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Reaper – Season Two (2009/ABC/Lionsgate DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: C-



Though not a huge hit, Reaper is a slightly amusing, if obvious pastiche of every Horror-genre convention involving Satanism and demons since the 1980s in particular.  Meant as a comedy, it is one the one-joke variety and we did cover the first season at this link:





Continuing the tale of a teen who finds out he was sold to The Devil by his parents, he has to catch souls to save his in a Ghostbusters (or Ghost Busters, as tin the 1975 TV series, as reviewed elsewhere on this site) device that captures them.  Mildly amusing at best, the show simply does not know what to do with itself or where to go, so it drags out any ideas and drags on in an attempt to hope it will get viewers who will tune in and have nothing else to do.  That has not happened in great numbers.


Longtime character actor Ray Wise is The Devil and steals every scene he is in, especially since he can out-act the other cast members with their minimal lines and material, but also because he has more presence versus those acting like “slackers”, but even his version of “that fallen angel” is not as thoroughly written as it could be.


All 13 hour-long shows are presented over 4 DVDs.  If you are interested in the show, start with the first set.  Otherwise, skip it.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image was shot on digital video, has its share of motion blur and can have other weaknesses.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo mixes are similar for the most part and dialogue-based.  The combination is fairly good, but not too impressive.  Extras include deleted scenes, a making of featurette and gag reel.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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