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Thoughts on LEVERAGE

January 10th, 2010 (11:04 pm)
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So I started watching LEVERAGE (thank you streaming Netflix). It's not my type of show, but I see why it's caught on with fandom, because the cast and characters are winning enough. Well, sort of; I quite like Hardison, Parker, and Eliot, and would happily watch their show, but could care less about Nate and Sophie, despite quite liking Gina Bellman. The show feels too much like TV to me -- too stagey, too formulaic, too smug and sure of itself. It doesn't have a sense of tension, which is sad because the terrific pilot did. Seriously, I know it's hard to do plots and cons and switchbacks on a weekly basis, but the pilot really felt like its own nifty animal, while the series feels like the inevitable TV knockoff. I think Livia nailed it ages ago when she said that it felt like the show jumped to happy and shiny too soon; the characters don't feel like real individuals so much as they feel like individuals whose first obligation is insuring the perpetuation of the TV series. Which, of course, they are, but it shouldn't be so transparent.

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Posted by: madripoor_rose (madripoor_rose)
Posted at: January 11th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)

It's fluff. It's decent fluff, but that's all it is...with a few fandom points for the black guy being the computer geek instead of the muscle, and the tiny blonde girl being the psycho.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: January 12th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)

Fluff seems an accurate description. It's weird, because the pilot *wasn't.*

Posted by: beamjockey (beamjockey)
Posted at: January 11th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)

I find it staggering that a man of your sophistication writes "I could care less."

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: January 12th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)

It is true! I could!

Not *much,* admittedly, but...

Posted by: beamjockey (beamjockey)
Posted at: January 11th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
zeusaphone. rockin'

Have you seen the similar UK import Hustle, which aired on AMC in the States?

It goes straight back to Maurer's The Big Con, and makes you like it.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: January 12th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)

I've seen a few episodes. It did the gimmick much much better.

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