Leverage: Redemption: The Card Game Job
July 11, 2021 3:26 PM - Season 1, Episode 6 - Subscribe

The Leverage team dives into the world of a high fantasy collectible card game with a devoted following to take down a pharmaceutical bad boy who is price-gouging drugs to fund his own house of cards.
posted by oh yeah! (11 comments total)
 
Hmm. Another one that didn't really land for me. Nate's tragic backstory was always my least favorite element of Leverage:TOS, so having Sophie take it over by proxy felt kinda 'eh' for me. And Breanna's whole impassioned speech to the game inventor felt too on the nose.

Decent fight scene for Eliot. Not sure what they were going for with Sophie's initially bad-acting read of the sonnet. They've kind of dropped her whole backstory of her being the world's greatest actress when she's running a grift and the worst actress when performing for real; I assumed because it was resolved in the Leverage:TOS finale, so there didn't seem any reason for her to ham it up in starting the sonnet if the goal was to keep the game inventor's attention.
posted by oh yeah! at 3:54 PM on July 11, 2021 [1 favorite]


I described this villain to my spouse as "Martin Shkreli with a single serial number filed off." I think of the high-value card as being like the Wu-Tang Clan album...
posted by brainwane at 5:16 PM on July 11, 2021 [3 favorites]


A "ripped from the headlines" plot, with a fake disease.

Breanna channeling Hardison, would have preferred if they went with a different direction with the character, but I understand the desire to fill in for Hodge.

Given the Sophie acting thing too, I wonder how much of the writing team were originalLeveragers/ actually fans of the original show?

Heh, nice GRR Martin sendup by Wyle.

I could really go for a smoked turkey drumstick right about now.
posted by porpoise at 4:19 PM on July 12, 2021 [2 favorites]


OH MY GOSH I just realized the GRRM sendup. THANK YOU. That makes it like a thousand percent funnier. Without that realization I was just "wow, that's a really crappy disguise."
posted by humbug at 6:46 PM on July 12, 2021 [1 favorite]


The beard, gut, glasses, suspenders, etc. were fine - it was the hat that did it for me.
posted by porpoise at 6:54 PM on July 12, 2021


I was enjoying it, silly as it was (very), until Breanna's speech.
posted by jeather at 7:41 PM on July 14, 2021


"I want a castle!" Me too, Parker!

My, quite a coincidence that the actual owner randomly turns up just as they're about to send in a fake?
posted by jenfullmoon at 8:30 PM on July 24, 2021


Yeah, I honestly kind of expected French's character to be running a con of his own to get the fancy-ass special card for whatever reasons. This one didn't land that great - I wonder if it's whether or not the initial harm informs the con (like last week) or if it's just an excuse to go after the baddies?
posted by Kyol at 6:22 AM on July 28, 2021


Not sure what they were going for with Sophie's initially bad-acting read of the sonnet. They've kind of dropped her whole backstory of her being the world's greatest actress when she's running a grift and the worst actress when performing for real

I read it as "Yay!! I get to be a real actress", which she is terrible at, then "Oh, this is interesting. I need to focus on getting the information to Parker right now.", which is part of being the Brain of the outfit, which she is really good at.
posted by Mogur at 4:46 PM on August 20, 2021 [1 favorite]


Was cackling the whole time Wylie was prancing around with his thumb in his suspenders, and then French Stewart shows up like he's fresh off the set of Doctor Strange.

Not sure about the whole "every drug company is sitting on the cures for diseases" thing, it's a little too horse-paste-y for me.

(For those of you reading this in the archives years from now: in the last half of the year 2021, some people think that the cure for COVID is to ingest deworming paste made for horses, because reasons. Not the multiple safe, clinically-proven vaccines. No, we don't get it, either.)
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 7:17 PM on August 30, 2021 [1 favorite]


Not sure about the whole "every drug company is sitting on the cures for diseases" thing, it's a little too horse-paste-y for me.

That is actually the origin story for United Therapeutics: the firm was started when the owner of Sirius Radio discovered her daughter's illness could have been cured but the big pharmaceutical firms had no interest in developing cures for illnesses which were so rare. So she got the funding and started a company focusing on those kind of treatments.

As a result, I really enjoyed seeing the Shkreli guy go down.
posted by suelac at 10:02 PM on October 19, 2021


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