One more day, a new review! After the previous episode, Leverage: Redemption 1×11 “The Jackal Job” hits right on the feels and moved us in ways we didn’t expect but are wonderful at the same time. Time for review!
Here we go!
I have to confess that normally I don’t like when a show makes the characters are other persons to show us a different story, because I always find it boring but Leverage: Redemption 1×11 “The Jackal Job” has found the perfect balance for this story to hook me, I like it and enjoy watching it.
They have not made the mistake of showing the story during the entire episode, but they have given us the right moments, the right minutes so that we don’t tire or cease to interest us while, at the same time, this story remained central and key in the episode. It was not an easy thing but they have overcome the challenge.
But if Leverage: Redemption 1×11 “The Jackal Job” has a central star, it’s Sophie. As in the previous episode, this job affects her directly but in a much more visceral way because it breaks her heart and, at the same time, makes her smile.
When you lose a loved one and you remember that person, you smile but you also cry and your heart breaks. It’s all about learning to live with it and that broken smile ends up turning into a complete smile, full of nostalgia and longing, but a smile after all. That’s what happens to Sophie in this episode.
Sophie could not help but see herself reflected in Jackal’s story, she’s also a grifter who found the love of her life in the middle of a job – or several – and that changed her forever, marked her and she was happy for a while, she had it all … until it was over and she lost Nate just like Jackal lost Jo.
Sophie’s reflected in the sadness, the longing that Jackal feels, how she feels absolutely lost because she is missing a piece of herself, a piece of her heart. Sophie feels exactly the same, since Nate died, she feels that a part of her died with him and there was only a void that she cannot fill with anything. It’s just there… and it will always be. It’s about learning to live without that part of you.
The only difference is that Jackal still has a chance to change things and regain that part of her, Jo is still alive and it is time for her to overcome her fear of rejection and return to the love of her life and her daughter, with her family. Unfortunately, Sophie can’t do it but she would give everything for things weren’t like that. For having one more moment with him. And yes, we are crying a lot right now.
On the other hand, Sophie, for a moment, has also felt fear in Leverage: Redemption 1×11 “The Jackal Job.” Jackal is like her and she fears that future is as lonely as Jackal’s. Of course, that will not be the case because Sophie may have lost Nate but the team will always be by her side but when you feel that a person’s life is so connected to yours, it is inevitable to ask yourself if his/her present will also be your future, so it’s understandable how Sophie feels.
I liked Jackal’s story not only because of the emotional impact on Sophie and how we have explored her grieving process for Nate, but also because Jackal and Jo’s story has highlighted two things: the way in which LGBTQ people had to hide to love who they wanted and gender violence against women.
How many women did not appear and still continue to suffer from such animals that abuse them? For my part, Jo did the only thing she could do at that moment not only to save Jackal but to save herself as well. Really brave themes that not any show dares to treat with such clarity and, at the same time, respect and delicacy.