Reaper

Season 1 Episode 2

Charged

2
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 02, 2007 on The CW
8.9
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After Sam wakes up to find that everything he touches gives him a shock, he consults Satan, who tells him that this is related to his next target - an escaped soul from hell who sucks energy from power lines in order to loose it as lightning against his next victim. In order to capture the escapee Sam must use his new vessel, a remote control monster truck, given to him by Satan himself.moreless

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  • Second episode of the Reaper was good. Nothing super but a good episode after a solid Pilot.

    7.5
    Well after the ok Pilot this episode was good. It's nothing special but hey how many shows are that special in the beginning.



    As for the show how it developed from the Pilot it kind of moved into a general direction. I guess Reaper is a show that you can watch on TV even though you haven't seen the five episodes before that.



    Sock and Ben are brought a bit more into the show and also Andi of course. Sam is a bit awkward with the whole vessel thingy but I bet hell get use to that and make it work with the Devil.



    Comedy in this episode was average. I mean Sock is funny and there is a lot of potential for more you can see it only by watching. I don't mean to judge harshly but I think we'll see more funny things happening as the show develops.



    We'll gotta see the third episode. Dying to see it!moreless
  • As funny, clever and charming as the pilot.

    9.5
    The second episode proves the pilot wasn't a fluke, it's as funny and inventive, and very enjoyable.



    Sam is still getting used to the idea and the devil's pitch is a clever one: recapturing souls saves innocents. Brilliant strategy since Sam is not a bad person, so playing to the idea that he's actually helping people downplays the fact he's the devil's bounty hunter. Truly Machiavellian.



    Sam learns an important lesson here – he can't run from the job, the vessel will literally follow him around until he opens it. And what an instrument of Hell it is: a remote control car.



    This episode is a perfect example of one of the reasons why I love this series – every episode has a different soul, doing different things and requires a unique and truly odd vessel to send the soul back to Hell. It incorporates the sense of solving a mystery – how to use the vessel (the vessel never makes sense at first, disguised as innocuous objects) and who/what/how to stop the soul. The soul's actions in the present come from it's previous life and that is often the key to figuring the mystery out. The whole storyline about the blackouts/lightning is very good and interesting. The boys use their job at the Work Bench to aid them in stopping souls and usually come up with something both amusing and creative. "I'm gonna die dressed as a condom!"



    Very funny about how Sam's dad's attempt to bribe Sam (not to tell his mother he's still working for the devil) is a hybrid car: the soul they are trying to capture controls electricity and the car tries to kill them! Follow that with working in a store that sells many very dangerous home improvement tools and the entire store becomes a death trap. Haven't the boys seen 'Final Destination'?



    I liked the family scenes – father trying to protect the mother, Sam lying to spare her then later coming clean, his brother's baffled behavior (how does Sam get away with everything?). It's a nice subtle backdrop to the crazier elements of the story.



    A great episode, creative and amusing.moreless
  • Characters in their infancy

    7.8
    As Id already seen every single episode of Reaper apart from this one it's interesting to see the characters as they were in the beginning. Sock seems to be far more of a scaredy cat and Ben (who for some reason is just on the night shift anyway) seems to be far more the ladies man. I also forgot completely that Sam had a brother.



    A lightening soul is causing blackouts around the city. Will Sam accept his role as the devil's Bounty Hunter and capture him?



    There are some very humourous moments in this episode. As with in the pilot they get dressed up to go capture the soul, this time in what is described by Sock as a giant human condom. By far the funniest bit though is the opening where Sam just wants to get rid of the vessel box but it keeps on stalking him. Sock's reaction is classic.



    The Soul itself is probably the most powerful one they've ever really done as he blacks out the city. Usually the soul doesn't have as much impact and this makes for something different. Something a little more enjoyable as well - watching it post finale this strikes you even more though. He's kind of like a ghost/doc brown type as well with his statically stood up hair.



    Nice little mini RC car as well - would you really need a controller that big to control it though.moreless
  • Great.

    9.5
    Well to be trualy fair about the classification that I have put down for this episode, the average hasnt exactly been set, with this being a new show and all, but it was better than the Pilot for sure, well in my opinion anyway.



    The story line was very good of this particular episode and about the soul that the guys had to capture.



    This episode lived up the the pilot and will keep me watching furthur episodes to come.



    The episode had the right amount of action, packed in with the right amount of humour, so it kind of targets more audience.



    Good episode all in all.moreless
  • Sam gets a new power and a new soul to collect.

    9.0
    I really liked this epi, just not as much as I liked the pilot. Sock is still really funny, he still has the best one-liners, and the way that he can't stop laughing when he is nervous is hilarious... :D

    But this episode feels too much like a continuation of the pilot. Sam is still not sure whether he wants to be the devil's bounty-hunter, and the devil has to pay him alot of visits to convince him to do his job. It seems like the devil has nothing better to do...??

    I still laughed a lot, and I'm definetely going to watch the next epi's... :)moreless
Kyle Switzer

Kyle Switzer

Kyle Oliver

Guest Star

Mark Rolston

Mark Rolston

Arthur Ferrey

Guest Star

Steve Makaj

Steve Makaj

Engineer

Guest Star

Allison Hossack

Allison Hossack

Mrs. Oliver

Recurring Role

Christine Willes

Christine Willes

Gladys

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Vessel: toy monster truck with remote control

    • When Sam, Sock and Ben are talking on the dam after Arthur Ferrey has disappeared, Sam removes his right glove and undoes the hat. However, in the next shot, when the camera focuses on Sock, we see the hat done up and when the shot zooms out Sam still has both gloves on, but the hat is now undone again.

