Leverage: Season 5, Episode 15

The Long Good-bye Job (25 Dec. 2012)

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Nate takes the team on one of its most dangerous missions, a con related to the death of his son.

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When Nate takes a case linked to his son's death, he leads the team into their riskiest and deadliest con. Written by TNT Publicity

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The (terrible) performance that Sophie acts out on stage during this episode is the very same (terrible) performance as she is doing when the crew first meet her, in the series premiere. See more »

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Season 5: Falls awkwardly between sparky fun and cloying melodrama and never really does as well as it should
10 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have stuck with this show for the duration because my partner really enjoys it and, to be honest, when the show is on good form I also find it very enjoyable easy viewing. The fourth season in particular seemed to get the tone just right, producing caper/con plots that were fun while all the actors had a twinkle in their eyes that let us know not to take it too seriously; at the same time the script had plenty of funny and clever lines and ideas that worked very well. So, although I knew going in that the show had been cancelled, I was looking forward to the fifth season with the hope it could keep this up.

The move of the team to Portland as a base gave me hope, since it was a nice in-joke to actually put the characters in the city that the production has been filmed in for several seasons but calling it everything from New York to Dubai! This was tempered by the decision to not have a title sequence, which meant that each episode jumps right into the cloying sentimental plot device without having the sparky upbeat credit sequence to lift the mood. This doesn't sound important but it does make a difference – particularly when this season doesn't manage to have that fun spark to it as consistently as it needed to. It has its moments and in most episodes there are at least a few chuckles or good lines but generally the spark just isn't there for too much of the time. It still makes for decent light entertainment though and I quite liked the majority of the episodes but I was disappointed about how passively I was able to watch it – it was there, I was there but it didn't grab me and it didn't lift me. It is a solid season don't get me wrong, but this very "solid" delivery of a rather straightforward product is part of the reason I'm not too sad to see it conclude – it is a show that really needed to have a base of fun and wit (like Psych) but while it has moments it doesn't make it consistent.

The cast don't seem to be enjoying it as much, although perhaps this is down to the material not giving them as much to play with? As usual none of them can deal too well with the more solemn or melodramatic parts of every episode or of their own character, but all of them are better when they get some slicker and fun material. As a team I will miss them because when they had the material they were very good with it, but here they just didn't get it as much as they should have done. They do have some nice jokes but not enough. I did appreciate the sci-fi in-jokes associated with Frakes directing and I also liked that the plots seemed to occasionally be drawn from real life; so for example the episode on cheer-leading being a sport or not is a real thing and the episode featuring a Walmart-style chain is nice, but it doesn't have as much teeth as the idea suggests it will. Ironically, the final episode is the one that gets the mix right – it has a great plot, nice twists, nice humor and the sentimental parts actually work pretty well.

So the show ends with a season that is typical for it unfortunately. It is solid but not remarkable, entertaining but in a "light" way and it shows the strengths of the show without ever really making the most of them. I will miss the show for its "light" and easy entertainment value, but it is hardly something that does enough to engage me or thrill me.


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