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Burn Notice: The Hunter

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 17th 2009 7:55AM
Burn Notice(S03E06) It seems like this season of Burn Notice has been all about friends and family. You know, like the cell phone deal. Michael has been relying more and more on family -- and yes, that means Fiona and Sam to me -- and picking up new friends week in and week out. As Michael has pointed out a few times, he's more valuable as a friend than an enemy. By the time we reach the end of the summer, Michael may have to throw a party to celebrate the new friendships he's made.

We also now know what can stop Michael Westen in his tracks; a Taser to the neck. Yes, for one of the few times, bad guys got the jump on Michael and he was snatched.

The set up proved to be a good chance to get out of the studio sets and on location in the swamps of Florida, although the real Everglades would probably be even more unpleasant a place to film than what they chose. Still, I'm game for any chance to see Bruce Campbell piloting an airboat like he knows what he's doing.

Along for the ride was Beck, one of those reluctant friends of Michael. He turned out to be more of a liability than an ally, but there wasn't much doubt that even outnumbered and outgunned, Michael was going to beat the Ukrainian -- and his small army -- and make it out of the swamp. If there was a detriment to the episode it was how truncated the ending seemed. Michael's Rambo skills could have gone on longer with a few more explosions and do-it-yourself booby-traps.

There was great Hollywood/show biz touch with Tom Strickler turning up as an agent. Just the idea that a super spy like Michael would need an agent setting up his assignments and taking ten percent was goofy. The gift basket filled with Brenner's Yogurt was genius. It kind of makes you wonder if Jeffrey Donovan has been the recipient of some yogurt-filled wicket baskets in real life?

But even though Michael may find a way to use Strickler, I don't see Strickler recruiting Michael. Strickler's philosophy, "The enemy of your enemy is your financial opportunity" -- flies in the face of Westen's Robin Hood ideal/serving his country. He's not a mercenary, as he proved by refusing payment for the Chechik deal.

After being used mainly as comic relief lately, it was a pleasure to see Madeline pissed off. Like the best of Sharon Gless when she was Chris Cagney, give her a chance to play anger and attitude and she shines. In this case, Madeline was finally tired of being handled by Sam and Fiona and Michael. Her instincts told her that Michael's situation was dire and she wasn't going to sit this one out. She seized upon a chance to do something and Madeline again proved her worth. Had he seen it, Michael would have appreciated her skills at interrogation.

One last thought, were you as stunned and I was to see that in the preview, Fiona gets shot in the chest?


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patsysueflint

i.m addicted to this show.my favorite one

July 23 2009 at 8:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Heather

Did they really shoot that in the Everglades? What about other animals? Whatever. Nicely done episode, even though IMO the story wrapped up pretty nicely and Beck got a little frustrating. Maddy should be integrated more into Michael's work since I would like her to do something more than freak out about him. Exhibit A: The interrogation scene. Urrrgh. Fi cannot get shot.

July 18 2009 at 12:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bnfanmab

like this ep almost as much as last week. loved that one.
agree that change of scene was a good thing. also loved maddy's interogation. every week i think the hour is shorter, cant believe how fast it goes.
i was beyond shocked that Fi gets shot! had to rewind the tape and ck that it was real!
love to read everyone's comments and really appreciate your review.

July 17 2009 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chet

The Momterrogation was brilliantly done. She didn't suddenly become a badass or flatten into hysterics -- just used her sly maternal psyche-out skills. Genuine feminine strength.

July 17 2009 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cdawg

Great ep, as usual. I agree with Jimmy MO - hopefully the whole Miami PD thing is over and done with; it wasn't a good subplot. I yelped when I saw the previews. I don't think it's real because they can't give that away in previews, could they!?
Sharon Gless again proves that she's amazing and has such range; Maddy is certainly the fourth member of the team!

July 17 2009 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kemp

According to the text message I got during the show from USA Network, they actually did film those scenes in the Florida Everglades.

July 17 2009 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan Chichian

As to the preview i hope she was wearing a bullet proof vest but her usual wardrobe does not leave a lot of room for one.

July 17 2009 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy_MO

Now this is the Burn Notice I was missing in the first few episodes. Now that we've jettisoned that whole Miami PD sub plot the series is finally getting back to what makes it so great. And you're right, Sharon Gless was fantastic this week. It's interesting how Michael is probably more like his mother than either of them realize. Great episode.

July 17 2009 at 9:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lorie

Great episode. My fave scene was Madeline's interrogation. I actually screamed "Oh no!" when I saw Fi being shot in the preview. Can't wait to see next week's episode, especially Michael's reaction.

July 17 2009 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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