No sooner do you get on board with a show these days than it goes off the tracks, no more so than at USA, which has proven to be much better at launching series than maintaining them. We've seen it with Monk and Psych, two shows that let silliness overtake them. And now it has happened to Burn Notice, a well-cast, reasonably entertaining adventure hour that has been revamped and weakened for its second season.
Sometimes, you really have to know when to leave OK enough alone.
The original concept was admirably clever: CIA agent Michael Westen (appealingly played by Jeffrey Donovan with a kind of scruffy cool) was "burned" by the agency and left with nothing except his ex-spy skills. So until he can find out who burned him, he's forced to become a strong-arm snoop for hire, with the aid of his ex-girlfriend (a very sexy Gabrielle Anwar) and his best friend (Bruce Campbell), and the interference of his mother (the always welcome Sharon Gless).
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