Burn Notice, USA, Airs Thursday 10pm

Episode: A Dark Road (Season 3, Episode 10)

Synopsis: Burn Notice returns from its hiatus with Michael Westin coming to the aide of a woman on the wrong end of an insurance scam shakedown.  Michael crafts a car-smart Southern alias for himself and joins the violent crew to take them down from the inside.  Meanwhile, his mother Madeline finds herself torn between helping Michael on his case and protecting a new friend.

Review: When last we left Michael and his crew, his connection to the CIA was murdered, Fiona was about to leave the country, and he wasn’t much closer to solving his burn notice problem.  Season 3 continues without missing a beat with Westen taking up a case on behalf of Fiona.

Like most seasons of the show,  there always has to be someone promising a solution to Michael’s problem if only he’ll do X, Y, and/or Z.  This episode is no different with an apparent assassin, who has the drop on Michael, making contact with him several times, guiding him towards a most likely dangerous route that will meander towards fixing his burn problem.

A Dark Road is different from other episodes by upping the involvement of Madeline.  I can’t say that I totally dug on that, but her transformation from sad friend to hard-ass almost-spy is awesome and convincing.  Bruce Campbell’s Sam Axe doesn’t get too much to do, but he’s hilarious as always.  The highlight of the episode is some cool driving scenes, capped off with a cool car chase and ram.  Nothing like watching muscle cars duel it out and wreck, in my book.

That said, aside from the car stuff, there wasn’t too much awesome spy activity going on.  Sure, Westen plays it cool under fire and dons an effective personality to deal with the bad guys, but there was some missing tension, fun, and just general spy-ness.  There were no cool contraptions built from cell phones or little escape tactics involving crumpled packs of cigarettes.  Though, this is just sort of a mid-season restart, so it’s not like the season is off to a bad start or a soft end.  The car action was good enough to keep me just satisfied and the characters are as sharp as ever.  This episode just lacked a credible threat to the crew, leaving me wanting.  Definitely not the best episode ever, but I’ll be tuning back in next week.

What did you think of this week’s episode of Burn Notice?

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