The fifth season already? It seems like only yesterday that the first season of this show grabbed my attention. Quite how, I don't rightly recall as, here in England, it's usually hidden away, at a ridiculous time, on one of those obscure Freeview channels.
Whatever, in the depths of winter, this series, as well as serving up some fine acting, writing, directing and production of stories surrounding the exploits of 'burnt' spy Michael Westen-played with naturalistic aplomb by Jeffrey Donovan alongside equally fine supporting acts by Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless and Paul Tei-delivers some welcome Miami warmth and sunshine to one's living room.
That is one thing that stands out about this show-the excellent use of real Miami locations in which the drama is set. It adds to the authenticity.
As for the drama, well, the main characters are warm,likeable, well intentioned people-which helps draw you in and feel real concern for the various predicaments they encounter...Predicaments that, it has to be said, bear more than a passing resemblance to those encountered by Jim Rockford.
Indeed, think 'The Rockford Files', crossed with 'Mission Impossible', shaken and stirred with a dash of 'James Bond', all set in modern day Miami, and you will be some way to getting what this show is about. Above all, though it delves in to a variety of, shall we say, less pleasant aspects of human behaviour, it is ultimately a positive, uplifting show where one is left in no doubt that, ultimately, right and good will prevail.