Burn Notice: Season Two (2008)

Genre(s): Action / Crime / Drama
Fox || NR - 684 minutes - $49.99 || June 16, 2009
Reviewer: Maggie O. || Posted On: 2009-06-25


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Matt Nix (created by)
Cast: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Select Episode Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurette
  • Gag Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

“Burn Notice” is one of my favorite television series on today. Naturally I jumped at the opportunity to review season 2.

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention here’s a rundown of what the show is all about. Michael Westen was a spy, until a Burn Notice was put out on him. This ‘burn notice’ effectively blacklists Michael and his connection to his former job. He is completely stranded; no money, no job record, and trapped in Miami. He has no ideas who put out the burn notice and now on the hunt to find the person responsible to get his life back. However, his unique skill set forces him to take on a series of jobs. He has the help of his ex-girlfriend Fiona and his ex-Navy Seal, best friend Sam.

Season 2 brings Michael closer than ever before to those responsible for the burn. He encounters Carla, who appears to know far more than she’ll let on. Guess what geeks? "Battlestar Galactica"’s Tricia Helfer plays Carla! She appears throughout the season torturing Michael in many different ways. Michael Shanks, from "Stargate SG-1" also makes a recurring appearance.

One of my favorite things about this show is the commentary/narration by Michael Westen. If you didn’t know anything about being a spy (which most of us don’t) the series serves as an instructional manual for the trade. There are times when you start to think that you could pull off some of these stunts because they are explained so clearly. Michael’s training is expressed more than ever before with the many characters that he takes on. I really felt that Jeffrey Donovan really spreads his wings in some episodes.

While most of the episodes serve as stand alones, the main story ties in as well. The finale comes together quite beautifully. Even though Michael seems to find some sort of peace between Carla and her employers, by the end of the season he finds himself in more potential danger than ever before. It ends perfectly, making you wanting only more.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Audio Commentaries on Select Episodes – I love audio commentary, especially the ones that include the actors. The stories they relate are always fun. My favorite is the commentary for episode 16, Lesser Evil.

Deleted Scenes – This box set is littered with deleted scenes. Some of them are good, but I also feel they aren’t very interesting.

NIXin’ it Up – This is a really cool featurette attached. It’s with the creator of the show, Matt Nix. He goes through the making of episode “Do No Harm.” If you were ever curious about the process of making an episode, this is the thing for you!

Gag Reel – This is easily my favorite thing on any DVD. I see this special feature and I just giggle. I love watching the actors mess up and laugh. It’s especially entertaining because this show has very intense moments. Sometimes they are trying to be serious but can barely keep a straight face through them. Jeffrey Donovan in particular is an actor who gets the giggles pretty bad.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The only issue that I really had was fixing the aspect ratio on my regular television. This show is presented in letterbox format and sometimes when you have a regular television you have to play around with the picture for the dimensions to turn out the same.

The DVD comes equipped with a regular Dolby Digital 5.1 track.



.::OVERALL::.

This series is action packed and fun. It’s hard to watch without completely falling in love with the characters and get caught up in their world. The cast is incredibly talented; Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell are always a joy to watch. If you’ve never watched the show before, you’ll be hooked after season 2!