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"Reckoning" said goodbye to fans in a way that was fun, intense, and emotional all at once. Just like a good mission with the Burn crew should be.
In presenting an overwhelmed hero who had betrayed his friends for a more difficult path, this meaty, emotional hour benefitted by examining the dark side of what it means to be such a regularly solitary force.
In fleshing out Carlos and focusing on the increasing risk of Michael’s involvement with James, "Things Unseen" benefitted from two strong, thematically linked stories.
In "Nature of the Beast," we learned James’ real name (I was wrong to guess McGillicutty Esq.), and with it, some disturbing details concerning his past.
"Psychological Warfare" was like getting shrunk down and injected into Michael Westen's spy genes at the very moment they came into existence.
"All or Nothing" combined the awkwardness of ex-lover reunions and the pain of a socially isolating career while still maintaining a fun tone on the way to a sexy, devastating breakdown for our hero.
"Exit Plan" focused almost entirely on the escape of mystery character Sonya and her equally stunning huntress Oksana, which didn’t offer the most complicated story, but had plenty of gorgeous cheekbones and explosions to distract from Fiona’s weak—though momentous—B-story back home.
"Brothers in Arms" wisely combined emotional revelation with explosive sacrifice, both of which further illuminated Michael Westen’s path to the end.
"Down Range" doubled-down on both the old and the novel by mixing earlier story threads with new threats, resulting in a satisfying episode that hinted at a possible conclusion to the whole series.
Plus: Scandal promotes one of its stars, Grey's Anatomy promotes four of its stars, and Under the Dome cuts Obama.
This week’s adventure was mainly concerned with reuniting Westen and his crew, as well as sticking our noses right in the sour roses of Michael and Fi’s spoiled relationship, all while uncovering the true identity of last week’s dastardly Mystery Man.
Plus: A Community reunion in the movies, Showtime goes truckin', and Jensen Ackles had a baby!
With the introduction of a new boyfriend, a new villain, new bosses, and new status quos to be dismantled, "New Deal" managed to set the stage for an exciting race to the Burn Notice finish line while still functioning as a standalone entertaining adventure.
Plus: TBS orders a comedy from Scrubs' creator Bill Lawrence and Adult Swim picks up Dan Harmon's latest project.
Plus: Return dates for Burn Notice and Suits, promotions for a few Walking Dead survivors, and another reality show for Syfy.
Plus: Tim Roth gets a new gig, American Idol hits a series low, and a Chuck Kickstarter movie?
"You Can Run" and "Game Change" satisfied in terms of providing answers, but overall functioned as one episode's worth of action stretched into two.
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