Look out, world, because Nate Ford is back. And this time, he’s sober.
Having disbanded his ragtag group of con men (and women) at the end of the first season, Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton) soon finds himself and his former “employees” reunited for Leverage: The Second Season. Honestly, how can they not reunite? After all, there are so many corrupt business officials and covert military operations are out there causing great financial and bodily harm to innocent people left and right, that someone has to fight them!
Jim Phelps and the Impossible Mission Force? They’ve retired. Michael Knight? He’s in rehab, so the story goes. It seems Hannibal Smith and Company have got a picture deal going on, so so much for them. And, as for Michael “Mickey Bricks” Stone and his crew — well, they’re way over in England. So, enter Nate Ford and his gang: grifter Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge), strongman Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), and thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf).
In case you haven’t seen it (or figured out the series’ formula from my last paragraph), Leverage is a show about bad guys taking on the role of good guys: staging some of the most elaborate cons imaginable in order to take down greedy and crooked bigwigs. This time set in Boston, Leverage: The Second Season follows the further adventurous exploits of the Leverage crew. The season opening finds Nate unable to resist tracking down where a foul stench of conspiracy is brewing from, and he soon discovers that all of his old pals are in Boston, too (for one reason or another).
Coincidence? I think not.
By the end of the first episode, everything is back to “normal” for all (both viewers and the viewed alike). Well, until the mid-season point, that is, wherein Gina Bellman takes a brief hiatus from the series, leaving Trekkie-favorite Jeri Ryan to hold the bag for a few episodes. Also in this season: the writers decide to give some of the supporting characters a little more development (a plus); as well as a humorous episode wherein the mains take on another gang of thieves that resemble themselves (including Griffin Dunne, Wil Wheaton, and Noa Tishby).