Future Tense: The Fall of Sam Axe

We love to wax nostalgic at PoP!, but sometimes it’s what’s yet to come that most quickens our nerd pulses. For better or for worse, let’s star the speculation over what’s making us Future Tense

If you’ve been following PoP! – or rooting through our archives – you know that there’s one show on TV I love above all others. No, I’m not talking about Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes or Dexter (Dexter? Dexter. Dexter! Dexter), although this one IS set in Miami. No, I’m talking about Burn Notice.

A quick primer for the uninitiated: Burn Notice is the story of burnt spy Michael Westen fighting to make his way back into the business while at the same time, helping every Tom, Dick, and Harriet in the greater Miami area with the kinds of problems only he can solve. Honestly, between the victims of the aforementioned serial killer with a conscious and the clients of Mr. Westen, I’m left to wonder if there’s anyone in Miami who’s life isn’t in danger. Regardless, Michael gets by with a little help from his friends; mother Madeleine, on-again-off-again lover Fiona, new protègé Jesse, and former SEAL Sam Axe – played to perfection by Bruce Campbell. Mother fuckin’ Bruce Campbell. And you know, fans can never get enough of Bruce. So with last season’s cliffhanger leaving the future of series star Jeffrey Donovan’s involvement with the show up in the air, what better time to switch gears and hail to the king?

This Sunday – April 17th, at 9pm EST – the USA Network brings us “The Fall of Sam Axe,” a made-for-TV Burn Notice prequel movie that will shed some light on Sam’s final days as a Navy SEAL. It’s a great way to give us some back story on the fan-favorite character without tripping up the flow of a season. It’s also a great way to help tide fans over as they await new episodes, slotted to begin June 23 of this year.

So what will the movie entail? If it focuses on Sam? Guns, boobs, and booze all seem likely components – though I’m sure in no greater quantity than your regular BN episodes. Will there be any startling revelations? Most likely not. Will it be two hours (less commercials) of Bruce Campbell throwing (and taking) punches and chewing scenery? Oh HELL yeah! And what more could fans (of the man and the show) ask for? Few things in life are sure bets, but “The Fall of Sam Axe” will most certainly be one of them. So set your DVR, throw some yogurts and a six pack or two in the fridge, and get ready for a wild ride!

Who knows… if this is a success, maybe we’ll get a follow up with Fiona in her IRA days?


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