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As every regular reader of The TV Legion already knows, we at the TV Legion absolutely love Leverage. After only six episodes it has already established itself as one of the best shows on television (it also can’t hurt that we were one of the first people ever to see the show and give it a positive review). While this might be a little early, but I am going out on a limb to say that Leverage is easily one of the top 10 shows on television right now.
Before this year began there was a lot of people thinking that cable was going to be the future of television. At first I was skeptical of the idea. I thought that cable had some great shows but I really didn’t think it could stand a chance against the networks since cable will always get less ratings since you have to pay for it after all. Now I am one of the believers in the fact that cable will slowly start pushing the networks out of business. With great programming on cable coming out left and right and with the likelihood of a show lasting longer (since it won’t be cancelled after a couple episodes like it would on network tv), cable is really starting to show that it is the future of the medium.
So onto yesterday’s episode of Leverage which was once again great (at this point I don’t think Leverage will ever have a bad episode). With great writing and an interesting storyline, this week’s episode was entertaining while also touching. While it wasn’t the greatest episode in the series, I thought parts of the episode were great and it was also great to see part of why Parker is as strange as she is today.
While I am on that topic I need to address Leverage’s character development. While I know I will get some disagreements to this statement but I think Leverage could possibly have some of the best flashbacks and character development on television. What I like about the show is that it has character development in every episode but instead of bogging down the show, the writers build cases and short flashbacks that provide quite a bit of character development while also remaining brief allowing for the show to continue at a brisk pace.
So in this episode the gang heads to Serbia in order to rescue an orphan that was promised to an American couple but it turned out to all be a scam. The gang’s plan doesn’t go exactly as planned. While they think they are only trying to stop a con artist who has always dreamed of being a movie star, they end up running into a gun smuggling ring and an orphanage that is far from good for the children. While working on the case we find out that Parker and Alec are both orphans and unlike Alec, Parker had some horrible foster parents (I wonder if that at all contributed to how she currently is).
In order to rescue the orphan the gang hijacks a movie and claims it as their own (how could you not love a show that steals a movie). Since the con artist wants to be a movie star so badly the gang uses the filming in order to get her to bring the orphan to the studio so they can take him from her. I might be alone here but I thought all the movie scenes were hilarious especially with Nate as the director and Sophie actually being able to act since she is pulling a con (too bad there was no film in the cameras). Maybe Sophie could actually have an acting career if she was just on a continuous con?
The gang ends up getting the orphan to safety but Parker forces the group to save the orphans. With a little switcheroo with the guns at the orphanage; the gang is able to rescue all the kids, make the mobsters look like idiots by using prop guns to try and stop them, and finally using the prop explosions in order to destroy their facility.
Eliot (after showing up with a bruised face): “How was I supposed to know it was a lesbian bar?”
Sophie: “Can we stop at Paris on the way?”
Eliot: “I have picked up women before.”
Alec (after finding guns at the orphanage): “Must be some bad ass kids.”
Parker (while trying to talk in another language): “I will make your tomato shiny.”
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