The second season of Leverage starts tonight at 9 PM Eastern.
It’s pretty astounding. Timothy Hutton, after interviewing with an insurance company to get back the kind of corporate job he once loved, almost gets hit by a flying car (in a breathtaking movie-level stunt). He rescues the driver and his daughter only to discover that the car had been tampered with and the banker’s briefcase stolen.
After splitting up at the end of last season, the team reunites by accident at one of Sophie’s performances. They’ve been bored over the past six months; helping people was more fun than they realized. In a cute twist, the “bad guys” are now the ones trying to talk Nate into reforming their team to figure out what caused the accident. Watch the clip.
Turns out the con involves federal bank bailouts and mobsters who actually pay their taxes. Because that’s always how they get caught. Great dialogue exchange:
Nate: How do you catch a mobster?
Sophie: Two glasses of Chianti and a story about my grandmother in Sicily.
Nate: How does the government catch a mobster?
About the only thing that made me grumble was how the show has become a little too fond of its one-word descriptors for the team: hitter, hacker, grifter, thief, mastermind. I liked the use in the credits, to bring new viewers up to speed, but having someone actually speak those terms was over the top. And “hitter”? Better than “killer”, I guess.
Here, the team planned carefully to target a particular person, only to discover that they had the wrong leader identified. This isn’t the first time that they’ve had to improvise, thinking on their feet, and those are the best, most creative interactions.
It’s always a pleasure to see Hardison and Parker together, what with their unspoken interest. That they’re dressed as priest and nun is kinky fun. I’d missed all of these characters, and putting them in unusual positions relative to each other — Hardison playing tough guy while Eliot worries about danger, Sophie taking care of Nate while hiding a secret — gives them fresh spark.