So, I understand ranting is acceptable on a blog, and in the interests of experimenting with different types of posts, plus to get something off my chest – quite frankly – I thought, why not?
Yesterday I was talking with my best friend about something we are both lamenting – the cancellation of the television show Leverage.
For those unfamiliar with this fantastic series (and I suggest you do yourself a favour and familiarise yourselves 🙂 ) it pits the considerable brains, skills and muscle of five supposed ‘bad guys’ – a grifter, a hacker, a thief, a muscleman and ‘the man with the plan’ against the wide array of corporate, political and other malfeasance on offer in this big, bad world of ours. A bit like the british TV series Hustle, but better, in my humble opinion. With amazing wit, dexterity and complex planning they won one for the little guy, week after week, which was deeply satisfying on a philosophical, spiritual level and also just sheer entertainment.
Now I have to admit that part of the appeal for me is watching Christian Kane flex his highly impressive musculature, so I am shallow. But he flexes those muscles in a righteous manner, for honour, and to protect the innocent – goddamnit!!! – so it isn’t that shallow…
Hhhmm…well… moving right along now…..
Anyway, it was one of the most clever programs on TV for ages, and its loss is just not acceptable. How do these TV executives make their decisions? By throwing darts? By applying an inverse proportional algorithm to decisions – the more accomplshed the show the less likely they are to keep it on air? I know they have done five seasons, but come on! They give far more to those formulaic police procedurals where the only difference from one to the other is the cast (I exclude Castle from this with the excellent Nathan Fillion as that is also very clever…and yes, that is probably another sign of my shallowdom, he is very handsome too….)
But seriously, there was something more to Leverage – not just its cleverness, but its heart. In a world where the average person is a hostage to the decisons of the rich and powerful, it was just glorious each week to see them outsmarted. It filled a deep, inner need for justice and balance. It made one feel good. And I know it doesn’t reflect life really, but wouldn’t it be great if it did, and in any case, that’s what entertainment is for, to lift us out of ourselves for a moment or two. Surely.
I don’t want reality TV – I have enough reality in my day to day life, thank you very much. Give me somthing creative, something more, for godsake!!!
Losing a great TV show is rather like coming to the end of a truly great novel, surveying your bookshelves and knowing nothing, nothing, nothing is going to come close in your novel world for quite some time. It is a sheer sense of loss and disappointment before you even start another book.
I most recently felt that having voraciously read my way through all the Jeff Lindsay Dexter novels. I came to them via the show (another great one, by the way) but the books are even better. Slyly, wickedly funny – how many times in your life will you laugh out loud to the musings of a serial killer? Yes, I know how that sounds, but the writing is that good.
But at least in the case of the Dexter novels I can hope some more will be produced. Not so Leverage, it seems, unless the rumours of a movie come to fruition (but given they have those rumours about most cancelled TV series I won’t hold my breath).
I want to see bad guys taken down by cleverer good guys! I want to see the little guy triumph through the help of interesting, multi-layered and somewhat flawed but still great ‘guardian angels’! I want to see something that makes me laugh, and think, and even cry! I want my life to have some…Leverage.