USA Network’s “Burn Notice” started its fifth season Thursday with a complicated caper in Venezuela that ended either well, or badly – depending on your point of view.
For Michael Westen (played by series star Jeffrey Donovan), the outcome was a disappointment. For Max, his CIA contact and nominal superior (played by Grant Show), the results were more than acceptable. (Sorry, but we’re omitting the details for those of you who haven’t seen this episode, which you can watch in its entirety below.)
What really intrigues us, though, as this new season gets under way, is what “Burn Notice” creator and showrunner Matt Nix said in a recent interview in The Hollywood Reporter. He said the show will soon try something new – in the third episode, he said – when super-suave superspy Westen actually “screws” something up in a big way. “He really makes a bad mistake,” Nix disclosed. “And it’s kind of not his fault and it kind of is his fault. He’s always been great at everything.”
Something else was new with Westen as the new season began on Thursday – he’s back in the CIA fold, after working as a banished outsider for the past four seasons. He’s still attached at the hips (and the lips) to his willowy partner, Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar). And they’re both assisted by rumpled CIA vet Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell). And Sharon Gless is back as Michael’s mother.
Eighteen episodes are planned for this fifth season of “Burn Notice,” with 10 already in the can. The series airs Thursday nights at 9/8c on USA.