TNT's "Leverage" , Hot Series with Timothy Hutton Drops on DVD 7/14; Season 2 Premieres 7/15
Bet you haven’t heard of or seen Leverage on TNT! Most people I talked to about this series hadn’t seen it, but if you trust my reviews, this is one that 1) you should be watching/dvr-ing and 2) buying Season One DVD
TNT set Tuesday nights on fire in early 2009 with the launch of thisfast-paced drama series starring Oscar winner Timothy Hutton. Dropping Season 2 in summer 09, the gang is back with more elaborate scams designed to exact revenge against those who use power and wealth to victimize people.
Hutton stars as Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator determined to bring down the kind of corrupt bigwigs whose neglect led to the death of his son. To exact revenge and help prevent others from his own personal suffering which cost him his marriage as well and distilled a well-oiled drinking problem, Ford puts together a crack team of “operatives” that are in the formative stages of team-building which include:
Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane – TNT’s Into the West), a “retrieval specialist” with bone-crunching fighting skills (far left)
Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman – Coupling), a grifter who uses her acting skills to corner her marks;
Parker (Beth Riesgraf – Alvin and the Chipmunks), a slightly off-center thief adept at repelling off buildings or squeezing into tight places.
Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge – Friday Night Lights), a gadget and technology wizard who keeps the team connected and informed.
Together, the team puts their energy, quick minds and keen intellects toward securing justice for society’s underdogs– but the interesting part of the series are their quirky and off-kilter personalities that show the dark underbelly of the blender that life has put them each through and how it colors their perceptions of the cases, their boss, and the jobs they do.
Hardison and Parker playing FBI agents– for a short time till the real FBI agents show up.
The LEVERAGE The First Season DVD includes all 13 episodes with audio commentary, along with deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the show, the cameras, stunt fighting and the show’s renewal, plus Beth Riesgraf’s Crazy Actress Spoof. Arriving just in time for the premiere of season two on TNT, the four-disc set will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S.
LEVERAGE The First Season is presented in widescreen with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround. Every episode includes audio commentary and the DVD disc breakdown is as follows:
The Nigerian Job
The Homecoming Job
The Wedding Job
The Nigerian Job Clip
The Snow Job
The Mile High Job
The Miracle Job
The Two-Horse Job
The Bank Shot Job
The Stork Job
The Juror #6 Job
The 12-Step Job
The First David Job
The Second David Job
Bonus Features:Leverage: Behind the Scenes
Anatomy of a Stunt Fight
The Cameras of Leverage
Leverage Gets Renewed
Beth Riesgraf’s Crazy Actress Spoof
“Nathan Ford” and “Eliot Spencer”
The series is a bit formulaic for the first couple episodes but increasingly builds as the cast digs deeper into their characters and their flaws, agendas and past come back into play. By the last disc, you are hooked on this great series and I was sad to see it end. Thankfully it’s coming back on 7/15 @ 9 PM on TNT to lead into Deep Blue with Dylan McDermott in the 10 PM spot!
Buy this set now, get busy settling into the couch watching it and you will be entirely ready for this new season!