Friday, September 28, 2007

Journeyman, Reaper

I caught encores of Journeyman and Reaper last night. Journeyman is the least original of all the new series I've seen this season. (I say this as a big fan of Quantum Leap and a modest fan of Tru Calling.) Unlike Quantum Leap, Journeyman is short on backstory. Hero Dan Vassar (Kevin McKidd) blacks out and starts tripping through time without warning. Very disorienting to me. This is one I'll skip.

Reaper is about a 21-year-old slacker (Brett Harrison) who learns his parents sold his soul to The Devil (Ray Wise) before he was born. The Devil puts him to work sending escaped souls back to hell. This show has a lot going for it: a vibe similar to Chuck, a perfectly-cast Ray Wise, Missy Peregrym. Its regular timeslot is Tuesdays at 9, opposite House, which could translate to less ratings pressure.


WellesFan said...

I'm not sure if I want to watch Reaper. The premise sounds very, very similar to one of my favorite canceled-too-soon series Brimstone (Fox, late-90s's). That was about a cop who struck a bargain with The Devil (Jonathan Glover) to get a second chance at life if he sent 113 escaped souls back to Hell. I know I'll unconsciously compare the two.

Gerald So said...

The concept is similar to BRIMSTONE, but the tone is very different as REAPER is a comedy. If you check it out, let me know what you think.