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Leverage pilot review

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Leverage


thieves help ordinary folk defeat bigger thieves



Type of Pilot: Comedy; Action;


Similar Shows: Hustle (good crooks cleverly outwit bad crooks), Mission; Impossible (good spies cleverly outwit bad spies), Three (thieves with special talents team up), The A-Team (a mysterious group helps ordinary folk)


The Inner Light: If no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire...


Strengths: Light fun.


Weaknesses: See it before.


Impressive Characters: Nate Ford, the "one honest man" in the group is interesting. His quest to get revenge for the death of his son makes him stand out from the crowd a bit. He's the Jim Phelps of this group, the one with the plan. The rest of them are typical of the characters you find in this kind of thing.


Impressive Actors: Aldis Hodge was the best thing about the pilot. He's cool and all his one-liners hit the mark. He's not the main character here, but he should be. Gina Bellman is also a bit of scene-stealer. She's very sexy and her chemistry with Timothy Hutton is right where it should be.


Less-Than-Impressive Characters: All the characters are typical of what you find in this kind of thing.


Less-Than-Impressive Actors: Christian Kane (one of my favourite actors) seemed curiously off his game in this one, and Beth Riesgraf was the absolute weak link in the cast. I bought none of what she did.


Continuity: Can't imagine that there will be much.


Rewatchability: None.


Three Things I Really Like About This Pilot:


Aldis Hodge

Gina Bellman

Timothy Hutton


Three Things I Really Don't Like About This Pilot:


Christian Kane

Beth Riesgraf

The "twist" halfway through the pilot was predictable.



Miscellaneous Comments:


Exactly what it sounds like. Nothing more, nothing less. Done right, it could be fun.


GRADE: B

1 comment:

r said...

i have a random question. does anyone know the artist singing on the previews for this show? sounds a little like amy winehouse.

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