A new day breaks for Michael Westen when he’s reinstated by the CIA, but his good fortune is impossibly short-lived. Framed for murder and blackmailed by a diabolical foe, Michael and his team must do whatever it takes to clear his name and catch a killer. As the danger builds, Michael finally comes face-to-face with the man who burned him, leading to an explosive finale, after which nothing will ever be the same.
Kevin and I have been completely hooked on Burn Notice for years now. We watched the first season or two as they aired, and then we got rid of our cable, relying on Netflix to keep us supplied. Of course, that means that we are always a year behind everyone else – but it also means we can completely binge on our favorite shows when they come out, no commercials, no cliff-hangers.
Our latest binge means it only took us a couple of weeks to make it through the entire fifth season of Burn Notice. This season starts out with Michael Westen finally working for the CIA again, but it doesn’t take long until someone screws things up for him and he finds himself in the position of trying to clear his name. Again. That’s the over-arching season-long storyline, and along the way, Michael, Sam, Fiona, and Jesse find plenty of other people to help – sometimes enlisting the aid of Maddie, Michael’s mom, played by the awesome Sharon Gless.
There are so many things to love about this show. First, you have Jeffrey Donovan.
Yes, he is yummy to look at, but he’s also got some fantastic acting chops. (Did you see him with Angelina Jolie in The Changeling?) His talent is highlighted this season as he faces the idea of possibly losing Fiona, his trigger-happy, ex-IRA gun-runner girlfriend, played by Gabrielle Anwar. (If you decide to give the show a try for the first time, and you start with the pilot, please know that she gets rid of the terrible Lucky Charms accent by the second episode.)
This program is all about ensemble and chemistry. Donovan and Anwar have fantastic romantic sizzle, but my favorite relationship in the show is between Michael and his buddy, ex-Navy Seal Sam Axe.
Sam is played by cult movie favorite Bruce Campbell, and he brings a lot of the humor and heart to the show. He’s funny, he’s great with the ladies, he loves his mojitoes, and he knows how to rock a Hawaiian shirt. Plus, he and Michael have worked together for a long time, and the brotherhood and loyalty they have is hard to find.
And, of course, you have Michael’s ever tangled relationship with his mom, Maddie. Sharon Gless was inspired casting for this role – I love watching her in every single episode.
There are some series that I watch on my own, some that Kevin likes more than I do, but Burn Notice is one that we both love. Now to wait – impatiently – for season 6.
Burn Notice: Season Five is available now on DVD. The special features include an extended episode, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and more.