Burn Notice: Season 4
Explosive thrills, great stories and wry humor make Season Four of Burn Notice the show’s hottest season yet! Master-spy Michael Westen is back, and this time, he’s joined by Jesse Porter, a no-nonsense counter-intelligence expert who has been burned himself. Along with go-to guy Sam and the dangerously sexy Fiona, the team takes on a barrage of outlaw biker gangs, drug dealers and a worldwide terrorist threat. As tension mounts, uneasy alliances are forged, friendships are tested, and a lethal game unfolds when Jesse vows to find and kill the one who burned him.
The gear-head equivalent of fast food, USA's Burn Notice, returns with a new wrinkle in its fourth season. Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) gets an irresistible offer to work for the very people who relieved him from spy duty, so he rejoins Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and Sam (Bruce Campbell), while working with Vaughn (The Wire's Robert Wisdom) on the side. "Good name for a vampire," quips Sam, who doesn't trust the guy. When Michael burns another spy in the process, he adds Jesse (Third Watch's Coby Bell) to the team and tries to remove the burn--all without admitting his guilt.
Together, they help a doctor out of a jam (The Shield's Benito Martinez), go after a crazy hit woman (Numbers' Navi Rawat), and take the heat off a veteran spy (Burt Reynolds with an ill-advised neckerchief). Michael also reunites with his nemesis Simon (Garret Dillahunt) in hopes of taking down a common enemy (played by Robert Patrick). Other cases involve biker gangs, bad accents, kidnappings, prison riots, and a catfight (between Anwar and returning guest star Callie Thorne).
Adding a new character to an established show represents a risk, but Bell fits right in, and complicates the connection between Michael and Fiona, with whom he shares a "tactical" kiss. He also finds allies in Madeline (Sharon Gless), and his ex-handler, Marv (Richard Kind). Soft stuff aside, Burn Notice remains as destructive as ever with car crashes, fiery explosions, and high-powered weaponry, but there's nothing else quite like it on TV. Extras include a featurette on Sam, a stunt demonstration, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and chops-busting commentary on the season finale. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Top Customer Reviews
Fox continues to do an exceptional job with the transfers for "Burn Notice" with a nice looking transfer that captures the gritty look of the show (shot on Super 16mm film). Unfortunately, the reaction to the Blu-ray release of season two means that we still haven't gotten a high def release for this show (it looked gritty for a very good reason--it's SUPPOSED to look that way)so high def fans will either have to suffice with the high def broadcasts or with the DVD. Audio sounds terrific as well with a nice, active surround mix.
The show is close captioned in English. We get the following special features: Deleted scenes ; Sam Axe's guide to ladies and libations a humorous featurette ; Burn Notice roasts white collar; White collar roasts Burn Notice; Best-laid plans: The stunts of Burn Notice; Gag reel.Read more ›
Burn Notice has something for everybody, regardless of taste. It is well written, the cast is superb and the writing has stayed fresh throughout the length of the program. This is fhe finest American TV I have seen to date. Few programs measure up to the standards set here.
This season finds a big shake up to the cast. Yes, Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) is still the main character. When he gets in situations that are over his head, he still calls on former girlfriend and gun dealer Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and ex-seal Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell). His mom Madeline (Sharon Gless) is even still around to drive him crazy. So what's the change? They've added Jesse (Coby Bell) to the team. In the season 4 premier, Michael is trying to get some information for the puppet masters that burned him (so he can use it against them) and inadvertently burns Jesse in the process. So Jesse joins their team, all the time vowing to take down the person who burned him, not knowing its Michael.
Even given this extra character, the setup of each episode is pretty much the same. There's a case of the week that Michael is reluctantly drawn in to. They help a lawyer targeted for death by a biker gang. Michael and Sam get taken hostages while trying to help a conned man get his money back. A clinic doctor is harassed by drug dealers. Fiona and a client's wife get kidnapped. Michael even goes to prison to help a man escape before he is murder.
But each episode also continues the overall storyline. This season, Michael is closing in on a list of those who burned him, but he's in a race for that list with some very bad people.Read more ›
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Replace the emaciated girlfriend with a more appealing actress and lose the useless mother character altogether, and this series would improve. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Berger
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