'Burn Notice' goes out with a bang and a splash - Featured

I want you people out of my life! yelled Jeffrey Donovan's Michael in last night's season finale of Burn Notice. Isn't that what he's been saying pretty much all season? In previous episodes, it was sometimes tempting to think he was saying the same thing to the show's writers. But last night, all was redeemed, as far as I was concerned. If you don't want to know the finale details yet, consider this your SPOILER WARNING and scram now.


In an earlier post I'd complained about how the Carla/Victor stuff was getting in the way of Burn Notice's momentum -- snipping the satisfying snap of Michael's voiceovers, as he described tricks of the spy trade while we watch him craft weapons or execute bone-snapping punches and kicks. But last night, everything clicked into place. In an hour written by creator Matt Nix and directed by Tim Matheson (yes, the actor who must be weary of being credited as Animal House's Otter, and a darn good TV director), Michael united with his nemesis Victor (Michael Shanks) against his handler-against-his-will Carla (Tricia Helfer). We got some backstory -- Carla killed Victor's family, which is why he hates Carla -- but most of the time, we got the action we craved.


Not only did Michael do a lot of shooting, car-crashing, and fighting, but Bruce Campbell's Sam, tasked with guarding Sharon Gless' Madeline, also dropped the jokes and did their own share of shooting and blowing things up. We were told by Michael how to make a "pepper [spray] grenade" and that one of the best ways to shoot at a car you're chasing is to aim the bullets at the under-carriage, so the bullets come up through the enemy's floorboards. This is the kind of stuff we Burn fans eat up, isn't it?


And how sweet the moment was when Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) shot Carla; Fi's muttered, "Finally!" was echoed among TV-watchers all across America. More jolting was Michael's mercy-killing of Victor. The final scene, with Michael meeting with John Mahoney as "Management," sets up a great next season, I think. Bravo.


So what did you think of the finale? Satisfied? Not?


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Mar 6, 2009 2:31PM EST

very satisfied...the only problem is now we have to wait to see how his life changes now... Will all his old enemies start showing up, will he leave miami, there are endless possibilities now and i can't wait to see what happens next season....great finale

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Mar 6, 2009 4:10PM EST

I thought the finale was one of the best episodes of Burn Notice. I love the fact that they have kept things fresh, they could have used the same premise as the first season and just draged that out for 3 or 4 seasons, but each season has had its own specific driving force. Now this next season will have all his old enemies converging on him, cant wait for June. This is one of the coolest shows on tv.

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Mar 6, 2009 6:02PM EST

that was THE BEST episode ever it had every thing- how 2 do instructions, some kickass fighting, explosions, carla OUT, management and the kiss and kill scenes- GENIUSdoes ne1 no wen the next seson is coming out because wen it does im gonna b rite here watching every minute of it

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Mar 6, 2009 9:42PM EST

I have enjoyed all the episodes and this one was as good as the rest. I find the chemistry between all the actors to be superior and the stories to be good, so what is not to like. I look forward to the next season starting in June I believe they said.I am always surprised when people say the story's are getting stale. I have not seen any let down from week to week. I did enjoy the episode where Micheal was stuck in the bank the most though. It was just fun all the way around.

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Mar 7, 2009 5:49PM EST

briljant show and even better final

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Mar 10, 2009 10:26AM EDT

The only problem I had was that it was the Finale. i miss the show already... too many unanswered questions.

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