Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Burn Notice, Season 3 (2009)

As season three of this show begins, things seem to be looking up for Michael Westen.  He's finally in a position to start reversing the burn notice that was placed upon him, and it also seems like he and Fiona might now be able to develop their relationship.  Whether those two goals are mutually compatible is a question he may not have considered.

That's not the only cloud on the horizon, either.  As long as they thought they would be able to use him, the people who burned Michael were protecting him from many of his previous adversaries.  Now they've removed that protection, he could be in for a stormy time.  And of course, there's always the question of whether Michael is really as free of them as he believes ...

Burn Notice has a pretty simple formula: (1) collect a group of fun characters, (2) put them in individual episodes that have satisfying self-contained "jobs", and then (3) weave those episodes into a loose over-arching narrative that progresses in meaningful ways over the course of the season.

Simple though the formula may be, it's not an easy one to pull off.  Plenty of other shows can't even manage on of the three components, let alone all of them. The ongoing success of this show in hitting the trifecta is a tribute to both the writing team who put the stories together and the cast who bring them to life.

If you're in the mood for a light action dramedy, this is good stuff.

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