CW's Reaper, which premieres this fall. Smith's involvement with the show beyond the pilot is unclear. He didn't write it although he could have. It would just be way dirtier and not on The CW.
TV Squad reviewed Reaper a couple of months ago. The basic premise is as follows: On his 21st birthday, Sam discovers that his parents sold his soul to the devil. He must now play "reaper" to the devil - capturing souls that have escaped from hell and sending them back. Sam is your conventional slacker. He still lives at home with his parents, doesn't have a girlfriend and works at Wal-Mart-type store with his buddy Sock. Sock, played by Tyler Labine, is clearly in contention for the Next Jack Black award. The devil is played by Twin Peaks' Ray Wise, and he is most excellent.
The one difference between this cut of the pilot and the one TV Squad reviewed is that the role of Andy, Sam's love interest, has been recast. She's now being played by Missy Peregrym, or as you may know here, Candice from Heroes. Seeing the two versions spliced together is monumentally distracting - mostly because Bret Harrison's (Sam) hair keeps changing from scene to scene. He's blonde. He's brunette. He's blonde. He's brunette. Slight continuity problem, but it's not enough to derail what is one of the most promising shows of the fall television season.
Kevin tried to keep the panel on target and talking about Reaper, but that wasn't really possible with the loquacious Smith. By the close of the event, he had talked about dog rape, dissed a belligerent deaf dude and bemoaned his pained prostate. And, he couldn't have been funnier doing it.