This year I celebrated my country’s freedom with a DVD marathon of Leverage Season 3. What? That doesn’t scream patriotic to you? But seriously, what’s better than watching the Brains, Hitter, Hacker, Grifter, and Thief take on big corporations, crooks, and bad guys in a spectacular and often hilarious manner?
I remember when Leverage first came out I read a review (I want to say possibly in the NY Times) that asked if Leverage’s theme was still relevant now that Bush (and at the time the majority of Republicans) were pushed out of office. The “little guy” had won, right? I disagreed then, and I disagree now. Everyone has someone/something larger than themselves they feel powerless against that they wish they could see taken down. It could be a d-bag of a boss, an insurance company, or maybe a bank that calls incessantly about a loan you just can’t make the monthly payments on. Watching the Leverage team take down bad guy after bad guy is pretty satisfying.
By Season 3 I can firmly say that this is one of my all time favorite shows. Not every episode is a winner, but this past season had a great plot that wove its way through the season yet wasn’t done with such a heavy hand that I grew bored with it. This was also the season that prompted my husband to declare Parker the American Moe.
Moe (萌え?, pronounced [moe]) is a Japanese slang word.The word has come to be used to mean one particular kind of “adorable”, one specific type of “cute”, mainly as applied to fictional characters. (from Wikipedia)
Parker is often adorably clueless. Adult ideas seem to go right over her head and as she turns to Elliot or Hardison to explain both characters usually end up saying something along the lines of “I’m not going there.” Parker also apparently looooves Christmas as seen in “The Ho Ho Ho Job.” This only adds to her childlike appeal.
Being so moe seems to go against everything that Parker is. She’s a thief. She had a tough life. She’s incredibly smart. But that’s just one of the ways that Leverage breaks the mold of the genre. It already seems to revolutionary to have Parker’s role of master thief filled by a female, and yet so natural to watch Beth Riesgraf in the role.