Burn Notice Series Finale Review: My Name Is Michael Westen

Burn Notice S07E13: "Reckoning"


There was very little chance the last Burn Notice episode ever could fail. All that needed to happen was some resolution to Michael’s CIA/James troubles, an emotional patching-up between he and Fiona, a return to friendship with Sam and Jesse, and Maddie making peace with her son. But Burn Notice has always been an exceptionally fan-friendly show, so more than plot points, "Reckoning" had to be a goodbye to viewers. It had to distill everything that stands for the world of Westen, from snow globes to fast cars, explosions, standoffs, beer love, voiceovers, big bads, acts of valor, impossible escapes, and Hawaiian shirts, as if to say, "We know you recognize this stuff, audience. Here's to you." Thankfully, the hour did just that, in a way that was fun, intense, and emotional all at once. Just like a good mission with the Burn crew should be.   


Well let's just get this out of the way: Maddie rules. Plain and simple. For all the nagging back-and-forth she shared with her only remaining son this season, her concern for Michael could be a little tiresome. Not that it was her fault as a caretaker. We wanted our awesome hero to go off and do the cool stuff, and here she was every once in a while, tugging at his sleeve saying "Be safe, be safe." So for Maddie to literally explode herself for the good of the team both redeemed her worrisome character and provided the gang with one last emotional reminder of the non-bodily risks of this lifestyle. Bullets hurt, but feelings cut deep. She had become a mother to the team, and a mother sacrifices. Maddie earned that last cigarette.


Michael set a wild tone early on with his Fi-rescuing murder of Sonya. As a spy who's been so many different people, fighting for so many different causes, shooting Sonya effectively declared an end to his role as a servant then and there. But the circumstances were super messed up (who’s cool with shooting someone they had sex with?). Yes, she left him no other choice in the moment, but the split-second decision was a clear reminder of why Westen needed to ditch this kind of lifestyle, stat. He had run out of next steps, and was operating on a rapidly deteriorating instinct.


Then the team came in and did what a team does for a weakened member: They shouldered some burden. I applaud Burn Notice for dovetailing the central theme of the whole series with what could have been a standalone episode conflict. In having Sam, Jesse, and Fi question whether Michael was performing necessary risks or indulging a death wish, "Reckoning" forced Westen to face his true motive for so much ruthless daring-do. It's a fair question to ask when you’re crashing cars into liquor stores and stuffing bombs into moving cars while bleeding out from a shotgun wound. Michael was both the most in-his-element he’d ever been, and the most out of it. It took the presence of his friends to see that, and to remind him of his boundaries.   


Know how this show likes its fans? Because every member of the team delivered an iteration of their line from the credits sequence. This wasn’t necessary! But still, what a warm little feeling it was to hear Sam say "bunch of bitchy little girls" or Fi’s "should we shoot them?" after hearing these phrases repeated Thursday after Thursday for years. Even more fulfilling was seeing Michael and Fi back in sync, saving each other’s butts for one last time, the only way they know how: with bullets. I'll forgive how slow these two reached for their guns and still managed to get the drop on James' already aiming men, because hey it's the last episode. 

One satisfying building shootout and explosion later (honestly, empty buildings with exposed wiring make for the best henchman deaths), James finally lay defeated, Sam had barely escaped, and it seemed as though the two central lovebirds had gone up in flames. On the one hand, I kind of thought Michael and Fiona really did die, because throughout the whole series the one thing that had always seemed doomed was their romance, and what better way to show that these two could never find normal peace than to have them perish together? I even teared up a little at their funeral. I should’ve known better.   


So, with Charlie nestled up in Uncle Michael’s lap, a snow globe of Miami, and what sounded like a pan flute playing the dulcet tones of wintery Ireland, Westen had finally entered a chapter where he had no idea what to do, and it was completely charming. Charlie’s got some badass parents, and it’s a fun explanation to have these seven-plus years of spy narration function as Michael explaining his violent past to his growing little nephew boy. Bravo!

And that's... the end. It doesn't feel like we'll get another show like Burn Notice, one that knew how to poke fun at itself, to double down on dumb action, to scratch that DIY contraption itch, to be emotional where it needed to be, and featured characters who were a blast to hang out with. Goodbye Michael, Fiona, Maddie, Sam, Jesse, and the rest of Miami. Thursdays just won't be the same without you.   


BURNING QUESTIONS:

– Did you see the fake death thing coming?

– Did you catch Barry at Michael and Fiona's funeral?

– Do you think Sam and Jesse should get their own spin-off?

– Did you catch the Matt Nix cameo?  

– What show will you watch now to satisfy your Burn Notice fix?

– What did you think of "Reckoning"? Are you satisfied with the way the series ended?

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Jul 11, 2016
SAM / JESSE SPIN OFF AFTER EVIL DEAD IS OVER PLEASE!
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Mar 31, 2016
So I watched most of burn notice but the new season had been released and I wanted to wait a while before I watched it. By the time I was ready, I re-watched the entire series in one long marathon. They had done some really amazing things and got out of miraculous situations. I had a feeling about Mike and Fi, but even if they didn't make it, I would have been fine with that.

My disdain shows up with Maddie's final "sacrifice". Did anyone else feel like their entire lack of a defensive attempt was a little off-putting? Jessie promised Micheal that he would protect his mother and nephew and he didn't even try to come up with a plan. If you saw previous episodes, there are places to hide and escape. Remember they went out the back fence in one episode? They could have very easily ran out the back, because as you saw EVERY SINGLE bad guy went right through the front door and grouped up!

The thing is, Madeline didn't appear to be acting noble, it looked like selfishness and cowardess. She should have tried to stay alive for Micheal and Charlie. There could have been an epic escape attempt and Madeline could have sacrificed herself only if there was NO OTHER WAY. I counted at least 3 ways they could have escaped or defended themselves rather than just her blowing herself up.

