Trivia / Leverage

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Wil Wheaton's hacker character calls himself "Chaos", which may be a nod to the Axis of Anarchy, and is nicknamed "Kobayashi Maru" by the government.
    • In "The Studio Job" Eliot (Christian Kane) becomes a minor country music star (playing "Thinking of You" a song from Kane's album The House Rules), basically a Captain Ersatz of his younger self called "Kenneth Crane" (The actor's initials reversed with a rhyming last name). There's even a fan site set up called "Craniak." Fans of Christian Kane's music career are often called "Kaniacs". Most Kaniacs are female, and Eliot as Crane garners mostly female fans. Borders on Celebrity Paradox or perhaps No Celebrities Were Harmed.
    • Nate spends the majority of "The 10 Lil Grifters Job" trapped in an office while the rest of the team plays detective for him; just like his old boss Nero Wolfe. The episode was a somewhat missed opportunity as Nate's fictional detective wasn't Archie Goodwin, but it was made up for by the fact that Nate's fictional detective was Ellery Queen, one of the best-known TV roles of Timothy Hutton's father, Jim Hutton.
    • In that same episode, one of The Mark's employees calls him a vampire, and says he wants to put a literal stake through his heart. While talking to Eliot, i.e. Lindsey from Angel, who has some experience with vampires.
    • In "The Reunion Job", Hardison guesses that Eliot was the quarterback in high school. Ironic that it is Aldis Hodge who plays star high school QB Ray "Voodoo" Tatum in Friday Night Lights.
    • Saul Rubinek plays an executive at Bering Aerospace, likely accidental given that "The Nigerian Job" aired a year before Warehouse 13. However, in season four, he gets a minion named Latimer. Word of God says it was unintentional, though.
    • Jonathan Frakes directed "The First Contact Job" (and plenty of other episodes). Eliot's alias in that episode is "Willie Riker," though Word of God says that this one was unintentional, since the Riker reference was written into the episode before Frakes was brought on to direct.
    • Nate's backstory of getting divorced after his son's death brings to mind Timothy Hutton's most famous role in Ordinary People.
      • Also, Tom Skerritt was chosen to play Nate's father due to his having been the first choice to play Hutton's father in that film, which he turned down.
  • Dueling Shows: With White Collar. Skilled and rather flamboyant thief/thieves are recruited by the good guys to create some Asshole Victims.
  • Fan Communities: The Grifters.
  • Line to God: John Rogers has a blog.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: While Parker's not downright mean, she can be cold, distant and abrasive at her worst. Beth Riesgraf is a big ball of sunshine.
  • Name's the Same: Jim Fucking Sterling, (Son), anyone?
  • Throw It In: Nate's laughter upon realizing the warehouse is a trap in the pilot. This scene was actually the first time the show's stars had met, and Timothy Hutton asked the director if he could do something "a little crazy" to see how they all responded.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: John Rogers acknowledges several times in the commentaries that the show came along at the exact right time, with America reeling from its economic meltdown and having a ton of resentment toward the big corporations that let it happen. So it was able to become a quite pertinent revenge fantasy.
  • What Could Have Been: Haridson was intended to be utterly hopeless at running cons, necessitating his usually staying behind the scenes. Then Aldis Hodge's natural charisma made this impossible to believe, so he got to play the occasional character.
  • The Wiki Rule: Leverage Wiki: One of two Leverage wikis.
  • Word of God: The commentary reveals that Parker didn't kill her foster parents in the flashback from the pilot, but simply blew up the house while they were both at work.

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