Tuesday, March 11, 2014

TV Series of the Month – Reaper

This month’s TV Series: Reaper (2007-2009)

Reaper is an adventure/comedy series about Sam, who on his 21st birthday finds out that his parents sold his soul to the Devil before he was born. Now, he must work as a bounty hunter for the Devil, capturing escaped souls and returning them to Hell. The problem is: he is just a slacker barely doing his job at a Home Depot-like store; how is he going to capture escaped souls?

The series was created by Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas. The writing team of Butters and Fazekas went on to work on Dollhouse, Hawaii Five-O, and the new series Resurrection.

Reaper has a sneakily great cast for its genre. The series stars Bret Harrison and co-stars Tyler Labine, Rick Gonzalez, Missy Peregrym and Ray Wise. It also features reoccurring characters played by Andrew Airlie, Donavon Stinson, Valarie Rae Miller, Jenny Wade, Ken Marino, Eriko Tamura, Michael Ian Black, Armie Hammer, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jessica Stroup, and Lucy Davis.

While the series only lasted two seasons before being cancelled (it was way too cool/quirky to last), Reaper is a very fun cult show structured as a monster-of-the-week with strong character arcs that progress over the course of the show. The series also does not have a proper series finale; however, the episode that ends season two does serve as a solid, if ambiguous ending (I liked the way it ended). At its worse, Reaper is a silly, entertaining show and at its best a very engaging and fun adventure/comedy. This is worth checking out for fans of things like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Misfits, Supernatural, and Pushing Daisies.

Trailer: Here
Available on: DVD and Video On-Demand

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