Brief spoilers for the "Reaper" season two premiere coming up just as soon as I call Senor Trampoline...
I expressed some of my concerns about the premiere (and the season's third episode, which the CW also sent out for review) in yesterday's column, so I want to focus on a few specific points here:
• I don't like the way so much of the premiere feels like hitting the re-set button to the dreary early episodes from last season: escaped souls with no personality, Sam again keeping secrets from Andi, etc.
• At the same time, I don't like that they've apparently changed their minds on how ambiguous they want to be about Sam's parentage, what Sam believes about it, what the Devil wants to say, etc. I mean, you could read Sam's conversation with the Devil as still ambiguous, in that Satan never comes right out and says he's Sam's dad, but he comes a helluva lot closer than he did at the end of last season.
• On the plus side, Sock's Brady Bunch problem with his cute new stepsister was well-played by Tyler Labine, and Ray Wise continues to be genius. His delivery of the line about radishes was hilarious.
• Those two performances and two outstanding music choices -- The Hold Steady's "Constructive Summer" (which is all about getting drunk when you're supposed to be getting stuff done) over the all-night kegger montage, and Joe Esposito's "You're the Best" (aka the awesome montage song from "The Karate Kid") over the Devil's latest attempt to taunt Sam -- just barely give me hope that the rest of the show will come back up to par, but overall, not a good start.
What did everybody else think?