I love James Bond. I remember watching 'From Russia with Love' on my father's BetaMax tapes in the early 80's. Sean Connery was so debonair, so intriguing, so handsome. I was too young to understand what sex appeal was, but Sean Connery was my first crush and the first James Bond I ever loved. Of course I quickly got over my crush when I saw him in 'The Untouchables.' 'The Untouchables' is a great movie, but as a little girl I didn't quite understand the passage of time or that 'From Russia with Love' was filmed in the early 1960s. Whereas I was watching a BetaMax tape in the mid-1980s. I certainly didn't understand why Sean Connery was suddenly bald, greying, and overweight. Needless to say, my crush ended there, but my love of spy films and shows did not.
|Sean Connery in 'From Russia with Love' and 'The Untouchables'|
Until the 90's, the spy genre was primarily dependent on Bond. The 90's brought the ultra hip Canadian show 'La Femme Nikita.' The early 2000's brought 'Alias' and the 'Bourne' films. Then we got 'Nikita' again, which is a surprisingly fantastic reimagining of the franchise. However, for reasons I cannot explain, 'Nikita' has extremely low ratings. The CW has mercifully given 'Nikita' six episodes to wrap up later this fall.
The spy genre may not be science fiction, but Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) is pretty close to immortal. He's not the 'The Highlander,' but he just won't die. It helps that the show is clever and well written. That's what makes the spy genre enjoyable. They always knows what to do, when to do it, what to say, how to fight, and they have the tinkering skills of MacGuyver. I'm sure it helps that the actor who plays Westen has a background in martial arts.
|Coby Bell and Bruce Campbell|
Mind you, 'Burn Notice' won't be winning any awards and it will probably look "really" cheesy in 20 years-- a la 'Miami Vice,' but I will miss the Michael Westen step-by-step narration, the merry band of highly trained and deadly Scoobies, scifi cult icon Bruce Campbell, and mama Cagney aka Madeline (Sharon Gless).
|Gabrielle Anwar and Sharon Gless|
For those unfamiliar with 'Burn Notice,' Westen is a burned spy who was exposed and outed from the CIA for questionable reasons. He spends the better part of seven seasons obsessed with who burned him and why. That's the main story arch, but the stand alone episodes are what give the show its heart. Westen and his merry band help those who can't help themselves, typically with some sort of criminal element.
'Burn Notice' costars Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless (the Cagney of Cagney and Lacey), and the ever so handsome Coby Bell. 'Burn Notice' will conclude its 7th season on September 12th.
Anywhoo, this scifi fan will certainly miss this non-scifi show.