I decided not to depress myself and watch the series finale of Leverage on Christmas (especially after getting ROYALLY screwed over by the Merlin series finale the night before. What an utter waste of 5 years of my life) so I waited and watched it yesterday morning instead.
I loved it, even if I spent most of the episode saying, "WTF is going on? WTF is going on?" LOL! But hey, that's the sign of a great con, right? :-)
I did a little dance at every reference back to the pilot episode (20 pounds of crazy in a 5 pound bag, the elevator scene and Sophie's stage performance, etc). That was a great nod to us long time fans.
Thank god the secret Nate (and Hardison) have been keeping wasn't something bad, but would have set up another season perfectly. Words can't express how disappointed I am that we won't be getting one.
After watching the finale, I'm now convinced more than ever that The Rundown Job was a trial run to see how the fans would respond to just Parker, Hardison and Eliot working together. And there isn't a person I know who didn't love that episode. In fact it was my favorite of the entire season. So I absolutely believe the show could have gone on successfully with just the three of them. Again, a shame we'll never get to find out.
I was glad for Nate and Sophie at the end and was pleased with how the whole thing about her real name turned out. I was able to hold back the tears until the point where Eliot gets up and says his good-byes. That was it for me, I was done. I have to say, the only thing that made me go, "Hmmm, really"? was the very last scene. Despite Nate and Parker's earlier conversation, I was expecting Hardison to be sitting in that chair. But it was a minor quibble in an otherwise fantastic series finale.
I want to thank Dean Devlin for having the foresight to write an episode that would wrap things up and not leave us all hanging in case renewal didn't come. I can look back on the last 5 years with happiness and not frustration. Leverage was smart, smart television, unlike the drek of reality TV and stupid mindless sitcoms, and it will be greatly missed by millions of people. I'm not holding my breath, but it would be amazing if the push to get it picked up by USA Network does succeed. Because I think Leverage International has a lot of life left in it. :-)
What are YOUR thoughts on The Long Good-bye Job?
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