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2012-12-22 09:21:46 AM
5 Seasons?!
Who the hell watched that show?
 
2012-12-22 09:37:32 AM

Primitive Screwhead: 5 Seasons?!
Who the hell watched that show?


I did.

It was a fun little show. It wasn't Breaking Bad or Mad Men, nor was it trying to be.
 
2012-12-22 09:56:57 AM
Well, I sit corrected, then.
 
2012-12-22 10:05:19 AM

Primitive Screwhead: Well, I sit corrected, then.


Bah, no worries!

Have you tried it, by chance?

I would encourage everyone to do so. It's junk food entertainment at its best. It's not the deepest or most plausible show, but it's a hell of a lot of fun.
 
2012-12-22 10:09:54 AM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Primitive Screwhead: Well, I sit corrected, then.

Bah, no worries!

Have you tried it, by chance?

I would encourage everyone to do so. It's junk food entertainment at its best. It's not the deepest or most plausible show, but it's a hell of a lot of fun.


I always thought it was pretty fun too.
 
2012-12-22 10:15:03 AM

M0nk3yK!ng: I always thought it was pretty fun too.


A lot of that has to be chalked up to the cast. They all played off each other so well in either dramatic moments or comedic scenes.
 
2012-12-22 10:16:30 AM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Primitive Screwhead: Well, I sit corrected, then.

Bah, no worries!

Have you tried it, by chance?

I would encourage everyone to do so. It's junk food entertainment at its best. It's not the deepest or most plausible show, but it's a hell of a lot of fun.


Agreed. It really is a fun show. The characters are just hilarious characatures poking fun at their respective stereotypes who make up for what the show lacks in plot.

Plus, Beth Riesgraf in an elf costume.
 
2012-12-22 10:22:54 AM

Vodka Zombie: Agreed. It really is a fun show. The characters are just hilarious characatures poking fun at their respective stereotypes who make up for what the show lacks in plot.


That. The whole premise of elaborate cons allowed the cast to do some seriously awesome hamming. Timothy Hutton was MADE to Shatner it up.


Vodka Zombie: Plus, Beth Riesgraf in an elf costume.


Beth Riesgraf in *any* costume, really.
 
2012-12-22 10:32:11 AM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Primitive Screwhead: Well, I sit corrected, then.

Bah, no worries!

Have you tried it, by chance?

I would encourage everyone to do so. It's junk food entertainment at its best. It's not the deepest or most plausible show, but it's a hell of a lot of fun.


I get it. That's what I watch Castle for :) Just had no idea it was that kinda show.

Vodka Zombie: Beth Riesgraf in an elf costume.

I'll watch that.
 
2012-12-22 10:35:35 AM

Primitive Screwhead: I get it. That's what I watch Castle for :) Just had no idea it was that kinda show.


Oh, definitely. :)

Castle's great fun, too. I was worried about where they were going to take the show after the fourth season, but it's just as entertaining as ever.

The recent Christmas episode was some pretty good stuff, too. Loved that ending!
 
2012-12-22 10:56:58 AM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Vodka Zombie: Agreed. It really is a fun show. The characters are just hilarious characatures poking fun at their respective stereotypes who make up for what the show lacks in plot.

That. The whole premise of elaborate cons allowed the cast to do some seriously awesome hamming. Timothy Hutton was MADE to Shatner it up.


Vodka Zombie: Plus, Beth Riesgraf in an elf costume.

Beth Riesgraf in *any* costume, really.


More like Beth Riesgraf *out* of any costume, am I right?
 
2012-12-22 11:04:05 AM
It was great the first two seasons but pretty much every episode has been the same since. It just got two predicable with no real character development. I'm surprised it lasted this long.
 
2012-12-22 11:04:09 AM

Crudbucket: More like Beth Riesgraf *out* of any costume, am I right?


[SUPER INTERNET HIGH-FIVE]

They even made that a point during the show's opening intro montage, that whole "the rich and powerful take what they want" thing.
 
2012-12-22 11:17:20 AM

cfreak: It was great the first two seasons but pretty much every episode has been the same since. It just got two predicable with no real character development. I'm surprised it lasted this long.


Same here. Really enjoyed the first two seasons, show just died after that.
 
2012-12-22 11:17:58 AM
Maybe they just need to take a different approach...

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2012-12-22 11:20:27 AM

Invisible Pedestrian: cfreak: It was great the first two seasons but pretty much every episode has been the same since. It just got two predicable with no real character development. I'm surprised it lasted this long.

Same here. Really enjoyed the first two seasons, show just died after that.


