Leverage, a new television series, has started on (TNT Turner Network Television). The first episode was December 7th and the second started airing on the 9th. Don't worry about missing them--they're going to be repeated dozens of times---this is TNT, after all.

The production values on the show are pretty good. The pilot, The Nigerian Job, ran commercial free, which was certainly nice. Sponsored by Hyundai. Thanks, Hyundai!

The series follows a team of thieves, hackers and grifters who act as modern-day Robin Hoods, taking revenge against those who use power and wealth to victimize others. The show stars Timothy Hutton as Nate Ford, the team leader. The premise of the show is that all the team members except Hutton are lone-wolf type high caliber thieves and Hutton is a guy that used to work tracking them down. However due to a setback in Hutton's life---his son died--he's emotionally distraught and on the sidelines. In the first episode events occur to glue these disparate folk together into a team.

Does it work? I liked the first two thirds of the pilot quite a bit. It's an old formula but it works. The last third was really stupid--but I still liked it. The actors work well together and there's a reason this type of formula works in television and movies, we want to see the little guy win against powerful bad men. And that's what this show will deliver to us. I say, bring it on.

The first episode featured Saul Rubinek as the guest star and he did a great job. He was very believable on both sides of the line.


GA Girl said…
I love Saul Rubinek, his acting, I mean...
Bob-kat said…
I like the premise this series is based on and it's nice to think that the little guy could win occasionally (as I am one!). I shall have to check it out.

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