Monday, September 9, 2013

What I’m Watching: Burn Notice (Penultimate Episode)

Burn Notice: Season 7, Episode 12 “Sea Change” (B+)

We’re here almost at the end of this show’s run, and, after a change of pace in the previous episode following a few lulls throughout the season, this is exactly how things should be ending. Even though he revealed to James and Sonya that he was working for the CIA, they now have no trouble trusting him because he’s become a true believer, while his old friends are realizing that he’s been influenced by the people who were supposed to be his marks and changed sides. His physical fight with Sam on the bridge was intense because we’ve never seen that kind of aggression expressed between them before, and Fiona is really baring her soul to Michael in her efforts to get him to see reason. Madeleine’s house being torched is an important symbolic event, and I always find it worthwhile when shows literally burn down part of their series-long settings, which already happened with Michael’s loft and now with an even more permanent dwelling. James offering to turn himself in so that Michael and Sonya can run the organization is a fascinating prospect, and it’s interesting to hear Michael explain how he sees that working out to an unconvinced Sam. Ending the second-to-last episode with Sonya and Fiona standing on a rooftop with an overwhelmed Michael forced to choose between their ideologies is simply brilliant, and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out in what is sure to be an extremely memorable and fitting end to this seven-year rollercoaster ride.

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