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Review: 'Leverage' - 'The Future Job'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 4th 2010 8:36AM

(S02E13) "He who sells miracles will have the devil knocking at his door."/"What's that? A proverb?"/"A fortune cookie." - Alec to Parker

Probably the most interesting aspect of 'Leverage', other than Parker's wonderful taste in form fitting dresses, is the way it manages to top itself in small areas.

Not every episode is a home run in every category on the checklist, but it does find new ways to heighten the action, increase the twists and broaden their stories give or take an episode.

This week, the show managed to top something that I didn't think was possible back on 'The Bottle Job' episode: make the mark the biggest, most evil prick of all time. Luke Perry steps into the villain role as a conniving faux-psychic who bilks money out of the grief stricken by not just taking their money, but also by taking "what's still left on the table." He tops off this tower of evil with his nice, cool demeanor that fits the character well and completes it with an evil twin goatee.

It makes him extra evil because he doesn't even have a clean cut twin to counterbalance his evil. I never thought John Edward would have a serious contender to break his winning streak for "The Biggest Douche in the Universe Award."

Things turned a little more dramatic than usual for the team this time. Parker gets emotional when the psychic cold reads a traumatic childhood event from her life and gives her the fuel she needs to take this guy down. Jeri Ryan really stepped up to the plate as a fake clairvoyant pretending to know everyone's future in order to reel Perry's character in and keep him dangling from the hook long enough for the rest of the team to set him up. It's nice to know she's got the chance to play more than hot blonde babes who seduces guys out of their pants for a crack at their wallet.

The twist moment, which comes every episodes but you don't see because you're too busy focusing on imaging the number of horrific ways the evil mark will get what's coming to him, did feel a little weak. Perry's kidnapping at the hands of a bank robber who needs a medium to find his old partner's money stash is something no one could have seen coming. That's because it was so far out there.

But it did set up the mark nicely by forcing him to admit that he's a fraud before the very same people he deceived that not only discredits him and erases any chance he has of going pro, but also gets him arrested before he can do any more harm. Screen fades, credits roll. The end.

Isn't something missing? There was really no subplot exploration about the new team member, the latest on Sophie's whereabouts or how either are affecting the team. Maybe that was so it wouldn't take any focus away from the huge guest star and the rather clever ways the team takes out their mark. Then again, with this show, maybe they are just trying to get your guard down so they can spring a new surprise on you next week. Let's hope so.

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This episode seemed out of place. There was no mention of Ford's drinking at all, he didn't take one sip either if I recall correctly (correct me if I missed it though). I know his ex got on his case, but I didn't expect a lapsing alcoholic to just stop with no problems at all, but this episode seemed to fit right before he had to start drinking, especially with new teammate finding out why they love what they do.

February 05 2010 at 7:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I missed out on watching this episode. It would have been nice if the website I use to tell me what new shows come on every night would have bothered to tell me that there was a new episode last night. I mean, since they actually review the episodes and all. :-/

February 04 2010 at 5:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Alan

Personally, I'm not that fond of the Jeri Ryan character and I'm looking forward to Sophie's return.

I do find those "psychic" charlatans repugnant so I completely dug the character as a villain.

One problem I had with it, though--how did they get from the storage locker to the studio? Are we to believe that the studio is located right (or at least directly adjacent to) the storage facility? And if so, why didn't Perry notice that Ryan was taking them right to his own studio? Seemed a little too much.

February 04 2010 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Brett Alan's comment

You wondered how he didn't recognize that it was right by his studio, but he actually did. He was in the middle of saying so when Ryan interrupted and said "Shh, I need to concentrate on the voices", or whatever the direct quote is. I enjoyed this episode because people really do believe dirtbag psychics and I bet some people watched this and learned for the first time how easy it is to con people. Maybe it will keep them on their toes in daily life :P

February 05 2010 at 1:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really enjoyed this episode, but I couldn't get quite as riled up about Perry's character.

Yes, he was a faux-psychic ripping off the hopeful and hurting. But *all* psychics are faux-psychics ripping off the hopeful and hurting. Some buy into their own "powers" and some don't, but they all manipulate their marks into giving them some form of compensation: money, adoration, confirmation etc.

February 04 2010 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is there any possible way that we can keep Jeri Ryan and get rid of the awful Gina Bellman?

February 04 2010 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Eric's comment

I think Jeri Ryan is doing a great job, but you are so wrong about Gina Bellman. I think both her performance and the whole concept of her character are brilliant.

February 04 2010 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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