The Collector (2004–2006)
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The only complaint I would have is that the acting standards are a little variable. The regular cast are great (and Chris Kramer is incredibly good looking), but some of the weekly guests have been over-the-top.
We're way behind on this - only halfway through Season 1. I came in to check if this went on to further seasons. Glad to see that it did.
More reason: the acting it's good, the specially effects, and as I said in the first point: This is the kind of show where the producer don't have fear to make the necessary changes to make the stories better, so it's very unpredictable. It's not the kind of show about mysteries: you know from the beginning the rules of the main story but as the season goes you are gonna find the details, the true reasons a secrets of every character, everything from the autistic boy to the past of Morgan has a reason, and that make this a better far better than many things we usually find in the TV.
The only thing I don't like is the constant replaying of the same scenes of his past over and over again. I would say they took about 15 minutes worth of footage and used it to fill in about an hour or two worth of playtime throughout the 2 seasons.
I really like the diversity of characters they bring into each episode, including the ever changing Devil. Some characters you find you want to be saved and others you just wish Morgan would push the button and send them to hell.
I won't say what happened to Jeri Slate, but I definitely didn't expect what did happen to happen. You'll just have to watch to find out. :) Definitely give it a chance, I think most people will enjoy it. It's not quite as fast paced as most American TV shows, which is good and bad, but instead keeps it's own unique pace.
But this show is like no other, it stands out with it's interesting story about a collector of the devil who tries to save the souls of the people who made deal with the devil.
The collector in this show is limited to one city, he can't tell anyone about what he do or else that person will go to hell if he know about it.
Also every person who made a deal with the devil can't tell anyone about his deal or he will go to hell with the person he told about the deal.
I still don't fully understand but apparently that kid Gabe knows about the collector and he can see the devil and has something to do with the redemption of the collector himself.
The show is not confined to one set and in every episode you see a new place and new guest stars.
I liked the TV series though it has a slow pace and has nowhere to go. I guess they did it on purpose. But the thing is if there are more to the series they should have at least prepared a script for a whole season at a fast pace because most of the 1st season of many TV series has this one just to introduce the main story of the series.
Another thing is I hate the flashbacks which is played all over again and again and again. I know they do this specially when the main character always tells something about his past but they don't really have to do the flashbacks a simple short conversation of the main character about his past would do.
And oh by the way I said it was kinda slow because most of it are repetitive which has really got nowhere to go. And now i'm repetitively saying this over again...(lol) The good news is that the ending isn't that predictable because you wouldn't know if his clients are redeemed or not and there are some twists about this boy Gabe... and it will uncover a little more as the episodes progresses.
I would recommend for you to watch it and you'll be in for a great surprise, then judge it for yourself. You'll never regret it though.
The performances are really good, the scrip is fantastic, the performance of Chris Kramer is wonderful, we can't imagine someone else.
The boy, Aidan, the autistic boy, his job is extraordinary.
Maya is just who Morgan needs.
The other characters have deep questions like: i need a life, how can be good for something. The guest stars are wonderful, with a lot of conflicts and problems. The themes are excellent very dark, themes like: alcohol, murder, incest, mental illness, money, and on and on. You can see there is some silent hill elements on this series, silent hill the game of course, not the movie.
In some way this series is put solid snake on silent hill town and some Spawn spots, brilliant combination.
Finally there is an evil agent in all this, very interesting, and with different faces all the time. The main theme is excellent: "you are good but you are working with the evil". The twist of the stories are very well done, you really can open your mouth really wide when you see the ending of the episode.
If you want horror, action and dark places, The collector, it's your best choice.
The premise goes thusly: In the 13th century, at the onset of the Black Plague, a young monk named Morgan Pym (Chris Kramer) is tricked by the Devil into selling his soul to him, in exchange for not going to hell after the 10 year contract has expired, Morgan is tasked with collecting the souls of other people who dealt with the Devil after their 10 years of enjoying the outcome of the deal are up, and is effectively immortal.
However, at the beginning of the new millennium, after meeting with a junkie named Maya (Carly Pope/Sonya Salomaa) and nursing her back to health, he rediscovers his desire to help people and manages to persuade the Devil to allow him a 48 hour window to help find redemption for the people who dealt before their time is up and their souls are sent to hell.
Unfortunately not only is the Devil constantly throwing curveballs in Morgan's direction to distract him and impede his progress in saving souls, but intrepid journalist Jeri Slate (Ellen Dubin) begins to suspect Morgan of being trouble due to him being in the vicinity of several high-profile deaths (from his job as a collector) and serves as a constant annoyance and an impediment to his progress, all the while her autistic son Gabriel (Aidan Drummond) has an unexplained connection to the Devil, Morgan and the people he's trying to save.
If the show seems very formulaic to you, Morgan has 48 hours to save someone before they go to hell, many episodes do something to shake up the formula, the most common method being Morgan failing to save the person from going to hell, as such the show never loses its tension due to a 100% success rating on the part of the main character. Also the running B plot of Maya trying to stay sober and the C plot of Jeri trying to figure out who Morgan is while struggling to care for Gabriel, may seem out of place in a show like this but are always amazingly written and performed by the cast and never feel like they don't belong given the dramatic and mature nature of the series.
And speaking of which, this is not an action series like Buffy or Angel or Supernatural, there are no monsters of the week and Morgan rarely fights something and every time he does we know he won't die since so long as he continues to be a collector (even if he's actively sabotaging his job), he's completely immortal and heals almost immediately from any wound. This is a drama, and the climax usually involves people talking rather than people fighting (even though sometimes fighting happens anyway). If this sounds boring to you then I don't recommend but if you would like your genre TV with more drama and less action then the Collector is the show for you. Just keep in mind that it was canceled before all of its story arcs were resolved so you won't be (crushingly) disappointed once its over and it's really the only thing stopping me from giving it a 10.
The show is only available in its entirety on Amazon Prime, as the third season never got a proper home video release, so if you don't have an Amazon Prime subscription yet, this show (and The Man in the High Castle as well) makes it worth it on its own.
Okay, the first series was certainly better. As another reviewer pointed out, they often use and reuse too many clips too often. It wasn't the most brilliant show, but it was okay. Carly Pope and Chris Kramer had great chemistry and made the stories worth watching even if they weren't always great stories, acting or directing.
Then came the second series. I'm unclear why Carly Pope was unable to return to the series, but replacing her with Sonya Salomaa was a dreadful mistake. Carly Pope could act a lot better, and Sonya just can't cut it. The writing disintegrates, and it becomes rather clichéd and trite. The first series, Maya is trying to get her life together, has issues, but whatever. Interesting enough. Second series, Maya dissolves into a stagnant drug abuser with no purpose.
The second series just turns into fluff - the could have done a lot with it. Instead they replace a character who can act with a blonde bimbo and resort to having the main character always in vests to attempt to show off his arms. If you can't have a show with good writing, directing or producing, might as well put the bimbos out.
Anyway, the first year is okay, it's not brilliant but it's interesting enough. The second year.... really just spirals down. I'm not convinced it's worth it.
The scenery is cheap and frankly unbelievable. It's done to a budget suitable for a cheap children's show about ducks.
Frankly how anyone could vote this as 10 amazes me. It's plastic drivel for those of limited demands.
I think it was good that these actors had work but it's a shame that the director and scriptwriters didn't attend.
I would suggest that you don't waste your time. Don't look for any depth as there isn't any.