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Burn Notice isn't perfect, but thanks to Bruce Campbell and some tricky plot twists, this Season Six box set turns out to be a zippy treat....
Fox / 802 Minutes / 2012 / Unrated / Street Date: June 11, 2013
Bruce Campbell has been an irresistible performer for decades now, and the greatest compliment one can give to Burn Notice is that it makes a perfect match for ol' Ash. This antic spy action series doesn't exactly belong to Campbell - his Sam character may be the show's highlight, but he’s not its central focus - but Burn Notice not only pitches itself perfectly into the actor's sensibilities, but it allows Bruce Campbell to sometimes play 'Bruce Campbell', which for fans is a gift beyond compare.
As fans have learned over the show’s multi-season run, when you get a burn notice put on you, your spy days come to a grinding halt - beyond being blacklisted, when this particular conundrum heads your way, you're stuck until you find out who has put the kibosh on you. This happened long ago to Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan), but as Season Six begins, there’s a twist: he’s back on the force. It turns out that he made a deal that got him back on the force, but his ladyfriend (Gabrielle Anwar) got the short end of the stick in the process – she spends the first episodes of this set in a particularly nasty slammer. And the trouble just keeps coming.
Burn Notice is pretty much the same thing week after week, but its brazenly cocksure sensibilities make this repetition a welcome advent. The show looks great (for standard-def), and to see Bruce Campbell among such solid acting talents is the kind of thing many of us Evil Dead fans simply never thought could happen. As long as Bruce's face pops up a couple times in a Burn Notice episode, consider me a fan.