I have a confession to make, because of the awesomeness that is Leverage (and in no way am I saying this show is perfect, far from it), many shows that I formerly thought were beyond dazzling are losing their luster.
I've said this elsewhere: This is the first time I can remember thinking a show 10 episodes into a season has yet to produce a dud or even a "ho-hum" show. Yes, there are episodes that I like better than others, usually because the subject matter speaks to ME more.
But overall, this is the best run of episodes in one show I've ever experienced, which makes it unprecedented. Three things at play here, in my opinion:
1. The acting ensemble is just terrifically cast and they appear to be friends in real life. Good casts = good shows. Plus none of them seems to have a "star" complex. They dig what they're doing and they dig each other.
2. The writers have a clear idea of what they want to accomplish. And they deliver it. While rewatching the other two seasons I've noticed that once you play them in intended order one after the other, you get a magnificent overall arc that hangs together well. Terrific and very layered writing. This year's eps hang together even better than the previous two.
3. The 'ships are a tangent, not a driving force. The driving force are the dynamics of the team and the continuing evolution of each team member WITHIN that context.
Edited by talea, Aug 18, 2010 @ 8:00 AM.