We have been watching Kevin Smith’s latest offering with the TV series reaper. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Kevin Smiths work, he is a bit of a cult film director whose films usually deal with American teen dropouts like Jay and Silent Bob. Reaper slots straight into this category with all of the usual Kevin Smith cues and styling. Teenage dropouts? Check. Low paid job? Check. Officious manager? Check. Failing love interest? Check.
Reaper is an ongoing tale of a teenager whose parents sold his soul to the devil. He is recruited to bring home those who have escaped hell through the use of strange demonic artefacts. It’s all good fun 😉 Now in the words of my wife “Kevin Smiths theology is usually very good”. Considering he is an obvious atheist with a cutting wit, there is some truth to what she says. When you watch Dogma, he challenges the norms but he does it with a good degree of knowledge about the orthodox.
So why does this make it’s way onto my blog? Well my wife and I just spent 5 minutes dissecting the view it gives of the underlying theology of hell/the devil that is predominant in society. The devil is set up as a guy who has been given a task by God. He is the policeman who needs to ensure that wrongdoers are kept in prison. It is just a job. He isn’t portrayed as evil as such, just performing a nasty function and enjoying it a little. He is a bit like ‘the freak’ Ferguson from Prisoner Cell Block H just enjoying being the person who was given the task.
“When your parents signed over your soul they didn’t think to negotiate holidays”.
The big shame is that God doesn’t even get a mention