Good things take time. Even our favorite things can get off to a slow start. I love a good beef stew, but we all know that it should cook all day before we eat it. I also enjoy all of the Harry Potter books, but things really picked up at the end of book four. Great things don’t always shoot right out of the gate. Sometimes, they need to slowly build. That’s the case for Season four of “Burn Notice.”
“Burn Notice” is a fast-paced, action-packed show about a former spy that has been burned. If you’re looking for more details about our main character, Michael Weston (played by Jeffrey Donovan,) then look no further than the opening of every episode. He gives a brief lesson on what it means to be a burned spy. The show is typically exciting and action packed and at the end of Season 3, we were left with a huge cliffhanger that had us wondering the fate of our beloved burned hero. Since the season four opener picked up right where we left off (and I mean RIGHT where we left off- literally in the same room, in the same position,) I expected the action and the suspense to pick up right there as well. It didn’t.
The normal pace of the show was actually halted when we learned where Michael Weston was and who he was with. Instead of throwing us a huge twist or bringing back an old enemy, we were given a new story arc for the season. Typically, I have no problem with this, but I must admit, I had been hoping for a huge reveal when Michael realized where he was and who he was with.
Hope is not lost though. As Michael makes his way back to Miami, the show begins to build steam a bit. He has a quick reunion with Fi (Gabrielle Anwar) and Sam (Bruce Campbell) and before we know it, he’s right back to holding a machine gun in front of a biker gang. The biker gang story line then takes over and provides some nice action scenes. There’s a great chase scene between Michael and motorcyclists that gives us a taste of the “Burn Notice” we have come to enjoy. It’s fast-paced, suspenseful and best of all, trigger happy.
After returning to his “normal life,” Michal has a brief emotional moment with his mother, Maddie (played by Sharon Gless) and we can see wheels turning in Michael’s head. The conversation motivates Michael to look for more answers to his many questions. Unfortunately, when Michael Weston looks for answers, sometimes people in his way have to pay the price. This is where we are left at the end of the episode- watching some one pay the ultimate price for just being in Michael Weston’s line of fire. It’s the kind of twist that leaves us with a million questions and wondering what will happen next. It’s the kind of ending that nobody saw coming, and yet it fits perfectly. It’s the exact ending that you would want and expect from “Burn Notice.” This ending gives us just the right push we needed to stick with our show, and our beloved burned one.
If you are able to get through the beginning of the season four premiere of “Burn Notice” and resist that itching finger on your remote control, the pay off is big. Not every episode can hit maximum speed before the first commercial break. Sometimes, the show needs to build up steam before it reaches it’s ultimate pace. And once it reaches that pace; you realize the wait was worth it.