I don't know. I found the show enjoyable all the way through, and Season Three had to be tops in my book. I mean, c'mon, you had the Italian, you had Gus Fring, you had Archie Leach (not THAT Archie Leach), and you had Damien Moreau.

I wasn't too big of a fan of the Season Two episodes with Tara standing in for Sophie (as actress Gina Bellman was pregnant), but your mileage may vary.
 
2012-12-22 11:25:12 AM
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New on TNT this winter, 'Cleavage'.
 
Skr
2012-12-22 11:25:50 AM
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Caught the show a few times. Wasn't horrible. Christian Kane is a pretty decent musician. First saw him playing with his evil hand in Angel.
 
2012-12-22 11:26:30 AM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Invisible Pedestrian: cfreak: It was great the first two seasons but pretty much every episode has been the same since. It just got two predicable with no real character development. I'm surprised it lasted this long.

Same here. Really enjoyed the first two seasons, show just died after that.

I don't know. I found the show enjoyable all the way through, and Season Three had to be tops in my book. I mean, c'mon, you had the Italian, you had Gus Fring, you had Archie Leach (not THAT Archie Leach), and you had Damien Moreau.

I wasn't too big of a fan of the Season Two episodes with Tara standing in for Sophie (as actress Gina Bellman was pregnant), but your mileage may vary.


I must have somehow completely forgotten the Gus Fring storyline. I absolutely love the show but after Moreau the show has kind of seemed directionless. It's still been fun though.

I will definitely miss the weekly doses of Hutton and Reisgraf
 
2012-12-22 11:28:59 AM
I preferred "Hustle".
 
2012-12-22 11:32:08 AM
Sounds like some TNT exec is finally even with Mr. Chapel.
 
2012-12-22 11:35:32 AM

Time Traveling Bunnies: I must have somehow completely forgotten the Gus Fring storyline.


I meant that Giancarlo Esposito, the guy who played Gus Fring on Breaking Bad, had a memorable guest appearance as the Villain of the Week on one of the episodes.


Time Traveling Bunnies: I absolutely love the show but after Moreau the show has kind of seemed directionless. It's still been fun though.


My gripe is just the opposite when it comes to direction: Leverage tried to put overarching plot arcs on a show that didn't really need them.

For instance, all the Season Four stuff with businessman Jack Latimer. Yeah, it had payoff in the last two episodes, but I'm just into this show for the weekly cons, not a larger ongoing storyline a la Burn Notice.

Time Traveling Bunnies: I will definitely miss the weekly doses of Hutton and Reisgraf


And the bickering between Hardison and Eliot. All the "DAMMIT, HARDISON!"s.

Skr: Caught the show a few times. Wasn't horrible. Christian Kane is a pretty decent musician. First saw him playing with his evil hand in Angel.


I'm surprised that he didn't take part in that one Leverage app commercial where Nate punches Richard Marx in the face. Yes, THAT Richard Marx.
 
2012-12-22 11:40:53 AM

WTF Indeed: I preferred "Hustle".



Watch The Real Hustle, not only do you learn how to be a grifter, you get to watch Jess con people by looking hot:
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2012-12-22 11:54:01 AM

WTF Indeed: I preferred "Hustle".


Me too.
 
2012-12-22 12:10:09 PM

cfreak: It was great the first two seasons but pretty much every episode has been the same since. It just got two predicable with no real character development. I'm surprised it lasted this long.


I loved season 1, but the first couple of episodes of season 2 felt really off. That's when I quit. Sometimes I go from "I LOVE THIS SHOW" to "meh" in a very short span.
 
2012-12-22 12:23:17 PM
To be replaced by Hillbilly handjobs
 
2012-12-22 12:25:14 PM
As long as Southland comes back for another season.
 
2012-12-22 12:38:41 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: For instance, all the Season Four stuff with businessman Jack Latimer. Yeah, it had payoff in the last two episodes, but I'm just into this show for the weekly cons, not a larger ongoing storyline a la Burn Notice.


Well, Burn Notice has gone that direction more lately because the A-Team formula was getting stale
 
2012-12-22 12:42:58 PM
Well, with with "Grimm" and "Portlandia," we're down to only two ridiculous shows filmed in Portland.
 
2012-12-22 12:43:02 PM

bhcompy: Well, Burn Notice has gone that direction more lately because the A-Team formula was getting stale


Burn Notice got a bit darker, hasn't it?

I mean, it still has its flashes of humor, but on the whole, it seems a bit grimmer and more overall serious than it has in the past.
 
2012-12-22 12:43:36 PM
I enjoy watching it.  The best episodes in my in opinion are the pilot, The First David Job and The Second David Job.  Plus the one where they had their evil counterparts.
 
