Burn Notice, USA, Airs Thursday 10pm
Episode: “Seek and Destroy” (Season 2, Episode 12)
Synopsis: Hard up for a little bit of cash, Michael seeks to pick up an easy job finding a spy who’s causing headaches for an art dealer. As one would expect, things are not what they seem and soon Michael is on the trail of a murderer and playing a cat and mouse game against himself.
Review: By now you’ve probably figured out Burn Notice is a good show. That said, even good shows take bed steps every now and then and while I wouldn’t say this episode was bad, it got a tad too playful and self-aware to stand with some of the better episodes. There were at least 3 or 4 instances of Michael dropping big hints and nods to the audience about his history as a spy as he’s selling his services as a spy hunter to the art dealer when he is actually “hunting” himself. If you liked those moments, you’ll enjoy the episode, as the rest of it is pretty much business as usual.
The character of Seymour (The Arms Dealer) is an interesting addition because of his huge man crush on Michael. He brings a bit of humor to the show, not that it need more, but he comes off as such a dweeb that it’s interesting to watch what he does. The rekindling of the romance between Michael and Fiona was obviously in the cards and they’re intent on stretching it out a few more episodes, but it’s better to have some tension between them.
In the continuing storyline thread, Michael made pretty short work of capturing his bomber, though the lead was pretty insignificant in terms of payoff to the audience. With only 4 more planned episodes for Season 2, we have to begin wondering whether or not we’ll get a climax to this issue. Our previous cliffhangers were Michael finding out about Carla and his apartment blowing up. Odds are this season will end with some sort of to be continued vibe, but is it going to be finding out information or kicking some ass? Either way, I’ll be there.
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