The Collector

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The Collector

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The Collector is a supernatural drama, in the tradition of Rod Serling's original Twilight Zone, about a man who collects souls for the Devil. MORGAN PYM appears to be in his mid 30's, but was in fact born in 1322 AD, in Nuremberg. In his native land, he was a monk who had the misfortune to fall in love with a servant girl (KATRINA), who lived near the monastery…and to reveal his love to her just before she came down with the plague. Enraged at God, he sold his soul to the Devil in return for 10 years of happiness with Katrina, which he received. But at the end of that time, Katrina became ill again and died; enraged, Morgan fought back against the Devil, and was offered a deal: he could escape the trip to Hell if he agrees to collect souls from others who have dealt with the Devil. As long as he does that, he'll continue to walk the earth, immortal, but the moment he stops, the deal ends. Miserable, lost, alone, Morgan took the deal, but didn't have courage enough to ask where Katrina's soul had gone.

Six centuries later, that still torments him, but he has tried to bury it in the mindless routine of a Collector's lonely existence: no sleep, no friends, just one call a week with a name of someone in the city of Vancouver. (The Devil has Collectors in every city in the world.) Morgan's simple task: to find the person, and let them know they have 48 hours until their ten years is up, then hang around until the moment comes to suck their soul down to Hell. Why the early warning? The Devil enjoys a good laugh, and watching people squirm for the last 48 hours is one of his great pleasures.

But in our first episode, something happens: Morgan meets a pretty young junkie named MAYA, who brings up all of his loss over Katrina, and his existence finally becomes intolerable. He goes to the Devil, but doesn't end his deal – instead, he renegotiates for the power to help his "clients" seek redemption in the last 48 hours of their existence. (The Devil's deals work by reapportioning Luck; the client gets 10 years of good luck, but the balancing bad luck goes elsewhere – to another person, a group of people, society, etc. To seek redemption, a client must take on the painful and nearly hopeless task of redressing this bad luck in their last 48 hours.) The Devil, intrigued by having a wild card in his otherwise predictable omnipotent existence, agrees to Morgan's request.

Not all of Morgan's clients will choose to seek redemption; of the ones that do, many will fail. As for those who achieve redemption, some will deserve and it and some won't; and sometimes evil people will get off easy – again, the Devil's sense of cruel irony always dominates the stories. The tone of the shows vary from serious to darkly comedic, according to the client of the week and the specific good luck they chose: stories may involve crime, family issues, science fact – any area of human endeavor imaginable. But regardless of the subject matter, Morgan's fundamental drive will always be to prove that everyone, no matter what they've done, can earn redemption…and that, perhaps, that may someday include himself.

The Collector will begin its third season early 2006 on Space and CityTV. A fourth season is already in development.

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Aidan Drummond

Aidan Drummond

Gabriel Slate

Chris Kramer

Chris Kramer

Morgan Pym

Carly Pope

Carly Pope

Maya Kandinski (Season 1)

Christine Chatelain

Christine Chatelain

Taylor Slate

Colin Cunningham

Colin Cunningham

Narrator/Nuremburg Devil (Recurring)

Sonya Salomaa

Sonya Salomaa

Maya Kandinski (Season 2+)

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  • Main character (Morgan Pym) helps people who have sold their soul to the devil, find redemption before time runs out...

    9.5
    Every episode dealt with the attempt at redemption of a common person, that for one reason or another, chose to sell their soul to the devil. The overall storyline, focused on Morgan Pym, was really intriguing because he is immortal and is forced to work for Satan. Throughout the series, Morgan is tortured by memories of his lost love, and believes that after saving enough people, he may eventually find his own redemption through his good deeds.



    As the series progressed, you notice how several of the reoccurring characters' story lines, intermingle. Good show that could have had easily another 2 seasons...moreless
  • The show is better seasons in seasons. Really nice canadian show!

    9.5
    I really want to know more about what the devil really want to do with this little game and Morgan. For the moment i watch this show in next position and its really interesting to watch and see this tv show become better seasons in seasons. i hope to see some season of this nice show from my country :P
  • A very great show...

    8.6
    I saw previews for this show and I said WOW. that looks really good. But I never saw it until about a Year later. I've still only seen a hand full of episodes but I was very impressed. I never really know when it's on but if a see that it is on I will watch it. I love the idea it is really original- Some guy was tricked by the devil into working for him and he's like 600 years old. Then he made a proposition to the devil, to give him 48 hours to save someone's soul, and the devil accepted. Sometimes Morgan saves people and sometimes he doesn't. Every episode the devil gives him his assignment, the devil appears as someone different. Being canadian i really liked the fact that this show took place in canada. This is a sweet show and it shouldn't be cancelled. Later...moreless
  • A great sci-fi suspense

    10
    This show is my new best friend because it's an original suspense that concerns the Devil and people making deals with him. Morgan Pym, the main character, helps those people into not going to Hell for their deals. Morgan had only 48 hours, in other words, 2 days to help the victims, which make the show suspencing. Instead of Canada and on CityTV,



    why can't this show be on maybe UPN, NBC, or FOX and shot in the USA? That would make the show better.



    If the writers maybe add more cast members and have huge guest stars on the show, like Ted Danson or Matthew Perry or maybe Tony Danza.moreless
  • Starts of well and original and ends up like any other 'save the soul' wannabe heart wrench out there...

    3.6
    There you have a show that has it all - a great idea, a wonderful cast, plenty of room to maneuver - and at the end of the first season it all falls apart. Season one is different and almost makes it into the cult sci-fi category and then it seems that the producers cotton on to the fact that they have something special there and 'commercialize' the whole business. If you think season two is hard to watch, season three is a pain. Gone are all the promises of originality and everything that made the show special.



    If you loved 'Highway to Heaven' you really gonna enjoy the last third of season one and the remaining episodes - if you look for something different: Keep looking.moreless
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Supernatural