Burn Notice – Episode 5-1 Review

My name is Michael Westen. I used to be a spy, until…Well Burn Notice fans, it’s the end of June, and that means it’s time for a new season featuring our favorite trio. Oops, wait a second, I mean quartet. No, I mean quintet. Even though Maddie really isn’t part of the group, she is a de facto member of the group…and an important one at that. So let’s get into the meat and potatoes shall we. Last season ended with Michael apparently being brought in from the cold and back to his old job prior to being burned. This season opens up six months later and boy was Michael busy. Over the show’s hiatus, Michael has apparently been tracking down the members of the organization that burned Michael and eliminating them one-by-one.

When we pick up in season 5, Michael has one target left on his list and he is the key to bringing the organization to a crashing halt. Joining him in his quest is his new handler Max (played by former Melrose Place alum Grant Show). Backing them up is their boss Reese (played by Dylan Baker, who I remember most from the 1991 John Candy film Delirious). Michael and Max are able to find their target, but before they can take him into custody, the target kills himself, seemingly leaving Michael with no alternatives left to find out and finally destroy the people that ruined his life.

Contributing very little to the episode, but still always major players are Sam and Fiona. Something different this season, is that Michael and Fi are now living together, and I can only imagine what kind of craziness will ensue from their newly developed cohabitation. Former spy Jesse Porter is back this season, although I’m not sure how much he’ll be involved with the show.

Overall, the first episode of the season was a great starting point for the running storyline, and I can’t wait to see how it develops and where it goes from here. Anyone who watched the episode was treated and maybe a bit surprised to see a slimmed down version of Sam Axe and his portrayer (the always awesome) Bruce Campbell. Obviously when Bruce did the Sam Axe prequel movie, he busted his butt and got himself into shape, which can only be a good thing. From what I’ve read, we are going to be getting a lot of cool special guests this season, and I can’t wait for them to start popping up. Until next week fans. See you then.

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