There have been tons of extremely sad moments in movies where the sacrifice of a character minimally had me shed a tear all the way to full on bawling, but after all the ways that Micheal and his team trained Maddie and the fact that Jesse was there who should have tried his damnedest to stop her, I couldn't believe that I felt nothing for her death.

Other than that, the series came to a close with a nice little bow and I am glad to feel a part of it. I just had to voice my opinion on the one issue, it was burning inside me.
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Jul 13, 2015
Other series should take note... this is how you end a beloved series. Too many series on every network have ended badly with little to no respect for the fans (Jericho, Terra Nova, The Event). As much as I would have loved to see Burn Notice continue, if it had to end, this was the perfect ending. I would love to see Sam and Jessie return in their own series, but I guess that's up to producers.
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Mar 09, 2015
loved the show but how did micheal get his nephew charlie at the end of the show
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Sep 07, 2014
Have loved "Burn Notice" for about 7 years now. Brilliant finale, very well done. RIP maddie/cagney.
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Aug 11, 2014
LOLL - Having just finished a Burn Notice marathon (all 7 years in a month on Netflix), and watching the last episode again and in total context, I just had to vent. ;-) :-( [below]
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Jul 16, 2014
Has anybody noticed the plot hole in this series ending? At the end of the series it shows Fiona, Michael, and Charlie in what I assume as Ireland because of the Irish music playing but how could Fiona and Michael live in Ireland when Fiona's brother warned them they would never be able to come back especially Fiona????
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Aug 11, 2014
Yes, I had to figure that perhaps Michael, Fiona and Charlie were in the English countryside since, to my recollection, both Fiona and Michael had many bitter enemies in Ireland; and even though they're officially dead, it isn't as though either of them could just blend into the average-looking crowd in a small country like Ireland. In show biz it's known as "suspension of disbelief" and I'm happy to go with that in this case. .. happy to see them all safely cuddling by a cozy fireplace on a chilly night.

As for Team Michael becoming cheerleaders of the CIA, the one, the only, and the same CIA that has tortured them all and destroyed their lives for 7 viewer-years, I can't but be shocked and disappointed in the writers. It was a cop-out, pandering to some non-existent "common denominator" of the viewing public, an easy way out, trying to make Michael look "patriotic" by aligning with the CIA when, in fact, the CIA is the least "American" entity I can think of and perhaps the most murderous, corrupt group of thugs on the planet. And, THIS is what Michael ends up choosing for his allegiance?

Wasn't anyone else grossly disappointed in Michael's lack of ethics and total loss of character at the end?... and the blind stupidity with which his team screwed up his mission when they thought they were trying "to save him?" Did they all suddenly get amnesia at the same exact time? Were WE, the viewers, expected to suddenly get amnesia during the last episode and start cheering for the CIA, the ONLY reason Michael and all he loved were in constant torment for 7 years?

Hello? Is there anybody in there?
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Aug 10, 2014
they are officially dead and thus no one is looking for fiona
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Mar 11, 2014
I'm glad Michael's mom died -- I hated that annoying whiny bitch.

Did no one go looking for the three year old? Oh no, it's cool...he's just in Ireland chillin' out.
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Mar 09, 2015
i hated that bitch to im not gunna lie
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Aug 11, 2014
LOLL Good one.
But, seriously, who the hell is there to look for Charlie? As far as school is concerned... um... well... OK, Charlie disappeared. Or... Sam or Jessie told them Charlie's living with relatives in Oklahoma... Wisconsin? ;-) ... anywhere but the British Isles.
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Feb 22, 2014
All good things must come to an end. I could not imagine Michael and Fiona dying and was certain they found a way out. Madeline's heroic action ending was painful but shows the depth a mother's love will go to. Jesse and Sam are great but a spin off would not be the same. I did not catch Barry at the funeral nor Matt Nix cameo. I hated to see Burn Notice end so that in itself is disappointing, but as endings go I think it was GREAT. I will simply satisfy my Burn Notice fix with Burn Notice on Netflix. Thank you for one of the best shows ever.
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Dec 08, 2013
Maddie's sacrifice was pointless. And I'd really preferred Michael to be the leader of a secret organisation. All would have been great, if the team just had let him: Maddie living peacfully with Charlie, Sam and Jesse doing whatever they want, Michael beeing a hero for the CIA, being free to change the world together with Fi with his new, better organisation. And maybe recruiting another Ex-Cia with a burn notice at the end.
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Aug 11, 2014
I agree. Absolutely! The ending could have been so great, had the writers allowed Michael to just once say, "Fi, it's O.K. I'm in the process of handing James over to the CIA. Gimme a second." The writers confused the notion of patriotism with an allegiance to the CIA. Or, they had no faith in us, the viewers, as being able to distinguish the difference between the two. Sad.
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Oct 02, 2013
I suspect that like most of its fans, I've been with Burn Notice since day1. 7 years flew bye! Loved that it was always on the lighter side of the action/drama. Perfect balance of humor, intelligence, action and so much heart.

While it never had monstrous ratings it had consistent ratings. Trending upwards. I hope that when this entire series hits Netflix, most people give it a chance.

As for the burning questions.
No I didn't see the fake death coming. I would have been ok if they had died, but glad they didnt. I am very satisfied with how the series finale went down.
To fill that pretty big hole that Burn Notice leaves behind I'd say I'd start watching Person of Interest.
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Sep 21, 2013
1. Yes. Who didn't?
2. Actually no. :(
3. Yes!!
4. No.
5. The new show called Blacklist and continue to watch Person of Interest.
6. Well, it depends:

The way the show hit a turn after Anson died I just didn't feel like the show was going to have a decent bad guy and hit a cool ending, at least interesting. Anyway, for what happened in season 7 regardless of how bad or good it was it was okay but that doesn't mean it was a decent ending to the show overall.

