Leverage: Redemption is a show that fans of the original series will be over the moon thrilled about as it captures the same essence.
Leverage is one of the best television series out there — let’s be honest. It mixes crime, drama, and humor, all into a cohesive series that just gets better and better over time. So when it ended, I was devastated. But now it is back in a new series called Leverage: Redemption that feels exactly like the good old days. Fans of the original series will be over the moon with it — and new fans just might find themselves going back and watching the older seasons.
What Works With Leverage: Redemption
The best part about this new series is that it is very similar to the original in terms of the story telling. It is obvious right from the start, thanks the score and cinematography, that this is a Leverage series. It picks up years later and does a great job of quickly explaining what everyone has been up to, and why Nathan Ford is no longer a part of the team.
Speaking of that, the entire cast does a fantastic job at picking up these roles like they never left. Christian Kane as Eliot Spencer, Gina Bellman as Sophie Devereoux, Aldis Hodge as Alec Hardison, and Beth Riesgraf as Parker — each and every one of them is FANTASTIC and helps to suck viewers back into the incredible world of Leverage.
The plot of each episode feels very similar, and is a perfect fit into this universe. The team is working together to run a con and take down the rich and powerful that use what they have to take advantage of those that don’t have it. I found myself on the edge of my seat throughout them all — and of course, laughing my butt off at time too. It was so good to see them all back together again.
Honestly, it make me want to binge the original series again when I finished Redemption. These people are like a family, and if they don’t get along this well in real life, it would be a complete shock to me because they certainly have chemistry on the screen.
What Doesn’t Work With Leverage: Redemption
The one issue I have with the show is that Timothy Hutton’s absence is felt. Of course I understand why he isn’t there, and they do a great job of addressing the impact that the character had on the rest of the team, but it just takes a while to get used to him not being there. That said, they do bring on some new team members that help to fill those shoes, and by episode three, I wasn’t thinking about it anymore.
This is a major props to the rest of the cast for embracing each other, and the return of this show. Because of that, and the way the writers address Nathan’s not being there, it is something that viewers can get over quick enough to enjoy the show as a whole.
Leverage: Redemption is so much FUN! This show will suck fans back into the amazing world of Leverage where the team works together to take down rich bad guys. The cons are a blast and trying to figure out the real plan never gets old! This series is very reminiscent of the original and the cast does an incredible job of reprising these roles. It is just like they never left. Bring on more Leverage please! It was greatly missed.
About Leverage: Redemption
The rich and powerful take what they want, and the Leverage team is back to take them down. Sophie Devereaux (The Grifter), Parker (The Thief), Eliot Spencer (The Hitter), and Alec Hardison (The Hacker) have watched the world change over the last eight years. It’s become easier, and sometimes legal, for the rich to become richer and the powerful to squash anyone who gets in their way. The Leverage team finds new blood in Harry Wilson, a corporate lawyer who is looking for redemption after realizing he’s been sitting on the wrong side of the table for his entire career, and Breanna Casey, Hardison’s foster sister who has a knack for computers, robotics, and getting into trouble.
In this new world, our team will use their collective skills to take down a new kind of villain – from the man who created an opioid crisis from the comfort of his boardroom, to the couple who prefers to deport workers instead of paying them, to the shadowy security firm that helps hide dangerous secrets for a price. When someone needs help, we provide…Leverage.
Leverage: Redemption Episode Descriptions
101 – The Too Many Rembrandts Job
When the team comes together to help Sophie, they intercept guilt-ridden corporate fixer Harry and decide to help him take down an evil billionaire making money on the back of an opioid crisis.
102 – The Panamanian Monkeys Job
With a new team member on board plus the arrival of Hardison’s genius foster sister, the team heads to Panama to pull an elaborate heist before an evil billionaire can get his money and flee to a non-extradition country.
103 – The Rollin’ on the River Job
The Leverage team takes on a greedy riverboat casino owner before he can bulldoze the homes of longtime New Orleans natives for his planned expansion.
104 – The Tower Job
One member of the team seeks redemption and justice by convincing Leverage to con a developer out of an entire luxury apartment building.
105 – The Paranormal Hacktivity Job
When a woman believes she is being haunted and runs from her home in terror, Sophie leads Breanna and Parker through a con to convince the two real estate scammers responsible to target Leverage HQ.
106 – The Card Game Job
The Leverage team dives into the world of a high fantasy collectible card game with a devoted following to take down a pharmaceutical bad boy who is price-gouging drugs to fund his own house of cards.
107 – The Double-Edged Sword Job
The team takes on a brilliant software developer who is selling a groundbreaking facial recognition system that threatens everyone’s privacy except his own.
108 – The Mastermind Job
Sophie must keep her feelings in check when she discovers that someone, casting himself as Nate, has written a memoir about the team, which leads an exiled criminal to kidnap Harry and “Fake Nate” and forces the Leverage team to pull a heist.
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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Hollywood Critics Association and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.