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Reaper Episode: "Charged"

Season 1, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Sam's latest mission---should he choose to accept it---is to use a remote-control monster truck to capture the latest escaped soul: one who sucks energy from power lines for strength. Donavan Stinson, Andrew Airlie.
Original Air Date: Oct 2, 2007
Guest Cast Andrew Airlie
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Season 1, Episode 2
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Length: 41:05
Aired: 10/2/2007
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"Charged" Season 1, Episode 2

So, did this episode live up to its predecessor? I think it did a pretty good job. With a show like this, built on what I now believe to be the very specific premise of guy-gets-vessel, guy-tussles-with-ghouls, guy-saves-the-day, I realize that there might not be so much room for the plot to stretch beyond that specific formula. Hmm. But even still, we keep learning more about these characters and how they're hilariously interwoven with each other, and I find myself still excited for what's going to happen the next week. In tonight's episode, after Sam spends much of it expertly avoiding the Devil's new vessel for him, he and Sock purposely ditch it in odd locales around town only for it to magically reappear and stalk the fellas in places like Sam's backseat, at his front door, and pretty much everywhere despite his efforts. "Sam, I'm in love with this box," comments Sock. Too bad he's not the one whose job it is to make sure the vessel collects itself some souls. I love that the hell escapee who Sam has to wrangle this time went to hell because his electricity company bilked innocent people out of money and their lives. Slight social commentary on the part of the writers, perhaps? I dig it. And what of Andi's straightforwardness in hitting on Sam and trying to adjust her work schedule to his? Way rad. And I knew it - the girl power is a-coming. Speaking of girl power, Sam's mom wasn't having any of his or Sock's excuses about what the wooden box carrying the vessel really was, and more power to her. Still in the dark about her son's hell ventures, she gave Sock what I like to call "The Mom Eye of Truth," which sent him scampering out of the Oliver house. When she finally found out that Sam had been keeping his bounty hunting a secret, she had a surprisingly open attitude about it (and this time no vodka to help her out). But can you imagine having that conversation with your mother? "Hey, Mom, I've been working as a bounty hunter for the Devil, bringing escaped souls back to hell." Yeah, right. Or instead, let's just go back to Mr. Oliver's plan of lying all the time. I like that one. I do wonder when Sam is going to fully embrace his new powers, though. He keeps having that same sad conversation with himself and the Devil, this time claiming, "I don't think I'm the guy who should be taking on the forces of evil." Snore. I get the doubts; I'm sure that's a lot for anybody to take in. But once you've chilled with the Devil a bunch of times, wouldn't you think that disbelief would start to dissipate? Did the victory ham mean nothing to this guy? The action in this episode was again pretty exciting, from the feral lawnmower to the shower of nail-gun nails that pierced Ben's leg, to the lightning. They're no hounds-from-hell like the last episode, but equally frightening. What else did we learn about the Devil this time around? - The Devil, besides having no arteries (Episode 1), does have a digestive system, as evidenced by his leaving the restroom and warning Sam about its odor. - "When does Ellen come on?" 'Nuff said. I also noticed The Bravery's "Believe" playing at the end when Sam gets reassigned to garden duty. Whoever is responsible for making the CW look cool, keep up the good work. Can't find enough Reaper ? Hunt down a few clips with our Online Video Guide. show less
So, did this episode live up to its predecessor? I think it did a pretty good job. With a show like this, built on what I now believe to be the very specific premise of guy-gets-vessel, guy-tussles-with-ghouls, guy-saves-the-day, I realize that there might not be so much room for the plot to stretch beyond that specific formula. Hmm. But even still, we keep learning more about these characters and how they're hilariously interwoven with each other, and I find myself still excited for what's going to happen the next week. In tonight's episode, after Sam spends much of it expertly avoiding the Devil's new vessel for him, he and Sock purposely ditch it in odd locales around town only for it to magically reappear and stalk the fellas in places like Sam's backseat, at his front door, and pretty much everywhere despite his efforts. "Sam, I'm in love with this box," comments Sock. Too bad he's not the one whose job it is to make sure the vessel collects itself some souls.I love that the he... read more

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Premiered: September 25, 2007, on CW
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A slacker becomes a reluctant bounty hunter for the Devil after his soul is accidentally sold to Satan by his parents, and he tracks down evil escapees to return them to hell.

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