Our favorite villains do good and land the Rich and Powerful comeback for eight more episodes on October 8.
When season 1 of Leverage effect: buyout continues, Grifter Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), Thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf), Hitter Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), Fixer Harry Wilson (Noah Wyle) and Maker Breanna Casey (Aleyse Shannon) take on a rival organization (RIZ) that embodies the system that the team is working to stop. The team will also help a small town librarian (LeVar Burton in Riesgraf’s directorial debut), discrediting a lifestyle and wellness guru (an episode Bellman and Shannon call “so much fun”), exploring the failing memory of a legendary con artist (Joanna Cassidy, “an icon,” Bellman says), and more.
The crew tells us what to expect.
How’s the team doing?
By the end of the season’s first eight episodes, the team found their rhythm, with Harry and Breanna the new members and hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge, whose availability was limited) taking care of other business. This continues in these next eight, as they also deal with things separate from the cons.
The road to redemption for Harry, who was a corporate lawyer on the wrong side of everything, continues. “We’re starting to test whether Harry’s engagement is deep or not or if he’s just going through a midlife crisis and wanted to see if he dropped a little bomb in his life,” Wyle explains. “He can’t go back to where he was, but he doesn’t really fit into the world he’s in. As the season unfolds, you realize there was a clear direction since. the start and that he was better at being a crook than we gave him.
Sophie was also looking for “direction” in the first half of the season, but now she has it. After securing personal closure via a final scam with Nate (via Fake Nate, with Timothy Hutton’s brain killed offscreen), she “put something to bed in a way that she was then able to go from. forward with more determination, ”Bellman shares. While Sophie may not know exactly where her future lies (remember, she came back first for one last job), “she sees a light at the end of the tunnel, rather than looking over her. shoulder and live in the past “.
Someone who doesn’t need direction is Parker, who has successfully led several Leverage International teams over the years between the original series (which ended its five seasons on TNT in 2012) and the revival, and who now starts to jump again. buildings and climb through vents (not in his and Hardison’s house). “Parker was delighted to hand power over to Sophie this season and to see her reclaim her power,” said Riesgraf. She’s confident. Parker doesn’t think in terms of ‘Who’s the leader?’ We’re a team.
Speaking of teams, another wants Eliot a lot: RICE. “They know that someone like Eliot Spencer would be a force to be reckoned with,” says Kane. “You could just say his name when talking about RICE and most people would back off because they don’t want it to come. It’s almost a cat and mouse game, and I don’t know who the cat is and who the mouse is at what precise moment. [RIZ head] Bligh [Lucy Taylor] a force to be reckoned with. Eliot is going to have to deal with that at some point, and I love when he does.
Meanwhile, Breanna gains confidence in her skills (and those she picks up from others). “She accepts the fact that she is learning new things,” says Shannon. “Because of these lessons, I think she finds herself useful. She begins to see that she doesn’t just have to prove herself. All she has to do is show up, listen and learn, then give back.
Go behind the camera
Riesgraf is directing two very fun episodes in the second half of the season, and for her it was “a dream come true” to do something she had wanted to do for 25 years. “I couldn’t have asked for a better situation because we talk a lot about trust as actors with our stage partners, but as a director, gaining trust can sometimes be very tricky with the cast or the crew, but right away, I already knew I had that and I could trust them and they could trust me, ”she shares.
For Kane, it was a “seamless transition” to be led by his co-star, whom he has known since 2007. “I’ve never seen her with the director’s cap. I saw her more as a friend.” , he said. “It was very simple because she would embarrass me if I did something that she thought could be a little more emotional and I needed that help.”
A family matter
“I think one of the reasons you have a few family members making appearances in various episodes this season is that it was the only way we got them on set,” Bellman admits, referring to to COVID protocols. (The daughter of executive producer Dean Devlin appeared in the first half.)
His daughter, Romy Sethna, appears in “The Jackal Job” as the daughter of Stella (Cassidy and Bellman in flashbacks). It was a “very sweet” moment for Bellman. “I was pregnant during the second season of the first iteration of Leverage, she recalls. “My daughter grew up on the show and knows everyone, so she’s been able to see everyone at work that she has known since she was a baby.”
Wyle’s wife and daughter also appear in the second half, and he’s worked with both. He directed his wife, Sara Wells, in “The Golf Job”. “My wife is an incredibly talented and trained lyrical soprano, musical theater actress, and I wanted to work with her for years,” he says, admitting that he was worried she would think the role (a clerk charms Eliot) was too small. “The only directive I gave her was, ‘I don’t know if Jennifer, the girl from the pro shop, is having as much fun in her job today as you are in yours. Let us temper the enthusiasm a little. She is incredible.”
Then his daughter, Auden Wyle, came to play Harry’s daughter, Becky, in “The Muddy Waters Job”. She sent an audition tape, he makes sure to note, and Wyle looks proud when he remembers, “I was sitting on set with my daughter and watching this young actress look amazing. professional, incredibly prepared, really ready. And then we started playing and I looked her in the eye and I was looking in Becky’s eyes.
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Leverage effect: buyout, Season 1 Returns, Friday October 8, IMDb TV