Leverage: The Maltese Falcon Job (Season Finale)
May 18, 2020 12:21 PM - Season 2, Episode 15 - Subscribe

The team is trying to take down a corrupt local mayor, even with the stakes rising to dangerous levels.

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posted by porpoise (9 comments total)
Richard Kind was a good casting choice for shifty mayor.

I though that it was going to be too deus ex Sophie, but Tara's explanation was ok. Parker's "haha, yes that was silly."

Overall, thought that the writers leaned a little too hard on Jeri Ryan's physical appearance all season.
posted by porpoise at 1:16 PM on May 18, 2020

Kung Fu Monkey - LEVERAGE #214 & #215 Post-Game:
"Actually started plotting this two-parter out fully knowing the last scene of the season. Nate Ford has been saying "I'm not a thief" for two years, and eventually that sort of denial is going to catch up with you. To a great degree, Nate's angst first season was caused because he can not accept he's not who he used to be. Nate has issues second season because he can not accept what he has become. I'm always a little confused by the people who called this a "cliffhanger" season finale. Absolutely wrong. As always, if the season ender wound up being the last episode of Leverage ever made, it would be a satisfying ending to the show. Nate Ford, finally accepting who he is, bleeding out on the deck for his new, broken family -- I could have finished the series there and been ridiculously happy. But then we never would have gotten to meet Nate Ford's dad, and that would be a shame."

LEVERAGE #215 "The Maltese Falcon Job" Answers:
*Question: what was the impetus for calling this ep The Maltese Falcon Job?
*Rogers: The Maltese Falcon is all about making bad deals with bad people, deciding who to send down for the crime, and ships. It just struck me as a whim, and I went with it.

posted by oh yeah! at 3:54 PM on May 18, 2020

I don't really understand why Rogers didn't understand why people thought this was a cliffhanger of a finale. I mean, I get why it could work as a series finale if the show is all about Nate's character development. But it's an ensemble show, so, ending it with everyone scattered and betrayed, and Nate either dying or off to prison; if they hadn't gotten renewed for S3 this ending would have been infuriating to me.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:01 PM on May 18, 2020 [3 favorites]

I've been watching this series for the first time, and I just finished this season today, so I was excited to see this post.

This episode's elevator sequence was a complete delight. No tech, no skill, just ordinary tomfoolery (and taking staircases at an impressive pace!). I love all the fun this show has with elevators.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 7:59 PM on May 18, 2020 [2 favorites]

Hah, Nate running stairs and manually hacking the elevator was a wow/ wtf. That Jim Sterling ended up "wth, elevator's borked/ Nate is fucking with me" and just taking it in stride was awesome.
posted by porpoise at 10:42 PM on May 18, 2020

Welcome! mixmetaphors
posted by porpoise at 10:47 PM on May 18, 2020

I somehow doubt they exist in the same universe but I did wonder if Nate was inspired by this man
posted by Naanwhal at 6:14 AM on May 19, 2020

There's seasons 4, 5, and 6 (the final, unless the rumours of a revival for 7 occurs) remaining.

Anyone still interested in discussing?

Anything in the remaining seasons to discuss, or are season-spanning threads sufficient?

I'm still watching through. But inclined to binge/ have it on background.
posted by porpoise at 10:02 PM on May 26, 2020

Season threads are probably for the best, all things considered. (It's 3, 4, & 5 left to go though, the revival/reboot would be 6th)
posted by oh yeah! at 4:53 AM on May 27, 2020

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