Leverage Review: Like All Good Things...

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Just a few days ago TNT announced the end of Leverage. The proverbial silver lining tot his sad announcement?

Creator Dean Devlin saw the writing on the wall and "The Long Goodbye Job" was written to end the series just in case events went as they did. The news couldn't have come as a shock to the producer because in my interview with Devlin he stated this episode was always the way he had seen the series ending.

The Final Job

Devlin found the best way possible to pen both a series finale and keep open the possibility of a sixth season:

You wrap up Nate’s story, as he was the core of the pilot and the man who brought everyone together. I’ve know that Parker had been evolving over the last few seasons and even more so over the last three episodes, but I would not have pegged her as the new leader. 

That said, it’s obvious when you look at how much Parker has taken the lead. From last year’s episode with just Hardison, Eliot and her to this year’s installment with her broken leg, Parker has been point more times that we realize - and done well doing so.

My only disappointment with the finale was not finding out Sophie’s real name. Sure, Nate used "Laura" when he proposed, but she fairly quickly reminded him that it wasn't her real name. Not that we will ever find out, but I still believe she really does come from royalty and that we saw a peek of it in "The King George Job."

Finally, while it is sad that TNT decided not to renew the show, maybe we will get a New Year’s miracle and someone else will pick it up. Given than Devlin’s Electric Entertainment produces it, I’m guessing there is a very tiny chance it could find a new network. But I’m not holding my breath. Mr. Devlin, it's been a lot of fun, I look forward to your next project. 

In conclusion, thank you for joining us here on TV Fanatic. I have loved reviewing the show for the last two-plus years. We hope you continue to come back for all the new mid-season shows starting in January. For the finale, I give it 5 super criminals who stole our heart each week. 

Review

Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 (95 Votes)

Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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why wouldnt tnt renew leverage idiots this episode was the best from beginning to end the best finale i ever saw.

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TNT YOU SUCK FOR TAKING LEVERAGE OFF THE AIR!!!!

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I loved this episode. It was an amazing series finale one of the best I've seen. When the agent lady who's name I can't remember asked Nate how his friends died I knew that none of them were dead because that would be no way to end this show. I loved the way they faked their deaths it was something they would do. I loved how sterling was the one who let them in to get the black book. I loved Nate's proposal to Sophie and that Parker said he had to say the words. I didn't see Parker being the new leader I thought it would of probably of been Eliot but Parker is a good choice and she's made so much progress since season one but she's also still her which is what I love about her they made her go through so much and having her change to becoming more normal and like everyone else but also making it so she is still her like loving to jump off of buildings and saying weird things. I'm so sad it has ended but it ended great and I'm happy with this ending. I wish it had gotten renewed because I would love to see a whole season with just Parker, hardison, and Eliot their my favorite and I think it would of been a really fun and amazing season. So sad to see a great show go.

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I had some genuine issues with this episode, the biggest one is that I felt the audience got conned and not in a good way by the opening. We all knew that this was the series finale, and with the opening as set up with Sam's (Nate's son) doctor, I felt that it was a fitting way to close the loop. Having it be part of the initial con felt really cheap, and I have trouble accepting that Nate would invoke the memory of his dead son in that way. Also, setting up Parker as the heir apparent felt shoehorned in. She's had tremendous growth over the series it's true, but Hardison's had a much greater role in planning overall in the series. Finally, Nate saying Sophie's 'real' name in the proposal felt natural and touching, and using it as a final "just kidding" gag felt, again, cheap. Loved the series overall, but I think there's been a general decline the last two "seasons". Still sorry to see it go, but it's probably for the best.

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One thing I missed last night..did the sick kid from the opening live? What happened there? The rest of it? Excellent and then some. Well written, well performed. Terrible shame.

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So sad this had to end but what a great ending. I too would have loved to learn Sophie real name and if Parker has a full name. I love the growth of Parker all season so I loved that she was the new leader at the end. The whole ending scene with Nate proposing and everyone saying goodbye like only these guys can had me in tears. I also hope some one else will pick this show up. You don't see many shows like this anymore. I love the characters and the chemistry they had together was amazing. It was a great ride.

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I can't believe it's over!?! It's my favorite show and I just started watching back in the spring. I hate to see it go and they keep putting trash on!

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Nice job on the review Jim, the only thing, there were two quotes I liked that didn't make your list and they were both between Hardison and Elliot. 1. Hardison (in reference to Parker): Twenty pounds of crazy.
Elliot: Nine pound bag. 2. Hardison: Did Elliot make it?
Elliot: Here I am. Age of the geek, brother. I, too, will miss this show. I'm just wondering something Jim, if they keep canceling shows you review, what are you going to do? Eureka ended in July, and now Leverage. I like your reviews so I hope you don't get cancelled too. :)

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Wonderful Finale. Sorry to see the crew go. They complimented each other and made us smile, always. Intriguing jobs, intricate relationships, just wonderful. Thank you for a couple of pleasant years of TV, pure entertainment. No ugliness, understated violence, overstated romance, just lovely.

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Loved the fake out at the beginning had me going for a bit, and I loved all the references to the first episode in Nate's retelling of events. Really gonna miss this show hope USA grabs it.

Leverage Season 5 Episode 15 Quotes

Sterling: What you were doing, back in the room, where did you learn to act like that?
Nate: Sophie. She really helped me. She's directing now. She found her calling.

I've seen Sophie Devereaux play a dozen people.... drunk.

Sterling
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