Season 7 completely failed in the part that James and his evil empire for the greater good was supposed to actually mean something, not some crap network that in the end Michael would take down like he did with Anson's organization that burned him which made sense because he felt a personal vendetta to fight it and what it represented but James was different than Anson, in the end, was all about his ego and financial success (the challenge?) but James actually wanted to make a difference as a powerful mercenary with a large network of people and the way they made the character made perfect sense as to what he became afterwards feeling betrayed by his superiors in the army similar to how Michael first felt when he was burned and no one, simply no one (likely unrealistically so even for a burn noticed spy), would contact him other than that elusive Lucy from season 1 who they by the way just cut off in the show and the second time when he found out that Simon was employed by the CIA even though he had been a huge terrorist that likely did 80% of the work for Vaughn/Management/Anson.

With this in mind there was only one way to end it: Michael was supposed to take over James's organization and then overthrow him with whatever means he found suitable for the situation because that was the natural step for him. He was an operative who got the job done with minimal resources and with James's organization he could done so much and frankly was basically his goal like Anson said in an episode that Michael wanted to be everyone's white knight and joined the army because if he could save the world he, Nate and their mother would feel safe at home, now that dream was almost literally possible (not absolutely but potentially very close).

Ending the show with a cliché of a turn-out that he and Fiona made up just makes it look like that the job he did was never important, all he ever wanted was a family with her which is what he had the choice to do all along but never took it because he couldn't, he had a need to save people and that is still likely there.
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Sep 17, 2013
This was a horrible, horrible, horrible way for the show to go out. Season 7 was completely pointless. Let's go back to the end of Season 4 and call that the end of the series.

The plot induced stupidity in the final few episodes really takes the cake. I mean, James decides the best way to protect his pseudo-evil operation, the threat of which has never really been established, is to turn his entire operation over to Michael--who just revealed he was working for the CIA all along--and get himself arrested. Worse, when Fiona and Co. threaten to blow the operation, Michael doesn't say "Hey, the CIA are on the way, right now! Get out of sight before the mission is blown!" It never occurs to him to make them think he is actually fulfilling his assignment, even when he technically is.

I mean, if they just waited 5 minutes, Michael would have been co-leader of the evil operation and he could have put a bullet in Sonia any time after that and dismantled the whole thing overnight. But, no.

In fact, having Michael end up as the hidden leader behind the whole benevolent clandestine operation would have made for a much better premise to season 7 than the actual premise of season 7. That would have been cool.

And Madeline blowing herself up and burning down their house are the ONLY options they have? No remote detonator? What about, you know, that cell phone? Wasn't there an episode where they used cell phones to remote detonate something anyway? I mean, COME ON!

Oh, and Fiona turning on Michael because he "broke his promise"? Right. Cause she is incapable of understanding what sort of situation that was. Then her "new bf" suddenly flips out and leaves a couple episodes from the finale and next episode, Fee is jumping back to Michael without a moment of hesitation. One scene of crying, and poof, it never happened. Cause, really, it shouldn't have.

Burn Notice always worked best with Michael Weston and co. being something of a throwback to the A-Team. You know, before they got captured and turned into spies. Burn Notice failed as an actual spy thriller.
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Sep 19, 2013
Season 4 was the end of the original Burn Notice. Seasons 5 and 6 were ridiculously contrived repetitions of the formula which stretched incredulity and just seemed tired. Season 7 was a completely different show also called Burn Notice with different characterizations of the original Burn Notice characters.
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Sep 16, 2013
I never post. But I have to tribute one of the greatest show's I have ever seen (And I watch plenty).
This finale was everything I could have wanted and more. Your review couldn't be more accurate. I loved every single thing about it. Right from the first scene when Michael sold his character by hesitating to shoot Fiona, and then his quick snap back into reality. The show didn't give him much time to forget about his death seeking dares, and accept that he has to live and be there for Charlie and Fi. I thoroughly enjoyed each character's quote from the opening scenes. It offered a sense of Nostalgia that I don't think the show could have quite pulled out of it's hat by any other method. Saying goodbye to Madeline was heart wrenching. I cried (And I'm emotionally hardened). The finale gave us scenes of each character at their best. It realistically brought Fi and Michael back together.. Being able to bond over Michael's saving, Maddie's death, and raising Charlie. Burn Notice will be severely missed. I don't think I'll be able to ignore the urge to rewatch the series as time goes on.

