'Burn Notice': Has it lost its mojo?

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There’s a new episode of Burn Notice on tonight, and since its 2007 premiere, I’ve been a big fan of Jeffrey Donovan’s burned-spy Michael Westin. But starting last season, with the increased use of Tricia Helfer as a meanie trying to control Michael’s life, Burn Notice hasn’t been as fast-paced and clever. I like Helfer in Battlestar Galactica, of course, but in Burn, she’s now the element that drags the action to a halt every time. (It’s not her fault, it’s the way the role is written.) The show’s gotten bogged down to the point where, last week, our usually-confident Michael was reduced to whining, “I want my life back!”

I agree with my colleague Alynda Wheat, who wrote that the show has become “laden with a frustrating mythology [and] soggy emotional ties.” There’s also, to my eye, even less chemistry this season between Michael and Gabrielle Anwar’s Fiona. (Still love Bruce Campbell, though–all he has to do is walk around being Bruce Campbell and it doesn’t matter what his lines or subplot is.)

But I want my original, spunky, stream-lined, full-of-secret-spy-tricks Burn Notice back. Do you agree? Are you still watching?

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  • TLC

    I agree – I was really disappointed with last weeks premiere. Hope tonight is better!!!!

  • Woody7

    I love Burn Notice! The show is evolving. I haven’t really noticed the mojo-loss, but I will say that I liked Tricia Helfer better as a voice on the telephone.

  • david lomar

    I think Burn Notice is as good as ever. I am hooked!!!!

  • jw-dub

    I thought last week was good. I like the who-burned-me story line which runs through each episode (although it does not have to) and the fact that Carla did NOT try to kill Michael introducing a mysetrious 3rd paty top the mix. I also like the self-contained stories as well. I am glad Fiona lost her boyfriend though…

  • jackie

    Ive watched since day 1 and last weeks premiere was one of the better episodes they have done. That wasnt whining with with Michael when he said that. If you understood the show you would understand where that came from. The show is just as good as it was. And him and fiona have the chemistry they always did. At the end of the episode you saw that. Sorry but I have to disagree completely. By the end of this season I guarantee that you will think differently…

  • The Don

    When I first started watching Burn Notice I thought is was just a no Pam Anderson version of VIP. Now I just long for the days when it was that good and pray the kids at the drive-in don’t ask Michael to jump over a shark while water skiing. Ayyyyyyy(thumbs not so up)

  • BHM1304

    The “Burn Notice” season premier was one of the best episodes, ever, of the series and had one of Michael’s best scenes, and it was with the awesomeness that is Tricia Helfer. The first time ever that Michael seemed mentally to lose it a little bit. The fight scene with Ash was also one of Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Cambell’s best scenes.
    I think you are way way off the mark.

  • KittyJules

    I love LOVE Burn Notice!!! Loved the opening episode last week, and can’t wait for this week. You know why? Because I love Jeffrey D!!!

  • Steph

    First off, I’ve seen a screener of tonight’s show and believe it’s one of the best episodes of Burn Notice ever produced. It’s flashy, intelligent and ridiculously clever. (Have you seen it Ken? Because otherwise, I wonder what you’re even basing this review on)
    Some people don’t get this show — or at least will admit to watching Burn for “escapist fun” rather than trying to understand exactly why the character arcs are progressing the way they are. Personally, I find it funny that anyone would want to watch this show and have Michael just be Michael week after week. Of course he’s angry. Of course he’s emotional. (You would be too if someone tried to blow your head off). And half the fun of watching his interaction with Carla is knowing that eventually, she’s going to get what’s coming to her.
    On a final note, talk to me again about the Michael/Fiona chemistry after tonight’s episode… because on a scale of 1-10 I’d probably give it an 11.

  • Beth R.

    I’ve been a fan since Day 1, Episode 1, and I still love this show. But I agree that I’m becoming a bit frustrated with it. The whole Burn Notice, which drove the plot in Season 1, has become too much of a one-step forward, six steps back tango. And the Carla character doesn’t add anything. I guess I like it best when our hyper-confident Michael is using his spy skills to help the little guy. This season, he’s becoming too bogged down with angst. And get rid of Fiona, at least as a love interest. She and Michael have zero chemistry.

  • Natalia

    I haven’t liked it since Season 1 ended. The joyfulness is gone…

  • John T.

    I love this show and will keep watching no matter what. I love it when he does all those side missions. What makes the show even better is that it actually is filmed in Miami unlike other shows.

  • suse

    I wasn’t impressed with the premiere either. I loved the family dynamic that was featured in season 1. I’d like more shows that include Michael’s mom and brother.

  • VW

    I love Burn Notice….thank goodness, it’s back…finally something decent to watch.

  • BNBFF

    Loved season one. Forgot to tune in to the second half of season two. Longing for it to get back on track in season three.

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