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Thanks for your comment RealDiehl. I just watched the episode again on Xfinity. About 4 minutes into the show Anson was screaming at Michael and said "the love of your life is lonely and abandoned in Ireland, wondering if you're dead or alive" I think this is going to be used in future episodes.
@DANNY: I think Anson was talking about the past in reference to Fiona.
Did anyone notice when Anson said to Michael something like .. your first love or the love of your life is in Ireland? No one has mentioned that, but I thought it might be indicative of another woman in Michaels life. Any thoughts?
I get the feeling Sam and Mike are going to have a minor falling out next season. If you ask me, Sam let Fiona "escape" and turn herself in. Once Mike finds out, he's going to be a little bit peeved. Sam just might do something reckless to get Fi out of jail if he feels guilty enough. However, that's all speculation.
Unlike some folks, I'm looking forward to next season with as much excitement as ever. I've not seen a decline in the writing or acting. IMO this series has continued to produce one great ep. after another. It's just that once you raise the bar to a certain height it becomes more and more difficult to surpass previous efforts.
Thanks for another great season of witty and insightful Burn Notice reviews!
Was hoping this last episode would redeem the season. Wanted Anson dead from the start. I am tired of the over-arching evil that plays with Michael's life. Get a new plot already. Also will miss the interaction between Fiona and Michael, may have been the only thing keeping me watching this entire last series.
The worst part for me was how Mike and co. had info, but decide to threaten Anson instead of bringing in the CIA. Then Mike's threat gets defused and Anson isn't killed because he convinces Mike that he was the one that gave him his life in Miami. The episode was downhill from there.
Sam and Fi seem equally mindless because they never check the freight for a sabotage device before they decide to move it. Of course once they found the stuff they could have simply brought the feds to them with some time of anonymous emergency call.
So many things they all could have done if they weren't suffering from brain drain...
Mike telling Anson I'll see you in Hell was hilarious because that was Frank Westin's line to Mike. Time for Anson to go.
@ GA Viewer "Also - Anson is the least entertaining villain ever."
Absolutely agree. Is as if Nix still had Dan StarkThe Good Guys running around in his head. When he wrote up this villain. A great injustice as he was hard to watch.
As for last night .
Fi - " Yeah, I don't do charts."
Best line in awhile. The warehouse was ill conceived to me. As they were both warn and still went with removing the merchandise. I believe I'm not alone, in knowing an explosion was coming. Anson forcing Michael to do the right thing was a breath of fresh air. Saving Jesse's life kinda brought back our old burn spy. Direct and full of uncompromising will and know how. Fiona turning herself in was great(for next season). Although (it seemed ?) Anson had already beat her to it. As he will be better off with a distracted Michael Weston. This show had it's flaws this season, but still some great entertainment.
This is a two star at best - poorly acted and ill-conceived resolution of problem. Michael,the consummate tough guy, comes across as weak and indecisive - almost paralyzed by the influence of Anson. Also - Anson is the least entertaining villain ever - that whole story line was silly and unbelievable.I feel like I was duped into all those months of watching to get the real answers to the puzzle, only to learn it was a silly, comic-book character.
fortyseven, thanks -- I went back and rewatched the episode and saw the comment.. it only effects my review slightly as we don't know if Jesse was successful or if destroying the laptop worked.
I'll refrain from commenting on the Anson / Michael dynamic since everyone's been doing that already, but I'll make 2 points that others haven't commented on:
1. There was a time gap between when Anson gave Michael the SIM card/chip and when Michael uploaded it; for all we know, he could have altered (off screen, hence a new twist) it to expose Anson instead of burning Pearce. However, perhaps that's unlikely since he did order the team to destroy the laptop--unless he's got something else up his sleeve. This could go either way.
2. Dean Cain's car wreck? Come on....yes, it's good that he survived, but with nary a cut, scratch or bruise on him? A seatbelt or airbag wouldn't leave a driver unblemished with that kind of impact and even if he jettisoned from the car of his own free will, chances are his landing would have injured him.
1. Ansen stated he had a ally who would send all the evidence against fiona to the fbi, cia, cops if michael or anyone killed anson. 2. Its a show, if michael just killed everyone who stood against him, it wouldn't be very interesting to watch. If they got Fiona out of the country, then what? Michael just continues to work for the CIA and help people, and goes to visit Fiona every so often and she just waits until he takes down Anson. Like Fiona said, she would rather turn herself in that dissapear and let Anson get away.
They could have faked Fiona's death, but she would still have to hide. Anson had a few assets that we knew of, and it's likely he had more. All it would take is a picture of her alive and in Miami or another state in the U.S., and her location anonymously sent to a law enforcement agency and they could then hunt her down. Even if Anson was taken out, he's had time to rebuild, recruit, and train. Considering how large and powerful the organization was, he could have
A lot of people are asking why Michael was not more aggressive in taking Anson down sooner.
1) Anson had leverage with Fiona. Michael has always been willing to risk his life for what he believes, but he did not want others to do the same. We saw a trace of this when Vaughn had Michael's mom.
