The Collector (TV series)
|Created by||Jon Cooksey|
Ali Marie Matheson
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||40|
|Executive producers||Jon Cooksey|
Ali Marie Matheson
|Running time||approx. 44 minutes|
|Production company||No Equal Entertainment|
|Original network||Citytv, Space|
|Picture format||4:3 480i (SDTV)|
16:9 1080p24 (HDTV)
|Original release||June 2, 2004 –|
April 4, 2006
The Collector is a Canadian supernatural drama television series about a man attempting to help save people who have bargained their souls with the Devil. After over 600 years of "collecting" the souls of people at the end of their 10-year deals, Morgan Pym (Chris Kramer) negotiates with the Devil for the ability to aid the damned in redeeming themselves rather than sending them to Hell. Under the Devil's mocking gaze, Morgan assists his "clients" in undoing the damage their deals have done because of the devil shifting good luck towards the client and away from others.
Morgan Pym (Chris Kramer) is a collector of souls damned by their deal with the Devil. He was a fourteenth-century German monk who fell in love with a woman named Katrina, breaking his vows. She began to show symptoms of the plague and Morgan sold his soul for her to be cured. The Devil cured her for 10 years, the length of all his contracts. When an angry Morgan confronts him, the Devil claims he didn't cheat on the deal because "You wanted more time with her and I gave you that. You never said she had to outlive you." In return for being spared from Hell, Morgan becomes the first collector. More recently, the Devil agreed to allow him to seek redemption for his clients. Morgan has 48 hours to help redeem each client or they are sent to Hell, and the time remaining is displayed on his cell phone.
Jeri Slate (Ellen Dubin) is a reporter who regularly encounters Morgan Pym in her investigations and is professionally obsessed with him, as he always seems to be "around" for certain controversial incidents and/or high-profile deaths. But as she digs deeper and gets closer to the truth, she begins to sense a prior, unknown influence of Pym in her own life—which renders the obsession increasingly personal.
Gabriel Slate (Aidan Drummond) is the son of investigative reporter Jeri Slate. Gabriel, addressed as Gabe in the series, is an autistic child who is somehow connected to Morgan Pym and is regularly visited by the Devil. Some of Gabe's actions influence the stories and he displays an amazing perception of Morgan's experiences. His connection to Morgan is explored progressively throughout the series.
Taylor Slate (Christine Chatelain) is Jeri's younger sister. She's sweet and smart, but when introduced, seemingly ill-suited for long term responsibility, as she isn't able to hold a job well or reliably for very long. But this "freedom" in her schedule lets Jeri call on her to look after Gabe when Jeri's out pursuing a story. Taylor's aptitude for responsibility is unexpectedly tested, however, when the burden of Gabe's care and upbringing suddenly and unavoidably becomes hers.
Maya Kandinski (Carly Pope in Season 1, Sonya Salomaa from Season 2 onwards) used to be a normal child until her father started sexually abusing her at a young age. Eventually she ran away from home and took to the streets of Vancouver, where she became a heroin addict, prostituting herself for the money to buy the drug, and eventually contracted AIDS, which she was dying from when Morgan met her. The first client Morgan tried to save cured her AIDS by inflicting it upon himself, with the Devil's help. Morgan befriends her and helps her with her addiction. It is his meeting with her that makes Morgan decide to make his proposal to The Devil. She bears a great deal of resemblance to Morgan's lost love.
The Devil is portrayed by a different actor in each episode. To identify him (or her) to the viewer, his eyes appear to fill with fire at times. Gabe is the only person besides Morgan who sees through his disguises. He makes deals with people, granting them whatever they wish, in exchange for their souls in ten years. To do this, he manipulates luck, shifting good luck away from others and towards the client. Therefore, it can be said that nothing The Devil does is truly good, as every action usually has a greater than or equal to negative result or consequence. In the last 48 hours of a deal, the Devil begins to undo the effects of the deal on his client (for example in "The Prosecutor" the client starts losing cases and it is revealed his winning streak was at the expense of innocent people). The Devil's collector will normally approach the client at the 48-hour mark to inform them that they can elect to go to Hell early. The Devil states that either the client gives up and goes to Hell early, or the Devil enjoys watching the client squirm for their last hours on Earth, before he takes them to Hell. In both cases, he 'wins'. In the first episode, the Devil agrees to Morgan's deal, to give souls the chance to redeem themselves during this 48 hour time. He claimed one of the reasons for doing this is that it would make the affair more "sporting". While mocking Morgan's quest and hindering Morgan's efforts, he honors the agreement with Morgan, letting the soul go if it attains redemption.
