Thursday, September 10, 2009

"Leverage" seaason finale recap: "The Lost Heir Job"

Just a few quick thoughts on TNT's "Leverage," which ended its second season last night. Seems like a lot of people were divided on the sophomore season of this entertaining caper dramedy starring Timothy Hutton. Admittedly, I'm firmly in the camp that loved it. I was actually happy that the show spent less time on the dark side of Hutton's character, Nathan Ford, and more time on the bubbly fun of watching Ford and his team rob the rich and give to the poor.
Aldis Hodge's Hardison remains one of the more delightful characters on TV and Beth Riesgraf's Parker is continuing to grow on me (I burst out laughing at her impromptu meth addict imitation in last night's finale).
I know the show is flawed. The special effects are perhaps the cheesiest on TV and the show found a pretty flimsy way to handle co-star Gina Bellman's pregnancy (her character, Sophie, is having an identity crisis and flew home to London, where she wanders around in kimonos that barely disguise her baby bump).
Still, I kind of like her temporary replacement -- the always flinty Jeri Ryan. Given that all the press leading up to the finale revealed that Ryan would be Bellman's fill-in, I wasn't surprised that her character, a seemingly dedicated civil attorney, turned out to be a grifter. But she was still fun. And fun is what's needed here. Let other shows bring us dark drama. "Leverage" is a light, entertaining romp. That's what it does best, and I look forward to spending some more time with it when it returns in January.

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