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I debated going with the “What Dave’s Watching” title for this one because this show is in it’s 3 season and I’m just now getting around to it, but Leverage is a pretty solid show. I have this sick habit of having to watch everything in order from the beginning so that I have the whole story and even if I wasn’t there when it all started, I feel like I have been, and I haven’t missed anything along the way. This is where my habit of downloading everything I watch comes in handy, I’m able to do just that.
So anyway, I’m only 6 episodes into the series, but I’m having a lot of fun, and I can see where the relationships will probably develop and turn into a good overall story. The show is delivered much like Burn Notice, where every episode can basically stand on it’s own, but there is an overall story arc that moves the show along from season to season. It’s also got all the fun and flash to go along with the bickering and showmanship that every con job show/movie requires.
We’ll get into the the show a bit more after the jump.
Leverage is your basic con show. It’s a rag-tag group of specialists that all work together stealing from the bad guys, all for the greater good of course, even though they themselves have a checkered past. Timothy Hutton plays Nathan Ford, the leader of the group. He’s the ex-insurance investigator that brought them all together and is trying to keep them that way. Gina Bellman portrays the ‘grifter’ Sophie Deveraux who moonlights as an actress with mixed results. Nathan once desribes her saying, “she can act… when it’s an act.” Christian Kane plays the tough as nails, no nonsense enforcer/fighter to a tee. Beth Riesgraf is the straight forward thief, she always wants more, and is usually the one used whenever a break-in is necessary. Aldis Hodge, probably my favorite character, is the tech-based character Alec Hardison, the one that makes all these cons work from the high tech, gadget standpoint .
As I stated before, my favorite part of this show is the back and forth these characters go through. Always on the edge of an argument, and always trying to show off to each other using their specialized skill sets. I don’t know that this show is going to be one that sticks around for years and years, but the fact that it’s already made it into it’s 3rd season is a good sign. There’s plenty of shows on TV that are just a waste of time, Leverage isn’t one of those. You can find Leverage on TNT on Sunday nights at 9.
Rating: 8 out of 10