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Monday, April 20, 2009:
What I'm watching: Burn Notice
When intelligence agencies need to dispense with one of their spies they serve a burn notice. A burn notice informs other agencies that the spy has become unreliable, effectively ending his or her career. The USA Network's BURN NOTICE follows Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan), whose intelligence career comes to an abrupt halt after a botched job in Nigeria. Westen returns home to Miami, Florida, only to discover that he has been cut off from all his contacts in the agency and his bank account has been frozen. Without a penny to his name, Westen decides to work as an unlicensed private investigator, using the money he makes to launch his own investigation into his fate with the intelligence agency. Westen's new career presents him with plenty of opportunities to delve into Miami's seedy underbelly, with drug dealers, gunrunners, prostitution rings, and gangsters all coming under his watchful eye. A strong supporting cast includes Gabrielle Anwar (SCENT OF A WOMAN) as Westen's ex-girlfriend and former IRA agent Fiona Glenanne; Bruce Campbell (THE EVIL DEAD) as Sam Axe, an aging lothario who is Westen's only remaining connection with the intelligence world; and Sharon Gless (CAGNEY & LACEY) as Westen's overbearing mother, Madeline. Vital clues into Westen's burn notice are revealed as the film progresses, and he often has to use all his ingenuity, including some intricate skills with electronic devices, to find the answers. This release includes every episode from the first season of the show.
This is one of the shows that was mentioned to me awhile back when I was looking for recommendations. I've watched 7 episodes so far, and am enjoying it immensely, though if I have one complaint, it's that it's not angsty and dark enough. Maybe this is so cynical of me, but why does every episode turn out with the good guy winning without risking a whole hell of a lot? Maybe I should be glad of this, but after watching "Firefly" and subsequently "Serenity", I find myself dissatisfied with how wonderful everything turns out in the end.
Plus, though Michael Westen has had a messed up family life, he still comes across as very well-adjusted. His aversion to relationships seems completely normal to me for a former spy. Why doesn't he have a drinking problem or extremely violent tendencies like his ex-girlfriend?
Still, it's been fun to watch, especially as we watch him come up with ways to solve his cases, both with inventive technology and the use of his friends Fi and Sam, who, btw, is portrayed by Bruce Campbell, who was kind of a hottie in his day in a cheesy kind of way. What was it, "Zena Warrior Princess" or "Hercules" or one of those campy shows he was on. Anyway, his character is entertaining, and it's fun watching him and Fi have their arguments - they just look like they're having a ball.
The jury is still out on Michael Westen. He's likable enough, but my first memorable experience seeing him act was in "Changeling" with Angelina Jolie, and I strongly disliked his character - and that's a little hard to get past. He does have some sex appeal, don't get me wrong, but so far it hasn't fully worked its magic on me. However I'm willing to be convinced ;)
Have you seen this show?
If so, what do you think of it?

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  1. Hey Stacy;

    I've never heard of this show but it does sound interesting. I agree though, there tends to be too much of a "feel good" resolution to these television shows even though you know the characters should be totally messed up. lol

    You enjoy!
    Best Regards

  2. DF and I watched this show back when it had its debut season and really enjoyed it. He liked the action and spy stuff, I liked the banter between the leads and the relationships. I plan on borrowing the DVDs from a coworker as soon as I can. :)

  3. I was hooked on Burn Notice the moment it aired. It is quirky and I love the twists and turns.
    And it has Bruce Campbell.

  4. My best friend is currently watching (and enjoying) I guess it gets darker as she quite likes dark :) Maybe it's me, but I think the TV networks worry that viewers won't like dark shows so they try and make them lighter. IIRC that was one of the issues with Firefly. The crew weren't heroes...they were just surviving...

    And the first thing I saw the lead actor in was as Jarod's brother in The Pretender...

  5. I love Burn Notice! It's currently at the top of my favorite TV show list :-) And it doesn't hurt that Jeffrey Donovan is hot!

  6. Lea, I think it would be more powerful if the characters were more messed up and that everything wasn't solved in a neat package at the end of the hour. But that's just me.

    Sula, it is fun, and I love the banter too. Looks like they're having a good time filming the show.

    Katiebabs, I know, there's just something about Bruce Campbell. He's smarmy, cheesy, leery, but great fun.

    Orannia, I tend to agree with you, especially with the economy the way it is, people don't want misery. Well, I kinda do LOL. That's right, I forgot about The Pretender. Loved that show.

    Hey Michelle! Yeah, I can see the hottie appeal *g* Are you going to Lori's event this yr?

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