Reaper: Cancun (season finale)
(S01E18) "Surprisingly perceptive for a bunch of clowns with pitchforks." - The Devil
I think my favorite part of the opening scene was the look on Tony's face when he saw Sam avoid the washing machine. It was the disappointed look most people get when a politician they voted for gets caught taking payoffs. The look that says, "I pretty much knew it but I never had the proof."
When Ken Marino and Michael Ian Black were added to the cast I had mixed feelings. While I really enjoy Marino, I was never a big fan of Black. Luckily for me, that problem was solved by the devil himself. Not only is Marino hilarious in his role, his character has allowed Reaper to explore elements of the show that would have seemed forced otherwise.
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One of the things I hated about being an actor was, because the kinds of roles I played (fat mechanic, fat cowboy, fat Elvis), I would generally have to dress up in some ill-fitting outfit, while people around me got to wear the sweetest wardrobe. It occurred to me that the wardrobe has to be one of the greatest parts about getting to play the devil. Ray Wise gets to wear the sharpest suits on The CW and he looks damn good doing it.
So I guess now we understand what it was about Gladys that Sock found so alluring. He is attracted to horned women (BTW, that should be pronounced with two syllables, horn-ed). It makes perfect sense. Forbidden fruit is always a turn-on and what's more forbidden than copulating with a spawn of hell? Why do you think Mary Cheney always seems so jovial? (copyright, Jay Leno's Political Jokes for Kids, 2005)
If anyone had a doubt that Sam was the Devil's son, their game of catch should have convinced them. Is there any more iconic father/son ritual than a game of catch? The line about the Devil working for the Yankees was a brilliant throwaway.
About every three episodes, Sam does something that really bugs me. Instead of just surprising the soul and sending them back, he will sometimes wait just long enough for them to figure out who he is and escape. In this case, I don't see why he didn't just walk in and throw the baseball at the fortune teller right away. Sure, she might not have been the soul, but what's the worst that could happen? Sam and Sock get arrested for assault with a deadly horsehide? They've been through worse.
I always love it when a comedy or fantasy show steps over the line with a touch of realism. Buffy did this often, the best example being when Buffy came home to find her mother dead on the couch. Watching Sam's dad get buried alive was not only disturbing but it let us see how he and his friends deal with real tragedy. Of course, seeing Mrs. Oliver dig him up was even better.
I don't know how it happened, but this season finale answered no questions whatsoever and still made me want more. I can't wait for next season.
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