About time we get a Burn Notice thread going.
Think Of The Ewoks.....
I like tanksBruce Campbell ftw. Also, badass show. Although the actress playing Fiona is so thin that she disapears when she stands sideways.
I am always surprised at how many details about spy techniques the show gets right. For example, inserting two layers of phonebooks in a car makes it generally bulletproof (the show did only one but concept remains good).
Think Of The Ewoks.....
It wouldn't be a problem if they wouldn't keep dredging up this "who burned Michael" baloney. OK. I enjoyed this subplot early on. But it went nowhere, it bogged down the action. And Leverage has shown that A-Team style genre shows don't benefit from ongoing arcs. — Though the acting on BN was good enough to obscure this fact for bit. On the other hand, I liked Michael with the long hair and feeble attempts at domesticity. It's a creaky plot, but hey, they need some excuse to get him back in the game. It's just disappointing that Michael is still, like OJ Simpson, forever on the trail of the 'real killers' who supposedly burned him.
We already know who burned him, and they're all dead/in custody. Unless the person who framed Micheal is or was a member of that organization, and they haven't really given any clues one way or the other* . The "who burned me" story is over. I read this on another site and think it's cool. Fionna is the one behind Michael being burned.
Man Behind the Man arc, I know it. Although personally I think it would be cooler if they subverted it and Michael really was getting paranoid, but that won't happen.
I see the Awesomeness.I have to admit, I'm also not a fan of Fiona's actress being so thin.
Death to microtransactions!Fionna is a big scrappy to me. She's too thin (eat a sandwich, damn) and I get sick of her constantly going "STOP TRYING TO HELP PEOPLE, FIND A MURDERER, PREVENT YOURSELF FROM GETTING IN JAIL AND PAY ATTENTION TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" Also the latest episode was one hell of a Wham Episode.
edited 11th Sep '11 8:36:23 AM by Thorn14
Fiona isn't supposed to be a curvaceous beauty, y'know. She's earned those wrinkles. Watch any of a billion other shows if you want eye candy and bad acting. Charisma Carpenter's in e.11. Gonna steam that one for sure.
The show is a rare breed, they strive to make each episode both standalone and part of a greater Myth Arc. It is both it's greatest strength and it's biggest weakness. The individual stories are, on the whole, fun to kick back and watch. The problem is there is a very rigid formula they adhere to, while they show a good deal of creativity in each episode it just rarely diviates from that formula (myth arc opening scene, case of the week introduction, infiltrating the bad guy's inner circle, bad guy does something unexpected, they work out a new plan, bad guy is busted, myth arc closer). The Myth Arc was obviously just very loosely defined early on and a lot of it doesn't make sense in light of later developments, such as the bureacrat / assassin sent to kill him mid-season one (The Russian guy was probably a third party, but the bureacrat seemed to be connected to the "Burn Notice Club" and they wanted him alive). Season two was better since we got a face to identify as the bad guy, Carla, but there was a lot of hype towards what changes will happen in Michaels life and nothing really changed. Of course the show is very much locked into Miami so they realistically can't shake things up too much. I also never really understood how exactly Strickler tied in with Gilroy, was Strickler contacted to organize Simon's escape and recruit Michael for fun or was Gilroy a seperate party who didn't like Michael putting a few bullets into Strickler and was asked to recruit Michael anyway. But all in all, each Season Finale usually discards all of the formula and that's when Burn Notice becomes some damn fine entertainment.
Back-to-back Jesse episodes. I don't understand this. I mean, if they want to lessen Jeffrey's workload, fine. Then give us some Fiona episodes. Or Sam episodes. Or, jesus, Maddie episodes. Jesse adds nothing to the show that isn't already embodied by one of the existing characters. I hate his chrome head and he just makes me want to shut the show off.
Proud CanadianI got into seaosn 1, and I'mw atching the season on Showcase/Showtime. Is this season4?
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Death to microtransactions!I became a Jesse fan the moment he prematurely blew up that bomber who was going to kill those cops. That was awesome
"Sometimes you gotta put the rabid dog down." Jesse was pretty bland in his first few episodes, basically coming across as a guy with Michael's same skillset but hotheaded and none of his charm. When he managed to properly interrogate Kendra with the "Fake Defector"-esque mind games he became a noticeably more valuable team member, but when he found out Michael was the one responsible for his burn notice was when the character started to have some bite. Him almost shooting Fiona in the face was quite an intense moment.
edited 24th Sep '11 2:09:54 PM by KJMackley
cannot into spaceJust watched the season finale. Honestly, I did not see that one coming: I knew their was going to be a sequel hook, but I didn't expect that huge of one.
Go play Kentucky Route Zero. Now.
The Torterra Moves!Well, it is the MID-season finale and not the FINALE finale. That said, I love this show, but I rather hope they're gearing up for this to be the final season, culminating in a nice epic Grand Finale.
"Honesty is the best policy but insanity is a better defense."
Fight It Out!Considering they are at season 5 and at the end of 4 they were renewed for 2 seasons, this sure aint the final one.
The thing I've really liked about this season is how they are switching up the typical situation by presenting Michael with actual CIA jobs rather than a random citizen who needs help. The idea that Michael is doing more legitimate spy/black ops jobs rather than a straight up Knight Templar organization is a nice change of pace, Michael is actually enjoying his relationship with them cause he more-or-less know where he stands.
Dead Larry killing the season's BigBad? Didn't we do that already?* Dead Larry is a dark version of Michael. Urm...yeah, I got that. Back in Season Two. I like Tim Matheson as much as anyone, but as time goes on I like his character less and less. I dislike Dead Larry for having no motive to keep harassing these jokers in Miami and trying to corrupt Michael. Why? If it were revenge, that I could buy. Except I don't think it is. He's getting boring and I'm tired of recycling the same parallels between him and Mike every season in order to add some depth to him. It's good that the show is trying something different other than "Hero must become the villain to stop him", but Larry's goal is so transparent and ham-fisted that Michael can't realistically go dark without seeming profoundly naive and stupid.
edited 9th Oct '11 7:49:38 AM by johnnyfog
Fight It Out!Honestly I never cared for Dead Larry. He never really struck me as Evil!Michael. He lacks the cleverness. Though the cellphone thing was pretty smart. He's really little more than a thug.
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