Again.. I am so pleased with how they ended the series. And I hope, the next time one of my favourite series comes to an end.. They take notes from BN.
1. I saw the fake death coming a mile away. I saw the water outside, and thought they either hid in one of the huge metal container's in the building (Like the one they were hiding behind), or had found a window and jumped out that way. Especially after Michael's line "I want to live, perhaps now more than ever", I knew they weren't dying at that moment.
2. I caught Barry (And thank you BN for giving us a glimpse of him in the finale. I would have loved one last panic filled quip from Barry, but at least they included him in the BN farewell).
3. I don't think I could watch a Sam and Jesse spin off (as much as I love their characters) without Michael and Fi. It wouldn't be the same, and I fear it would hurt the memory that Burn Notice has left in our hearts.
4. Sorry, didn't catch Matt Nix
5. Now that Burn Notice is gone, I don't think anything can take it's place. However, Person of Interest is a good start. But I feel ultimately, with BN gone, I may just have to revert back to Season 1 and take the journey all over again.
6. See my first 2 paragraphs
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Sep 21, 2013
i literally burst into tears when maddie hit the switch.
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Sep 16, 2013
I knew they were gonna use the line "my name is Michael Westen & I use to be a spy" at the end of the show, I just knew it! I'm just suprised it was fi who said it & not micheal but anyways here's my review about the finale... The last show was very "meh" to me. Like I didn't have no deep emotional experience as I did with other tv series finales. Like by time the ending of the last espisode aired I was like aw that's sweet that fi & mike are together but I still was so-so to the whole thing. Like I feel like the whole thing was just so effin rushed. Like not only was the episode rushed but the whole season was rushed & not only was it rushed but it left a lot of gaping wholes. Like why have this be the season to have mike be all conflicted & "unmike like"?? If they wanted to do that they shouldve started this last season or give burn notice another one to properly end it out. You don't wait to the very last season to change the main character like that & than try to fix it in the very last episode. Plus I don't get how mike just switched up on James & Sonya like that in an instant just because fi said something about him not being the Micheal Westen she knows. Like I understand that the fans wanted Micheal & fi to end up together & the way the writers were writing it if he ran the organization it wouldnt had happened but c'Mon it took nearly a whole season for micheal to turn sides & join Sonya & James & to turn on the CIA & literally 5 mins to turn on them which makes no sense because he was Willing to not only join their organiztion but to take it over & run it. Plus they never really explained why James was such a bad guy, like James and mike were alike in many ways & believed in the same things that's why mike switched sides in the first place.So for them to skip that important point is just ridiculous.That's why I say this whole thing was just so rushed. Another thing that bothers me is that when Michael killed Sonya its like he didn't feel anything at all which I thought was BS because not only was he sleeping with her but he also cared for her so I at least expected him to feel conflicted about what he done, hell he felt more distress over killing his "friend"(the one who was selling secrets) than killing Sonya which I just thought was off for micheal. Plus I at least expected him to apologize to James or at the very least Have some sort of final meaningful talk with James, I mean he was gonna take over the man's organzitation for Pete sake. So for him to just miraculously change sides & suddenly see James & the organization as an emeny with no conflict just to put micheal back with his friends just seem so rushed & slopply written. Like this whole last episode couldve been avoided if he just told his friends from the beginning of the episode before last that he was turning James in & his friends wouldve let him do that & he wouldve had not only his friends by his side but the organization, so the WHOLE THING couldve Been written better. I must admit I wanted to see the show end with Michael running the organization doing good with his friends & maddie&Charlie by his side & possibly maybe be with Sonya, shoot maybe them in a relationship but Whatever. I guess they ended it the way the they thought the hardcore Burn Notice fans would want it to end, with the gang doing one last adventure & with Michael & fi together, Which they did. So that part was the only thing I liked & in my opinion saved the finale from being completely horrible! However killing maddie was completely pointless in my opinion but at least she went out as a good mother protecting her family. She looked so cool, almost boss like sitting there smoking a cigerette & pushing that button. That made me like her character even more!... So even though the series end was shotty at best, I must admit I really enjoyed the show as a whole so I am sad to see it go. I wish nothing but the best for the cast & crew, I hope all their careers flourish after this!!!
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Sep 16, 2013
Only problem I have is I think it would have been a better finale if it had been two hours but still a great ending loved the tie ins of the opening credits and the explanation of the narration. Answers. 1. Yeah I predicted it a while ago but when the building blew up there was a small part of me that was like did they really die?2. Seen Barry at the funeral in the trailer lol. 3. I don't think the spin off will be as good as burn notice but hey ill give it a shot. 4. I missed nix. But he could probably walk in my house and I ouldn't know him lol he is not Stan lee bit still cool he did a cameo ill have to rew watch to see it. 5. Nothing can satisfy my burn notice fix bit do have a few shows I'm interested in. Soa, poi, justified, ahs,mentalist but nothing compares to bn and never will for me. 6. Overall it was a fitting ending. There were things that we all wished would happen but even though it was predictable I still say it ended beautifully. I will miss this show. Maddie dying was well played and everyone's acting superb. My all-time favorite show is now over I don't know what I will do now.
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Sep 16, 2013
I wasn't surprised that Michael and Fi survived, but I half thought they may have actually died. Either way, great finale.

Sam and Jesse spin-off would be awesome. Or, jump to the future... Charlie-is-a-spy-who-gets-burned-25-years-in-the-future-spin-off. lol
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Sep 16, 2013
Whoa! Sam and Jesse spin-off! What a great idea.
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Sep 16, 2013
I noticed the exploding building they were in was built over water, so I guessed they would escape.
I hope they do a spin off with Sam & Jesse, that would work.
Burn Notice will be missed in my house.
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Sep 16, 2013
At first i was like Whaaaa.. then i was like alright sure why not, if it had to end then that was as good as ending as any. We all had ideas of how it should have ended. Personally I'd like to have seen Michael take over the whole organization and then go back to helping people like he did in the first 4 seasons but on a larger scale. Michael and Fi riding off into the sunset just kinda seemed like out of character for them to end that way.

And why did they kill off Maddie. That seemed kinda pointless, especially because she was with Jesse. Why did Jesse just leave her there to die instead of coming up with some clever way to escape like use the bomb as booby trap and run out the back door. That's what the show has been about hasn't it.

But other than that it's been a good run and I for one am gonna miss the show. As for a Sam and Jessie spin off? Don't. As much as I enjoy Bruce Campbell I don't see him carrying a whole show. He was the comic relief for a reason. Point in case was the Fall of Sam Axe prequel he did. Nor do I see Coby Bell do the same. Jeffrey Donovan kept this show alive because he was fucking cool. But who knows. Sometimes you can be surprised.
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Sep 16, 2013
I'm really going to miss this show. It was one of the most enjoyable series I've ever watched. It was serious and at the same time upbeat, it wasn't grim, it wasn't gritty, but it was real.

