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Reaper: To Sprong, With Love

by Brad Trechak, posted May 13th 2009 1:11AM
Reaper(S02E11) While tonight's episode had some cute bits, I have to say that it wasn't one of the best. I blame the serious lack of Ray Wise. He did shine for a moment when he convinced that guy to buy his fiance a cubic zirconia instead of a diamond, but that was about it.

In fact, the more I watch the series the more I'm becoming convinced that Sam and Andi are the least interesting aspect of the show (can't they just get together already?). Sock remains interesting via his outrageous behavior, Ben remains interesting in his metrosexuality, and Ray Wise totally rocks as the Devil. I'm hoping they're saving more of him for the season finale.

I love how Ted could make Sock become a tool and Sock enjoys it. There is some sort of hidden revenge in that for years of mistreatment.

To the creators: please, please don't make Sock dance like that again. I can see that clip going on YouTube before too long.

On a separate note, what kind of name is Sprong? I believe it's a real surname, but it's kind of strange. The man was so nasty, I almost wished the soul had killed him in a form of ironic justice. This was a teacher?

Still, Sprong must be a pretty committed teacher to be alone at the school at night. That was pretty suspicious to me, even if he wasn't an escaped soul. Perhaps the Devil wanted to protect Sprong because he was committing some horrible, evil acts that didn't even involve haranguing the schoolchildren (which would just be a fortuitous happenstance).

I've been complaining as of recent that the escaped souls don't seem to have powers anymore, but obviously that was just a fad. This one went easy on the special effects budget with the relatively inexpensive power of invisibility that also came across as teleportation.

The episode had two major shortcomings that I could tell. The first is that the cuts were somewhat sloppy and kind of "shocked" me back to reality instead of keeping me in the story. The second was that certain plot points were kind of predictable to me (like giving Sprong the vessel and Nina rubbing her pheromones over Ben and the smackdown between Wrenchy Bench and the Bargain Bench Hammer, although revealing it as an old woman was a nice touch. She fights well for her age).

It was very A-Team for Sock and Ben to construct an Iron Man outfit from materials at the Work Bench so Ben can defend Nina's honor as she goes through Demon Pon Farr. Perhaps Sock missed his calling as a builder or carpenter.

How can Ben promise Nina not to die? Doesn't everybody die eventually? It could be a plot point for the future.

Sam and Andi continue their strange mating ritual. You just know something is going to screw that up before the season is over.

There is one more episode before the season (and possibly series) finale. I do hope the show continues to another season, as I enjoy the premise and the characters, even when the production is a little weak.

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Possible news from The Hollywood Reporter that ABC Studios might be in negotiations with local CW affiliates to syndicate a NEW SEASON of Reaper for Sunday nights! Write to your CW affiliate and tell them there's a fanbase in your area and it would be a ratings boost for them on Sunday nights! Look up your CW affiliate here: http://www.cwtv.com/stations. Check reaperdmv.com for more ideas.

International viewers, you should write to your networks and affiliates too!

May 14 2009 at 3:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I prefer Lulu's To Sir, with Love - great song and movie.

May 13 2009 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Key Rick

Isn't Gladys at the DMV a demon, too? A different kind than Nina? My only complaint with last night's episode, really, was the chummy ending at Booze. I would rather Ben had been interupted by a booty call request for a repeat from the demon who tried to nail him while he was wearing the Iron Man-ish outfit Sock built.

May 13 2009 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sock continues to make this show for me. I'm not usually prone to fits of laughing out loud during shows, but what can I say? Sock's delivery is hilarious.

May 13 2009 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I saw giving Sprong the hammer even before the soul captured Andi. I figured it would be the only way to get the soul the minute Sam said I can't hit him, in the classroom...

May 13 2009 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I didn't catch on to Sprong using the vessel to capture the soul. I was just that much into the show to even see that. I thought it was great.

I too hope that this show goes onto another season. But if it doesn't, this is how I want it to end. I would love to see the devil actually NOT be the devil but actually God. Great twist right?

In the episodes that I've seen (I haven't seen them all) I've never seen the devil actually kill any one. It's always alluded to, but I've never seen it.

So it would be a great way to end this series. Like it was some kind of test for Sam that he was put through, but for good.

That would make this series truly awesome!

May 13 2009 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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