Friday, June 7, 2013

Burn Notice "New Deal" Review

So last night was the night I've been waiting for six months to happen.  My beloved, adored, "I'm so addicted to it I don't know what will happen when it's over" show, Burn Notice premiered.

First, a little recap.

With the stage set, I was more than a little excited.  We don't currently have cable, so I attempted to find it last night online, but I couldn't.  Then I checked the USA network website this morning around 6am, and it hadn't posted.  I was beginning to get VERY worried.  Being able to watch it online is "mission critical".  This is one of those things that would warrant getting cable again!  I was able to find a website that would play the episode, and then it FINALLY posted to the USA website....Nick will be thrilled that we won't have to get cable again!!

This is the last season of Burn Notice, and it started much darker than any other.  It picks up 9 months after Michael made the deal to save his friends and mom.  In my review of season 6, which you can read here, I made it very clear that I wasn't happy with the way the season ended.  I also talked about how the "huge betrayal" Michael made wasn't really a betrayal.  Of course Michael took a deal.  What was he going to do:  LET THEM ALL ROT IN JAIL?

Anyway, Fiona has a new boyfriend and they are bounty hunters together.  Jesse is working security again, and Sam is planning a surprise birthday for his girlfriend.  In a very odd turn, Madeline has stopped smoking because she is trying to become the legal guardian of her grandson.  Apparently his mother is an alcoholic and went to rehab.

Michael is in Columbia, and has been undercover the entire time he's been gone.  His new CIA handler has recruited him to help take down a bad guy who is involved in terrorism.  Only this time he's fighting like he was in Fight Club, is drunk all the time, and has a very unattractive beard.  He hasn't spoken to his family or friends since he left either.

To make a long story short, a man shows up in Miami, approaches Jesse and Sam on separate occasions using a different accent, and begins asking about Michael.  We discover early on that he is a bad guy, since while he's talking to Sam, Sam catches on that this isn't right and manages to escape being stabbed in the leg.  Fiona, Sam, and Jesse come together to talk about this guy, and Fiona warns Madeline about this mystery man.

The next day Madeline goes to Child Welfare Services for another meeting about gaining custody of Charlie, her grandson.  Suddenly there's a new worker she's suppose to talk to, and he begins asking a lot of questions about Michael.  Normally Madeline is VERY GOOD at sensing trouble, and coming up with lies to protect Michael and his friends, and has learned a lot from them over the years.  But she just suddenly answers all his questions, and he finds out that Michael is working for the CIA.  I'll come back to this later.

Michael discovers he's been made, and his contact informs him that they are going back to Miami to find the mystery man and get rid of him before the terrorist finds out who Michael really is.  They need to salvage the situation in any way possible.  So this is how our gang will finally come back together.

This episode was also different because instead of wrapping up the problem in one episode, it opens up a storyline that will most likely continue for the last 12 episodes.  I also have a few problems with this episode.  First of all:  what happened to Charlie's other family?  Sure his father, Michael's brother Nate, is dead...but where is Ruth's family to take Charlie?  I have a REALLY HARD TIME BELIEVING that CPS would allow a child into Madeline's home!  Looking over her history the past 6 seasons, she doesn't have the most stable people in her life.  Part of her home was blown up, people have broken into her home, tried to kill her, she's gone to prison a few times....I just don't see it happening.  And I don't think that her simply deciding to quit smoking suddenly makes her a prime candidate!!  Maybe this storyline is an attempt to continue her storyline.  When Nate and Ruth got married, it felt like a real "throw away" storyline, and that's what it has become.  It would be great for her character, I just don't believe it would ever actually happen!

Another problem I have with this episode:  After EVERYTHING Michael did to take down the bad guys in the CIA (Tom Card), we come to find out that the agency (and any other agency with initials) hates all of them, and that EVERYTHING he did was for NOTHING!  This is also very hard for me to believe.

Questions I have after seeing this first episode:

-Is Fiona's boyfriend a good guy or bad guy?

-What will happen when the gang finally run into Michael?

- Where are Michael's signature sunglasses?

According to previews, the 100th episode airing next week will show us how Michael and Fiona met.  I hope it's not just a five second thing.  Fans have been waiting A LONG TIME to see this meeting.  I'm very anxious to see everyone run into Michael again, and I look forward to seeing how the series comes to a conclusion.  If I had my way, Michael would somehow get out from under the CIA, he and Fiona would be together, and they would all continue helping people in Miami like they've done the past 6 seasons.

If you watched it, what did you think?

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