I wish the Burn Notice team the best of luck, and thanks for a hell of a ride!
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Sep 16, 2013
Sam & Jesse spin-off ― Fi can guest if she's not swooped up, or busy making up lost time with family!

"Charlie’s got some badass parents, and it’s a fun explanation to have these seven-plus years of spy narration function as Michael explaining his violent past to his growing little nephew boy. Bravo!"

^This! The total opposite of the mental torture known as How I Met your Mother ― Enough already! I already am watching Burn Notice's replacements IMO: Person of Interest, and White Collar. Hope Better Call Saul is at least half as good as Breaking Bad.
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Sep 16, 2013
Yes, I saw the fake death coming as soon as James came in.
I saw Barry, but not Matt Nix
Sam and Jessie? Maybe, but it depends on how much Bruce and Coby want to do it. I saw glimpses and more of the actors getting tired of the role.

What to watch? I would start over and watch BN from the beginning, but barring that, I would watch POI, CA, Arrow, Find some reruns of MacGyver.

Overall, I thought this was a good finale, but not as great as it could have been. It closed the book on Michael Westen and Fiona, but left a crack in case of a movie or mini-series.

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Sep 15, 2013
Suspected the funeral was something of a fake. People came back from the dead all the time on "24". Definitely caught Barry at the funeral. Yes to the spin-off, remember how well "Lou Grant" did after "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"? Missed Matt Nix, will need to watch the episode again. Not much will satisfy my Burn Notice fix, might consider becoming a screenwriter. I enjoyed the episode although I would have preferred combining the last two episodes into a back-to-back two-episode thing. Never really figured out James' motivation other than he was a psycho which frankly was not very satisfying. Everything else was pretty much perfect for the tone and nature of the show.

I have noted that few people have commented about how for 7 years we got a very good conversation about the consequences of raising children in the chaos of alcoholism and domestic violence. Burn Notice's writers didn't lay it on thick, but the message was definitely there, especially in the end.

My final wish: will some producer come up with another great role for a female actor who is old enough to be someone's mother and grandmother? I loved the show for Sharon Gless who as one of the duo in Cagney and Lacey made television history. Maybe some one will think of a part for her on The Good Wife.


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Sep 15, 2013
1) saw the fake death coming. Most shows don't kill their leads, even at the series finale.
2) No i missed it. I go watch the scene again.
3) I really love Jesse but nope i dont think i would enjoy a spin off. We like burn notice for the whole crew. Without Michael and Maddie, it wont be that good.
4) Just googled who Matt Nix is. Dont recognise him. Must have missed his cameo.
5) Im already watching Graceland. Will decide again what summer show to replace it with 9mths later.
6) It ended exactly the way i expected it would. That being said, i still love the ending.

I think most fans would miss this show. After all, we've been following it for 7 seasons. Thats 7 damn years, man! Jeff Donovan was awesome in Burn Notice and hopefully, we get to see him in future shows. Will miss Fi, Jesse and Maddie too.
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Sep 15, 2013
To answer your questions:
1.) No I didn't see the fake deaths coming - I too thought this was the way MN had decided to capture the romance for eternity. I was pretty hysterical by then! (I just can't come to terms with the fact that Maddie is gone.)
2.) Caught Barry at the funeral, yes.
3.) Spin-off? No. I love the two characters beyond reason, but a TV show would be BN without MIchael and Fi and that would be no fun at all. A follow-up movie? With ALL the characters! YES!!! YES!!! YES, PLEASE!!!
4.) Shoot - I keep missing MN as a reporter and I've watched it a couple of times!
5.) No other show will even begin to match the satisfaction that BN brought. When I have finally absorbed and digested the finale I will start watching from the beginning once again - thank God for DVDs! I just can't believe that it's all over...I feel like my best friends have left town and I can't get ahold of them ever again. Adrift, moor-less, directionless.
6.) And yes the finale was great. Perfect. Brought back the original magic of the early seasons. So satisfying!

And lastly - thank you for a lovely review!

And to opensky - so many thoughts have crossed my mind about a so-called "normal life" for Michael and Fi and then I realize - we cannot translate their lives to real life. They transcend real life - that's why we loved the show! They could do things we normals could NEVER do! So we can't imagine them beyond that final scene - that's where they will be forever in our memories!! Unlike us, their lives are finally perfect. Just what we always wanted for them.
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Sep 15, 2013
So CIA doesn't know that Fi and Michael are actually alive?

I really loved this season and the finale was a very good one. Jack Coleman was the only reason why I decided to watch this show and I'm glad I did. Yes, Burn Notice felt like a different show after season 3 but it was still very entertaining. I will miss it! I will surely miss my weekly Jack Coleman fix too nooooo D: Next show please!

I totally caught the Matt Nix cameo, I knew it was a fake funeral and Sam/Jesse spin off needs to happen!

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Sep 15, 2013
I loved the show all seven seasons, Mikey Sam Fi and Jesse showed me the type of person I hope to be. I did see it coming but imagined all of them together. Yes I did see Barry but was hoping to see Sugar. Spin off yes but no many reasons. Yeah the news dude Matt nix. Supernatural. Yes I am satisfied
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Sep 15, 2013
Did anyone notice that in the last scene they used a gas fireplace instead of a wood one? It's hard to be 'off the grid' if you have a gas line running to your little cottage in the woods. I keep wondering how this couple are going to make money and live some kind of normal life.

Boy, I loved this show. I am going to miss it! I should be doing something else rather then reading everyone's comments, but I'm still holding on.

