This week begins the second half of season 2 of Burn Notice on USA. If you haven’t noticed me gushing over this show in the past, I’ll be the first to tell you I’m a big fan. Not sure why I didn’t get hooked during the first season, but I was immediately grabbed by the first half of the season, caught up on Hulu for season 1, and am ready for the first episode in 2009!
For those of you who haven’t been introduced to the world of Burn Notice, I’ll provide a brief intro. The series is about the character, Michael Westin (played by Jeffrey Donovan), a now ex-spy for the CIA. He was black listed in the first season — basically fired by the CIA — and dumped in Miami. He’s spent the last couple of years trying to figure out why he was kicked out so he can get his job back. In the meantime, he works in Miami with his friends Sam (the always amazing Bruce Campbell), who is retired FBI, and Fiona (the stunning Gabrielle Anwar), an ex-girlfriend, ex-gun runner for the IRA. To fill his time while he tries to figure out how to get back into the good graces of the CIA, he helps people out doing investigative work.
That said… I was able to get a sneak peak at this week’s season premiere over the weekend. The episode is titled “do no harm” and picks up right where the mid-season cliffhanger ended… with Michael being blown up as he opened the door to his loft.
The episode starts strong with Sam coming to Michael’s aid and the two of them outrunning/outsmarting a couple of dark sedans tailing them. On their way to find a safe place to recover (Michael was a bit banged up), Michael manages to stop a man from committing suicide in front of a bus.
I don’t want to spoil the episode for you, but we do get a chance to see Tricia Helfer (Number 6 from Battlestar Galactica) return to her role as bad spy Carla (she plays bad girls so well). We also get to see Michael’s mother, Madeline, played by the indomitable Sharon Gless (of Cagney & Lacey fame).
I thought that the guy Michael saved from meeting the bus was a bit wimpier than the usual people Michael, Fiona, and Sam help out, but it’s still a good, exciting story to start the second half of Burn Notice’s 2nd season.
To say that I’m excited about more episodes would be an understatement. I always learn something cool (kind of like watching MacGyver) in every episode. What else will we learn about this season? (So far my favorite tidbit was how to use the freon in a can of compressed air to freeze a padlock. I haven’t tried it yet, but I want to! 🙂 )
Be sure to check out Burn Notice on Thursday, January 22, 2009 on the USA Network!!
p.s. Be sure to pick up season 1 on DVD from Amazon! You can also catch up on episodes from Season 1 and the first half of Season 2 on Hulu!