Saturday, September 20, 2008

Burning Out On 'Burn Notice'

One of FanBoyWonder’s favorite new shows of last summer has become one of our greatest disappointments this year following “Good Solider” the “season finale” of Burn Notice this past Thursday night.

At the start of the new season we were promised a resolution to the cliffhanger of last season when Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) drove into the back of that parked semi-truck to meet the people who burned him.

What we got was a resetting of the clock where so much has happened but nothing has changed. This show has gotten so rigid in its formula that it makes The A-Team look like Whose Line Is It Anyway.

We really want to know who burned Michael and why but we’re two seasons in now and we are no closer to knowing than we did during the pilot episode….actually we know even less given the riddle wrapped in an enigma known as Carla (Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer), Michael’s malevolent new “handler.”

As the summer progressed, Burn Notice went from must see TV to something to watch as an amusing waste of time—we’ve lost that loving feeling.

Then in a boneheaded programming move, USA Network goes THREE WEEKS without Burn Notice before airing the final two episodes—killing whatever creative momentum the writers had been trying to build.

As for as we the viewer, it made us realize we didn’t exactly miss not watching anything on Thursdays at 10 p.m.

Tricia Helfer’s role as Carla was over-hyped and under-delivered. Here total screen time to date wouldn’t amount to three-quarters of an hour of a single episode. Which is too bad as too bad, Helfer’s role as Natalie Six on Battlestar Galactica (as opposed to Caprica Six) had us excited to see Helfer play someone NOT the overt, in-your-face sexpot.

The bottom line is that Season 2 of Burn Notice was new but not terribly different. It’s more like everything to date has been Burn Notice Season 1 split up over two summers.

This show is stagnating and hasn’t grown beyond its very clever premise and introduction. This is by no means a bad show but it seems like Team Burn Notice is doing its best to be mediocre when it could easily be SO MUCH Better.

The only surprise to come Thursday night is that Burn Notice will return “this winter” instead a full-year long, summer-to-summer hiatus as they did last year.

This will give Team Burn Notice the chance to redeem themselves with the fan base or definitively doom what was once a most promising show. Until then….


Blogger roadie said...

I'm looking forward to the new episode tomorrow (Thursday). This show is better than most movies coming out this summer. Great blend of action and humor. download burn notice tv show from here.....

11:45 PM, January 02, 2009  

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