This season started out with a great setup for the recurring bad guy of Damien Moreau. It then drifted into ignoring him for weeks.
The final two episodes of season three featured some of the best writing, directing and acting we have seen all year, starting from the very beginning when we found out Eliot used to work for Moreau.
That was followed by Eliot not only using a gun, but sliding across the warehouse with bullets flying around was the coolest stunt the show has done this season. I really like how much we learned about Eliot; what he is capable of, how far he has come, and how truly loyal he is to Nate and the team.One of my favorite points in this finale was that there were so many references to earlier episodes that would not be as funny, touching, or surprising had you not seen the whole season. By far, my favorite was when Parker announced she was craving “pretzels.”
For those of you who don’t remember, "The Double Blind Job" ended with Parker chickening out on telling Hardison that she really wanted to be close to him and instead saying she wanted this snack.
Some of the other details from this season the finale mentioned included:
- Manticore, the software that Damien used to find the General.
- The account numbers that Nate got during the fall season finale.
- The job stealing-information from Hot Italian Chick (HIC).
Just a couple of minor hiccups to mention:
First, after the pretzel comment on the train, nothing further was said or done between Hardison and Parker. Boooooooo! Second, Moreau called Nate by "Ford" on the balcony and in the President’s office, yet he was yelling “who are you!” when Nate and HIC were leaving.
As HIC had been sold out from her office (thus why she was captured), you have to assume that he meant Nate.
I really felt like these two episodes helped all of the crew grow as a team and as people. When Nate asked, with a heartfelt request, for the team’s help to take down Moreau, I nearly cried. When Eliot looked at Parker when the General asked if he would leave any of his team behind, again I could see the loyalty in his eyes and I grinned to myself.
And the icing on the Leverage cake had to be Sophie and Nate waking up in bed together. Granted, they both had a look like they didn’t remember agreeing to be in bed naked(ish) together, so we know which way they will go with the story in season four. But I expect it will be a fun ride.
Overall, this made up for the less than stellar September finale. A big thank you to Dean Devlin for tweeting back then that these three episodes (last week's and these two) would be coming, as they really did end the show on a high note.
See you all in the summer for season four. Happy holidays!
Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.