Burn Notice has nowhere to go. It’s not that it couldn’t have lasted a few more years as a hit show on television. It’s that they drove it down a dead end street.
It played like a video game. At first, a burnt spy is sent back to Miami with nothing. He learns how to make a living using his spy skills to help people.
A lady gets ripped off by a hustler, Michael Westen to the rescue. A computer geek becomes a target by a security company, Michael to the rescue. It’s all gravy for Michael. He’s making money along the way taking on these odd jobs.
But, he keeps trying to find out who burnt him. At first, he is sent a few handlers from the FBI. But, he finds a way to get them off his heels. Then, he is sent another handler who is a bit more convincing. Michael finds a way to blackmail him.
The levels Michael achieves keep going up through contact with a network known as Management. He ditches them and his journeys lead him to eventually make waves with the CIA and then to work with them again when they realize he is not giving up on his mission to find out who burned him. See, just like a video game. Going from level to level, each one more difficult than the one before.
But, this season isn’t like the rest. There is nowhere left for him to go. He has found out who has burned him and they are dead. When his brother is killed, he finds himself going after the CIA itself and the person in charge of Nate’s murder miraculously ends up dead too.
Everything he does gets him in deeper and deeper as an enemy of the state. But then as his entire team is detained and can be put away for years, decades, he makes a deal to infiltrate a terrorist organization.
As far as world ops are concerned, I would have to say that’s the highest level you can achieve. Game over! Where can you go from there?
They have said that this is the last season of Burn Notice and I believe them. But, I have been a fan since the first episode. There’s a reason for that. I know this season will deliver the most explosive episodes it ever has, because after all, that’s its nature. And the first episode did not disappoint!