While Madeline calling Michael out was good, I can't help shake off the feeling that we have seen this 100 times already on this show. We did get some good scenes with Anson and Michael today though and while this story arc is so over the top, they have done a tip-top job keeping us on the edge of our seat in suspense and getting what will happen next.
The Amazing Fake Out Twist we got from Ansen during the seemingly predictable "let's bring Larry back again times 4" summer finale has left us at a standstill. Because what makes Ansen a Great New Villain is that he knows MW better than he knows himself.
His ability to decern what Michael might do before he himself even knows. Leaves Michael between a rock and a hard place. He obviously isn't going to fall in line again with the guy that burned him just when he was getting back into the CIA. But Ansen is so good at his specialty and has so much background info that Michael has been unable to make even Tiny moves without Anson catching him.
Basically we are back to season 1+2 with Carla telling him to do what she says or else. And Michael knows it, and he's not gonna put up with it for a second. Except Ansen is smart enough to know that Michael knows etc.
Ansen has dug his way into Michael's head in a way that no villain before has. He knows everything about Michael and how he will act and seems to have him beat and Michael knows this. Yet in this episode he is forced to play the game and open his mind to Ansen (yay Beatrice!).
This is Extremely Dangerous for any Spy as they are trained to Compartmentalize things. And the really good ones (ala MW) do it as second nature. Plus people who haveDaddy Issues is a common recruiting element (MW again). When you start opening those doors it can be dangerous. Which is why Westen lies then changes the subject when Ansen questions his motivations about why he does the day-to-day client-taking thing.
I guess the only question left is will Ansen keep his promise that this has an ending. That he won't just keep dragging it out with one more thing the way it has always gone down before. If he's going to continue being smart then he should keep his promise and end it quickly.
Because it doesn't take a Super Shrink to know that after all he's been through since being Burned. Michael Westen isn't going to buy the, "it's almost over, just one more thing" line forever.
All in all, I'm actually happy to see a more cerebral battle especially since I suspect it is leading up to a big finish.
[Ever been to a summer popcorn flick and actually find yourself yawning at the predictable 3rd explosion? One explosion after another gets boring no matter how big the explosion; but if you build it up slowly then it really hits big even if the explosion itself was literally small.]
Not only is Anson the slimiest best villian...we geta deeper hint of Michaels back story, his motivations and the reason he does what he does and why he's soooo good at his job. What a twist ending just when you think Anson's in his place he drops more bombs than you can shake a stick at. Jesse is a great addition to the team and i like that Madeline is more gutsy than ever - maybe she'll be able to bring Anson down.( rubs hands together) - wouldnt that be a treat!
Wow, and just when I thought the Anson story arc was moving slowly. Depth Perception was the most entertaining episode I've seen from Burn Notice in a long time, due in large part to certain characters being shifted around and taken out of their comfort zones. Seeing Madeline come at Michael like that was jarring and definitely unexpected. Michael working together with Anson was also interesting to watch, and it's almost as if the writers felt that Anson wasn't intimidating enough as a villain, especially after him trying to reason with Michael about why he does what he does... so they lowered the boom in the show's closing stretch, during which I said 'holy $#!%' out loud multiple times. There was enough intensity, revelations, and all around great TV in Depth Perception to cover two episodes of Burn Notice (forget imitators), maybe more.
Season 5 appears to be turning out a lot like Season 3. Both seasons had shaky starts, but season 3 absolutely caught fire in the final six or so episodes, and season 5 looks to be doing something similar. My already high interest in how this is all going to play out shot up dramatically after tonight.