Sunday, July 14, 2013

What I’m Watching: Burn Notice

Burn Notice: Season 7, Episode 5 “Exit Plan” (B+)

This show hasn’t wasted any time in the wake of Burke’s death, and while it would have been worthwhile to see more of him before his demise, this was an altogether enthralling episode. This show has done episodes like this where the main characters are boxed in and need to figure a way out, yet it continues to be thrilling every time. Alona Tal’s Sonya is a formidable addition, initially questioning the true motivations of Michael and company, but ultimately more of a wild card for them. It’s impossible to know what Michael will ultimately do with Sonya, and hearing him talk about Burke as if he truly cared about him is very interesting. The rumors about Sonya make her seem entirely duplicitous, and having her around is going to make things much more exciting going forward. Colonel Oksana was a worrisome but fitting nemesis for Michael and Sonya, and, if history repeats itself on this show, she’ll be back again to try to exact revenge. One of my favorite things about this show is when they try to fake the presence of reinforcements. In this case, Jesse and Sam did a marvelous job of setting the stage and even sending Sam out to his staged execution to sell it. Sonya’s triumphant announcement of the fact that they were already in a plane was perhaps unwise but well worth it considering the impressiveness of their feat. There’s still half a season to come, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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