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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic ;-), April 18, 2008
This review is from: Burn Notice: Season 1 (DVD)
I really love this show. It's one of my 'new' favourites. To be honest, I first started watching it because of Jeffrey Donovan, who plays the lead, Michael Weston. I used to watch him in The Pretender and Crossing Jordan and loved him, so I began to see what this was like. It's a great show and I make sure not to miss any episodes. Speaking of episodes, this is how season 1 plays out;
PILOT - Michael Weston, a contract agent for various agencies including the CIA, finds that a burn notice has been issued for him. Stranded in Miami, he takes the case of a caretaker accused of stealing millions from his boss.
IDENTITY - Weston is roped into helping his mother's friend get back money she lost in a scam, but Fi and Sam may ruin everything with their bumbling and bickering.
FIGHT OR FLIGHT - Michael's landlord, Oleg, is having a problem with one of his waitresses. She hasn't come into work because she witnessed a crime committed by a man who just happens to be a member of a local drug cartel. Michael is (mostly) happy to look into it, as he also continues his investigation into who stuck him with his burn notice.
OLD FRIENDS - Michael's brother is back in town, and he involves him in the search for a friend's daughter for less than pure motives. Elsewhere, an agent with a grudge comes after Michael.
FAMILY BUSINESS - Michael takes on arms dealers for an airport worker, while Nate obsesses about the car and their dad's will.
UNPAID DEBTS - Michael helps out an old SEAL buddy of Sam's who has gotten himself on the wrong side of a smuggler while trying to repossess his boat, and a new agent hits town set on making Michael's life miserable since he won't give up on finding his burn notice.
BROKEN RULES - Michael works to rid a community in little Havana of a crime boss, all the while baiting Jason Bly at the risk of his family and friends.
WANTED MAN - Fiona decides to try bounty-hunting, but then convinces Michael to help prove the man innocent.
HARD BARGAIN - A slightly dim house sitter's fiancée has been kidnapped, and Sam guilts Michael into a rescue while he's negotiating with a D.C. bureaucrat to stop the burn notice.
FALSE FLAG - Michael makes plans to leave Miami, but has to do one last job - locate a woman's missing son - so he can get a new identity.
LOOSE ENDS PART 1 - Phillip Cowan has arrived in Miami, but Michael has to put him off when a job involving heroin and blackmail goes south.
LOOSE ENDS PART 2 - With Cowan's bosses now tracking him, Michael must protect his family and rescue Sam all before his own capture if he doesn't move fast enough.
To elaborate just that little bit more, a 'burn notice' is when a spy is cut off, no jobs, nothing. Jeffrey Donovan is great in this and so is Gabrielle Anwar and the writing for this series is sharp. I was hooked from the first episode and I'm sure you'll be too. It's brilliant and I highly recommend it.
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Initial post: Apr 22, 2008 12:18:53 AM PDT
S-D Rabbit says:
Ummm, sorry to burst your bubble, but Jeffrey Donovan was NOT the actor you're thinking of from Crossing Jordan and The Pretender. That was Michael Weiss. Donovan starred in one brilliant season of Touching Evil and, among other things, did a very notable turn as a really bad bad guy on CSI: Miami. Michael Weiss is a good actor. Jeffrey Donovan is beyond great - way beyond.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2008 10:52:18 AM PDT
Artemis says:
Thank you for setting the record straight. For a moment there (Pretender? Crossing Jordan?), I thought I had lost it!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2008 9:45:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2008 9:49:41 PM PDT
Cleo C. says:
Jeffrey Donovan played Kyle, Jarod's brother, in The Pretender, while Michael Weiss played Jarod. Kyle was in two or three episodes before being killed. Jeffrey Donovan also played a character on Crossing Jordan, I think named William Ivers, who was investigating Jordan's boss in the last or second to last season. Michael Weiss played Jordan's brother in a couple of episodes, before that character was killed off.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2008 3:55:26 AM PDT
Well, if you'd check your facts, you'd know full well that Jeffrey Donovan WAS in the Pretender (as Michael T Weiss's brother Kyle), and he was in Crossing Jordan too as William Ivers among many other roles that I could list if you like. I try to make sure I have my facts straight before I make a review. So sorry to burst YOUR bubble.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009 10:31:08 PM PST
Thank you for giving an episode list! I wasn't sure what episodes I had missed out of this season; turns out I've seen everything but the pilot. So I just need to buy that one episode on demand and you've saved me money. Thanks again!

By the way, people, have you heard of IMDB? It makes the whole debate on Jeffrey Donovan's past parts unnecessary.
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