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Burn Notice 8 Seasons 2011

Season 5
4.6 out of 5 stars (325) IMDb 8/10

Summer heats up with the fifth season premiere of BURN NOTICE starring Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, a blacklisted spy who finds himself stranded in sun-soaked Miami.

Original air date:
December 15, 2011

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Season 5

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1. Company Man

Although still burned, Michael works alongside his old agency to bring down the people who burned him. Following the trail leads them to the heart of Venezuela.

CC TV-PG June 23, 2011 42 minutes
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2. Bloodlines

Michael has to balance his new agency duties and helping a woman recover her cousin, who is one of many being trafficked into the U.S. by the Yakuza. Against Michael's wishes, Madeline becomes a critical component of the plan to find the girls.

CC TV-PG June 30, 2011 42 minutes
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3. Mind Games

Michael's brother, Nate, returns to Miami and recruits him to help take down a loan shark that's been harassing an old friend's widow. But the loan shark and his boss may be more brutal--and have more motives--than they anticipated.

CC TV-PG July 7, 2011 43 minutes
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4. No Good Deed

When Barry's brother is framed for a server heist by a ruthless hacker, the team tries to track down her super-computer before it's too late. Guest starring The Big Show.

CC TV-PG July 14, 2011 42 minutes
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5. Square One

Michael plays a key role in a CIA murder investigation. Meanwhile, the team helps a client who reminds them of Michael--a former army sniper who wants revenge on the men who put his sister in the hospital. Guest starring Matt Lauria.

CC TV-PG July 21, 2011 43 minutes
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6. Enemy of My Enemy

Michael must help the CIA retrieve a weapon from a violent Serbian mob. As part of the plan, Sam goes undercover with a heroin dealer, but Sam is left hanging when the CIA disagrees with his methods.

CC TV-PG July 28, 2011 43 minutes
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7. Beseiged

When a woman's ex-husband takes their ailing son to an armed compound, Michael and Sam vow to bring him back to her. But the compound has more firepower than anyone was expecting.

CC TV-PG August 4, 2011 43 minutes
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8. Hard Out

Michael and Jesse join Agent Pearce for a CIA extraction mission on a Caribbean island, but an army of mercenaries makes it impossible for them to leave. Meanwhile, Fiona does a favor for a powerful ex in order to get information for Michael.

CC TV-PG August 11, 2011 42 minutes
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9. Eye for an Eye

Fiona and Jesse take a surveillance job for a powerful pharmaceuticals magnate, but there's more to his company than meets the eye. Michael and Sam interrogate a bomb-maker involved in the cover-up of Max's murder.

CC TV-PG August 18, 2011 42 minutes
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10. Army of One

Michael goes undercover with a group of hijackers in order to assist Jesse with a security job, but he changes the plan when the hijackers take hostages at the airport.

CC TV-PG August 25, 2011 43 minutes
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11. Better Halves

In order to extract a dangerous bio-weapons specialist, Michael and Fiona go undercover as a rich, married couple at a South American resort. Back in Miami, Sam and Jesse set traps in hopes of snaring Max's killer.

CC TV-PG September 1, 2011 42 minutes
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12. Dead to Rights

With all evidence pointing to him, Michael must perform a desperate act in order to clear his name as Max's murderer. And in a bit of bad timing, Larry returns with a job for Michael and he won't take "no" as an answer.

CC TV-PG September 8, 2011 43 minutes
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13. Damned if you Do...

Michael and Fiona head to Puerto Rico to abduct a financial hacker whose software they need for Anson, but the hacker has some dangerous enemies waiting for him in Miami.

CC TV-PG November 3, 2011 43 minutes
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14. Breaking Point

When gang warfare claims the life of one of Michael's childhood friends, he teams up with the victim's brother to entrap the gang in a weapons scheme. Guest-starring Jere Burns, Indigo and Andre Holland.

CC TV-PG November 10, 2011 44 minutes
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15. Necessary Evil

Michael runs point on a CIA rescue mission involving a scientist kidnapped by an African warlord. Meanwhile, Sam and Jesse go undercover as microchip specialists but quickly get in over their heads. Guest-starring Lauren Stamile.

CC TV-PG November 17, 2011 43 minutes
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16. Depth Perception

Sam has a surprise reunion with Beatriz, whose newspaper articles have made her the target of a murderous Russian spy. Michael has to trust Anson's profiling ability to track the Russian, and must get to him before he gets to Sam and Beatriz.

CC TV-PG December 1, 2011 42 minutes
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17. Acceptable Loss

Michael needs Pearce's help to get in touch with a prisoner from his past who has information on Anson.

CC TV-PG December 8, 2011 43 minutes
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18. Fail Safe

Pearce puts Michael in charge of his biggest CIA mission yet.

