Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Burn Notice, Season 5 (2011)

Season five begins with things looking pretty rosy for Michael Westen.  He's got his professional life back in order, and - perhaps rather more surprisingly, given he's far less capable there than on the job - even his personal life is going great.

Of course you don't get a happily ever after at the start of a season, so I don't think I'm exactly spoiling anything when I say that Michael's life is about to be filled with a whole bunch of new complications, from enemies he didn't even know he had.

Burn Notice is one of those shows with a specific story arc promise at its core, but unlike a lot of such programs *cough*Lost*cough* it does a good job of actually evolving that core premise over time.  Each season has felt like a pretty natural and productive step on Michael's journey.

Do you sense a 'but', coming?  Because yeah, this is the first time where things start to feel a bit stretched.  Just how many layers of conspiracy are there going to be, anyway?  Given there are two more seasons, I'm figuring at least one.

Now this is not to say that this isn't still a fun or enjoyable show.  It is, though after eighty episodes, the basic heist structure of each episode is starting to get a tiny bit worn.  On the other hand, this is the last season I saw when the show was originally airing, so maybe when I watch next season with whole new episodes I'll be happy as a clam once more.

The upshot is, that this is a pretty decent 18 episodes of TV.  And if it doesn't feel quite up to the seasons before it, well, it's hardly uncommon for a show to wear down a little over time, is it?

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