Saturday, August 8, 2009

Review - Burn Notice Season 3 Episode 9 Long Way Back

I know it's a day late, but a review's a review. This episode is the summer finale and we won't have a new episode until some time next year. For now, we can continue rewatching the summer finale to our content. I think this was the best episode this season, Michael having been pushed to take a side.

Some guy named Thomas O'Neil from Ireland is here to kill Fi who was preparing to leave for Ireland. Her brother shows up, and thinks, Mike is Michael McBride, so he has to use his Irish accent. I'll admit I haven't a big fan of Jeffrey Donovan's accents, but I think he did a good job with this one. Fi and her brother try to kill O'Neil who has a whole armed detail with him. Mike manages to save them, destroying Ms. Reynold's car in the process leaving Sam pissed. Michael comes to O'Neil posing as an arms dealer that will help kill Fiona if he helps him with a job. They hope to plant O'Neil's signature bomb on him.

Later at the safe house, O'Neil breaks in, shooting Fi's brother, and kidnapping her, but oddly leaving Michael unharmed. Michael figures it out and confronts Strickler who admits to everything. Strickler pulls a gun on Mike who shoots him dead. Mike takes his cellphone and tracks O'Neil to a dock. Sam and Mike manage to save Fiona, her brother survives, and it seems like Fi is going to stay.

There is a subplot in which Madeline hired a realtor to sell her house. This leaves Michael kind of unhappy about the situation showing how sentimental he is about the place even if bad things did happen there. Maddie ends up not selling the house.

At the end of the episode, Diego calls Mike freaked out saying that Stricker is dead and someone is here to clean up after him. Mike rushes to his hotel to find Diego dead on the ground. I'm guessing murder, but maybe he was so scared he killed himself. At the very least, there is someone new in town that is very dangerous and I'm sure more adventures will continue happening.

Burn Notice really redeemed itself after the lackluster Paxon story which was absolutely pointless. Strickler managed to push Mike toward something he wanted, but when push comes to shove, he will always choose Fiona. These past few episodes have been high on the emotion, but still maintained the action and this was no exception. I thought this episode would reveal something about Mike and Fi's past but all we learned was that he saved her in Belgrade.

Score: 9.7/10


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