Vow of secrecy
Morgan and his clients are bound never to reveal the true nature of their situation to anyone else. Revealing the truth to an innocent results in both parties being sent to Hell.
When a damned soul is about to be sent to Hell, a portal opens up beside them, and the soul is ripped out of the body and sucked into the portal, leaving only the dead body behind. Only a collector and the Devil's clients are able to see this portal. For people who happen to be nearby, the taking of a soul is witnessed as an accident or some other fatal event. Later, it is revealed that the portal can be seen by any person who sold their soul, as a preview of what will happen when their time on Earth is up.
- The Rapper, 2 June 2004: After 650 years of being a collector for Satan, Morgan Pym decides to try to bring redemption for those who had sold their souls. His first client is a rapper whose fame is the result of his pact with the Devil.
- The Prosecutor, 9 June 2004: Successful prosecutor Carter Anderson's life is turned upside down when all the cases he won for the past decade start getting overturned. Of course, as Morgan tells him, he didn't ask to make sure the actual guilty parties paid...
- The Supermodel, 16 June 2004: Morgan's latest client is fashion model Nicki Schillenberg, who sold her soul to lose weight. Nicki's arrogant, vain, selfish, and rude behavior, however, indicates it wasn't the body that was ugly.
- The Ice Skater, 23 June 2004
- The Photographer, 30 June 2004
- The Actuary, 7 July 2004
- The Roboticist, 14 July 2004
- The Medium, 21 July 2004
- The Old Man, 28 July 2004
- The Children's Book Writer, 4 August 2004
- The Yogi, 11 August 2004
- The Miniaturist, 18 August 2004
- Another Collector, 25 August 2004
- 1348 AD, 1 September 2005 (not aired in original run by TV.com)
- The Cowboy, 9 January 2005
- The UFOlogist, 16 January 2005: Morgan’s latest client is a UFO nut who sold his soul for proof of the existence of aliens.
- The Dreamer, 23 January 2005
- The Pharmacist, 30 January 2005
- The Tattoo Artist, 6 February 2005
- The Comic, 13 February 2005: A comedian sold his soul to be the most successful comic in the world. But the joke's on him when his forty-eight hours are almost up.
- The Campaign Manager, 20 February 2005:Morgan's next client is the campaign manager of an up-and-coming politician, who wants to hinder his plans to help the poor for her own reasons.
- The Mother, 27 February 2005
- The Tour Guide, 6 March 2005
- The Superhero, 13 March 2005: Ten years ago, a man sold his soul for super powers, only to have great tragedy come with great power. Now his forty-eight hours are almost up, and Morgan must help him.
- The Ripper, 20 March 2005: In a flashback episode, Morgan is informed that his next client is none other than Jack the Ripper. But Morgan may be surprised when he finds out the infamous killer's identity...
- The Historian, 27 March 2005
- Beginnings, 3 April 2005
- The Jockey, 10 January 2006
- The Chef, 17 January 2006
- The Customer Service Rep, 24 January 2006
- The Vampire, 31 January 2006
- The Video Jockey, 7 February 2006
- The Farmer, 14 February 2006
- The Junkie, 21 February 2006
- The Watchmaker, 28 February 2006
- The Person With AIDS, 7 March 2006
- The Media Baron, 14 March 2006
- The Spy, 21 March 2006
- The Alchemist, 28 March 2006
- The Exorcist, 4 April 2006
Morningstar Entertainment has released the first two seasons on DVD in Canada. Knightscove now owns the rights. Many of the released DVD sets of both season 1 and season 2 are defective. After a great deal of digging through multiple defective copies, people at Knightscove were able to find a few good copies to replace defective ones.
|DVD name||Episodes||Box set release dates|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|The Complete Season 1||14||November 4, 2008|
|Complete Second Season||13||May 26, 2009|
- "The Collector - 1st Season DVDs Announced for November Release". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2008-10-18. Archived from the original on 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
- "The Collector - 2nd Season Set of the Canadian Program is Coming to DVD in May". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2009-03-23. Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2011-07-06.