Reaper: I Want My Baby Back
by Debra McDuffee, posted Apr 1st 2009 12:25AM
(S01E05) "Lookin' sharp, Buffy, lookin' sharp." - Devil to Sam while he was holding a wooden stake
Season two of Reaper continues to entertain: it's funny, smart and unexpected, while still delivering all the things we loved about Reaper in season one. From using Sam's zombie dad to scare the poop out of Ben in the car, to the tongue-in-cheek shout-out to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this episode delivered.
One thing this episode did suffer from, though, is something I feared. Because they've introduced so many characters, we only saw a brief bit of them this week (and we didn't see Nina at all), and I was left wanting more of some. I guess we got a good fill of the dad, and it was so great to have demon Tony back. But I missed Nina, and I craved more Morgan. I'm wondering, too, if Kristen will end up being more than a bizarre sex symbol for Sock.
Oh, and Andi fighting with Sam, again. I was really hoping that between her new role at The Work Bench and her quest with Sam to find Alan (where did that storyline go?) that we'd see a new and accepting Andi. Sure, Sam did keep a little tidbit from her -- OK, a big tidbit -- but why can't she ever discuss anything with Sam? Or perhaps trust him once in a while ...
But will Reaper deliver us a coherent back story? It seems to me that they are still floundering when it comes to this. I guess we sort of knew that Sam's dad was sick and he sold Sam's soul so he'd live, but I guess we didn't really know he could never die. I'm trying to decide if that's going to give us enough mileage with that back story. I for one would like there to be something deeper behind it all. I'm fearing that the pages from the contract we saw Sam's dad burn in season one simply said that Sam is the Devil's son. I suppose they could still go there, and we could delve into how that whole thing came about.
I'm waiting -- and I'll wait patiently because I love every second of Reaper -- for the back story to come together; for the escaped soul to converge with the burned pages; for the demon assassins to conspire with Morgan; for something to have all the back story seeds they have planted to finally bloom and create a complex garden of Reaper goodness.
Other things worth mentioning:
- Sam's dad was so pathetic, you've got to feel bad for him. From the badminton to moving into the storage unit, it's gotta suck being undead.
- Did the scene with the three guys singing to the baby throw you back to Three Men and a Baby?
- Chemical castration ...
- When Tony wanted to name the baby Stevie, Sock replied, "Um, I already named her Magnum P.I."
- Kristen doing karaoke: the mere fact that Sock found that sexy is what makes it so funny.