When last we left our hapless, madcap demon hunters on Reaper, Sock’s mother’s remarriage had led the boys to a sweet new pad, Ben was sprung from a prison term linked to a green-card marriage (so he can pursue the wonderful Kandyse McClure), and Sam and Andi…were still trying to figure out the “Sam and Andi” deal. Oh, and Sam’s dad is a demon. Cliffhanger!
We’re not sure any of the above will matter, as the season premiere (tonight on the CW at 8pm Eastern and Pacific) finds Sam, Sock, and Ben out of work and out of a lease when they return from a month-long road trip (that’s nine months in our real-world time). Is this a true reset button for the gang, or is the Wal-Martesque Work Bench setting just too much fun to lose? This show is goofy enough fun that it might transfer to just about any setting with good results. The title of this premiere is a good indicator of where Reaper is aiming: if you get a snicker out of “Episode 201: Episode IV: A New Hope” (and we do), you’ll get this crew’s jokes. At the same time, Reaper is both just creepy enough (we thought Ray Wise brought enough smarm and menace to his Prince of Darkness to be Emmy worthy) to be truly unsettling and just genial and family-friendly enough to be shown in the earliest primetime hour. We might be wimps, but we’re wimps who lik e a laugh, so we’ll be tuning in.