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“This series is super funny and super cool. It follows...”


written by helruna on 02/08/2010

This series is super funny and super cool. It follows the adventures of Michael Weston [Jeffrey Donovan], a fired ex CIA agent who has to fend for himself. When you're burned, it means your fired in CIA talk. Hence, the title of the series. Luckily, he gets dropped off in Miami where he's got friends and family. It mixes a real breadth of great actors, mainly Bruce Campbell [EVIL DEAD] and Sharon Gless [Cagney & Lacey] who deliver lines perfectly. Bruce does rule the day with delivery and is worth watching for him alone. In later series you see tonnes of stars in cameo roles.

Michael Weston has an ex-GF and for a lot of the first season she's filmed with a camera blur on her face which is off-putting. His mom, Sharon Gless, is a chain smoking liberal mom who doesn't really know what her son did, but she passes him a lot of work from her various OAP groups she attends.

Michael Weston starts to get roles using his spy skills for the good and not any shady government or organisation. Each episode mixes in various elements, the Magnum PI: Find the bad guy and defend the helpless, MacGyver: A voice-over tells you how to do actual spy stuff like making a bomb, or how to burgle a warehouse and his on-going quest to find out who 'burned' him.

By far the funniest moments are when Jeffrey Donovan is on a mission and he plays hard-nuts to dim-wits and the lines he comes out with. He's got a face for almost every occasion. Almost every episode there's guns, hacking, bugging, people getting roughed up and car chases. It's all good fun and must stretch his acting abilities, which shows great acting work used throughout the series!

Normally there's 2 elements per episode. One him doing PI work and something working on a wider or short story arc. The thing which brings the show together is the idea of family, trust, betrayal and making the bad guys pay. It's light hearted and sometimes convincing someone to help them is a bit unbelievable, but it's fun with some great lines, characterisation and overall story arcs. This is a series which Joss Whedon ought to have done. Don't miss it, further series get a lot darker in tone.

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