"Dead Drop", the first part of Burn Notice's season finale, began slowly but gradually built up in intensity, leading to a stunning conclusion.
Sadly, it seems the writers didn't know what to do to resolve the plot. The men Sam were investigating in "Dead Drop" were portrayed as the most professional, deadly, and formidable foes presented yet in the series. The audience wasn't given many clues to their origin, but their efficiency and power were made clear. Meanwhile, Michael's investigation of his burn notice took a stunning turn with an unexpected death.
In "Loose Ends", the awesome foes who captured Sam turn out to be heroin dealers on a boat, easily disarmed by Michael and Fiona using standard tactics seen before. And the burn notice? A mysterious woman on a cell phone now seems to be pulling the strings, and Michael turns himself in to find out more. The audience learns nothing new about the show's overall arc, and the showdown with the villans proves to be far less significant and entertaining than the buildup.