CC TV-PG December 15, 2011 43 minutes
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Mystery
Season year 2011
Network USA
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This latest season of BURN NOTICE, one of the best TV shows on the air right now, was decidedly different in tone if not in execution as Michael Westen, Fiona Glennanne, Sam Axe and Jesse Porter face a much more insidious threat than they have before on this show, and this show has seen plenty of threats.

We begin with Michael being embraced once again by the CIA, under the purview of his old handler Raines (the always great, but sadly under-used Dylan Baker) and while he's in a probationary period, he's putting all of his old skills to work with his new partner Max (Grant Snow) and has a new case officer, the sharp and attractive Agent Pearce (Lauren Stamile). He's living in something resembling bliss also, with Fiona moved into his loft, desperately trying to make the place more hospitable. Sam is back down to his "fighting weight", as we saw in the tie-in TV movie THE FALL OF SAM AXE, and Jesse has a flashy job with an independent, high-profile security contractor. Madeline is also dating!

The first few episodes of the season deal mostly with Michael sliding comfortably back into working as a spy again, bantering with his pals, becoming somewhat domesticated by Fi, and outwitting the bad guys. Things turn for the worse with a shocking death that Michael is intended to be framed for, and our heroes scramble to track down the real killer, while keeping the intrepid Agent Pearce off their backs.
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I am a huge fan of this show, but I don't completly agree with the other reviewers about how great the last season was. It was still very good, just not like it has been in the past. The only real standout in this season was Gabrielle Anwar's Fiona. You were able to see new depth to her character that you hadn't before. In past seasons she was always willing to do whatever it took to help their clients, but the show never explored her as a person. This season we were better able to see what she was willing to sacrifice for the greater good of those whe loved, even if it was her freedom. This was a big turnaround for someone who I always thought was a little selfish and narrow minded. Like I said she was always willing to do whatever it takes, but usually in her own terms. She relentlessly pursued her relationship with Michael, but she would always threaten to walk away if he did something she didn't like. While the changes in Fiona were good, I did not always like the changes in Michael. Too many times this season, he went too far, and sometimes it looked like the othere could never pull him back. I think the she runners were trying to show us what he was like pre burn notice now that he was back with the CIA, but I still did not like the changes. These things I could have forgiven and still given the season 4 stars, but the worst part was the shows under utilization of Bruce Campbell. I felt that Sam spent most of the season in background. I think that he is one of the best parts of the show, and I hate that he was only used for occasional comic relief. All in all, I still love burn notice, and faithfully await the next season.
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I had been getting a bit tired of Burn Notice. It was becoming too obviously formulaic and the antagonists were getting sillier and sillier. Each season the people Michael's team was fighting against became ever more powerful - they could circumscribe world governments and they became less and less believable as time went on. What new super power of evil would the team be fighting against next, I asked myself after Season Four - the Devil? I stopped buying the DVDs after Season Two - But. I can't wait for Season Five to become available. The creation of Anson as the antagonist is inspired. He really could qualify as the Devil; he is so believable that it is chilling. He has tied the previous four season together as we get glimpses into Michael's past. The use of a highly intelligent, skilled psychologist as Michael's foe, bringing the evil back to one man, makes the series believable again.

If you think of Anson as Archangel Lucifer and Michael as Archangel Michael - the two ultimate warrior foes - we could be set for an heroic battle in the next season. I can hardly wait for next summer.
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What changed this season? A new producer? Something? I watched seasons 1-4 in preperation for season 5, and was immediately struck by jerky, badly cut filming during scenes, stiff character postures, terrible dialogue and a wooden serious atmosphere. I felt like characters had turned into charicatures of themselves, trying too hard, acting over the top, ect. Example: Fiona had turned into a girly girl more concerned with her hair, clothes and vacation spot than anything worth while. She's always been a fashion minded, at times femanine woman, and I find no fault with that, because she always had an edge and a strong attitude, a strong person.

Scenes were rushes, clipped and jumped from face shot to face shot on who ever was talking. I didn't see any of the nuances that I had come to enjoy with Burn notice, the facial expressions and subtle tones of voice that conveyed more than words alone could. I went online to see if I could figure out what, if anything has changed, but in the end it doesn't really matter I suppose. Overall, I am very disappointed in Season 5 so far.

Okay, so the season has gotten a little better as it has gone on, or maybe I've gotten used to the "different" prsentation. I'm feeling a little more invested in the plot and I'm feeling more interested in the characters. The narration has also improved (those times when there is a few seconds of freeze frame and Michael gives us a bit of explination or insight into spying and such which were one of the best points I felt). I've upded my review by one star.
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