Thursday, February 4, 2010

Review - Leverage Season 2 Episode 13 The Future Job

"We go and steal the future." Nate usually goes after a tangible object of various sizes, but this time, to combat a psychic, he needs to go beyond the veil of normal existence. Tara pretends to be a psychic, and starts helping Darlton Rand in conning people. This is part of the bigger plan to expose him for who he is.

Parker's backstory isn't clear, but we knew she was messed up as a kid. When Nate and Parker go to Rand's studio, Rand zeros in on her, and does a cold read on her. He insinuates something about her brother getting hit by a bicycle and Parker runs off teary. We still don't know exactly what happened, but we know she turned to crime to avoid something.

There was a dumb twist  halfway into the episode. Rand is kidnapped by a bank robber whose dead partner had hidden money somewhere. The bank robber has to turn to a psychic to get his money back. The team uses this to catch Rand and the bank robber.

A big problem I had with the episode was the reason for taking on Rand. Their mantra is "The rich and powerful, they take what they want…we steal it back for you." Rand is a bad person, but what makes him rich or powerful? He's certainly not rich or he would have been long gone. He's not that powerful, because most people don't fall for his scam. He's only powerful to the few thousand idiots that believe him. Rand is intelligent enough take advantage of stupid people, and the stupid people get what they want in return--closure. There is benefit to both parties in the end, so if people want to believe in this junk in the first place, then too bad for them.

Score: 8.7/10


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