Thanks Matt Nix and also everyone who did cool videos on Michael and Fiona on youtube. Also thank you for the wonderful blooper videos. Michael is an amazing character actor. I hope to see him in some other films instead of just going into Directing.
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Sep 15, 2013
Closure would seem to be the byword here. Did it satisfy is the question? In most ways, yes. Michael had painted himself into a very complicated corner. In the end he chose the only thing that remained dear to his heart of hearts, Fiona, Sam, Jesse, and, of course, Charlie. He tearfully accepted his mother's final act of forgiveness and that solidified him.

O.K., so ends a fun ride of seven years. Michael finally sheds it all and finds peace. This is a fan-friendly ending if costly. The trek Michael trod to come in from the cold ended on no one else's terms but his. Oh yes, he sacrificed things formerly dear, not unlike real life, and what remains, though meaningful in the extreme, is bittersweet. Could it be better? Not really, as Burn Notice was always a singularly unique blend of the improbable, impossible, and the real consequences if such a confluence of events could occur. Thus, in the end this wraps up everything not tidy, but in true Burn Notice fashion. All the nods real fans will easily catch were like gifts for the faithful. We'll surely miss these characters that were like extended family, but we know we stayed the course and there is still some life worth living yet to be had. A really enjoyable series with a satisfying finale.
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Sep 15, 2013
– Did you see the fake death thing coming?
Yes, I did. I realized pretty quickly that it would be the only way for Mike and Fi to live "happily ever after", and I immediately started thinking "maybe they could survive inside one of those containers" and similar things - although I would have accepted them dying together as a sadder, but still decent ending to the show.

– Did you catch Barry at Michael and Fiona's funeral?
Yes.

– Do you think Sam and Jesse should get their own spin-off?
No. They're great actors and characters, and made great sidekicks, but I don't think they can carry a show by themselves.

– Did you catch the Matt Nix cameo?
Nope. Didn't know who he was. :p

– What show will you watch now to satisfy your Burn Notice fix?
Jeez, I don't know. :/ I have Strike Back for violence, Teen Wolf and Supernatural for drama-with-humour-that-isn't-afraid-to-poke-fun-at-itself, but no single show that covers all the facets of Burn Notice.
And none of them have Michael Westen. :(

– What did you think of "Reckoning"? Are you satisfied with the way the series ended?
Cheesy as all hell, but it's OK - in some ways, I think that's the only way this show COULD end.
Maddie going out was a real tearjerker, I cried like a baby, but it was also so RIGHT - his dad wasn't the only one who contributed to the makeup of one Michael Westen!
And the ending - I always thought that an ending with Mike and Fi living happily ever after would seem impossible, unbelievable and "fake", but for some reason this one actually worked for me. I think it was the whole "they're _dead_ now, there's no going back, and nobody to come looking - they are ACTUALLY retired!".

Fare well, Michael Westen - I will miss you!
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Sep 15, 2013
I didn't really like the finale. Mostly because the situation they were in was totally avoidable if Michael had just told his friends what was going on. They could have let James get captured by the CIA and then stopped Michael from being the leader of a private spy ring.

The ending is good because what else is Mike going to do? Even if he wanted to retire, the agencies would never let him, so they had to think he was dead. As soon as James brought up the explosives I was thinking "convenient way to disappear." Anyway, how did Mike's nephew get to him and Fiona? Wouldn't it be suspicious that no one adopted him and he just disappears? Its nice and all but very unbelievable.
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Sep 15, 2013
Depending on how it was handled and how deep the forensics went, they might believe Charlie died in the explosion at Maddie's house. I'm not saying it is realistic, but it might pass muster in a fictional world.
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Sep 15, 2013
This was a "blue sky" show, remember. They were going to give them a happy ending; it fit the series. It doesn't matter that there were plot holes.
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Sep 14, 2013
I didn't like the last season much but I did love the series. About the spin off I don't know if Bruce Campbell could be as endearing as a front man than as a sidekick, you see I think Donovan is a good actor and Campbell is even better but is much easier to shine by the side of someone so serious and monotone as Michael Westen I don't know if Sam Axe could be good enough as a character (I do not question the actor) to support an entire series, and that is the problem with spin offs. Characters shine because they are contrasted by less notorious or dull ones. It might get boring by season 2
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Sep 15, 2013
There is a spin off episode about Sam before he met Michael which was good but a show with only Sam should not be like Burn Notice. It would have to have more comedy.
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Sep 15, 2013
Yes the movie was good but a series would be different. I think it takes more than just comedy to make it last , maybe if Coby Bell worked as a contrasting counterpart it could work
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Sep 15, 2013
Movie actually. Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe. Good movie.
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Sep 14, 2013
For those who don't know, Matt Nix was the guy we've heard in the credits every episode saying "We've got a burn notice on ya, you're blacklisted."

He's a director and writer on the show.
He was the news reporter at about 11 minutes into this episode.

– Did you see the fake death thing coming? Yes

– Did you catch Barry at Michael and Fiona's funeral? Yes

– Do you think Sam and Jesse should get their own spin-off?
Yes, and they even set it up at the end of the episode too.

– Did you catch the Matt Nix cameo? Not at first. I had to re-watch it.

– What show will you watch now to satisfy your Burn Notice fix?
Homeland.

– What did you think of "Reckoning"? Are you satisfied with the way the series ended?
I cried like a baby when Maddie said her goodbyes. So sad, but yes. I loved all of the closure. They tied everything up really well.
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Mar 09, 2015
they didnt tie up how mike got his nephew charlie
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Sep 14, 2013
Matt Nix was the creator of Burn Notice also, of course. :P I will really miss this show.
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Sep 14, 2013
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Sep 15, 2013
it's MacGyver. Not to really nitpick, but that was my favorite show in grade school. I still like watching the reruns. :)
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Sep 16, 2013
Sorry about that. I used to watch it also, but it has been so long. Will fix it.
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Sep 14, 2013
– What did you think of "Reckoning"? Are you satisfied with the way the series ended?

