Review: Burn Notice – ‘Made Men’

Burn Notice: Made Men

Episode: Made Men (Season 4, Episode 3)

Synopsis: In his first engagement with the regular team, Jesse steps out of line with the best intentions, dragging Westen, Axe, and Fi into a mission with a simple goal: topple the Miami mafia.

Review: On one hand, my calls for a Sam-centric episode have been answered.  On the other, it was sullied by this new guy Jesse.  I’m not exactly sure what it is about him, but I don’t like him.  Part of me feels that he already knows that Michael was the one to burn him and is just playing a game, but regardless, four is definitely a crowd.

As a character, he doesn’t exactly gel with the team (which is the point) and as an actor he definitely isn’t blowing me out of the water.  He’s a monotonous too cool for school style tough guy, though I’m not entirely certain why.  As someone who was supposed to jockeying a desk recently, why and how is he so gung-ho to kick some physical ass?  Maybe it’s just me, but again, I’m not liking him.

On to the actual episode, we get a sort of classic throwback style mission with Sam in the driver’s seat.  The whole impersonation game and listening device reminded me of earlier episodes before there were dozens of masterminds pulling strings; a welcome change of pace.

Bruce Campbell was on fire as Sam, finally getting to stretch his legs a bit and bring back Chuck Finley.  One day they’ll have to give us a whole episode about the myth of Chuck Finley – he’s been used so effectively against the underworld by now he must have myths and legends surrounding his name.  When ‘Chuck’ is teasing the mafioso with the Mr. Knifey is just pure gold.

The ending was a bit of a fizzle instead of a bang – I was sort of hoping for a gigantic gunfight between the mafia guys, rather than a pan-away.  But hey, at least some people died.  I don’t like when the show shies away from death.  After all, these are bad people and elite killers, often that’ll end up with a few heads on platters.

In the end, Bruce Campbell’s resurrection of Chuck Finley made this an entertaining and fun episode to watch, despite Jesse taking up space and slowing things down.  My hope for the rest of the season is wrapping out Jesse sooner rather than later, returning to the trio, and keeping Sam well involved in all the future episodes.  I think we’re probably due for something Fiona heavy as she’s sort of taken a back seat, especially in this episode.  She needs a bikini episode, stat!

One other thing that didn’t blow me away – Madeline getting upset with Michael.  For four seasons he’s tried to keep her out of her business and she kept pressing to know.  Now that she does know, she’s upset by it.  I have no sympathy for her-  she doesn’t understand Michael’s situation and insists on shoving her nose where it doesn’t belong.  Stow the attitude, moms.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Do you like Jesse?

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