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New Leverage vid

I made this as a (belated) birthday present for [personal profile] sherrold because she is a doll and I hope it will cheer her a little. But the nice thing about vids is sharing and hoping others enjoy the gifts as well.

Only an Expert
Artist: Laurie Anderson
Fandom: Leverage
File: Divx avi 37MB
An expert can solve the problem: Ask Hardison how.

The song is very political, a wry and sarcastic commentary on America's ridiculous devotion to "experts" and the kinds of situations we get ourselves into by not valuing independent thinking. It's seven and a half minutes long, and I cut out the verses that have to do with global warming, torture, and the bank bailouts. But the funny thing was, the first time I heard it, even with all the political comments, I kept thinking of Hardison. Because... he IS an expert. All of them are, in their own ways, but there is something inherently funny about Hardison and his expertise, which probably reached its zenith in the High Noon showdown between him and evil Will Wheaton in the 2 Live Crew Job episode.

BTW, thanks to everyone who provided clip help for this.

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Aug. 28th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you!
Aug. 28th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
That was great! I loved the shots you chose, and how it's both slick/cool and comic. I enjoyed it very much.
Aug. 28th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad someone watched it! (I need a Hardison icon, don't I?)
Aug. 28th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Everyone needs a Hardison icon, really.
Aug. 28th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, fun! I don't watch Leverage, but you make me thing that perhaps I should! Really enjoyable vid. Thanks for sharing it!
Aug. 28th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Leverage is a ton of fun. I found I really, really had to check my brain at the door, but Hardison especially makes watching it so worthwhile.
Aug. 28th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
HARDISON!! And also heeeee, because that was all kinds of fun. Love it!
Sep. 2nd, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I always wonder why there aren't more Hardison focused vids - he's so, so viddable!
Aug. 31st, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
Okay, that was awesome! Perfect Hardison song; LOVED the intro. Loved all sorts of little bits:
- the keyboard trill and fingers dancing over something (a bomb? a map?)
- the salutes for "in America we like solutions" (perfect, edgy visual pun about military solutions)
- "...cuz I'm an expert" and the first hacker face-off clip (and the gesture for the first line of that set!)
- "not a very plausible problem" and the nun/priest outfits! (hee!)
- "gonna get exposed" --> Sterling!
- the whole 3:00 to 3:06 "completely out of control" and the plane. PERFECT!

And then the way the music picks up there after the non-crash.

Seriously, I'm just going to recount the whole damn vid at this rate. But I loved it. Deeply, deeply cool.

Sep. 2nd, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you so, so much. I was feeling a lot of despair over the fact that it had hardly any hits or views, and wondered if it really sucked that much. This lifts my spirits quite a bit, let me tell you. I think Hardison would totally worship Laurie Anderson!
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
I don't watch Leverage but I can see from this vid that Hardison is the reason that would. This is a fun vid, and slyly funny, even for a non-viewer of the show!
Sep. 19th, 2010 06:52 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! Hardison is TOTALLY the reason you would like the show (you'd also like Elliot, but you would adore Hardison). Someday maybe me and Brynn can tag-team you and show it to you. ;-)
Sep. 6th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I loved this! Hardison is the reason to watch the show, and you capture just how awesome he is with this look at all his competence. I'm not familiar with the full version of the song, but what parts were here have a sardonic edge that matches Hardison well.
Sep. 19th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
Yay! THank you! Hardison is my spiritual boyfriend. If he were real, I'd hunt him down and kidnap him and make him my prisoner.
Sep. 13th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
LOL, Hardison, FTW! :D
Sep. 19th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
Heee from me too! Thank you!
Sep. 18th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
this was great--terrific flow of clips plus Hardison and his badass skills just = *love*
Sep. 19th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
Thank you! That's quite an icon, btw. I'm always amazed and amused by Parker and how easily she drops trou, and how panicked Hardison gets by that.
Sep. 19th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
yeah I kind of love how casual she is about the whole thing, it fits in perfectly with the characters lack of socialization
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