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"Reaper" Rundown: Episode 2, "Charged"

"Reaper" Rundown: Episode 2, "Charged"

This week's "Reaper" suffered from the same affliction that plagued this week's episode of "Chuck": a disappointing second episode after a really great pilot. It wasn't totally awful — Sock provided his hilarious one-liners like a champ, for example — but the parts with Sam and his family seriously dragged. I'd like much more Ray Wise making devilish quips and less family drama, please.

I'm not giving up on the show just yet, though. I still think it's super funny and campy. You can check out the things I thought were highlights and add your own thoughts if you

  • Sock points out that Sam has two things he excels at: grabbing escaped souls from hell and Guitar Hero.
  • When Sock goes on his rampage, smashing wooden things from the Work Bench, he screams "Jessica Alba!" because she apparently thinks she's too good for him.
  • At least the Devil has upped the stakes a little bit in this episode, telling Sam, "You ignore your job, nice folks die."
  • Sock: "You need a doctor." Cut to Sock lining up shots on a counter. "Doctor Jaeger, Doctor Cuervo, Doctor Captain Morgan. He has two titles."
  • The Devil loves Ellen's talk show! I find that ridiculously amusing for some reason.
  • Devil: "You lied to your mother. And lying never solves anything." Says... the Devil.
  • Sock laughs uncontrollably when he's nervous. Also, Sock's wheezy smoker's laugh just cracks me up.

What did you think of this week's "Reaper"?

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dragonbaby dragonbaby 9 years
I didn't think I would like Reaper but I'm totally enjoying it!! Yeah the second epi dragged a bit. The chemistry between Sam, Sock and Ben is great. It won't surprise me in the least to find out Sock is actually the Devil's son. lol I absolutely love Ray Wise!! It is a contest between him and Sock as to who gets the best lines in the show. Thought the family scenes would never end. The drama around not telling Mom was predictable. Surely the writers could have come up with something better than that whole thing considering the wonderfully quirky ideas they are dreaming up for the main storylines. The younger brother is a total waste of time in the scheme of the show. Possibly he will play some pivotal role down the road...
WonderOne WonderOne 9 years
I'm not giving up on Reaper! It has potential. Not to mention, Bret Harrison is bff's with my husband Adam Brody. Funny men...sigh.
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
tiabia, this chuck fan is already a total convert!!! i get my geeky, snarky boy fix at all once, because i have to tivo chuck for the boyfriend and we watch it on tuesdays, then reaper. and i LOOOOOOVVEEEE burt, aka sock. SO funny!!!!
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
tiabia, i agree with you again. BEST. SHOW. ON. TV. right now. though i think that there wasn't too much hype in the summer for it unlike chuck and that caveman show, but i do hope that if finds a really good following because i'm definitely hooked on this show.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
i found that scene to be funny too and then how sock was like would you give your number to him [ben] after she said no to sock. i've noticed him in so many movies but always play the gangsta/thug/school drop-out roles. in this role he plays the opposite of that and actually becomes sort of the logic of reason for sam and sock too. i really do hope that he does get more stuff to do in future episodes. and also have you noticed that ben is always the one that gets hurt every time all three try to get the evil soul? do you think that it will be an ongoing gimmick/schtick in the show?
tiabia tiabia 9 years
Not to knock the other shows out there, but this is truly one of the more original shows on TV right now. And I think it deserves more than 2 showings before people give up on it. It's already on a struggling station at a pretty dreadful airtime (I don't watch House, so I have no problems with the 9PM time slot). It's also pretty quirky, which means that it's going to be hard to find a audience...the teenage girls aren't going to particularly fawn over it, so I can only hope that the Chuck lovers also come through for's really the best new show on television so far, at least in my humble opinion!!!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Hey pinkflats — I agree, I really like that character, and that actor. I love that the girl wouldn't give her cell phone to Sam, but would give it to Ben (that's the character's name)! I cracked up. He really does have a beautiful smile. The actor's name is Rick Gonzalez. I hope he gets to do more stuff in upcoming episodes!
Choco-cat Choco-cat 9 years
I agree that this episode was not as strong as the pilot. However, i plan on giving it another try or two before writing it off.
genvessel genvessel 9 years
i love that they looked like giant condoms. i love sock. in general. at all times. i love that this show is culturally aware... they reference jessica alba and ellen... makes me feel like my friends and i talking... until, of course, that awkward bounty hunter bit
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
i agree with tiabia, it delivered to my standards or maybe i just love this show too much that i can't see anything wrong with last night's episode. BUT what else i love about this show is their other friend who works with them and goes to fight off evil souls with sam and sock. BUZZ, DO YOU KNOW HIS NAME AND HIS CHARACTER'S NAME? anyways i think he gives a good alternative to sock's devil may care attidue for sam. he is also smart, all philosophical, wears blazers...and he also gets girls. i like that he is hispanic and isn't your stereotypical hispanic character or it doesn't feel like his the "token hispanic kid" in the crowd. you should write about him too on your rundown of reaper buzz. he delivers some good lines too.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
I loved last nights episode. I thought it was as good as the pilot!!! Reaper has turned out to be one of my favorites this season!!!
ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
i too thought it dragged a bit. i love sock. he's my fave. hopefully next week will pick up...
nicachica nicachica 9 years
i agree Buzz! i thought this episode dragged on longer than it should have...he didn't even open the box until the 20th minute or so! and i wish it were a bit more of a struggle to get the escaped souls into the vessels instead of a clean sweep. however, i still really like the show and i'll keep watching!
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