Leverage?!

Jul. 8th, 2010 07:14 pm
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I just marathoned through the first two seasons of Leverage.

I love it.

It's a silly, but clever rendition of "The A-Team", only with less smoking and more drinking.

Watching it on the week of Torchwood's "Deathversary" is meaningful.

I watched CoE three times in a row the week after it came out. Yeah, like that. And I haven't watched it since. I thought I could, but I can't. It's going to have to wait when I have the energy for a proper Torchwood re-watch.

I realised that despite my focus being on Jack and Ianto, watching the program, I mostly enjoyed the group dynamic. The different and clashing personalities interact and not to mention, the underlying darkness (at times overt, most of the time subverted) is something I need in a show and most television shows simply don't deliver.

I began watching White Collar and kind of lost interest along the way, I like Neal and Peter and El as the OT3 of awesome. But the Kate side-plot really didn't grab me and I'm more interested in Moz than in Neal. Also, the whole procedural thing... not as interesting as it used to be.
Still, pretty clothes and pretty people.
I'll keep watching, as many smart people are enjoying it.

Enter Leverage.

I happened to catch an ep on television about a week ago, an early second season episode which I later realised was the "The Tap Out Job", yes violence on teevee captures my imagination.
The characters are fascinating, I like team work and dynamics, I really like the fact that they work outside the law and their ethics are sticky and tricky.

Hearing Christian Kane speak Hebrew to Noa Tishby in "The Two Live Crew Job" episode was pure gold. GOLD. Just, what the fuck man... give up some phlegm baby!
He has got the best hair EVAR.
Also, so many genre actors? Armin Shimerman, Jeri Ryan, Brent Spiner, Wil Wheaton?! Seriously.

By the way, if I could spend some quality time with Hardison my life would be complete! Doctor Who FTW!

Any way, I've just finished the first two seasons, I'm quite happy that I'll soon be caught up and be able to do what I usually do... lurk around fandom and maybe participate in Meta.
Although I'm kind of itching for a Torchwood/Leverage crossover.
Seriously, what is with all the SPN crossovers? Since when did that become a Fandom Bicycle.

As per usual there are problems, what with the clishes, stereotyping, Happy End mentality and just plain WTF plot lines (which I love), still there is underlying darkness that is at times overt.
Parker is fascinating and kinda gay (I get bi vibes from her), which is something I don't see a whole lot of fandom talking about, though I've seen the femmslash, though it seems that there is more het and slash (per usual)... but I like that the petite, perky, slightly bonkers and freakishly strong blonde is kinda gay.

I'm not sure if I like Nate. I know I love Eliot, then again, I always like the ones we know the least about - which makes me love Sophie just as much... she's such a Matta Hari...in the best way possible.

Is there more Sterling in season 3? Please say yes!

More Meta and why I like it and how it connects with Torchwood (yeah, I know) once I have gotten completely up to date.

Date: 2010-07-08 07:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silveradept
Not so much at the moment with Sterling. He may show up later, by S3 is moving in circles that Sterling is not likely to show up until the end, where he will steal credit yet again.

You're not supposed to like Nate. He's an effective leader, good at playing the strengths of his team, but he has very little remorse about using people in whatever way he can to get the job done (cf, "The Scheherazade Job", when you get to watching it).

Eliot is definitely worth watching. Even better if you think of him as the character of Lindsey from Angel, just now older, wiser, and much more able to hit people.

I think the Leverage crew and Torchwood would fit nicely together. The question is whether they're working for Jack/Gwen or against him/her.

Also, big yes on the use of recognizable actors (including, yes, much of the Star Trek casts. Evil Wil was just great.)

Date: 2010-07-08 07:33 pm (UTC)
silveradept: A kodama with a trombone. The trombone is playing music, even though it is held in a rest position (Default)
From: [personal profile] silveradept
Yes, the hair is awesome. Christian Kane made a good decision on that one.

Probably a game to play with people at some point - start with an actor's chronologically youngest role, and then construct a narrative that plausibly allows for all of the other roles that they've done through their career, such that they could all be the same person throughout a very busy life.

Date: 2010-07-08 09:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
I'm still watching season 1, one disc at a time through our netflix like service... and still kinda undecided. I enjoy it, but it hasn't really pinged for me yet.

Date: 2010-07-09 02:27 am (UTC)
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I love Hardison and the female characters of this show so much! Eliot is fun, Nate mostly annoys me, but I love Sophie and Parker and Tara and Maggie to death. Quite a few people read Parker as asexual, which is interesting. I'm not sure if I read her that way so much as someone who is just starting to develop a sexuality and is trying on various things (hugging Hardison and Sophie a lot, for example).

Date: 2010-07-09 03:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] torachan
I definitely read Parker as bi after those Tara eps. I really ship Hardison/Parker hard, though.

Date: 2010-07-09 08:39 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] miss_haitch
Eee, I am so fond of Leverage. I find it delightfully geek-friendly. I adore the genre references -- I find them much less intrusive than in things like Joss Whedon shows. And of course I love the characters and their ridiculous interactions!

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on me...an adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.

*KABOOM!*

-"V for Vendetta"

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