2) Running is not a reasonable option. Michael does not run. If they did decide to run anyone who Michael is close to would have to do the same. Again Michael does not want to impose that on his friends and family.
3) Michael did not trust the CIA enough to officially involve them. Once Anson turned up he realized there had to be a leak that allowed Anson to know they were coming after him in SA. This meant if he did report Anson word could get back to Anson and Fi would go to jail.
Anson tried to stay off Michael's radar. He killed Max and tried to frame Michael, but that failed. So he knew the only way to beat Michael was to gain leverage with Fioana and then stay close so he could watc
I've really not liked these past episodes as I think this Anson character is inexplicably too competent. It seems that Michael has been in tougher situations before and not caved...why now? I could understand if they had his mother or Fionna hostage, but not this. And what was with the sinister parting words by Sam Axe after Michael had already left the loft? Is he going to turn out to be a bad guy, too? Further, why would Anson put so much time and effort into messing with Michael's life in the first place if he already had his spy network and all that money. Seriously, I would think a man that "smart" would have been better off not having himself on Michael's radar than having Michael as an enemy. It just doesn't make sense. I'm hoping next season explains this because otherwise it will just be a disjointed storyline that has everyone,except perhaps Jesse, acting out of character.
Rarely comment on this series but yeah I didn't get it. it didn't occur to anyone to simply shoot Anson in the head and disappear Fiona or for that matter organize her fake death and then take care of Anson..
Yeah for crying out loud it didn't even occur to the great spy Michael, particularly after already being burned, to record the meetings with Anson?? I can set my smartphone to record anyone I meet with. And this super spy didn't? (rolls eyes) he could have organized a parabolic and a camera with Sam or Fiona,,
Well...They tried to make Anson rob Michael of any option but obey and literally there were hundreds of things he could have done to save the girl, his job and the day.
Excellent. Yes, some things happen that could be avoided or done another way but the series is consistent and progressive. This season didn't end with Michael abducted/surrendering. Michael running a CIA team was fun. I like Rebecca. Getting burned was both the best and worst things to happen in Michael's life. Love the contrast between Michael's monologues and his freak outs. I'd prefer no one get burned and Mike tell Pearce everything than Pearce/2 agents get burned and Jessie be a wanted criminal.
Jim, Mike tells Jessie to destroy Pearce's laptop at 38:23.
"Wow, Anson told me you were good. I guess he was right."
"I'll see you in Hell"
"No one's getting burned today."
I thought it was great. I wouldnt exactly call it a perfect 5 star but i do think its a solid 4/4.5.
To the people saying they should have just killed Anson. I am sure(/i think we are supposed to assume) Anson would be conniving enough to have some type of "dead-man's trigger" contingency plan that would go into effect and send the evidence to the authorities if he died. But i did wonder why fiona running away and disappearing wasnt an option. Then again her being imprisoned does create potential for a pretty good arc.
And was it just me or did the writing/acting seem forced/off in this episode. Especially in the beginning but also a few scenes here and there throughout.
Update: KLW was right, I missed Michael telling him to deliver reed and destroy Pearce's laptop. Still don't know what it will do for Michael's rep with the CIA.
Rescuing Fiona will be a good story arc, next season should be a lot of fun -- thanks KLW for the catch.
While I love the show, I think this season showed it needs a new direction. Every time Michael eliminates who burned him we learned it was really someone else higher up, it has got repetitive after 5 seasons. Do we really believe anson is the last one? Also, if they just shot anson like 5 episodes ago, their problems would have been gone. I really love the show, but the burned by the network angle has been beat to death. Rescuing Fiona will be a great story I am sure, but I hope they use that storyline to move in a fresh direction. If they rescue her and kill anson and then we find out someone new was actually anson's boss it would be so annoying
KLW, I will have to rewatch, I don't remember seeing that.. I only remember him monologuing about how he would fix it.
I thought he told Jesse to destroy Pearce's laptop with the virus on it - "No one gets burned today."
Poor season as a whole. After the excellent season 4 I was excited for season 5 but it was very poor. Michael being framed for Max's murder was boring and we didn't discover why. Then, Anson turns up and he is so extremel strange looking it's hard to take him seriously. Then, saying he can turn Fiona in the the police? There have been times in the past when a main character has almnost been framed for murder and it never seemed an issue to avoin. In this case killing Anson would probably have worked, or Michael and Fiona could just disappear (apparently spies can do that). Or why not wear I wire when meeting Anson? He confesses to the murders every episode. Sorry Matt Nix but you've milked this cow dry and are just cashing in on what was originally a great series.
I, too, think Matt Nix is brilliant. And in the same vein as getting what we need vs. getting what we want, he comes through with some of the best plot twists I've ever seen. He doesn't do what I would want him to do but he serves up the MOST satisfying stories! What a way to continue to move the series forward when it would have been so easy to maintain the status quo. I have loved this season in particular from episode one so I can't complain about the finale! Just can't wait for season 6! I see a lot of possible plot ideas! All good. All plausible.
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