Rebooting old favorite TV shows is a thing now and Leverage: Redemption season one does this in… mostly a good fashion. From IMDb TV, the show works to make a con cool again.
Leverage: Redemption Season One (2021) IMDb TV Review
One year later. One year of tears and memories… and heartbreak. Sophie (Gina Bellman) is, on this day, remembering and mourning the loss of her soul mate, Nate. She’s enjoyed living without having to con or steal anything for nearly a decade and now she has to find what her new chapter is. However on this anniversary, her best and closest friends, who also happen to be her former associates, won’t let her grieve alone. When Parker and Hardison (Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge) and Eliott(Christian Kane) show up, they somehow talk a reluctant Sophie into doing a quick but simplistic job… you know, just to cheer her up.
Despite being out of the game for years now, Parker and Hardison have built Leverage, where the rich pay for the bad they do, into a multi continent business with teams everywhere. Eliott too continues to protect his found family as they work on each job. But during their one-time, get-Sophie-out-of-her-head outing, they discover that Harry (Noah Wylie), a corporate lawyer, also happens to be attempting a theft at the museum.‘LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION’ SEASON ONE: SEE HOW THE CON RETURNS #TVSHOWS #GOODTV #LEVERAGEREDEMPTION #CHRISTIANKANE #NOAHWYLIE Click To Tweet
It did take me a really long time to finally watch this kind of spin off or a form of renewal for Leverage. Formally on TNT, the show ended years ago with Hardison, Parker and Eliot taking over the reigns while Nate and Sophie went off into the sunset. The season opener establishes some changes right off including the death of a former character and the struggles of Sophie. We learn Parker and Hardison are still a thing, and that Eliot and Parker continue to have their annoyances with each other.
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With the same creator Dean Devlin at the helm, there’s plenty still the “same” about the set up and feel of the show. Still at the same time the new recruits and style of the show does feel a little different. Not always bad, but some of the conclusions or topics will rub some of us the wrong way. Nonetheless mostly things are fun and entertaining just like the established original. There’s plenty of laughs and in spite of the character changes here and there, the feelings between everyone mostly remains the same.
There’s some really good cases and some I don’t care for quite as well. What I love most is that Eliot and Parker are basically the same people. This isn’t something I say as a negative thing since I adore them so very much. Plus, in a surprise, we get the tease of something personal for Eliot and I’m HERE for this given that Eliot is the one character always left out in this regard. The season builds to its ultimate conclusion while still operating off a one episode story (which I appreciate). There’s been an announcement that there will be a second season and if this happens, I just hope we have more of this same format and less of the cultural BS. We love good TV that separates itself.
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Content: there isn’t much to note in comparison with the original show. If you watched and like it, things are pretty on par. There’s some profanity (nothing beyond sh*t and likely using GD). One episode has a same-sex couple, another one introduces one of the same-sex characters to a potential mate. The show rates TV-14 which is pretty fair and actually one of the better fits.
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