*****I’m going to try and avoid spoilers in the article but there might be some in here so SPOILER ALERT*****
Earlier this year, I was looking around on Netflix to try and find a new show to watch. I had Burn Notice on my queue forever but never really got around to watching it. My wife and I decided to fire it up one evening and a few episodes in, we were hooked.
To give a brief synopsis of the series, the lead character is Michael Westen. He’s a spy for the CIA who one day realizes that he’s been burned. Being ‘burned’ essentially means you’ve been fired by the CIA so they disavow all knowledge of you and everything you’ve done. You no longer exist. He wakes up in Miami with nothing to his name, not knowing how he got there and no idea of where to go from where he’s at. His ex-girlfriend is there, Fiona Glenanne, a semi-reformed IRA explosives expert. His other friend, Sam Axe, a retired Navy Seal, is also in Miami. Together they take odd jobs while they ultimately try and get to the bottom of why Michael was burned.
The first several seasons of the show are great and highly recommended. The characters fit well together, there’s a great mix of witty comedy and action. However as time goes on, Michael gets closer to finding out who and why he was burned. This ultimately leads to a shadow organization and then the head of a shadow organization. Up until this point, great show. Then things go awry starting with Season 6. It ends up going on a bunch of rabbit trails that never have an end and probably never will or the show would be done. Another thing to note is the lack of comedy that slow fades away with each passing season. It takes itself less seriously and becomes more heavy handed drama.
I’m not sure I’m going to continue watching the show past this current season. It’s lost it’s way and needs to return to its roots.