Thursday, June 3, 2010

Over the past three seasons USA's Burn Notice has continued to evolve as a series. What started out as a MacGyver-ish, mostly episodic series, has evolved into a series with a long-series spanning mythology. For those of you just tuning in here's a quick recap:

Micheal Weston (Jeffrey Donovan) was an American spy until he was burned and stranded in his home town of Miami, with no money and nowhere to go. Weston reconnects with an old spy buddy, Sam (Bruce Campbell), an ex-flame/Irish gun nut, Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), and his chain-smoking mother, Madeline (Sharon Gless). In each episode Weston and his team help out those who can't help themselves, whether it's a business man whose son has been kidnapped, an older woman whose been conned out of her life savings, or a kid whose gotten himself in trouble with a gang. Each episode is narrated by Weston, and he tells the audience how to use household items to make everything from explosives to tracking devices. Over the three seasons we've learned who burned Weston and met other spies who've been burned by "the company".

Last season ended with Weston being blamed for the terrorist activities of another burned spy who had gone crazy. But while Weston managed to take down the real terrorist he also ended up arrested himself, and the episode ended with him sitting in the middle of a mysterious office and his whereabouts unknown.

Tonight's first new episode of season four, 'Friends and Enemies', explains just where Weston ended up last season and introduces us to a new character, Robert Wisdom's Vaughn. Vaughn works for "the company" and asks Weston for help in taking down an unknown terrorist. Meanwhile, Sam and Fiona are back in Miami trying to protect an young attorney from a biker gang. And before the episode is over Weston, inadvertently puts another Agent in danger. Will Michael work for "the company" the burned him? Will there be a happy reunion for Michael and Fiona? Will Sam drink a beer? For the answers to all these questions you'll have to tune in tonight at 10/9c on USA.

You can see the preview for tonight's episode below and be sure to head back here tonight to read my full review of the episode.


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