"Reaper" spoilers coming up just as soon as I dine at my local hospital cafeteria...
The upswing continues, and I may have been premature in throwing dirt on the show's renewal chances last week. Now it looks like the CW might renew it to be part of a minimal repeats Thursday skiffy rotation with "Supernatural" and the final season of "Smallville."
And once again, the "Reaper" creative team gave us an episode that was eminently renewal-worthy. The demon rebellion arc took a powder for the night, but we had Sam hunting (and being hunted by) an enemy with a personal connection to him, we got more married-Ben comedy, we got more Ray Wise evil, more glimpses of the secret lives of demons-on-earth with Gladys taking the boys to the storage facility, and best of all, we got Sam finally sticking it to the Devil, even a little. He understood that the Get Out of Hell Free card would never work for him, so he took pity on poor, stupid Greg while finding a way to fix his relationship with Andi. If the show wants to have a long life, its hero needs to be less of a sap, and this was a step in the right direction.
That said, they need to do some work building up Andi as a character. Yes, Missy Peregrym is very pretty, but other than those early-season glimpses of Andi's creative goofing-off (the stolen shopping carts, the secret clubhouse under the TV boxes), she has no discernible personality. Letting her in on the Satan secret seemed like a prime opportunity to do something interesting with her. Sock and Ben have learned to take all this demon-hunting stuff at face value, and I was looking forward to the writers having Andi look at it with fresh eyes, to question how and why it all works the way it does, etc. Maybe we'll get some of that down the road, but last night we just got her asking Sam about the scariest soul he ever caught.
Still, feeling good and kudos to the casting people for getting Jeff Kober (Dodger from "China Beach") as the demon with the cache of bootleg vessels. The guy's got plenty of demons and other hellspawn roles on his resume, and he fit right in here.
What did everybody else think?