Parker, who has only one name, is played by Beth Riesgraf. She is a thief, cat-burglar, and explosives expert. She is a risk-taker who is in it for the thrill. During an episode in season one her abusive father tells her that she has a choice to do what she is told, or to become a better thief. She chose the latter.
Alec Hardison, played by Aldis Hodge, is a computer hacker and gadget expert. He is a geek, genius, and science fiction fan. He was raised by foster parents who where Jehovah's Witnesses, and from this he has acquired ability to talk to anyone. He is also exceptionally gifted when hacking into most forms of electronics.
Leverage is very much patterned after shows from the sixties like The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The Wild, Wild, West, and Mission Impossible. Like these shows, the team takes on entities that no one else will. Like many of these earlier shows, the titles of each episode are of a similar theme. For Leverage, the theme is that they each begin with "The" and end in the word "Job". Even the theme music has that sixties show sound to it.
Leverage: The Complete Third Season comes on 4 DVD discs and runs 680 minutes. There are 15 episodes that make up this season and it is all stored in a single case enclosure.
At the start of this season Nate is in prison for at job the team pulled at the end of last season. And in the first episode, the team tries to rescue Nate from prison - he had sacrificed himself to let the crew escape, and he chooses not to go. Instead, he finds a client that the team works on helping to expose a corrupt warden. Episode three in which Parker is reunited with her mentor, which is portrayed by Richard Chamberlain, was really good and Parker has to deal with a state-of-the-art security system.
In episode six, the crew takes down a corrupt record executive and Eliot - who has his own band in real life, gets to shine. This one has John Schneider in it and it turns Eliot into a genuine star. Episode nine features Tom Skerrit as Nate's criminal father – Jimmy Ford, that involves Russian and Irish mobsters, and episode fourteen which the team has to restore a mall Santa's reputation on Christmas Eve.