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Burn Notice: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray]
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Burn Notice settles into a satisfying groove in its second season. The cast is cool and confident, the writers have mastered the mix of stand-alone stories and the season-long hook, and the blend of retro-70s flavor with 21st century self-awareness is delicious. Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) still hasn.t figured out who .burned. him--i.e., got him blacklisted as a covert agent and left him trapped in Miami. But he has uncovered a lead in the form of Carla (Tricia Helfer, Battlestar Galactica), a mysterious manipulator who assigns Michael unexplained tasks. But if he resists these tasks, everyone he loves is at risk--including his mom, Madeline (Sharon Gless, Cagney & Lacey), his sleek and violent ex-girlfriend Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar, Scent of a Woman), and his squirrelly best pal, Sam (Bruce Campbell, Evil Dead II). In each episode, while wrestling with Carla.s ongoing schemes, Michael gets drawn into helping some hapless innocent, such as a waitress being stalked by a drug dealer, an accountant to a rap mogul with a gangster background, or a father who.s been scammed out of the money he needs for his sick son. While these smartly-plotted stories unfold, the true pleasure of the show is listening to Michael reveal techniques for forging checks, explain how to make a crude x-ray machine, or describe the active ingredients of pepper spray--all the tricks of the spy trade. Are they genuine? Who knows and who cares! They.re completely entertaining, clever enough to be plausible, and they go hand-in-hand with Michael.s arsenal of cheesy accents and cheerful quips. Burn Notice: Season Two features a good dose of deleted scenes, chatty audio commentaries by cast and crew, a genuinely charming gag reel (featuring Donovan doing a little soft-shoe), and a genuinely illuminating featurette with the show.s creator, Matt Nix, describing the process of preparing to direct an episode. All in all, it.s an excellent package, ready for delivery. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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Burn Notice is the perfect blend of action and comedy. I had never seen Jeffrey Donovan in anything before Burn Notice, but he is terribly charismatic. You are going to love him. And the other members of his team, "Fi" played by Gabrielle Anwar and "Sam" played by the extremely funny Bruce Campbell (Xena/Hercules fans!), are magnificent as well.
After watching the 13 episodes of the first season, I couldn't wait for Showcase channel to slowly dole out the 16 episodes of the second season, and decided to buy the season on Blu Ray. BIG MISTAKE. The second season is fantastic. The episodes are tight, action packed and full of humour. Somehow, they have surpassed what they did in the first season.
The problem with the second season on Blu Ray, is that it is the worst quality Blu Ray I have ever seen produced. I have watched Burn Notice on a High Def channel, so I know that it can look like. Blu Ray should surpass it, but this edition does not. The film is grainy and the volume is spotty. It may possibly look worse than the SD edition.
Sadly, I did not know about the poor quality until I had opened the package and watched them. Since them, I surfed the 'net and found out that this is a known problem. In fact, Amazon US has stopped selling the BD version of Burn Notice. Additionally, 20th Century Fox did not produce the third season in Blu Ray -- and this is why.
This is a fantastic show and you will enjoy it immensely! Just save your pennies and buy the SD version. Don't waste your additional $$ on BD. It tanks. :(
Westen has been "burned" - essentially, fired, and stuck in Miami, where his mother and brother live. Not his first choice.
For the first season, Michael was working to figure out why he was burned and who burned him so that he could attempt to get back into field. He was aided by his off/on lover, Fiona, and Sam Axe, a former Navy Seal with whom he'd worked in the past. He also began helping people out with their problems [like being scammed, threatened, or blackmailed, just or exampes] as a sidelinem hopefully to make a few bucks.
For season two, Michael was co-opted by a woman named Carla, whose timing frequently interfered with his helping others, but gave him someone to investigate in the hopes that her involvement woud lead him to the person[s] responsible for his burn notice - someone/thing she referred as Management.
Bruce Campbell [Sam], Gabrielle Anwar [Fiona] and Sharon Gless [Madeline Westen] are all in top form as Michael's "associates" and mother. Jeffrey Donovan gives Michael the heart and the indomitable spirit that keeps him focused on getting his burn notice lifted, while helping others [sometimes one of Sam's friends, or Maddy's, or even Fiona's - but usually strangers].
Throughout, Michael's highly entertaining voiceovers are a clinic in spycraft [though the instructions for creating his many improvised devices are, like MacGyver, again, missing a few essential details so the viewer won't blow himself up trying to build them at home].Read more ›
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I got the show in just a week. Love the show, it is for everyone who likes action, humor and friendshipPublished on Jan. 28 2014 by T
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I would recommend it to anyone who likes detective movies
I really like this series and plan on getting the other seasons. I have watched both season one and two.Published on April 25 2013 by Winnie
The amazing chemistry between the charactors from season one keeps developping and transpires on screen. Gifted actors working well together. Keep up the great work!Published on Dec 26 2012 by Isabelle
If you like James Bond, you'll love this show. Plus it's a great blend of drama, comedy with a bit of romance.Published on Nov. 4 2011 by rudy
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