the gone fishing job

anonymous asked:

I started watching Leverage because of seeing stuff about it here on your blog. And it's great! I do love it, overall. But I gotta ask...I know you love Eliot, but why? In any scene with a kid, he's awesome and I can see why he'd be like-able. But I'm almost done with season 4 and he is still so horrible to Hardison All The Time. I cringe whenever they're in a scene together and Eliot is inevitably angry and disrespectful and threatening. Ugh.

So I’ve been sitting on this ask for a while, because I’ve been thinking about it. I’ve been thinking about it as we rewatch Leverage with the DVD commentaries, I’ve been thinking about it as Leverage gifsets cross my dash, I’ve been thinking about it randomly. And I still don’t think I have a great answer, but I don’t want you to think I’m totally ignoring you, so I’m going to answer it now anyway.

FIrst of all, I’m glad you love Leverage! It’s really one of my favorite shows and it makes me happy when other people discover it.

I’m sorry you cringe at Eliot and Hardison’s interactions. I kind of see what you mean, because on the surface Eliot is a very angry person. He gets frustrated and he’s a grouch and he yells a lot.

But as you mention, he’s also awesome with kids. He takes his job to protect his team very seriously. He haaaaates bullies. He has a deep love of food and considers cooking an art, and he cooks meals for his team and takes the time to try to explain his love of food to Parker.

Speaking of Parker, if you watch Eliot and Parker, you’ll see that they have a really interesting relationship. It’s sibling-like at times, but it also goes deeper than that. Parker and Eliot are the two people on the team who are capable of doing whatever needs to be done. Yeah, Nate can be ruthless and scary at times, but mostly he just thinks of ways to ruin the bad guys, and Sophie doesn’t hurt people and Hardison does his damage virtually. Parker and Eliot, though, both have a darkness to them that the others don’t share, and there’s an understanding and a bond between them because of it. There’s a scene towards the end of S3, I think it’s in The San Lorenzo Job, when Eliot and Parker are together, and a bad guy is on the phone with Eliot and asks him if there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do to protect his people, and he just looks at Parker and she grins back at him, not knowing what’s being said on the phone. Somehow that scene just conveys so much emotion in a small moment, and says a lot about how Eliot feels about his family-team.

As for Eliot and Hardison, I guess I read their relationship as being EXTREMELY sibling-like. I have a younger brother, and as much as I love him, my feelings about him for much of our childhood (and even some of our adulthood) could often be summed up with DAMMIT BENJAMIN. Because (a) he’s always been really good at pushing my buttons, and taken delight in doing so just to get a DAMMIT out of me; and (b) we’re very different people who approach the world from completely different angles, and often I just don’t get what’s going through his head and why he’s doing what he’s doing, and it’s incredibly frustrating.

I think for Eliot and Hardison, something similar is often going on. I think sometimes Hardison likes pushing Eliot’s buttons just to get a reaction out of him, and sometimes they’re just two very different people butting heads, especially in the first couple of seasons when they don’t know each other as well, and don’t understand where the other is coming from. But even in those early seasons, there’s evidence that they’re working with each other—e.g., Eliot doing stuff on the computer that Hardison has taught him, Hardison holding his own in a fight because Eliot has been teaching him a few moves.

By the last couple of seasons, I think it’s clear that there’s a lot of respect and affection between them, even when they’re bickering and sniping at each other, because that’s just the kind of relationship they have. And when the chips are down, they absolutely trust and depend on one another, and know that they have each other’s backs. 

And now I’ll refer you to this wonderful Hardison and Eliot meta by viveleloutre and secretallie (note: minor spoilers for The Gone Fishing Job in S3 and The Rundown Job in S5), who said it much better than I could.

