Late in the second-season premiere of the CW's "Reaper," slacker Sam (Bret Harrison), still stuck working as a bounty hunter for the Devil (Ray Wise), asks his friends Sock (Tyler Labine) and Ben (Rick Gonzalez) to help him brainstorm how to simultaneously capture 40 souls escaped from hell. Sock declares they have to approach a problem this complicated like college students -- which means spending the night chugging beer until a brainstorm hits them. After several hours of increasing drunkenness (and, for Sock, nudity), they finally come up with the perfect plan: Just get the souls as drunk as the three of them are right now.To read the full thing, click here.
"Our all-nighter paid off!" Sock roars in triumph. "We are college men!"
Sock's scheme doesn't go off as planned, and the entire sequence sums up "Reaper" in a nutshell. It's a series with a lot of potential, but its creative team constantly struggles to live up to the ambitious job before them -- and their plans work only in fits and starts. It's fun, but not nearly as good as it could be.
Monday, March 02, 2009
In today's column, I review season two of "Reaper," which begins tomorrow night: