Burn NoticeBurn Notice is must see TV. A brilliant televsion show on the USA Network on Thursday Nights - 8 central/ 9 eastern Has anyone else found Burn Notice?
For those unlucky ones - it's a show on the USA Network about a spy, Michael Westen who is half James Bond and half McGiver, that was "burned' by his superiors. He was dropped off in Miami (lucky it was a hot place with bikinis instead of North Dakota) without any money, a job, or any other assets. He now spends his time trying to get his old life back. Mean while he supports himself by helping victims of crime or criminals who for one reason or another can't use the police.
He is helped by an old friend, Sam, who is ex FBI and ex Navy Seal. He is also helped by a hot little number, Fiona, who has a knack with explosives. She is IRA and an off and on again lover of Michael's. This year the trio has a new member, Jesse, who was also burned. He lives with Michael's mother played by Sharon Gless. By the way Gless is hilarious and brilliant in this role.It might sound like your run off the mill hack spy show but it is far from it. The writing is superb. It never fails to surprise us with the ending. When I say us, I mean my whole family. All four of my kids, their friends, my wife and I are addicted to the show.
Sure we may not be your typical fewers of TV because we are all male except the wife. Sure this may make us more vulnurable to watching a show with a cute little IRA operative who wears short skirts, low cut tops and bikinis but trust me, Burn Notice is a great show.
Characters Main article: List of Burn Notice characters The cast of Burn Notice.
Sharon Gless as Madeline Westen, Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe, Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona Glenanne
Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen: A covert operative who has been burned (identified as an unreliable or dangerous agent) who now finds himself in his hometown of Miami, unable to leave. With his assets frozen, he is forced to live off his wits and any small investigative jobs he can find while he searches for answers about who burned him and why. Highly skilled and extremely clever, he displays his abilities by quickly thinking on his feet, improvising electronic devices from commonly available commercial equipment such as radios and cellphones, and by using ordinary items ranging from duct tape or cake frosting in highly unorthodox ways in order to complete a job. He has two black belts (or as he put it in one episode "thirty years of karate") and is "rated with anything that fires a bullet or holds an edge." He has an uncanny ability to assume cover identities, working in numerous regional dialects and international accents. He believes that his unhappy childhood, largely at the hands of an abusive father, helped make him into a natural covert operative, but made relationships difficult for him. He has a younger brother, Nate (Seth Peterson), who appears in several episodes. He presents himself as a cynic hardened by experience, but soon reveals a soft, and sometimes vulnerable, side. His favorite food is yogurt. It is featured or eaten by at least one of the characters in every episode. Michael Westen drives a black 1973 Dodge Charger Rallye Edition; the car, which had belonged to his father, was given to him by his mother, Madeline.
Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona Glenanne: A former IRA operative and Westen's ex-girlfriend. Fiona re-enters Michael's life when he is dumped, half-dead, in Miami, and she decides to stay, quickly making herself valuable to him. Aside from serving as his explosives expert, she provides support to him on his investigations and at times, assists him in missions to find out who burned him. In the pilot episode, she speaks with an Irish accent. In the second episode, she changes to an American accent, along with a change in her style of dress, in an effort to distance herself from her past and blend in, showing her own ability to adapt. She is both a complement to Michael and his match in many ways, both intellectually and tactically. Series creator Matt Nix has said about Michael and Fiona's relationship:
“The thing about the relationship with Fiona is...They are two people who really don't have anybody else they can be with. Anybody else is going to be afraid of what Michael does, and it sort of turns her on, and anybody else for Michael is going to be uninteresting. He is attracted to her, but part of what we explore over the first season is they really are attracted with each other, and yet there is a reason they broke up. She is an incredibly chaotic person who just thrives on disorder...Violence is foreplay for her."
Where Michael is concerned, Fiona is not entirely willing to let go of their past relationship, which continues to simmer. Fiona drives a 2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible (acquired from a client of Michael's who left it to him when the client left the country, sold in the midseason finale to Season Three). In the latter half of season three, it is shown that the two of them are close to reigniting their relationship. In Season 4, Fiona is seen driving a gray Ford Mustang GT and a blue Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe: An aging semi-retired intelligence operative and former Navy SEAL. With a low amount of cash-on-hand to his name, Axe spends most of his time sleeping with rich, older Miami women in exchange for food and shelter. He and Westen are old buddies; Sam is also Westen's last, tenuous contact in the official spy community. Sam presents himself as "the guy who knows a guy." He also uses the alias "Charles (or Chuck) Finley" frequently during jobs. It is revealed in the pilot that he is also an FBI informant, reporting on Westen under duress. Knowing this, Westen is able to pass false information to the FBI through Sam, who is glad to become his double agent. Sam drives a red 1960 Buick LeSabre (wrecked in the Season Three midseason finale). At some point in the past Sam foiled Fiona's attempt to sell a large shipment of weapons to a Libyan arms dealer, costing her a good deal of money. Fiona was initially very hostile towards him, but the two have since become very antagonistic friends. Sam will occasionally ask her for advice concerning his relationships with women, and Michael has said that the two of them make a good team. In season 4 Sam is seen driving a 2003 Chevy Impala, in at least one episode.
Sharon Gless as Madeline Westen: Michael's mother, "Maddie" is a chain-smoking retiree. Although attempting to keep a sense of gravitas and self-importance, she is family-oriented and fully supports both her sons in times of need, as well as helping Michael with his clients. She considered leaving Miami in the midseason finale of third season, but realized her significance to his business. Until recently, she has had only infrequent communication with Michael, something she remembers, noting in the pilot that Michael had missed his father's funeral "by nine years". Michael does not relish her company. Despite this, her appeals for help are Michael's one great weakness, and she has the ability to persuade him to do as she wishes.