tbt TV review: Leverage episode 506 “The D.B. Cooper Job”

This weeks tbt review is one of my favorite episodes from one of my favorite shows of all time.

Leverage aired for five seasons. It’s one of the few shows I’ve ever found that is pure fun. It touches on emotional topics from time to time but never dwells on them. It always ends on an up note and leaves me with a smile on my face. There is talk of a Leverage movie (at least I’ve seen two of the shows stars, Beth Reisgref and Christian Kane posting on Facebook about it lately) being made some time in the (hopefully near) future. The show was canceled after its fifth season. I have no idea why. It’s the shows best season. Three of my favorite episodes including the one I’m about to discuss comes from the last season. The show also won a People’s Choice Award for that season.

The D B Cooper Job is Leverage’s take on the story of D.B Cooper, the thief who hijacked a plane on November 24, somewhere between Portland and Washington, extorted $200,000, parachuted out of the plane somewhere between Washington and Reno and was never heard from again. I’ve seen other TV shows do a version of this story and I’ve read lots of real life theories but this one is my favorite.

Its one of the flashback episodes that feature the Leverage cast taking on roles of the characters in the story. I like these episodes since they give us the chance to see the actors playing very different characters, give us a chance to get more into the story since its being told with familiar faces and they’re always written and acted perfectly.

I don’t want to give a full recap since I imagine people reading this either have seen the episode or may want to watch it and I don’t want to give away the ending. So, I’ll avoid spoilers but it is by far one of the best episodes of the series.

All five seasons of Leverage are available on DVD and on Netflix. If you haven’t seen them you should watch them immediately.



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