'Burn Notice: Season Two'
(Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / 2009 / Twentieth Century Fox)
Overview: When spies get fired, they don’t get a letter from human resources - they get burned. Get revenge as the USA Network original series “Burn Notice” Season Two explodes onto Blu-ray Disc and DVD June 16 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
DVD Verdict: Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan) thought that finding out who burned him would be a good thing. Instead, finding out has made this former spy's life much more complicated. Now that Carla (Tricia Helfer) has stepped out of the shadows as the organization's mouth piece, he has to do her bidding. She has him on some assignment, and Michael thinks it isn't a good thing. So he's trying to find out all he can about the organization and the big picture so he can try to stop them.
But, meanwhile, he needs to eat, so he continues to take on assignments for people in desperate trouble. There's the woman stalked by a drug dealer, the ex-con being roped back into a life of crime, the man who was lost his life savings to medical scam artists, and the football player being harassed by car thieves. Heck, Michael even gets involved in tracking down a Haitian fugitive.
Fortunately, Michael has the help he needs in the form of ex-FBI agent Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell) and ex-girlfriend Fiona Glenanne (Gabriella Anwar). Then again, those two often bring him clients with simple problems that turn complicated. Not making things any easier is Michael's mother Madeline (Sharon Gless) who insists on family bonding moments at the worst possible times.
As much as I enjoyed season 1 of this show, I got even more hooked on season 2. Everything was stronger. The ongoing storyline is more than enough to keep anyone coming back from week to week. Carla seems to be one step ahead of Michael the entire way, and I wanted to know what was going on as much as he did. The weekly stories were just as strong. I never saw how Michael and his friends would save the day. And if you want tricky gadgets and plenty of explosions, this is the show for you.
But the human element of the story actually becomes stronger, too. They play up the relationship between Fiona and Michael even more this season, making both those characters more real. I wasn't a fan of Madeline in the first season, but I warmed to her here. I still wouldn't mind if she was only a recurring character, but I do feel she adds to the show now. Believe me, if you like action and suspense, this show is for you. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the following Special Features:
'Bad Blood' Audio Commentary with Bronwen Hughes, Ben Watkins, Rashad Raisani, Matt Nix, Rob Benedict and Method Man
'Double Booked' Audio Commentary with Tim Matheson, Jason Tracey, Craig O’Neill and Matt Nix
'Lesser Evil' Audio Commentary with Matt Nix, Bruce Campbell and Michael Shanks
NIXin’ it up on “Burn Notice” featurette
Boom Notice Easter Egg