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Pilot Watch: "Reaper"

Pilot Watch: "Reaper"



What's it about? A young man named Sam learns on his 21st birthday that his parents sold his soul to the devil. Thus, he becomes a bounty hunter for Satan, tasked with collecting evil souls that have escaped from hell.

Who's in it? Bret Harrison, Tyler Labine, Ray Wise, Missy Peregrym, Rick Gonzalez

The good: Astoundingly, this implausible and ridiculous storyline somehow comes across as... realistic. Perhaps because of Kevin Smith's influence on the pilot episode, they successfully manage to commit wholeheartedly to this setup and seriously explore the problems a 21-year-old would encounter in this situation without taking it so seriously that it becomes absurd. The actors are fantastic; the interplay between the two main friends played by Bret Harrison and Tyler Labine is especially gratifying, reminding me in many ways of the guy friendships in a Kevin Smith film. Maybe I went into it with low expectations (I mean, really, look at the plot description), but the show definitely made me laugh out loud many times.

The bad: This show requires some serious suspension of disbelief. For example, why can't the devil just grab these souls himself? Also, Sam's task is actually a positive thing: he's ridding the world of evildoers. So, it kinda seems like belonging to the devil is pretty cool. Finally, there's the recent news that the girl playing Sam's crush, his co-worker Andi, has been recast. Now she's being played by Missy Peregrym who seriously annoyed me in "Heroes." In the pilot episode, I really rooted for those two characters, so I just hope Peregrym can do the role justice.

Will I watch? Absolutely. I did a complete 180-degree turn with this show, assuming it would be the biggest joke on the CW's new fall lineup (and that's saying a lot). Now, though, I'm in awe of how well they were able to pull off a premise that seems so outrageous. Also, I'd like to see Sam get with his work crush. The whole thing has just the right ratio of silliness to sincerity for my tastes.

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