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Burn Notice: End Run

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 19th 2009 9:24AM
It seems as though everyone wants to be Michael's boss. Everyone but the CIA or the NSA or some other international spy agency, including whatever organization burned him in the first place. But characters like Carla last season or the rogue Management group at the start of this season, as well as Brennen, tonight's guest handler, they're all for Michael.

Seth Peterson was back as Nate, Michael's brother with a propensity for great-rich-quick schemes and getting into trouble. This time, though, he was a pawn in Brennen's game to get Michael to do his bidding.

Jay Karnes -- formerly Dutch on The Shield -- returned as Brennen. It was fun watching Brennen pulling the strings and making Michael "fetch." It was even better to see how Michael was able to turn the tables on Brennen as the story unfolded. And it was done in a completely intuitive way, with Mike using intel that he gathered from observing Brennen up close. Taking a risk, guessing that Bellanna was his daughter, Annabelle, was another example of Michael's gamesmanship. In the chess match with Brennen, Michael won, which was a good thing because losing would have meant that Nate and Michael were probably going to turn up in the morgue.

Another former guest star was back, Paul Tei as Barry, Michael's favorite money launderer. He's running a hair salon now, on the side. Too bad they didn't show his product party with Madeline.

Burn Notice never fails to dazzle us with the cool MacGyver tricks -- whether they're real or not, they look cool. The "cantenna" made up of a Pringles-like canister and a wire hanger was that hacked into Brennen's phone qualified as this week's top dazzler.

When it comes to making do with what's at hand, Michael is a magician. In this show, he made do with a tire iron -- the ultimate all-purpose tool, according to Mr. Westen. The way he wielded it, a tire iron was capable of doing just about everything, including breaking into a car, getting into the steering column to expose the ignition wires, knock out a garage security system, and – of course -- subdue guards.

Moon Bloodgood (what a name!) has yet to really impress as the Miami cop who's out for Mike, Detective Paxson. She rattled Michael's cage by putting Nate through a five-hour interrogation. After Fi and Sam's skimming managed to get the Mayor's office to suspend her partner, she was not a happy camper. Judging by the previews for next week, she'll be focusing her energies even more in her quest to get something on Mike.

Other points of interest
-- Does Fi have any C-4? What a question. That's like asking if I have Tic-Tacs in my purse. When doesn't Fi have some explosives on hand!

-- Among Sam's many talents, he can tell that someone has been somewhere recently by the temperature of the beer bottle.

-- Nate might be sticking around, but based on the trouble he gets into just be being Michael's brother, you could understand why he might choose to return to Las Vegas.

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Hi guys,

Maybe I can clear the nerd thing up:

1) Hacking a bluetooth phone and getting all the information actually works with phones older than 2 years (the pairing can be hacked easily). It does not work on newer phones though. Here is all the info (Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluesnarfing)

2) The cantenna does not work without a bluetooth receiver/controller, you can't just hook it up to a USB port. However, even desktop PCs have bluetooth nowadays, so you could hook it up there.

I'm a computer science student and thought it was a cool thing because it's somewhat real. At least they didn't enlarge security camera feeds by 1000x like in every movie. Because thats not possible and old.

June 20 2009 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not only do I not like the Moon Bloodgood character, I don't get why she is so relentlessly pursuing Michael. Is he accused of a crime? Is she just going to follow him around for the entire season tossing off pseudo fierce warnings? The character is already a joke. Thankfully, she was barely utilized in this episode which allowed me to enjoy it.

p.s. - Lighten up, nerd herd ;-)

June 19 2009 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Again, I find myself mostly bored with these first few episodes. The whole Moon Bloodgood cop thing is already old. I miss Tricia Helfer.

June 19 2009 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes, the Cantenna is real. There are no drivers because it's an antenna. The Blutooth card would need drivers, but you can plug an external antenna to it.


June 19 2009 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to MrLou's comment

This is not what was depicted in the episode. The voiceover described how he built the antenna and connected it to a USB cable. It then showed him plugging it into the USB port on the computer. It completely ignored the fact that there was no bluetooth receiver. (It also ignored the fact that bluetooth has security protocols to "pair" devices, or that this device would likely have required some sort of driver on the PC, and probably some software on the phone itself to enable data transfer.)
The Cantenna you've linked to is simply a Wi-fi (not bluetooth) antenna that needs to connect to a Wi-fi receiver. You can't plug it directly into USB.

You can't just plug an antenna into a USB port and expect it to magically start receiving (encrypted) bluetooth signals.

June 19 2009 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

yeah the gadgetry on this week's episode was a liiiiiiiiitle too much to take. I tried to ignore that one.
Overall it wasn't the best episode I've seen; it's like "been there done that." I like the ones better when he pretends to be someone else. those are always fun.
and yeah the police characters aren't doing such a great job at making that an exciting arch.
i'll still watch everyweek for Jeffrey though.
And Sam.
And Barrie.

June 19 2009 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to cdawg's comment
Adam Colman

the bluetooth extender is sorta real. Do a google search for pringles wifi. What it is really is a directional antenna for picking up wifi signals and extending the range of your wireless card in your computer. Bigger antenna = more range. I don't see why the same thing can't be done for bluetooth.


June 19 2009 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hate to burst your bubble, Dinges, but the "cantenna" was so far from reality that it ruined the episode for me. There's no way you can hack a cell phone's Bluetooth connection by plugging an antenna straight into a USB port (without any sort of controller, software, etc.)

June 19 2009 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to kkotlows's comment

They just left out the part where he whipped up a driver for the cantenna using nothing but DOS commands.

June 19 2009 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the 'cantenna' really works. i saw it on some vidpodcast a while back and tried it with a wifi router!

i thoroughly enjoyed this episode, especially the sequence with the gun engineer.

June 19 2009 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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