TNT’s ‘Leverage’ is a perfect summer show.
It’s impeccably cast.
Oh, and the dialogue just sparkles.
The TNT gem returns Sunday for its fifth season – and for me
it couldn’t have come at a better time.
I watch a lot of television, don’t get me wrong, but ‘Leverage’
has a special place in my heart. It ranks right up there with ‘Psych’ for me.
I want quality television. That’s a given.
I also want something that’s going to entertain me without
depressing me. That’s where ‘Leverage’ fits in.
‘Leverage’ is about a thief, hitter, hacker and grifter that
come together under the leadership of a former insurance investigator to help
It’s kind of like ‘Robin Hood’ – you know, they steal from
the rich to give to the poor. Or even ‘The A-Team.’
The cast is made up of Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton
as Nate Ford (aka the Mastermind), Christian Kane as Eliot Spencer (aka the
hitter), Aldis Hodge as Alec Hardison (aka the hacker), Beth Riesgraf as Parker
(aka the thief) and Gina Bellman as Sophie Devereaux (aka the grifter).
Not only did the cast gel from the get-go, but they all have
unique relationships with each other. My favorite is the banter between
Hardison and Eliot – but ‘Leverage’ is one of the few shows where I don’t hate
Essentially, ‘Leverage’ is a show that really doesn’t have
some bigger meaning.
Sure, the group wants to help the little guy – but they’re
really just about exposing corruption in fun and inventive ways.
The show returns Sunday for its 10 episode summer run (the
additional five episodes usually run in the fall).
Not much is known about the upcoming season – but Cary Elwes
will play the mark in the premiere episode. If his recent run on ‘Psych’ is any
indication, it should be a fun ride.
Former ‘Firefly’ actor Adam Baldwin is also slated to make
an appearance later in the season. And we can only hope that Wil Wheaton makes another guest appearance as Chaos. What? I can't help but love him.
The true magic of ‘Leverage’ is not in the cons – don’t get
me wrong, they’re fun – but it’s in the chemistry of the cast and their
willingness to make fun of themselves.
All five characters are richly drawn.
In fact, the only time ‘Leverage’ hasn’t been at the top of
the game was the second half of season two when Bellman was off on maternity
leave and former ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ actress Jeri Ryan filled in for several
It’s not that Ryan is bad – she’s just not Bellman.
Each ‘Leverage’ cast member has a part to play – and sometimes
they mix it up, which usually leads to hilarious results.
Given how dark ‘Falling Skies’ is right now, how deep ‘The
Newsroom’ is and how bleak ‘True Blood’ is, ‘Leverage’ is premiering at a
perfect time for me.
How about you?
What do you think? Are you going to tune into the fifth
season of ‘Leverage’?