Fantastic ending, not many shows can end this well. Had they both died and had that funeral serve as the ending it would have been a good ending too. But giving the viewers what they wanted is better....Fiona+Michael; retired spies living somewhere far far away, and raising his dead brother's son. TV Showrunners should take a few cues from the proper way in which Burn Notice finished it's excellent seven year run. Giving the long time loyal fans pretty much everything they could want in a finale. 10/10. Pretty rare for a series finale.
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Sep 15, 2013
I agree. I remember when Friends ended and the writers let Rachel and Ross be together. Critics complained that the show copped out by doing so. But the show just gave its fans what they wanted. I don't see anything wrong with that.
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Sep 14, 2013
– Did you see the fake death thing coming?
yes
– Did you catch Barry at Michael and Fiona's funeral?
yes
– Do you think Sam and Jesse should get their own spin-off?
should no, may, likely: not likely to happen
– Did you catch the Matt Nix cameo?
who??
– What show will you watch now to satisfy your Burn Notice fix?
plenty of other good shows on, but none like this
– What did you think of "Reckoning"?
nice job of wrapping things up

Are you satisfied with the way the series ended?
yeah it wasnt over thought,
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Sep 14, 2013
Hearing Fi & Sam saying their catch phrases may have been the most respectful thing a show has done for its fans in the finale EVER! Yes I agree that the "explanation" for the voice over as how Michael will explain their story to Charlie when he grows up was fitting.

Teared at the funeral? I was already straight up bawling since realizing that Maddie was going to sacrifice herself. Her with that last cigarette & saying "For my boys" will be forever etched in my mind.

I kinda feared they we're dead but hoped, & so glad our fave couple wasn't. Jesse & Sam spin-off? Intriguing :) No I didn't notice Barry at funeral must rewatch & look for him. I think the significance of the snow globe was a fresh start & that it all started in Miami. I am really really going to miss this show (sh** tearing up again)
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Sep 14, 2013
I was a little let down, I love this show but I feel the ending was too abrupt.

**Spoilers**

James was being such a nice guy, turning himself in and all and Michael could really have done great things with his organization - James was a much worthier cause than the CIA, given what we've seen and how the CIA used Escher to do their dirty work...I thought Michael would have drawn a line.

But then Fiona messes up Michaels plan who in turn defends her and kills Sonya, and suddenly it's back to working for the CIA? Why didn't he tell her what he was doing, so many problems could have been avoided if Westen's crew actually knew of his motivations. Even I was falling for James at the end, he really seemed like the better guy to work for, or in honor of.

And then the show ended, I was really hoping for a hard-hitting finale, not such a cliched soft-landing. I've enjoyed watching this show, but I wish the finale would have been more honorable.
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Sep 15, 2013
Terrorists often believe in their cause as fanatically as James did and will strap a bomb to themselves and kill thousands. James was willing to kill a three year old boy, to shoot one of his own men for being a coward, and to slit the throat of fellow soldiers and lock his best friend in a mental institution. He was the perfect example of people who think they are doing good but do it in a bad way. God help us all never think that this self-righteousness mis-use of power is 'noble'.
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Sep 15, 2013
The big issue and this comes to bare in the scene with sonja and fi, is that they may be trying to do some good, but they will sacrifice innocent lives to accomplish it. Look at what happened with fi's boyfriend, they killed 7 people to prove a point. maybe they were all bad guys or maybe they were just people hired to do a job. Accomplishing good is a good thing unless its at the cost of lives of the innocent. Fi was far from perfect, but in that case, she was someone who did not need to die but the organization needed her dead.
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Sep 14, 2013
James was a bit too Manson for my liking and in turn I think the point was he was bring out the "dark" side of Michael. That's what Sam, Jess, Fi and Maddy wanted to stop. Im pretty sure everyone is done with the CIA because they all realized everyone is terrible.

Though really, I would have been happy with a Westen and Crew heading a crazy spy network that helps people... Kind of like Leverage but with spies. The build up would had to have been a bit different for that kind of ending though and Im not sure Maddy would have died either.
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Sep 14, 2013
James did seem honorable but he was a zealot. I think in the end Michael realized there was no honor in either organization.
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Sep 14, 2013
I was pleasantly surprised by the finale. I will definitely miss the show and am running out of shows to watch on USA. Burn Notice was well written, crazy antics, characters for whom you cared, and fun.
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Sep 14, 2013
Me too. I think the only one I still watch is Suits.
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Sep 15, 2013
How could I forget Psych, my absolute favorite show. I still watch that, too. But it's ending, too.
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Sep 14, 2013
I loved it..only wish Fi was preggers. Thanks Burn Notice it was fun.
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Sep 14, 2013
Please let there be a Sam & Jesse Spin-Off!!!!
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Sep 14, 2013
Yeah I would love to see the spirit of the show continue with a Sam and Jesse spinoff! I was soooo worried when they added Jesse to the cast but Coby Bell won me over big time and he became a personal favorite. Also - we still have to find out who killed his mom! Jesse Porter and Sam Axe for the winnnnnn!
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Sep 14, 2013
Yes, it surprised me that the writers didn't wrap up the mystery around the death of Jesse's mom.
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Sep 14, 2013
Also after killing Maddie the final seen with Micheal and Fi should of jumped to like one year later (or atleast 6 months) with Fi pregnant or having just given birth to a baby girl named Maddie.
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Sep 14, 2013
*scene
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Sep 14, 2013
I am going too miss Burn Notice terribly!

i saw the whole "Michael and Fiona going to raise Charlie" plot line a long time ago...just didn't know Maddie would have to die to accomplish it;

Because really...how else we're they going to end up, but together?...dead or alive and I really didn't see them killing them off in the finale...a bit too bold of an ending.

