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The Timothy Hutton series comes to an end in zippy, often thrilling style...
Fox / 635 Minutes / 2012-2013 / Unrated / Street Date: September 17, 2013
In Leverage: The Fifth Season, we continue to follow the globe-trotting exploits of Nathan Ford (Timothy Hutton). The guy runs a team of high-profile thieves, notorious for targeting (and bringing down) corrupt assholes who abuse their powers for financial gain. And speaking of dollar bills, this new TV-on-DVD edition of the show has more backstabbing paybacks and hidden slush funds than ever.
The biggest tete-a-tete in this final go-round for the series has our squad of freedom fighters up against their longtime adversary, Jim Sterling (Mark Sheppard). There are episode-by-episode adventures and match-ups (guest stars this time around include Treat Williams, Matthew Lillard, and Cary Elwes), but the showdown between Ford and Sterling is the bread and butter of Leverage: The Fifth Season, and while it comes to an end perhaps a little sooner than it should, it nevertheless provides a strong sense of narrative release.
What makes Leverage so breezily exciting is that its tales of Robin Hood-esque rich-to-poor motion of capital turned out to be deliciously fun to watch throughout its run. These final episodes are maybe not as dramatically thrilling as, say, the show’s first couple, but if you've weathered the storms of Leverage to date, there's no reason to finish the game here.