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Published:June 23rd, 2009 14:06 EST
Burn Notice S2 Review

Burn Notice S2 Review

By Garrett Godwin

Spies don`t get fired.  They get burned.

Currently in its third season, USA`s action-comedy Burn Notice continues to chronicle Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan), a spy who has been given an "burn notice": blacklisted by the entire intelligence community, where his assets and accounts has been frozen, and is now sent to live in his hometown Miami.  Down but not out of the game, Michael uses his skills Robin Hood-style as an private investigator/freelance spy to right wrongs on behalf of those that can`t defend for themselves while trying to clear his name.  Helping him is friend Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell), former everything in government and all-around gigolo, and on/off love interest Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), passionate ex-IRA operative.

Praised by critics and a breakout hit, Burn Notice continues to bring heat and humor in all 16 episodes of season two.  This season, Michael gets closer to the people that burned him, as he continues to get his life and job back.  Battlestar Galactica`s Tricia Helfer joined the cast in an recurring role as mysterious, beautiful, and ruthless Carla, Michael`s new handler, as he takes on missions for her shadowy organization.  Stargate SG-1 alum Michael Shanks also come to Miami as Victor, one of Carla`s operatives, whose backstory is revealed in the finale.

Season two finds Michael, Sam, and Fi taking on the drug cartel, the Russian mob, thieves, and more bad guys in sunny Miami.  Burn Notice continues to delve more into character-driven stories, as Michael and his mother Madeline (Sharon Gless) attends counseling, as he helps a childhood friend, a client from season one, and his ex-fiancee.  He also had to contend with a former mentor (Tim Matheson, who directed "Double Booked") and the return of Jason Bly (Alex Carter), as the two must work together in a hostage situation.

The main arc this season is Carla and her organization, who tried to keep Michael on a leash, as their plans for him are reveal in the finale. 

Burn Notice`s second season is available on DVD.

"Welcome to Miami"- Michael Westen