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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.

To see a preview of "Reaper,"

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DevilshlyFunny DevilshlyFunny 8 years
I have just posted the Full Pilot Episode of Reaper on my website www.DevilishlyFunny.Com. Check it out... it is really funny.
ChoChoMojo ChoChoMojo 8 years
Reminds me of Dead Like Me sorta.. maybe.
scorpstar77 scorpstar77 8 years
OH! OH! I didn't know Ray Wise had a new show, I'm SO EXCITED!!!! My husband and I just finished re-watching Twin Peaks this summer after the 2nd season FINALLY came out on DVD, and I love Ray Wise so much....
Weinj Weinj 8 years
The full pilot for Reaper is online (part of a ComicCon promotion) for viewing. cwtv.com/reaper passcode is 082507
Cadet Cadet 8 years
I really like the idea of Ray Wise as the devil. Something about it just plays so well. Kevin Smith has always had a pretty humorous way of portraying hell.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
I don't know about that devil stuff... :EVIL:
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Actually, it looks pretty good. Think I'll give it a try.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
It looks funny, so i'm gonna be catching this.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
Grounded for life was wicked.
pinkflats pinkflats 8 years
oh i love his sidekicks. this sounds really great. after CW ended Veronica Mars I was so mad now I think they just redeemed theirselves to me. Also don't you think this preview looks like a preview for an actual movie?
Half-Hippy Half-Hippy 8 years
This actually looks funny...I think Kevin Smith is hilarious!
JLew1982 JLew1982 8 years
I've liked Bret since Grounded For Life...I miss that show!
shafiii shafiii 8 years
the show seemed like it wasnt going to be good to me either, but after reading the good i think i might check it out.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I heard about this a while ago. It's sounds funny i will definately watch it. Plus Kevin Smith's involved so it has to be funny.
Calimie Calimie 8 years
This might be an interesting show, I might try to follow it.
Cadet Cadet 8 years
I love Bret Harrison. He's great in the Loop and I loved how goofy he was on Grounded for Life. I think I'll definitely have to check out this show. Could he be added to the celebrity directory? I'd definitely add myself to his fan list .
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