Thursday, November 8, 2007


Because I'm a gay man, it's probably cliché for me to wish for the demise of a cute straight guy's girlfriend. But, still, I can't help wanting bad things for Andi (Missy Peregrym), the whiny, charm-less love interest on "Reaper." If you haven't heard, "Reaper" is the show about a slacker dude, Sam (Bret Harrison), whose parents sold his soul to the devil. In order to repay the debt, Sam has to work as a bounty hunter returning escaped souls to hell. (This is not to be confused with "Chuck," the much funnier -- but not as snarky -- show about the slacker dude who's forced to work as a spy after he's unwittingly exposed to a plethora of government secrets.) "Reaper" is still finding its voice, but it has a lot going for it with the likable Harrison as grumpy, put-upon Sam, Jack-Black-like Tyler Labine as his best pal Sock, and Ray Wise (remember Laura Palmer's pops from "Twin Peaks") as the original Hellraiser himself. But the show itself goes zombie-like with every appearance of Andi, who seems to serve no other purpose than to assure viewers that inseparable buddies Sam and Sock aren't fucking each other. The series' lowest moment was the entire episode devoted to whether or not Andi should return to college full time. With renegade hell-demons running around, who the fuck cares? If the show has any balls, it will take a page from its obvious horror/comedy ancestor "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" and have Andi eaten by hyenas or, at the very least, turned into a rat.



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