Sunday, December 07, 2008

Thoughts on the show: Leverage

Sunday night was the premiere of John Rogers' Leverage on TNT.

Overall I liked it. It had a leap in logic or two but I really like the cast and it's got a terrific flow. It's not boring, which is key.


If somebody in the states bought the rights to the BBC show Hustle and Americanized it, that show would look an awful lot like this, but not quite as good and with fewer explosions.

I love Hustle. LOVE IT. And Leverage didn't quite have that fun spark Hustle's got. And it had this weird scene where the FBI guys didn't seem to know what they were supposed to be doing.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, this didn't seem as clean and polished as Hustle. Leverage shows promise, but felt a little unsure of itself at times.

On the other hand, it does have Christian Kane being awesome. And it does have explosions and gun battles and clever ruses.

And it was a pilot so I have to cut it some slack because shows need to find their way over time.

Maybe part of my issue is that the pilot wasn't so much about leverage as it was about revenge, so the capers the team of criminals pulls in the future will likely be somewhat different from this one. An interesting choice for a pilot.

So because of explosions and good characters and because I do so love a good heist show, I'm giving Leverage a solid B.


  1. Dang it, I knew I was forgetting something when I lift for work this evening. I was going to add "Leverage" to my DVR to-do list!

    Thanks for the review - now let's see if I can catch that premiere episode in reruns or online...

  2. Emily, thought you might be interested in this interview I did with the creators. Especially as it's writer-centric.

  3. Excellent interview. Thanks for sharing it.


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