    • When Sam and Sock are talking over their plan and they start to get up, Sam leaves the remote control for the toy truck on the table, yet when he is shown next, it is in his hand.

    • Sam uses a girl's PDA in the bar, and it is the only time that he doesn't shock or get shocked by what he touches.

    • A vehicle breaks the vessel before Sam uses it, anyway how is it possible that the guy that is driving that vehicle cannot see a strange man touching the electricity? It is not real that a man can ignore that.

    • Ben's eyebrows have fully regrown, despite having been burned off in the last episode.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Sock: Just let me open the box.
      Sam: No, you can't open the box. It's at my house.
      Sock: What, are you kidding me? It's right there.
      Sam: I can't believe it. It's stalking me!

    • Sock: Morning, Linda Blair.
      Sam: That was hilarious.
      Sock: Can you do that?
      Sam: What?
      Sock: Can you turn your head all the way around?
      Sam: Sock, I'm not possessed.
      Sock: Yeah, okay.
      Sam: My parents sold my soul to the Devil and I'm a bounty hunter for Hell. Totally different.
      Sock: Have you even tried to turn your head all the way around?
      Sam: Yeah, it totally doesn't work.

    • Sam: I'm good at stuff, okay. Other stuff. Right?
      Sock: Yeah, you do rock the house at Guitar Hero.
      Sam: That's what I'm talking about

    • Sock: Hey, where's the truck going?
      Sam: Delaware.
      Sock: I approve, good.
      Ben: You're an idiot, Sam. And the Devil's going to kill you when he finds out.
      Sam: Well, I hope he won't find out.
      Ben: Well, isn't he all-knowing and everything?
      Sam: Ben, can you find Delaware on a map?
      Ben: Well, you make an excellent point.

    • Ted: You have broken the most cardinal rule here at the Bench. A bloodied customer is not a happy customer.
      Sam: Ted, it was an accident. I'm really really sorry.
      Ted: The question is, what is the appropriate punishment?
      Sock: Well, if you wanted to be really mean, you could make us work here, wear ugly blue aprons day and night, that would suck.

    • Sam: What's with Jessica Alba?
      Sock: She thinks she's too good for me.

    • Devil: Isn't Nature magnificent? Beautiful, angry, soothing, merciless. It's perfection, don't you think? Gotta give… whatshisface credit.

    • Sam: Yeah, you know, I've been thinking about that. I don't think I'm the guy who should be taking on the forces of evil.
      Devil: No?
      Sam: I know you own my soul and all, but I think the world would be better off if I worked for you in a lesser capacity.
      Devil: Such as?
      Sam: Well.. I haven't come up with the full plan or anything. Maybe I could get the word out, you know, be a recruiter. I could start my own Satanic web site, with evil design and then have really cool devil graphics or something.
      Devil: Business is booming, Sam, I don't need any help with recruiting.

    • Ben: Well, did the Devil give you instructions, a manual, anything?
      Sam: No, the Devil just pretty much sets me up for failure.
      Ben: Yeah, well he is the Devil.

    • Sock: You need a doctor. Dr. Jager, Dr. Cuervo, Dr. Captain Morgan--he has two titles.

    • Sock: You are a very very hostile young lady, do you know that? Can I have your number?

    • Devil: You know, Sam, you're a lucky man. You're home during the day, all the wonderful daytime television to watch. When does Ellen come on?

    • Devil: He was electrocuted in Hell every day that he was down there. That's the kind of thing that makes a person crazy. That's what I do best.

    • Andi: You know what, Ted? You caught me. I stole the eight bucks.
      Ted: I see.
      Andi: Yep. I was saving to buy you a girlfriend. I assume you're okay with the plastic variety.

    • Sock: Oh, that is quite the bag o'batteries you've got there, Josie. Feeling lonely these days?
      Josie: We're having blackouts, jackass. They're for my flashlight. And if I was lonely for you, I'd just get a pencil.
      Sock: Oh that's what they all say, sweetheart. Wait, wait, wait…

    • Devil: Look at that badass.
      Sam: What are you talking about?
      Devil: You man, you. The way you faced off with that soul. "Are we gonna do this hard, or easy?" Ooh, I got chills. Seriously.

    • Sam: My soul gets sold to the Devil, I get 42 miles to the gallon.

    • Sock: I feel like a giant condom.

    • Ben: We're going to die dressed as condoms.
      Sock: That's the truth.

    • DMV Demon: The fact that you two haven't been killed yet astonishes me.
      Sam: Well, thanks, Gladys.

    • Devil: C'mon, Sammy, turn that frown upside down.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      Sweden: Thursday, June 12, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Denmark: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Norway: Saturday, January 10, 2009 on TVNorge
      Germany: Monday, April 27, 2009 on ProSieben
      Australia: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 on 7TWO

    • Music:

      3's & 7's by Queens of the Stone Age
      Believe by The Bravery
      Changes by Spencer Tracy
      Come With Me by Girls Love Shoes
      Hurricane by Division Day
      Into the Wind by Ostrich Head
      Last Thing by Richard Markman
      Watch Me Go by The Dollyrots

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Sock: Abso-smurf-ly.
      A reference to the 80s cartoon The Smurfs. The Smurfs spoke a language almost exactly like English, but with random words and syllables replaced with "smurf."

    • Sock: Sunday! Sunday! SUNDAY! We'll sell you the whole seat, but you'll only need The Edge!
      A reference to the Monster-Truck commercials (the vessel being a toy one).

    • Sock: Mornin', Linda Blair!
      Linda Blair is the actress who played the possessed child in the movie "The Exorcist" in 1973. The most famous scene of the exorcism is when the girl rotates her head 360°. Linda Blair won a Golden Globe for "most promising female star" thanks to this role.

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