Friday, June 28, 2013

Burn Notice

There are two major TV series filmed in Florida right now: one is Dexter, a creepy show glorifying serial killers which I don't really care for, and the other is Burn Notice, which is a peculiar little program about the wacky hijinks of a CIA agent who gets kicked out of the agency and finds himself stuck in Miami. As top-notch TV goes, it's pretty light action-intrigue fare, but I do appreciate it mainly for two of its qualities:

1. The expository voiceovers. The show is densely coated with tutorial talk-overs by our hero Michael Weston, giving the viewer explanations of the nuts and bolts of how to be a spy. It's like watching a training/orientation film thinly disguised as mass-media entertainment, which is a concept you probably know by now I approve of wholeheartedly.

2. Bruce Campbell. He's the man. Enough said.

The show is actually filmed in Coconut Grove, FL and was the subject of a major brouhaha last year when the city's planners wanted to evict the show. But diehard fans protested and the city was forced to reverse its thinking and allow Burn Notice to return and shoot its final seventh season.

One fan is so diehard, in fact, he's assembled a website to track, log, and display all known Florida locations seen on the show, pairing a screenshot of any given scene in the show with a photo he's taken himself at the actual site. We need more obsessives like this on our team.

1 comment:

  1. I wish they had a site like this for every tv show!