I really, really hope it’s a sequel. Like, I keep seeing different ways of referring to it, from “reboot” to “reimagining” and I’m like… “YAY, wait what?”
We went through five seasons of glorious character development and to have it all reset would SUCK A LOT.
Yeah I know John Rogers said the OT3 is safe. But I’m still concerned. A complete reboot would set them back to 0 – they’d have to do the whole getting to know you dance once again.
Everyone is 10 … no… 12… years older, at least, depending on when they get to start filming. (Thanks, coronavirus.)
Like, Parker and Hardison were always meant to be younger characters, who could benefit from more mentoring. They were young and incredibly talented but still needed more mentoring than Eliot within the team dynamic.
But with these characters in at least their 30s (Aldis Hodge is 33; Beth Riesgraf is 41; and Christian Kane is 47) the need for mentoring is pretty diminished. Hell, if they still need mentoring now then they’re definitely not the criminal legends they’re supposed to be.
One of the most satisfying things (to me) about the OT3 is the slow burn and respect for each of the characters’ journeys to something more. Each of the characters developed relationships with each other than felt organic rather than being shoehorned into it.
I don’t want to see Leverage feel like it has to rush development with these guys to recreate the OT3. I’d rather just have more from what was already built upon.
What I really want to see is Leverage International, what happened/happens after Hardison dumped the black book.
As much as I loved that Parker became the new mastermind of the group, what I’d love to see more than anything is more OT3 mission goodness, more akin to what we saw in The Rundown Job rather than the usual weekly heist.
Don’t get me wrong, I think the heists are great but MORE COMPETENCY PORN MISSIONS. I mean… the OT3 wreaking havoc on corrupt CEOs in Tokyo, Paris, London. THAT WOULD BE SO COOL.
I had a random thought earlier, particularly about how Sophie had found her calling in directing.
But if we get a continuation rather than a reboot, what if Sophie did the “directing” of the crew while they’re out on jobs. Hear me out.
Parker’s a great mastermind who, in Nate’s words, sees problems three dimensionally. While she is a great baby mastermind, she also really, really loves her thieving. That’s her passion. Planning may be a talent of hers but thievery is what gets her blood pumping and puts a smile on her face.
But Sophie’s great at cons, she’s done a ton of them, and she loves to direct. The vision would be Parker’s but the execution would mostly be Sophie’s.
With Timothy Hutton out of the picture as Nathan Ford (at least for now; I’m betting apples to apples that he’ll come back somehow, though I know I’m in the minority that would be happy about that), the announcement that Noah Wyle would be joining the cast, the natural assumption is that Noah Wyle’s new character would be the new not-Nate/mastermind.
But what if Noah Wyle’s new character wasn’t a mastermind but rather, another grifter? After all, without Nate, the crew would need someone to play the Alpha Old White Guy Asshole characters when need be.
Arguably, Eliot is getting to the age where he could do so but his grifting characters tend not to be that archetype. (Also, if we get Christian Kane with long hair as Eliot again, long haired guys don’t do well for the Corporate WASP Guy image.)