I hope this answers your question, Anon!

anonymous asked:

Eliot, Parker, and Hardison together is probably one of the best parts of the show tbh. They're just- amazing together? And it's wonderful? And I'd say more, but I honestly have no idea what goes where at this point because I watch random episodes too freely, and I really don't want to spoil anything. But, favorite character? Favorite episode? I'm curious and loving watching you get into this series, I'm sorry. Thanks for responding to my first ask!

omg of course!!!

okay i LOVE THEM SO MUCH. LOVE THEM. psa i’ve totally finished the whole series because i have no self preservation instincts.

okay so my favorite character has to be hardison because out of all of them he’s the most ‘normal’ in comparison. not like, in his abilities or his wants, but in his ability to relate to other people. he’s been through rough shit, and he always comes out kinder and stronger and more loving. and i love him the most because he’s the one who could mostly be happy living among normal people, to be honest i feel as if he needs the team the least but wants them the most. he could be a nine to five hacker, just presents himself as a genius geek who works from home or even gets himself an office or whatever, and live a mostly normal life among normal people. he just - for the shit he’s been through, he doesn’t have all that much baggage. normal people dont confuse him or bore him, they’re not a mark like they are for sophie, a puzzle for parker, a mass of mistakes and faults for nate, a potential threat for eliot. they’re just people.

and because hardison doesn’t try to put people into boxes is why he loves this team so much and so unabashedly from the start. for people that are so defined by their role on the team, he doesn’t define them. nate questions eliot’s ability to cook and be a hitter, but hardison just takes it in stride. this is eliot, he’s an amazing cook, great at wines, spends more time on his hair than any girl hardison has ever known, and he knows 43 ways to kill someone with a plastic butter knife. cool. he never wants anyone to change, he supports them if they choose to change, but he doesn’t ask anyone to be what they are and instead does his best to change himself in the way that he relates to them. and he tries so hard and so much. sophie and nate, they’re on another level, a little to arrogant, a little too bitter for it to work.

but eliot and parker man. fuck. talk about two people who’ve spend almost their whole lives being told how they had to be and how what they were wasn’t good enough, wasn’t right. and then hardison comes in and just. is there. protecting and caring for them without asking anything in return. and parker and eliot keep waiting for the other foot to drop, for there to be some sort of catch in how hardison just keeps being there for them, but it never comes. and at some point down the line they finally accept that this is how hardison is, and how they kinda cant live without him anymore, which a whole new different realization for another reason.

just. the thing that gets me about this OT3 is that every single one of them feels like they got lucky, like they’re the ones dating up. parker has eliot who understands her, and hardison who’s patient and so good to her, and she looks at these mostly normal guys and wonders why they’re bothering with her and her weirdness and hang ups and insecurities when they could be having a normal relationship with each other. eliot looks at parker, the best thief, and hardison, the smartest man he’s ever known, and he knows he’s not the best hitter in the world, that even if he was that he can’t sustain that, and parker and hardison are criminals but they’re not murderers and they’re kind to each other and good to each other and can touch each other without worrying if they’re smearing blood on their lover’s skin from the countless people that have died under their hands, and just, eliot considers himself the soiled, bad man who’s potentially ruining a perfectly healthy, if not normal, relationship between people who’ve never gotten their hands dirty. and hardison looks at beautiful and graceful parker, and eliot who shifts between controlled finesse with a sword in his hand to a deadly tornado in a hand to hand fight, and hardison walks into walls and trip over his own two feet, he doesn’t know what these two amazing people are doing with him, because he knows parker and eliot speak this secret language of people who use their body as a tool, but hardison can’t do that, cant share a look and shrug with them and have it be a conversation, instead all he has is words, a flood of words, an endless waterfall of words to talk about his feelings, and he knows most of the time they don’t want his words and he can’t understand them in the way they understand each other, and basically hardison is terrified of the day that eliot and parker figure out they’re perfect together and decide they don’t need him anymore.

my precious insecure children who love so hard and so clumsily and so much that it ends up spilling out of them and over the floor and up to their necks, threatening to drown them if they’re not careful.

just. jesus fuck these three and this show has fucking ruined me.

aslo, favorite eps: the 12 step job, the grave danger job, the rundown job, the first david job, the lost heir job, the gone fishing job, the san lorenzo job, the queen’s gambit job