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post #151 of 185
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I have now watched the 2 hour premiere of the new season. I thought that the first hour, set in a private prison, was terrific. It really whetted my apetite for the second hour, which was at a high school reunion. Alas, the second hour was, hands down, the very worst Leverage episode I can remember. It was wall to wall silliness, which lacked any semblance of credibility. Worse, the scam was weak, weak, weak. If the second hour was an indication of what we can expect from future Leverage episodes, it's not long for my Season Pass list.

Ha. I thought that the high school episode was pure comedic gold.
post #152 of 185
RENEWED FOR A FOURTH SEASON: http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/tnt-...ge/#more-58268
post #153 of 185
TV Notes
TNT Renews Drama 'Leverage' For Season 5
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - August 12th, 2011

TNT has renewed its light caper drama Leverage for a fifth season with a 15-episode order. Season 5 will launch next summer. The series, starring Timothy Hutton as the leader of a gang of grifters, hackers and thieves out to settle scores against the rich and powerful, will wrap its summer run Aug. 28 and return with the conclusion of its fourth season in November.

Leverage is the latest TNT series to be renewed this summer following the recent pickups of Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies and Franklin & Bash. Men of a Certain Age has been canclled and there is still no word on Hawthorne and Memphis Beat. Leverage premiered in 2008 and has grown its audience each of its four seasons. This summer, it has averaged 4.8 million viewers, up 10% over Season 3, with 1.9 million adults 18-49 (+6%). Leverage is produced by Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment, with Dean Devlin and creators John Rogers and Chris Downey serving as executive producers.

http://www.deadline.com/2011/08/tnt-...-for-season-5/
post #154 of 185
This isn't the kind of show that generates a lot of forum discussion... but it is usually solid. I find all of the actors likeable, and the scripts are usually smart, and the dialog is often funny/smart followed by dramatic.

I always look forward to it... even though there's not much to talk about afterwards.
post #155 of 185
I agree. We record the show, and I've seen every episode, most of them with the kids as well, and we enjoy it, but afterwards, there just doesn't seem to be a lot to discuss.

Maybe that's the point of light entertainment. Fun escapism, but nothing to taxing on the old noggin.
post #156 of 185
Happy Birthday, Timothy Hutton!
post #157 of 185
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Originally Posted by Orbert View Post

I agree. We record the show, and I've seen every episode, most of them with the kids as well, and we enjoy it, but afterwards, there just doesn't seem to be a lot to discuss.

Maybe that's the point of light entertainment. Fun escapism, but nothing to taxing on the old noggin.

It's just a weird dynamic.

I watch a lot of shows... and participate in a lot of forum discussions. Some shows we are picking out flaws even though we like the show... other shows we are complaining... some we are trying to speculate where the larger plot is going... and then there's a show like Leverage, that is thoroughly enjoyable to me but I don't find myself speculating on next week or wanting to discuss what just happened.

Usually that's a sign of a bad show that I soon stop watching... when it doesn't make me "feel" anything later... but Leverage is the exception to that rule.

I hope that doesn't translate into lack of interest if the forums aren't hopping after an episode broadcast... that the "suits" don't see that as lack of enthusiasm about the show... because I like and look forward to Leverage about as much as any show I watch.
post #158 of 185
I noticed one thing about both of Sundays episodes the villains were not only well played but also very easy to despise especially that con man.
post #159 of 185
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I noticed one thing about both of Sundays episodes the villains were not only well played but also very easy to despise especially that con man.

That's usually the case with Leverage... the villain is the villain.

They broke that "rule" a couple of episodes ago, though, with the bad guy who turned out to be not a bad guy but under pressure himself... and they redeemed him by the end of the episode. That was refreshing actually.
post #160 of 185
I loved how they were constantly knocking "The Mako" down a peg. Starting with Hardison and his remark about guys giving themselves stupid nicknames, to Elliot hearing it and growling "Are you making fun of me?" to Nate calling him "Marko" and the variations "Blowfish", "Pufferfish" etc. I'm pretty sure he never once was called "The Mako" by any member of the team. Which of course was the point.
post #161 of 185
I watch it for the Portland locations. The stories are pretty simple, the cast don't seem like they're working too hard, the humor is usually awkward and forced, and the plots are usually fairly straightforward but there have been some exceptionally good ones. Many of the guest actors have been excellent, better than the regulars.

