I’ve been hooked on TNT’s Leverage since day one, as over the past 5 years I’ve realized the network to be a viable contender when it comes to original programming (The Closer, Saving Grace, etc.). I like to call them the HBO of basic cable.
And if you are also a fan you know that this past season ended in a big way. But the ending isn’t what I want to comment on. You see, part of the story line for the second half of season 2 involved Sophie leaving the team to “tie up some loose ends,” leaving the group with a new female grifter on the team; the blond bombshell Tara Cole played by Jeri Ryan.
Now, some of the other hardcore fans, or Grifters as they are now called, will probably crucify me for this, but I’m going to stick my neck out there and say it: Jeri Ryan is a far superior member of the cast than Gina Bellman (Sophie Devereaux).
Yes, I said it. And I know other fans will secretly agree but voice otherwise. But, c’mon. Even from an acting standpoint, Ryan plays the part WAY better. The biggest complaint I’ve had with the show since day 1 was that Gina Bellman can’t play a character to save her life. Sorry, but it’s true. Every accent she’s tried to pull off ends in utter failure. She can’t even do British that well! That Kiwi just comes through no matter what.
That’s why I was supremely excited when Ryan joined the cast at the end of this past season. She acts beautifully and actually SELLS the part of the grifter. Everything about her character I find believable, especially when compared to Bellman as Devereaux, who just seems like a terrible miscast.
I’ll be honest, if Bellman were not to return to the show for season 3, I wouldn’t be upset at all. Sure, bring her around once in a while for a cameo, but keep Ryan on the show from now on. She is the piece that has been missing from this puzzle from the start and I hope the producers of the show realize that.
But hey, as long as my future husband Christian Kane remains on the show with that beautiful long hair, I’ll still watch. God, that man is the image of perfection.