Burn Notice deserved a better send off!! I mean...we didn't even get a cheesy montage of the cast through the seasons!

Anyways, I wish they had devoted more time and attention to the Series Finale, because this was a great show and there is nothing like it to take its place.
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Sep 14, 2013
Personally I'm going to choose to pretend that the series ended when Micheal walked back into the CIA at the end of season 4 (you remember the LOGICAL end point) before we had this secret boss "Anson" who as we find out isn't the "super boss" he claimed to be, actually that is Micheals old CIA handler is the "Man behind the curtain".

While the intro lines where kinda nice they where a touch cheesy for this show.
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Sep 14, 2013
SOLID REVIEW MR. SANDOVAL!!!

As for your "Burning Questions," here are my answers:

– Did you see the fake death thing coming?

No I didn't. Before the funeral scene, I thought that maybe Michael and Fiona may have made it out, but probably not. (but you never know....)

– Did you catch Barry at Michael and Fiona's funeral?

Yes I did, he was sitting next to Jesse.

– Do you think Sam and Jesse should get their own spin-off?
YES I DO, I would love that!

– Did you catch the Matt Nix cameo?
Yes, he was the reporter on TV breaking the news of the manhunt.

– What show will you watch now to satisfy your Burn Notice fix?
PERSON OF INTEREST for the moment!

– What did you think of "Reckoning"? Are you satisfied with the way the series ended?

Reckoning was really good, what a really good and crazy finish!

I am very satisfied how the series ended, I just wish there was an 8th season or least 16-18 for this last season, that would have been perfect, I was also hoping for a 2-hour finale. But 7 seasons with 13 episodes is just fine with me!


CHEERS TO ONE OF THE GREATEST SHOWS OF ALL-TIME!!!
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Sep 14, 2013
Person of Interest - great answer - and great show - and it is kind of similar to Burn Notice.
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Sep 14, 2013
Yes it is and thank you!
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Sep 14, 2013
To answer your questions... yes, saw it coming, once Maddie sacrificed herself, they had to survive to be charlie's family.... saw barry.... i think it should stay ended where it is, it is a nice sendoff... don't know who matt nix is.... i do not know what can replace burn notice and yes i was satisfied...
I did love how they used their signature lines and Maddie's ending was sad and great all at the same time... i loved this show from beginning to end, but i think this final season was the best of them all. And how they explain the narration he gives, as if it was years later and he was telling his nephew was a great touch.
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Sep 14, 2013
They really should've had a 2-hour commercial-free season finale to wrap it all up. Don't get me wrong, the last episode was great, but it should've been a little more special than the ~42 minutes we normally view.
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Sep 14, 2013
I felt like we got a 3 part finale as it was - starting with the ep where Michael admitted to James it was he who betrayed him.
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Sep 14, 2013
Look. Obviously (and nothing against this) Burn Notice loves its explosions, planned or improvised.

But try to make me believe that a building, built next to a freeway to sell the "hide in plain sight" concept, would be booby-trapped with high grade explosives that COULD BE VERY VISIBLE IF THEY ARE DETONATED BY ANYONE CURIOUS ENOUGH TO SEE WHAT'S INSIDE!

Try to make me believe that someone as smart as James wouldn't realize this and perhaps seek a more appropriate alternatives (reflected by better writing and attention to detail).

Try that. I dare thee!

Otherwise, fun finale. Thumbs up.
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Sep 14, 2013
Good grief.... For seven years, Fi and the gang have used nothing but remote detonators for blowing up C4, ripcord and every other type of explosive. Why all of a sudden do they only have a "suicide bomber"-type push button detonator? Why would they even have acquired one of those in the first place? Who was planning on using that? Completely out of context and unnecessary way to sacrifice a character and try to force an emotional response from the audience that smacks of lazy writing and cheap tricks. And don't even get me started about how they retconned Maggie from the tough as nails bad-ass mother of Michael of last season into a whiny, annoying, scaredy-cat wuss of this season.

I thought this season started out pretty strong, but then ran out of time to make a convincing go at Michael's breaking bad and subsequent flip back to good. This was illustrated no more succinctly than in the previous episode, when Michael lied about meeting James in Ft. Lauderdale, therefore his closest friends and family immediately saw no other possible reason for his lies than he had completely changes sides and was now betraying them and his country. No other possible explanation. Here, Michael was about to turn James into the CIA and his friends completely tanked any chance of that happening. He still could have changed his mind about the whole organization and Sonya after that when he was in a position of power - and wouldn't it be far easier to take down that worldwide network of operatives when that information is at your fingertips instead of having to steal it from a completely "wired for demolition" secure facility and shoot your way out past James and his men? So, when Sam and the gang tried to trick/kidnap him in the previous episode, all Michael had to say was, "Sam, you and Fi don't understand, I'm turning James into the CIA and finishing this mission to save all of our lives", even if that wasn't the complete truth. They've built him up to be this master spy, but he can't think his way out of being kidnapped by Sam with something that was a mostly true story?

There was a time when I loved Burn Notice and I will at some point remember it fondly. But I've been ready for it to go for some time now and I'm thankful that it's finally over.
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Sep 14, 2013
They were on the run; they had run out of supplies and were running low on everything, even ammo. The change in Maddie, I think, was realistic. She had to go from being a mom with grown sons, to a mom who had buried a son and was having to raise a very little boy. Naturally she was afraid her son would get hurt and was afraid something would happen to that little boy.
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Sep 14, 2013
Maddie, thanks. Typo. My point was, why would they even have a suicide detonator in the first place? Who was planning on committing suicide?
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Sep 14, 2013
Could have been something scrounged from James' stash.
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