Leverage: The Ice Man Job
April 18, 2020 9:41 PM - Season 2, Episode 8 - Subscribe

With Sophie gone, Parker and Hardison must assume new roles to recover a cache of stolen diamonds and help an innocent man accused of the crime.

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posted by porpoise (9 comments total)
Loved both Parker's flashback to not being great as a 'dame' and the bullshit associated with being in one, and (everyone) consulting with a recused Sophie.

S: "ParkerParker, relax. It's fine, listen. Go to Nate's storage cupboard and you're going to find a sexy little minidress and my emergency Jimmy Chu's."
P: "Jimmy who? You have a body in Nate's closet?!" -with the greatest smile on her face.

Aldis Hodge's accent - how was that? Terrible on purpose and gets increasingly bad? The look on Eliot's face when "my bodyguard's a mute."

Another silly episode, but great that everyone's again out of their comfort zone character.
posted by porpoise at 10:44 PM on April 18, 2020 [1 favorite]

Kung Fu Monkey blog - LEVERAGE #208 "The Ice Man Job" Post-Game: "Some people had pointed out that Hardison, when playing a character, tends to go a bit over the top. Our answer to that is: "Absolutely." That's intentional, and this was our chance to pay that off. There's a big difference between being able to fast talk your way out of a two minute confrontation and the long con. Sophie's skill is that of a good intelligence agent working an informer. She can read moods, knows exactly when to lay it on and back it off, can adapt on the fly and most of all make the mark always feel that he's the one in charge without ever letting the mark be in charge. Grifter, hitter, hacker, thief -- they all have Thief 101 skills, but when they're a man down, it shows. It's not only important for the show premise on a meta-level to reset this idea occasionally, but worth reminding us there's a reason the characters stick together -- they've never had anyone to cover their blind spots before, and the work they're doing now is a level of artistry (and emotional satisfaction, although they'd never admit it) they've never approached on their own."
posted by oh yeah! at 4:07 AM on April 19, 2020

emotional satisfaction, although they'd never admit it

Just give it a season or two
posted by jeather at 8:28 PM on April 19, 2020

Wait. We’re getting more?
posted by rewil at 5:24 PM on April 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

That's wonderful news!

Had no idea that 'The Librarians' were by the same production company. I was highly amused by the movies and followed the show briefly (but it ended up aimed at younger audiences) and recall Kane as a regular and him being reunited by Riesgraf.

I'm impressed that they got the crew (minus Hutton) to tentatively agree to return, despite having other obligations.
posted by porpoise at 6:55 PM on April 22, 2020

I'd feel better about this news if John Rogers was show runner of the reboot rather than just consulting (@jonrog1 tweet: "I'd note the article should have covered that fact that while Dean is running the whole joint and @ChrDowney and I are consulting, the actual day to day showrunner is the amazing @NobleRorick, who was on THE LIBRARIANS, and it could not be in better hands.")

I enjoyed The Librarians when it started, but thought it got worse as it went along, and I'm pretty sure the decline coincided with when Rogers was less involved with the production. I can't imagine that a Leverage reboot is going to be able to live up to the original without the same team behind the camera let alone in front of the camera, seems like trying to catch lightning in a bottle.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:30 PM on April 22, 2020

lightning in a bottle.

I like Wyle's energy - but haven't seen him in anything recently - and it might be enough (huh, I thought he'd be younger than the crew, but he's older than everyone but Bellman).

If they try to go with more of the same, it's probably not going to be great. If they somehow grow the characters during the intervening time off-screen and creatively update the cons...?
posted by porpoise at 7:48 PM on April 22, 2020

Oh wow, I JUST watched the first couple of episodes of the Librarians and... it's not nearly as good as Leverage, but a magical caper show (with Christopher Kane, so I can pretend it's Angel or Leverage, great) was exactly what I needed today.
posted by jeweled accumulation at 10:01 PM on April 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

Finally got back to this show, gonna try to catch up. Enjoyed everyone calling Sophie for sure. Pretty decent episode, nice to see some switch ups.
posted by ODiV at 5:29 PM on May 12, 2020

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