I fear that Reaper
creators Tara Butters and Michelle Fazekas have placed two of their lead characters in a difficult long term predicament. Main character Sam and his love interest Andi, through four episodes, are exactly where they were in the pilot: Best friends harboring secret romantic feelings for each other. The problem with the way the two of them have been is that there is no logical place for them to go in future episodes. Instead of beginning the series with Sam meeting Andi, or with them being on merely OK terms, the two came in with a strong bond, its origin unknown to the viewing audience. Since they became friends off-screen before Reaper's
time line began, the only potential growth in their on-screen relationship is of the romantic variety.
With the way things are right now between Sam and Andi, the staple will they/won't they situation is redundant and empty. Both are single, both clearly dig each other, and so it becomes baffling for the viewer as to why they aren't acting upon their feelings. That Sam has a secret (he catches escaped souls for The Devil) could act as an impediment to their relationship, and it would make sense. However, Sam's made it clear he has no problem telling everyone else close to him his secret except for Andi. The secret excuse just doesn't work for me. Where will Sam/Andi go?
Either they become romantically involved, one or both get a different significant other, or they fall out of favor with one another. Becoming an item sets up a number of obstacles, stemming from Sam's Devil work. The other two options would be bad in one very important regard: it would likely mean less screen time for Missy Peregrym
. As Andi, I feel like she gets shorted on screen time as it is. If anything, she should be on more, not less. I'm loving Reaper
, and I have faith that the writers know what they're doing and have a solid plan for Sam and Andi. My main fear (that the two have nowhere to reasonably go and will continue to spin wheels) is a worthy one, and I hope the Reaper
team have something in mind. What do you Reaper
fans think? Am I reading too much into this?
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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