Burn Notice: Pilot (series premiere)
(S01E01) The first thing that struck me about Burn Notice was how the show appealed to my senses. While watching the show, I could almost feel the heat of the sun, smell the salt water and taste the Pina Coladas.
I really appreciated the lack of explanation in the pilot. Most of us have already gotten the premise from the ads for the show, so once the action kicked in, right at the beginning, I was hooked. Generally, I don't like voice-overs but it was a great way to give details that make the show very interesting. I'm sure I'm not the only one who was getting MacGyver flashbacks when Michael was explaining how to make a listening device out of two cell phones.
I've always been a fan of Bruce Campbell but I never thought he was ever given the right role on television...until now. Bruce is perfect as the boozed-out ex-spy and he's only a part of this extraordinary cast. Gabrielle Anwar and Sharon Gless are a welcome sight in addition to being perfectly cast.
The best cast member, however, had to be the city of Miami. Unlike CSI: Miami, this show was clearly shot on location and it showed. The art deco architecture and the beautiful women gave the most accurate portrayal of Miami in any show I've ever seen.
Lastly, I was really struck by the dichotomies that filled the first episode. The show took place during the holidays with Christmas trees in all the houses but the sun was shining in every scene. Michael Westen is a spy through and through but he has no allegiances. The show is about life and death situations but makes me laugh with physical comedy. Michael is clearly consumed with his own interests and yet, he cares deeply about helping other people.
The premise of Michael taking PI cases in Miami while trying to solve the mystery of his burn notice is a good enough premise to keep me watching, the rest of the show is just gravy and I love gravy.