Posted: 06/21/2009


Burn Notice: Season 2 Released On DVD


by Laura Tucker

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We’ve been in love with the spy business ever since the beginning days of 007. We’ve watched James Bond be ultra cool and get all the ladies, and have also watched Maxwell Smart bumble around. With USA’s Burn Notice, we get another side. We get to see what happens when you’re just a little too good at what you do and burn the wrong bridges, ultimately resulting in you yourself getting burned.

In the first season of Burn Notice, Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) had just been burned and found himself in Miami with his with his ex, Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), and his mom, Madeline (Sharon Gless), and a guy sent by the FBI, Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell), to watch after him. Michael finds a way to work it, though, and gets Sam to tell him what the FBI wants to know, making Sam, then, a double agent. All Michael wants is to get back to the spy life. While working to figure how how he was burned and why, like most detective shows, Michael ends up solving another case that may or may not be connected to him getting burned.

In season two, Michael is definitely more settled into his life in Miami, though he’s not any less anxious to get back to his previous spy life. A woman named Carla promises that if he helps her out, she’ll let him know who burned him and help him get his life back. He keeps doing as she asks, just wanting to finally get all this over and done with, while helping to solve a new case each week that he gets dragged into by Sam, his mom, or other acquaintances.

Additionally, we start to find out more of the dynamics between Michael and Fiona and Michael and his mom. There always seems to be a little distance between Michael and Madeline, and they work on that both formally and informally, as she asks him to go to counseling with her, and when she needs to move out of her place and into his for awhile, she starts to understand a little more of his life.

Madeline also wants to know what happened with Fiona and Michael that keeps them close now, yet while they can work together and count on each other, they no longer have romantic feelings for each other. Throughout this season, Madeline pulls Fiona aside to ask her about this, and later, a woman from Michael’s past shows up that at first confuses the situation, then puts a rather large explanation on it.

Season 2 of Burn Notice is out now on DVD as well as Blu-Ray, which is just in time for you to catch up if you find yourself getting into the show now, seen weekly on USA at 11 PM EST/10 PM EST, a few episodes into season 3.

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker is the webmaster of Reality Shack, and its accompanying Reality Shack Blog, and is a freelance writer providing reviews of movies and television, among other things, at Viewpoints. She is also an Associate Instructor and 2nd dan black belt in tae kwon do with South Elgin Martial Arts. Laura can be reached at

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