It reminds me how the Equalizer was a clever show for its time. Edward Woodward was a tremendous actor who added subtlety and believability to some by-the-numbers plots that were typical of television shows back then. You really believed he cared about the people he was helping and hated the injustice they were suffering. The Leverage cast seems like they're just having fun outsmarting bad guys who aren't that smart to begin with.
post #162 of 185
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It reminds me how the Equalizer was a clever show for its time. Edward Woodward was a tremendous actor who added subtlety and believability to some by-the-numbers plots that were typical of television shows back then. You really believed he cared about the people he was helping and hated the injustice they were suffering. The Leverage cast seems like they're just having fun outsmarting bad guys who aren't that smart to begin with.

Good to see someone else make the Equalizer connection. I haven't seen it in ages, but I remember it... and while I see the Ocean's 11 connections for the cons they run, this show feels more to me like Equalizer IF Woodward had a team of regulars each week instead of working with new people week after week.

The Equalizer was doing pretty much what the Leverage team does... helping people who the system is unable (or unwilling) to help.
post #163 of 185
I don't know what it is about Leverage that so amuses me but something does. The not so subtle needling of this week's bad guy about his self congratulatory nickname was hysterical. I also enjoyed the denouement when Nate told the guy that the complex trading floor con wasn't the scam but a straightforward wire transfer of $30 million from the guy had been. Funny stuff!
post #164 of 185
Glad to see the show back, but tonight's episode had to be the absolute worst show of the entire series. I almost stopped watching several times but toughed it out hoping for some sort of pay off, no luck.

Next week looks promising, and I think I glimpsed Jeri Ryan in the previews, hope she make an appearance.
post #165 of 185
Last night's episode was the worst show of the entire series. I can't believe the producers approved that concept. I hope to never see something like that again.
post #166 of 185
Agree with the above. Last evening's Leverage was the most boring thing I have ever seen. How can this show go so far downhill!
post #167 of 185
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Originally Posted by matt l View Post

glad to see the show back, but tonight's episode had to be the absolute worst show of the entire series. I almost stopped watching several times but toughed it out hoping for some sort of pay off, no luck.

+1
post #168 of 185
Parodies of parodies rarely work.
post #169 of 185
It didn't help that I HATE "The Office", Leverage just made happier I never watched the original.
post #170 of 185
I liked the episode, but I also love The Office so they hit a concept that worked for me.
post #171 of 185
And I love The Office but Leverage's attempts at humor have always made my eyes roll. This was a close as they've gotten to winking at the camera for laughs.
post #172 of 185
One of the reasons I watch Leverage is because of the humor in the show.
post #173 of 185
Well after that stink bomb last week they redeemed themselves nicely. Looks like next week is guy s night out. Glad to see Jeri Ryan back for an episode, wish it was more. Hope the do more shows like this.
post #174 of 185
Leverage is back for season 5.
Instead of being based in Boston and shot in Portland, they have moved their base to Portland now too.
Lots of obvious local shots, Bridgeport Brewing, Evergreen air museum, and such.
post #175 of 185
Very good show!
post #176 of 185
excellent start to new season.
post #177 of 185
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excellent start to new season.
I liked the season premiere too. I thought that Eliot was convincing as a hockey enforcer and also enjoyed Treat Williams' performance as the crooked owner of a minor league hockey team.
post #178 of 185
You guys do realize the hockey enforcer episode was the 2nd new episode, right? Just being clear... it sounded like you were thinking this was the premiere... when in fact it started a week earlier. Hope you didn't miss that one!
post #179 of 185
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Originally Posted by HDMe2 View Post

You guys do realize the hockey enforcer episode was the 2nd new episode, right? Just being clear... it sounded like you were thinking this was the premiere... when in fact it started a week earlier. Hope you didn't miss that one!
When you're right you're right. The hockey episode was indeed the second episode of the season.
post #180 of 185
So what did everyone think of the Summer season finale? I guess they are following the pattern from past seasons with doing split crews in the final episodes. I thought the DC stuff was fun, but totally implausible, but it's Leverage. No real surprise in the second episode, I think everyone knew the painting would be of Sophie. I didn't get the tip off of how it was done until just before the final scenes, all in all another fun outing.

Not sure, but it looked as if Gina was pregnant again, does anyone know? The dress seemed to have a pretty obvious baby bump to me. If so perhaps we'll get a bit of Jeri Ryan back..
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