Friday, July 31, 2009

Honourable Mentions: Reaper – I want my Baby Back


Reaper is one of the best shows on TV at the moment and this John Fortenberry directed episode (number 5 of season 2, aired 2009) has finally allowed me to feature the show on the blog.

The base story is that Sam Oliver (Bret Harrison) awoke on his 21st birthday to discover that his father (Andrew Airlie) had sold his soul to the devil (Ray Wise, yes Laura Palmer’s dad) – by the end of season1 we have also discovered that the devil is Sam’s actual father. The devil owns Sam’s soul and has decided that he will be a reaper – a bounty hunter who has to capture souls that have escaped from Hell. He ends up trying to capture souls in vessels (objects designed to capture a specific soul) with the help of his two friends from his dead end job at the Work Bench, Burt ‘Sock’ Wysocki (Tyler Labine) and Ben (Rick Gonzalez). Also involved is Sam’s true love Andi (Missy Peregrym).

Ray Wise as the DevilIn this episode the soul is a vampire (Heather Doerksen) – or at least she was a murderess who drank blood and believes herself to be a vampire. When the devil hands Sam his task he also hands over the vessel – which in this case was a wooden stake – with a quip about Sam looking like Buffy (referring, of course, to the vampire slayer).

looks like a vampire to meSam, Sock and Ben enter the mansion to get her, and whilst it is daylight she is likely around as she is a soul rather than a real vampire (the devil has said there is no such thing and yet at this point Sam has been reunited with his earthly father, who died at the end of season 1 and is now a zombie). The guys are impressed with the Emo look of the place. When the vampire appears she is protecting something and has a maw of fangs (souls take on chosen forms and abilities).

staking with the vesselShe attacks but Sam manages to stake her when she is on Sock’s back, going for the neck. This is very early on in the episode as the main thrust does not surround capturing her soul but the thing she was protecting – a baby. The baby is an iboh (intentional birth out of Hell) and thus the episode only gets an honourable mention as the vampire aspect was within the first 10 minutes or so. However the show is really worth watching, laugh out loud funny in places with some seriously weird supernatural aspects that make it one of the most original shows being aired. All the acting is very good, but especially look out for Tyler Labine as Sock and Ray Wise who easily ranks up there with the best on-screen portrayals of Satan.

The episode’s imdb page is here.

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