"Cancun. It's where we took our first vacation. We called it heaven."
How ironic that Reaper's season finale would have as much to do with God as the Devil. The God factor has been like the white elephant in the room all season, quickly mentioned but not legitimizing itself. And now with the demon rebellion against Satan and his supposed spawn, a whole new bag of heavenly worms has been opened up.
I really thought this finale was handled well. It wasn't one big action-packed event after another, as I initially thought would be fitting for a demon rebellion. Instead, we learned more about Sam's mysterious origins, some about his parents' secret, and a bit about the relationship of hell to heaven, which was previously skimmed over. For all the information packed into it, I thought this finale progressed really beautifully and very gingerly tackled all its important matters. I know "gingerly" is a strange word to use to describe this show in general, but I think this time they really achieved a delicate balance between the story, the action and the comedy. And I don't know about you, but I just want more. Like, right now.
So what did we learn about Sam's world?
" Sam's super powers are considered "evil powers" by the demons and are proof to them that Sam could only be the son of the Devil
" Angels exist and can give signs to the living when they need them
" Father or not, the Devil is not beyond hurting Sam to get what he wants
" Sam's dad admits to keeping a secret from him that he can't tell
" Tony believes Sam's situation isn't that he was born human and had his soul sold, but that his parents made a deal with the Devil to bear the Devil's son
" Tony was convinced God's forgiveness would never extend to demons until Steve showed up as an angel and made him think differently
" Sam's mom still claims her husband is his real father, but her integrity is at stake
" Tony saved Sam from the death he and the demons planned for him in Solomon's cage because he believes God has another plan
" Sam and Tony are now likely marked men in the eyes of the rebellion
" The Devil's giving Sam time off from reaping
" Sam's mom dug her husband up from his dirt grave, and found him amazingly alive
So, let's start from the top. Despite all the rebellion action, Sam still had a soul to catch: A tarot card reader, Madame Ozera. His card reading for Sam was quite revealing, consisting of:
1. The Emperor Card: He has recently come into conflict with his father
2. The Ace of swords: Meaning deceit between he and his father
3. Death: There are lies about his birth
4. The Devil: The Devil obscures the truth between him and his father
5. The hanged man: Trick card! The jig was up and Sam was literally hung up by an invisible noose, struggling in his tight, tight jeans
Well, hey, at least he got some mystical truth about his situation while on the job.
Does anyone remember all the previous hubbub about someone dying on this episode? Seeing as no one we know actually kicked the can in the end, my guess is Sam's dad's fake death is the one we were all teased about. So the question must be asked: If he was buried alive and came out alive, is Sam's dad a demon? Are both his parents not of this world? If Tony was right, that Sam's parents made a deal with the Devil to bear his son, what did they get in return? It could just be that they indeed wanted a son and this was the deal they made, but what if their efforts were paid in other, more devious ways that we don't yet know about? That's one of my personal conspiracy theories.
So I have a few questions of my own. Why didn't the devil come to Sam's rescue? If he's really the guy's dad, why didn't he come save the day? Maybe it had something to do with the cage being in the middle of a circle, but El Diablo sure seemed to know everything that had gone down when he ran into Sam in is driveway anyways, so ignorance can't be a defense. Would the Devil let his own son die? If Sam's parents (or at least his dad) are demons and could survive a burial, why couldn't Sam just survive the burial? Why did he need to be saved? And if Sam is the Devil's son, why would a dirt nap even kill him? If it turns out Sam could survive a mortal death all along, that seriously changes the stakes for his life and his reaping.
I thought it was a little off to see how nonchalantly Sam's mom was taking the news of her husband's death. We all know she knew he was still alive anyway, but as a son, how do you hear your mom say flatly, "Tomorrow you can show me where your father died, I'd like to lay some flowers"? She may as well have said, "Oh, your dad's dead? Want some ice cream? I know a swell place." Interestingly, Sam didn't seem as broken up about his dad dying as I would have thought either, despite the firework effigy.
Sam told Ben and Sock that he would understand if his new position as a marked man meant that the three of them couldn't be a team anymore. Sam is still looking out for his pals like he always has, but I wonder what kind of danger could really be in store for them if they do stick together. It all has a much realer face now, and this all smacks if Sam's problems only just beginning. Psych on us!
The moment I think we all relished was seeing Sam stick it to his dad and demand answers for how his life came to be the way it is. Obviously Sam's parents are demons or the like, cavorting in chalk circles and surviving live burial, but what is it about their situation that can't be uttered out loud? The Devil didn't even make many appearances in this episode, and when he did, he strictly warned Sam not to believe a word that comes out of his mouth. It must be insane knowing that everyone close to you has been lying to you about your life. With all these shady characters surrounding Sam, I don't know how he'll ever find the truth about his past, but I'm hoping next season shapes up to have more of this underhanded kind of suspense it's been so good at for the past five episodes. I don't think this episode wasn't the most thrilling or the most spectacular Reaper episode ever, but to me it seems to be the most meaningful. What does the Devil have in store? What does God? I guess we'll be waiting until next winter to find out.
What are your thoughts on the finale? Are you satisfied with where the show is going? What are your theories?
Sam: What does that look like to you?
Sock: A unicorn fighting a werewolf. What? It's the ultimate battle.
Sock: This is an attempted murderer suit? Nice, can I try on the jacket?
Ben: Hands off.
Sock: Come on, I let you try on my homeless guy pants.
Sock: In that case, do you mind if I go back to sleep? I was kinda having a kickass dream about zebras.
Josie: You don't get it, do you?
Sock: What? They're just basically striped horses.
Sock: I felt so good for a couple hours and now I barely have enough energy to scratch my junk drawer. Would you mind, Sam?
Sam's dad: There is something I haven't told you. Something I'm forbidden from telling you. I wish I could, Sam.
Tony: You are the son of Satan, Sam. Your parents didn't make a deal for your soul, they made a deal to bear the child of Lucifer.
Sam: He is NOT my father!
Sam's mom: Your father stays buried.
Devil: Look, Sammy. I have too much respect to lie to you, so I tell you in advance that I probably am going to lie to you. I'm the Devil, Sam! Lying is kind of my whole bag.
Sam: Turns out the devil might be my dad. Evidently, I'm destined to end the world. Can't let that happen.
Sock: You know, you're not really good at anything. You'll probably screw that up too.
Sam: (sincerely) Thanks.
Sam: He said he couldn't kill me, that God had another plan.
"Cancun. Its where we took our first vacation. We called it heaven."How ironic that Reapers season finale would have as much to do with God as the Devil. The God factor has been like the white elephant in the room all season, quickly mentioned but not legitimizing itself. And now with the demon rebellion against Satan and his supposed spawn, a whole new bag of heavenly worms has been opened up. I really thought this finale was handled well. It wasnt one big action-packed event after another, as I initially thought would be fitting for a demon rebellion. Instead, we learned more about Sams mysterious origins, some about his parents secret, and a bit about the relationship of hell to heaven, which was previously skimmed over. For all the information packed into it, I thought this finale progressed really beautifully and very gingerly tackled all its important matters. I know gingerly is a strange word to use to describe this show in general, b...