Burn Notice: Season 5
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During the year, Michael and his team, including Sam (Bruce Campbell) and Jesse (Coby Bell), take on a variety of evildoers--while blowing up the expected array of automobiles and buildings--including a vicious loan shark (Michael O'Keefe), a slippery war criminal (Patrick Bauchau), and a heartless businessman (James Frain). He also gains a new enemy in former psychiatrist Anson (Jere Burns), who'll stop at nothing to get what he wants. In addition, rocker Gavin Rossdale drops by for a few uneventful minutes, which seems strange, but could represent the setup for a later reappearance (he plays a figure from Fiona's past). Maddy sums up the season best when she says, "Nothing is beyond saving if you work at it." Extra features include deleted scenes, a gag reel, a featurette on the show's bad guys, and lively commentary on the Renny Harlin-directed finale from Donovan, Campbell, and creator Matt Nix, who offers these words about season six, "We're shaking it up in a big way." --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I Like Sam Axe. He Is Old But Slick Smooth And Cunning Just Like A Weasel.Published 21 days ago by Jerome Banks
My 3 stars are for season 5 only, I thoroughly enjoyed the preceding seasons and I haven't started watching the remaining yet, but I hope they revisit the quality of the first few. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Gary Boyer
Two episodes were difficult to play but since this came through Goodwill I'm chalking it up to experience.Published 1 month ago by Monte Belote
Its suspenseful, to say the least! As great a season as the others !!!!!Published 2 months ago by Somewhere in Time
I love this show. Now I am stuck rewatching reruns. Too bad as it was a great series.Published 2 months ago by Biobot
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