Reaper returns! Plus stuff to spend your time and tax refund on
Tuesday, March 03, 2009 | Author: Mad Typist
Spend a little time getting to know The Devil....
For us loyal Reaper fans out there, we've all been in agony waiting for this show to finally return. Well, after 9 long months, the CW has FINALLY gotten around to putting Reaper back on the air. If you haven't seen the show (or have forgotten all the important plot points in the interim), here's a quick summary of what it's about:

Lovable slacker Sam finds out that his parents sold his soul to the Devil. Yes, the real Devil. The Devil is played by the excellent Ray Wise, who really does a great job being alternately charming, hilarious and out-right terrifying (as one would imagine Satan would be). As part of his new servitude for the Horned One, Sam has been tasked to serve as a "reaper" - collecting souls that have escaped from Hell and are now wandering around Earth fucking shit up. Joining him on this adventure are his on-again/off-again love interest Andi (played by the ab-tastic girl from Stick It), and his two goofy friends Sock and Ben. While the show started in more of a "Monster of the Week" format, it gradually introduced some longer plot arcs, including an excellent storyline involving demons attempting to rebel against the Devil (with guest stars Michael Ian Black and Ken Marino as gay demon husbands who happen to be leading said rebellion). Another long term arc involves the question of what exactly was in the contract allegedly binding Sam to the Devil, and whether Sam himself might be the actual biological son of the Devil.

I highly recommend you check out this show. It's very charming. If you enjoy shows like Chuck or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this is the show for you. Mild spoilers and a recap of where all the characters are at can be found here at zap2it.com. You can also go through the recaps on Television Without Pity, if you want a more in-depth recounting of the episodes aired so far. It airs (starting tonight) Tuesdays on the CW.

Who watches the Watchmen? We do! On this week's podcast, my co-host and I dissect the Watchmen graphic novel and discuss whether or not the movie can possibly live up to expectations. For those of you planning to go see the film, I highly recommend you check out the graphic novel ahead of time. Actually, even if you don't see the film, I recommend you go read the graphic novel. Time Magazine describes this work in the following way: "A work of ruthless psychological realism, it's a landmark in the graphic novel medium. It would be a masterpiece in any."


Other nifty toys and games:
  • This month, MadWorld releases on March 10th for the Nintendo Wii. I got a chance to do some hands on with this game at last month's comic con, and let me tell you - this makes me actually want to dust the old Wii off and actually turn it on for the first time in 4 months. Ultra-violent, fun control scheme, interesting black, white and red graphic style - a real adult game for the normally kid-oriented platform. Amazon is having a minor sale on pre-ordered copies of the game.
  • The new Neko Case album is out. If it's anything like her last effort, I'm pretty sure it's going to be awesome.
  • Did you know that Roger Rabbit was originally a book? I didn't until today, when I read a great article on the Onion's AV Club about it. It is now my mission to acquire a copy of the two Roger Rabbit novels.
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