Friday, June 29, 2007

TV Last Night: Burn Notice

USA Network's latest summer premiere is about Michael Westen, a suddenly-disavowed spy who puts his talents to use as a private investigator in Miami. I liked the depth Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) displayed. I've been a Donovan fan since he played Jarod's sociopathic younger brother Kyle on The Pretender. Likewise I've been a fan of Gabrielle Anwar, who co-stars as Westen's ex, a former IRA soldier—since she appeared opposite Richard Grieco in a little movie called If Looks Could Kill.

The pilot was well done all around, chock full of nifty spycraft and self-defense advice provided in a voice-over that actually works (speaking as someone who's come to hate voice-overs). More, please.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Overall, I liked it. I wonder if the voice over will be tiring over time though. It did remind me of Magnum a bit, especially the babes in swimsuits and the humor mixed with violence.

Gerald So said...

The voice-over probably will get old. I didn't mind it last night because it was more informative than smug.

I noticed over time "MacGyver" moved away from the voice-over. That would be a good way to go if "Burn Notice" has a long run.