Leverage has been a fave show in my house since a romance reader told me about it in a yahoo loop. I’ve always enjoyed it, and I have a blast watching Elliot kick some ass. I have to say that this last season has been a favorite.
First, there’s Parker and Hardison and their relationship. It’s fun to watch him try to lure her into the emotional side of things. As much fun as it is to watch her squirm when she lets him. Funny, they remind me a little of J.D. Robb’s In Death series. Eve is all tough and awkward with most people. Roarke is suave, loves his tech toys and isn’t afraid of making Eve know how he feels. I love that kind of stuff.
Second is Elliot. He’s the kind of character I want to write when I grow up (as a writer). He’s tough, kicks ass, doesn’t waste his words with small talk. His knowledge of weapons and military things is never dull. He is the kind of guy you don’t want to meet in an alley unless he’s on your team. He is also refined in ways you wouldn’t expect – like his knowledge of food and wine and how they play together. And then there’s the way he is when he is dealing with a victim or someone he’s allowed close. He’s gentle, encouraging and supportive.
Nate and Sophie, for me anyway, are like the foster parents who’ve taken on a group of misfit kids and pulled them together. You expect them to be settled, but they’re just as messed up as the kids when it comes to relationships. They have issues with trust on the emotional front, but when it comes to their lives they know who is going to back them up. And they are of course always there when the team needs them.
I was particularly reminded of my love for this show when I watched the first of the 2 part season finale. The show was fast paced, challenging and twisty and filled with action in a way that I’ve been missing. I hope they do more episodes like this one in the next season. Please oh please let them do more like this one.
Leverage is the best ensemble cast I’ve seen in a very long time, but I’m wondering what other shows I’m missing. What is your favorite ensemble show? Why?