This looks to be the last season of Reaper as it was canceled shortly after the season finale. There are rumors the show may return in syndication, but with Tyler Labine and several executive producers finding work on new shows and the latest rumor of Brett Harrison finding new work, we may never know how Sam might have gotten his soul back. The show started strong after its first season, but then was relegated to a mid-season replacement with only 13 episodes. It wasn’t highly promoted for its return and being off the air for eight months might have killed its momentum. I have similar worries when the show Chuck comes back after being off the air for eight months as well.
Sadly the extras aren’t that great for this release. The first season had a commentary with the creators, a gag reel, and deleted scenes. This time out there’s a making of featurette, however it’s for the first season! So there’s no input from the new cast members from season two, and while it’s an interesting featurette which includes comments from pilot director Kevin Smith, a look at the sets and the vessel props used to send the escaped souls back to hell, this featurette belongs on the first season release and feels like an afterthought here. There are also deleted scenes which were either extensions of scenes in the episode or the information is given in another scene; either way the scenes were cut for time and don’t reveal much. Rounding things out is a fun eight-minute gag reel with the highlights being the flubs of Tyler Labine and Ray Wise.
The show was fun and quirky and a rarity in today’s TV lineup. Unfortunately funny and quirky don’t often last long with today’s TV viewers. Just ask Pushing Daisies and Reaper.