On Thursday night, we were forced to wave goodbye to a show that really did manage to up its game throughout most of season 6, in addition to giving us some surprising moments and things to talk about: “Burn Notice.” We attribute the show’s newfound success and sense of drive to it become more of a serial rather than a procedural, which has consequently made the adventures of Michael and Fiona into something that is more edge-of-your-seat entertainment.
You could certainly feel that for much of the finale Thursday night, especially as we saw the world of Olivia Riley slowly start to spiral out of control. While she would have been more effective as a big bad had she appeared in more episodes, the CIA agent posed a huge threat to Michael Westen and his gang as she took every means necessary to try and avenge Tom Card’s death … even to the point of sending in a drug cartel. Michael was able to at least try to use this to his advantage in bringing her down … but it also had some dire consequences.
We have a feeling the finale is going to be debated for some time. Is Michael now back with the CIA in order to protect his friends, and what does this mean for the show moving forward? He is hardly going to be able to keep up his tricks in a more uniform environment, in addition to being possibly barred from using his old crew. Then again, we’re also just happy to see both Sam and Jesse survive after the two suffered some pretty major scares throughout the episode.
The best part of this finale (even more so than the cliffhanger) is the beautiful line delivered by Bruce Campbell about Michael keeping his promise to make things right. What does that really even mean in the world of this show? We have seen the character venture into a very dark place over the years, but somehow, working with the government now may not be considered the side of good by any means at all.
What did you think about this episode? If you want to read some more “Burn Notice” news pertaining to the finale, you can do so over at the link here.