So, the Internet finally stayed up long enough for me to get this week’s Leverage downloaded from iTunes. The season finale, the series finale.
So. Some random, slightly coherent thoughts, to go with my earlier slightly coherent post about the decision to end the series now.
No surprise in how things ended – I guessed going into the season that Hutton wouldn’t be staying, and the way they’d set it up, it made sense that Nate & Sophie would get their into-the-sunset, while the “kids” took over. Seriously, if you didn’t see that coming you were watching a different season than I was….
And I figured, when they set it up to be A and then threw in B being in the building, that we were really looking at B. And then…. Well, and then they caught me out, because while I knew Nate was playing the long game, I hadn’t realized it had been a long game with the final goal already played (a specific target in mind as well as a specific end-result of graduating the kids).
I’m not crazy about a few of the ways they pulled off the two-sided story tape (specifically, Parker and Nate on the roof figuring logistics was a nice scene but didn’t work into the second side of the tape and therefore felt off, plus the other Interpolies would have noticed three new players in their midst, especially in an understaffed office), but it would be wrong to quibble details about such an otherwise well-played con. Besides, if you start checking the underpinnings of a caper, it all falls apart. The trick is to keep things moving, never let anyone have time to stop and think*.
(I particularly liked the understudy dodge. I was totally caught on that one).
Oh, and Elliot's face when he gets "shot." BRILLIANT.
Also: Sterling! Sterling who totally knew the con was on, and was more fascinated with the how than the actual crimes… ah, James, you’re halfway to screwed and you can’t really bring yourself to care. Bankers? Brokers? Fuck 'em, so long as you don't get any serious shit on your shoes. That’s why we love you, you utter selfish bastard.
God, I wish they COULD get their hands on those files.
And the ending…yeah. The final use of the overhead shot was a gift and a knife-turn. Lovely pain. Nate and Sophie are still both emotionally stunted, but they've learned each other's shorthand by now. And aw, Parker. I loved you as a socially stunted, emotionally warped thrill-seeker, and I love you as a semi-functional, if slightly skewed, well, thrill-seeker. Be well. Do good. Be Parker. Don’t let the boys make things too complicated. Remember, Plans A-D are probably going to fail. M is the one where Hardison dies. Don’t use that one.
And now we have no more Leverage. And I has a sad.
*perks up* Fanfic?
*not that this will stop us. I mean, we've got nuthin' but time, now. *sniffle*
- Providing Leverage (first thoughts on the season/series finale)