By Jav Rivera
What's worse than getting fired? Getting burned. That's what happens to spies. As the intro sequence to every episode explains, getting burned means you have nothing: no cash, no credit, no job history. And unfortunately, that's what happened to Michael Weston in USA Network's "Burn Notice," one of the most clever spy shows around.
It began in 2007, when Creator Matt Nix's television series exposed the inside secrets of the US Government according to Special Ops-trained spy Michael Weston. Each episode has dual story lines - one of Michael searching for the reason of his burn notice and another of him helping out a local Miami resident with a problem that only his skills can help resolve.
The main cast is in top form. Michael Weston is the "cool" played by Jeffrey Donovan, trigger-happy Fiona is the "sexy" played by Gabrielle Anwar, Sam Axe is the "funny" played by Bruce Campbell and of course there's Michael's mom Madeline played by Sharon Gless (who might be best remembered for her role as Cagney in 1980s long-running television series "Cagney & Lacey").
|Sharon Gless, Bruce Campbell, Jeffrey Donovan, and Gabrielle Anwar|
|Michael and Fiona|
|Jeffrey Donovan as "Michael Weston"|
|Gabrielle Anwar as "Fiona"|
|Bruce Campbell as "Sam Axe"|
|Sharon Gless as "Madeline Weston"|
"Burn Notice" also has an incredible sense of humor. It's not a full on comedy nor a straight dramatical piece. It has a great balance rarely achieved in most hour-long shows. The drama and suspense is well played but never takes itself too seriously. Even the love-hate relationship between Michael and Fiona is used sparingly. Instead the show focuses on the closeness of the entire team and the importance of family. It's a clever show with outstanding players. The show returns this summer (2012) on USA Network so if you haven't already started watching the series, catch up on Netflix streaming.
And for no justifiable reason, here's yet another shot of the lovely Gabrielle Anwar. What can I say? I'm a sucker for brunettes.
TRIVIA: Michael Weston's car is a 1973 Dodge Charger.