2012-12-22 12:49:47 PM

Missicat: I enjoy watching it. The best episodes in my in opinion are the pilot, The First David Job and The Second David Job. Plus the one where they had their evil counterparts.


The evil counterparts episode was great, especially with Wil Wheaton reprising his role as Chaos in later episodes.

He chewed the HELL out of that scenery, and it was awesome!
 
2012-12-22 12:56:09 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: bhcompy: Well, Burn Notice has gone that direction more lately because the A-Team formula was getting stale

Burn Notice got a bit darker, hasn't it?

I mean, it still has its flashes of humor, but on the whole, it seems a bit grimmer and more overall serious than it has in the past.


It's the Tricia Helfer effect. Now Burn Notice is Battlestar Galactica Extreme Drama Notice

/but it looks like Bruce has flourished with something to do and he actually looks healthy and thinner now compared to when the show started and he looked every bit the fat retired FBI guy in a Hawaiian shirt
 
2012-12-22 01:00:48 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Missicat: I enjoy watching it. The best episodes in my in opinion are the pilot, The First David Job and The Second David Job. Plus the one where they had their evil counterparts.

The evil counterparts episode was great, especially with Wil Wheaton reprising his role as Chaos in later episodes.

He chewed the HELL out of that scenery, and it was awesome!


The keyboard "duel" was hysterical...The Wedding Job was also pretty funny - loved Timothy Hutton's wedding speech...
 
2012-12-22 01:02:07 PM

bhcompy: It's the Tricia Helfer effect. Now Burn Notice is Battlestar Galactica Extreme Drama Notice

/but it looks like Bruce has flourished with something to do and he actually looks healthy and thinner now compared to when the show started and he looked every bit the fat retired FBI guy in a Hawaiian shirt



Well, Bruce had to get healthier for the Burn Notice prequel movie that saw him mixed up in those Colombian shenanigans, so that's one for him.
 
2012-12-22 01:04:12 PM

Missicat: The keyboard "duel" was hysterical...


With the Old West gunslinger-esque showdown?

:D

See, that's what I'm talking about. That was what the show was all about. THAT'S what made it televised comfort food, and why the DVDs will be well worth revisiting.


Missicat: The Wedding Job was also pretty funny - loved Timothy Hutton's wedding speech...


And the flashback to the Butcher of Kiev's run-in with Eliot.

"Think he'll remember you?"

(cut to flashback of fiery carnage and a life-or-death battle)
 
2012-12-22 01:15:53 PM
No more bendy catsuit-wearing Beth Riesgraf? I'm sad

The show was at the top of my guilty pleasures TV list - somehow limited actors playing stock characters in boiler-plate plots managed to become very very entertaining.
 
2012-12-22 01:23:16 PM

Snapper Carr: No more bendy catsuit-wearing Beth Riesgraf? I'm sad


I heat that, man.


Snapper Carr: The show was at the top of my guilty pleasures TV list - somehow limited actors playing stock characters in boiler-plate plots managed to become very very entertaining.


And all the silly stuff just added up to something altogether.

Like Hardison and Eliot's chase music, which, when you get it stuck in your head, is difficult to remove from said head. (pops, not the Countdown)
 
2012-12-22 01:25:49 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Missicat: The keyboard "duel" was hysterical...

With the Old West gunslinger-esque showdown?

:D

See, that's what I'm talking about. That was what the show was all about. THAT'S what made it televised comfort food, and why the DVDs will be well worth revisiting.


Missicat: The Wedding Job was also pretty funny - loved Timothy Hutton's wedding speech...

And the flashback to the Butcher of Kiev's run-in with Eliot.

"Think he'll remember you?"

(cut to flashback of fiery carnage and a life-or-death battle)


Hardison: Have you ever been to Kiev? The cakemaker of Kiev could whoop all our asses. This is the BUTCHER.
 
2012-12-22 01:34:16 PM

Missicat: Hardison: Have you ever been to Kiev? The cakemaker of Kiev could whoop all our asses. This is the BUTCHER.


"... did you just kill a man with an appetizer?"

"I don't know. ... Maybe."
 
2012-12-22 01:35:40 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: bhcompy: It's the Tricia Helfer effect. Now Burn Notice is Battlestar Galactica Extreme Drama Notice

/but it looks like Bruce has flourished with something to do and he actually looks healthy and thinner now compared to when the show started and he looked every bit the fat retired FBI guy in a Hawaiian shirt


Well, Bruce had to get healthier for the Burn Notice prequel movie that saw him mixed up in those Colombian shenanigans, so that's one for him.


