Sometimes bad guys really did make the best good guys. Nine months after Leverage went off the air for the final time the show’s Fifth Season finally arrives on DVD. The final season offers a new home for the team, Parker (Beth Riesgraf) and Hardison (Aldis Hodge) as a couple, Nate (Timothy Hutton) making big plans, and the return of Sterling (Mark Sheppard) for the series finale.
Highlights of the season include insanely huge cons involving the theft of the Spruce Goose, faking first contact to drive their mark crazy, performing the impossible White Rabbit, solving the real-life mystery of D.B. Cooper, conning Capital Hill, stopping a terrorist plot, stealing Christmas from an evil toy manufacturer, and an injured Parker taking down a gang of thieves on her own.
Other episodes involve the team helping out a minor league hockey team and small winery, taking down a Wall Street swindler in Witness Protection, and Elliot (Christian Kane) enlisting the team to help out an old friend.
As a fan of both heist stories and the elaborate plans of con artists, Leverage provided some terrifically fun moments over its five year run. Although the show ended far too soon, it does go out on top with the original ending the show’s co-creators John Rogers and Chris Downey planned and an awful lot of fun along the way. I’d recommend picking up all five seasons on DVD.
The four-disc collection includes all 15 episodes, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and commentary for every episode from assorted cast and crew including Hodge, Kane, Rogers, Downey, producers Marc Roskin, Dean Devlin, writers Aaron Denius Garcia, Jeremy Bernstein, Geoffrey Thorne, Jenn Kao, directors Tawnia McKiernan, John Harrison, and P.J. Pesce.
[20th Century Fox, $39.98]