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Leverage mid-season return -- An early look

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 12th 2010 10:30AM

My TV has been waiting for a show like Leverage. It's also been waiting for a new TV stand and a more slender, attractive person to look back at, but it's not getting either until it drops the attitude.

It's one of those few shows that blends together the things that make other TV shows so great. It's got the action packed, tense drama of an episode of 24, the wry and sharp wit of Frasier and the complex and twisted plot logic of any episode of Lost.

The only difference is unlike 24, the action doesn't overtake the front seat from the drama at gun point. Unlike Frasier, it doesn't find comedy by talking so far over the average audience's head that frost has to form on their forehead in order for them to appreciate it. And unlike Lost, your head doesn't explode by the end of every episode.

The mid-season return is no different. The first few episodes pick up right where it left off with Sophie still detached from the group, despite Nathan's desperate pleas to get her to return. Instead, Sophie, played by Gina Bellman, enlists the help of a friend who still owes her, a sassy lawyer turned con woman named Tara Cole played by the always delightful and pretty Jeri Ryan.

And even though the team has a new member on its payroll, she doesn't take the focus away from the rest of the group's contributions both to the con or the action. The first episode of the new season, premiering this Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern on TNT, puts the team in "The Runway Job" in which they take down one of their sleaziest enemies yet: a sweatshop baroness with eyes for the top of the fashion heap by putting the work in the tired hands of her abused workers. It not only provides the team with one of their most dangerous assignments yet, but it also gives Nathan, played by Timothy Hutton, a chance to play one of his most outrageous disguises and characters to date: an eccentric Austrian fashion maven who looks more at home in one of Tim Burton's Elizabethan nightmares.

Then in next week's episode titled "The Bottle Job," Nathan's finds himself trying to pull off the con of the century that could cost him his favorite neighborhood bar at the hands of some ruthless Irish loan sharks looking to make a break in the numbers game. The only problem is that Nathan and his team have around two hours to hatch their meddling plan and Nathan finds himself reacquainted with his oid arch-nemesis: booze.

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David

It makes me think of an IMF Team gone wacky.
I like this show!
Can't wait for Season Three.

February 24 2010 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BARBRA

LOVE THE SHOW,,HOPE SOPHIE WILL RETURN SOON!!!

January 29 2010 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

The "poor man's Burn Notice" will at least get me through the next week.

January 13 2010 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

why is Sophie out of the picture, so to speak? is it because she is pregnant (or was)?

January 12 2010 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Tom

Yes, she's taken the rest of the season off because of her pregnancy. But there are pre-recorded bits that will appear throughout the remaining Season 2 episodes (like the ones that appeared in the last episode before the hiatus)

January 12 2010 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
charles melrose III

Frasier is over your head? Exactly how deep--rounded to the nearest yard--is the hole in which you're standing?

January 12 2010 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bubbalove

I liked "Leverage" the first time I saw it...

...when it was called "Hustle"

January 12 2010 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Becky

Con artists notwithstanding, it has far more in common with "The A-Team" than with "Hustle." It's actually very little like "Hustle" at all.

January 12 2010 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard

My TV has been missing Leverage, and other great shows found only on cable channels. If network TV ever started putting these shows in their lineups, we'd really have must-see TV!

January 12 2010 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristi

Love this show! Can't wait til Wednesday!

January 12 2010 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jun

If you're talking about the episode airing Wednesday, 1/13, that actually isn't season 3; it's just the second half of season 2.

January 12 2010 at 10:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Josh

Yeah, according to TNT official page, tonight continues Leverage Season 2 with episode 10.
Season 3 starts in August!

January 13 2010 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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