Kicking off the gigantic Ballroom 20 at the San Diego Comic Con (one of the largest rooms available) was Burn Notice, a panel that gave us the exciting news that Bruce Campbell would be starring in a prequel film about Sam Axe’s Navy SEAL exploits. While that was certainly the most newsworthy bit to come out of the room, there was plenty of fun to be had and little lessons to be learned.
The living legend himself Bruce Campbell was the main attraction here, though show creator Matt Nix was there too, offering up plenty of insight into the future of the series. Also on the panel was Tim Matheson (Dead Larry) who guests in a few episodes and has directed several. The moderator was Chris Vance, who played one of the shows more enigmatic villains who met an explosive end.
The rapport between the assembled group was hilarious. Describing it to you won’t do it justice at all, but there were a few choice bits I want to relay to you. Creator Matt Nix described Tim Matheson’s super power as “the ability to never listen to anything” and described a working day with him as Matheson requesting a crane be put on top of another crane, when he’s been told that they weren’t scheduled to have a crane that day. Strangely enough, Matheson did direct a season finale that featured two helicopters, though not on top of each other.
Of course the main man and star of the show was Bruce Campbell, who was looking tan and fit, dressed in a white linen blazer and a Sam Axe styled shirt. Ever the ladies man, when a fan shouted out that he was sexier than co-star Jeffrey Donovan, Campbell made it rain and literally gave her money out of his wallet. Another woman also got some money from Campbell, who had the charm set to 11.5, which is significantly higher than both 10 and 11.
There was plenty of play between Matheson and Campbell who play semi-enemies on the show – Campbell describes Sam’s hatred of Dead Larry as being “because he’s a butt face.” Campbell went on to say that “He’s gonna get it one day, from me, from Sam. In the face. Sam is gonna shoot him in the face.” Though I don’t believe that is an honest plot point.
What are some honest plot points are the return of Dead Larry this season and an episode where Fiona is kidnapped. It was then said you should never kidnap Fi because “she is such a little shit” and will do anything to escape. Before tossing some t-shirts into the crowd, Campbell and Nix also revealed that this season many episodes with revolve around either Fiona or Sam, with each getting a few episodes that have them more on center stage – awesome.
One interesting fact that came out from creator Matt Nix is that the show wasn’t always meant to be in Miami – that was at the direction of USA Network Executives. Nix originally planned the show for somewhere like Newark, NJ, but admits that Miami offers a lot more diversity and life to the show.
An excellent, entertaining, and informative panel, one that you should try to catch if you’re ever at SDCC.