Originally Posted by BuckinKaeding
Is [Burn Notice] a good show?
Cross McGuyver with the Bourne series.
Weston is a covert spy who receives a 'Burn Notice,' that is notification that he's no longer covered by intelligence assets [IDs, $$, gadgets] or protected, in the middle of a covert op. He escapes the situation and ends up in Miami. He has two friends, an old ex-CIA guy with a few limited avenues he can work for info when needed, and an ex-GF from a former covert mission who's a pyro and gun expert/nut.
He gets into helping people in need who can't use traditional law enforcement for whatever reason to fund his effort to find out who burned him and why.
They make extensive use of voiceovers to explain his improvisational efforts [both in terms of strategy, ie 'when it comes to casing a business invisibly nothing beats posing as the IT guy' and gadgets. He retrieved a guy's cell phone info from a few 100 yards away by rigging a device consisting of IIRC a bluetooth receiver and a pringles can].
It's not gritty or hard boiled like Bourne [hence the cross with the lighter mooded McGuyver], but they play him as quickwitted and hardened as Bourne.
It's good for brainless entertainment that's not so brainless. It's not Deadwood or The Wire, but it's darn entertaining.