It was a fun movie.. better than many of Bruce's low budget made for cable movies
 
2012-12-22 01:36:43 PM

bhcompy: It was a fun movie.. better than many of Bruce's low budget made for cable movies


He was throwing chainsaws and being called "The Chin."

What WASN'T there to love about it?
 
2012-12-22 01:43:26 PM

Vodka Zombie: characatures


Why can't people spell "caricatures"?
 
2012-12-22 01:46:53 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Missicat: The keyboard "duel" was hysterical...

With the Old West gunslinger-esque showdown?

:D

See, that's what I'm talking about. That was what the show was all about. THAT'S what made it televised comfort food, and why the DVDs will be well worth revisiting.


Missicat: The Wedding Job was also pretty funny - loved Timothy Hutton's wedding speech...

And the flashback to the Butcher of Kiev's run-in with Eliot.

"Think he'll remember you?"

(cut to flashback of fiery carnage and a life-or-death battle)


I loved the line, "Have any of you ever been to Kiev? Well I have and , the Cake Maker of Kiev could kick all of our asses. This is the Butcher of Kiev."

I really liked this show, the characters we so well developed and played off of each other so well. Sure the stories were far fetched, but so what? It was fun TV.
 
2012-12-22 01:49:21 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Missicat: Hardison: Have you ever been to Kiev? The cakemaker of Kiev could whoop all our asses. This is the BUTCHER.

"... did you just kill a man with an appetizer?"

"I don't know. ... Maybe."


Well... shiat... now I may just have to go back and watch what I missed.
 
2012-12-22 01:51:00 PM
Eliot: What's in it for me?
Nate: Payback. And if it goes right, a lot of money.
Parker: What's in it for me?
Nate: A lot of money. And if it goes right, payback. Hardison?
Hardison: I was just going to send a thousand porno magazines to his office, but hell, yeah, man, let's kick him out.
Eliot: What's in it for you?
Nate: He used my son.

I think the first season was the best....when Nate was still a damaged drunk and Parker was still nuts...
 
2012-12-22 01:52:22 PM

Primitive Screwhead: 5 Seasons?!
Who the hell watched that show?


I did for the first season. It was actually pretty good then the second season was so boring I gave up on it after a few episodes.
 
2012-12-22 01:55:14 PM

Primitive Screwhead: 5 Seasons?!
Who the hell watched that show?


I did....until they stupidly moved it to Tuesday nights. When will TV execs learn not to switch around TV days and times? CSI:Miami started slipping towards cancellation when they moved it from Monday night to Sunday night, not to mention numerous other shows before it.
 
2012-12-22 01:58:08 PM

FuryOfFirestorm: I did....until they stupidly moved it to Tuesday nights. When will TV execs learn not to switch around TV days and times? CSI:Miami started slipping towards cancellation when they moved it from Monday night to Sunday night, not to mention numerous other shows before it.


They moved it around the schedule a LOT.

It was like the last days of Futurama. It's as if TNT *wanted* the show to fail.


Fish in a Barrel: Well... shiat... now I may just have to go back and watch what I missed.


Heh, it's well worth it!


Missicat: Eliot: What's in it for me?
Nate: Payback. And if it goes right, a lot of money.
Parker: What's in it for me?
Nate: A lot of money. And if it goes right, payback. Hardison?
Hardison: I was just going to send a thousand porno magazines to his office, but hell, yeah, man, let's kick him out.
Eliot: What's in it for you?
Nate: He used my son.

I think the first season was the best....when Nate was still a damaged drunk and Parker was still nuts...


I liked how they played around with his addictions.

At first, it was alcohol.

Then, it was coffee.

Then, it was coffee WITH alcohol.


kevinfra: I loved the line, "Have any of you ever been to Kiev? Well I have and , the Cake Maker of Kiev could kick all of our asses. This is the Butcher of Kiev."

I really liked this show, the characters we so well developed and played off of each other so well. Sure the stories were far fetched, but so what? It was fun TV.


Indeed!

Real check-your-brain-at-the-door stuff... but it wasn't *insulting.*

It was a show that had more heart at times than anything else, and I can't fault it for that.
 
2012-12-22 02:14:42 PM
I've seen almost every episode of the show, and it's like everyone else said; simple fun. Nothing too deep or complex and a lot of unbelievable plots, but enjoyable.

With the said, I'm not sorry to see it go. It's been a fun show, but I think it has run its course. I'll record and watch the final episode, and then move on.

Now, it's time for Burn Notice to take a bow. That show has gotten so fake that it makes MacGyver look like a documentary. It's time for Michael Weston to be satisfied and ride off into the sunset.
 
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