When I was younger, I remember summertime was rerun time. There was NOTHING good on TV, unless they were rerunning an episode of a show you missed. We spent our summers playing Star Wars outside (which usually degraded into a game of Ghost in the Graveyard because all the girls wanted to be Princess Leah and none of the boys wanted to Darth Vader), hanging out at our grandmother’s lake cabin in Wisconsin (which only had rabbit-eared TV and terrible reception), and reading.
Over the last couple of years, though, I’ve noticed new TV shows have crept into my summertime. And these some of these shows rock!
My very favorite (and one of the first to be part of the summer season, I believe) is BURN NOTICE. The banter between all the character is quick and witty, even snarky at times. And Michael Weston? *swoon* He’s smart and adorable–a fabulously wounded character who’s just trying to get his life back. I love how he talks you through what he’s doing to nail the bad guy, his relationship with his mother (Sharon Gless, who was Cagney of Cagney & Lacey), and his on-again-off-again relationship with Fiona Glenanne (who he met when he was undercover in Ireland).
Bruce Campbell is Sam Axe. I’ve always loved Bruce Campbell, the king of the cheesy B movie. I mean, how can you not love someone who plays it straight in a Sam Rami movie called EVIL DEAD?!? And then goes on to make fun of himself in the made-with-so-much-cheese-you-might-explode SyFy movie, MY NAME IS BRUCE? Plus, he even has his own action figure, complete with:
- Shemps Olde Tyme Whiskey
- A Bruce collectible toy in melted package
- Angel and Devil Bruces that attach to his shoulders
- Refreshing Lemon Drink bottle
- A miniature Chins book
- A big honkin’ gun with price tag still attached
And, finally, there’s Fiona. She’s teeny, she’s tough–she’s a total bad-arsed chick who I wouldn’t want to be on the bad side of, especially since she really enjoys blowing stuff up. I even named my new rescue dog after her. Yep, little Fiona, who doesn’t take any crap from her (much) bigger brother, especially when he tries to steal her chewies. And, if she could, I think she’d enjoy blowing stuff up.
The characters are wonderful, the story lines are intriguing and the writing rocks. If you haven’t ever watched BURN NOTICE, check it out. (It’s on USA, Thursdays 9pm EST.)
Final Grade for BURN NOTICE: 99/A+
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