21st Jul2014

‘Burn Notice: Complete Season Seven’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless | Created by Matt Nix

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It all comes down to this—the thrilling final season of one of television’s hottest shows, where everything is finally revealed. Separated from his friends and family, and on the verge of losing it all, Michael Westen goes deep undercover, joining forces with a mysterious woman and infiltrating a sinister terrorist network. With time running out, Michael must do whatever it takes to stay alive and protect his loved ones; but now, he may be forced to go too far…

And so goes the official log line for the seventh and final season of what was, at one time, one of my favourite TV shows. Those days have long gone sadly – namely around the time Michael Westen drove into the back of a arctic lorry (if I’m remembering things correctly) and then began working alongside the very same people who had burned him way back in the first episode!

That was back at the end of the fourth season, so jumping back into Burn Notice in it’s seventh year was something of a shock, at least on-going story wise. Plot-wise the show never deviates from the formula that made it a success – plenty of action, a little suspense, a dash of humour, a little emotion and plenty of good-natured banter between the cast of characters.

The over-arcing story for the final year, a mere thirteen episodes in this case, sees Michael back working for the CIA, something I never thought I’d see back when I got so excited for the show in its first season but really the only way left to go for a show that had its hero constantly working to get “un-burned” and for a show that after four years (when I stopped watching the series) had, in all honesty, begun to get a little stale.

What really marks the seventh season of Burn Notice out, for someone who is returning to the show after a two year viewing absence, is that lack of plot strands. For me Burn Notice was always about Michael helping other people out – mostly those truly in need – whilst at the same time trying to find out more about those that burned him. But by the final season the show is all about Michael and his predicament and not what he does for others. Which, given that this is the last year of the show, is actually probably the best way to wind the series down – Though I will say the actions of Michael do seem out of character at some points but we all know heroes have their reasons. Something which becomes apparent as the final episode of Burn Notice ends…

Burn Notice: Complete Season Seven is out now on DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

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One Response to “‘Burn Notice: Complete Season Seven’ DVD Review”

  • Vera

    Burn Notice has been and will always continue to be one of the best television shows ever. When someone calls it “stale”, it indicates to me that there is a lack of the true nature of Michael’s character and motives. All Michael has strived to do throughout the series is learn who burned him, and considering all that he had to do and go through under the misguided influence of James shows the strong structure that held the series together. We must also give the most credit to all the absolutely brilliant people who contributed to this work of art.