How Much Time Does “Nikita’s” Michael Have? (& 4 Other Burning Questions)

2. When will Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) finally get some closure on Burn Notice?

It’s the title of the show, for crying out loud. Michael’s obsession with and the mystery surrounding his “burn notice” from the CIA has been the serial subplot of the USA program from the word “go.” Every episode we learn a piece of the puzzle, and yet every season there’s another layer.

We’ve seen Michael go through Management (John Mahoney), only to end up entangled with the likes of psychotic Simon (Garret Dillahunt) and the smarmy Vaughn (Robert Wisdom), the latter of whom seems to have had a direct hand in Michael’s burning. It begs the question of how many people Michael is going to have to go through in order to get answers, especially since the hunt for them has long put strain on his relationships, particularly with Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), who’d be happy if he just stopped looking.

Burn Notice made a gutsy move this season by pushing Michael’s quest to the forefront and bringing in Jesse Porter (Coby Bell), a newly burned spy. Looking at Jesse, Michael could see who he’d been and how the choice he’s made had changed him. In helping Jesse, it was almost as if Michael was helping himself. With Jesse’s addition, Team Burn Notice was at the top of its game (at least until that pesky Vaughn stormed in), so how long can these career spies and soldiers be kept in the dark about the show’s greatest mystery? Especially with that storyline coming front and center in this season?

Prognosis: Probably not until series’ end. While I think Burn Notice could survive even after the major reveal (think a kind of A-Team or The Equalizer scenario), it’d be kind of strange considering that the show is called Burn Notice. Not to mention, who’s to say Matt Nix and Company even know the answer yet? When I interviewed Nix at Comic-Con 2009 and asked that question, he said only that he had an idea. By the time BN runs its course (and the show has two more seasons to go), that idea could be totally different. I wouldn’t hold your breath, but as long as the show is still good, it shouldn’t be too much of a downer.

Which brings me to a show Burn Notice helped inspire…

Continued on next page…

Leave a Reply

2643
Fleabag: Grief, And Those Around Us
machado-trump
Here’s the 1997 Conference Donald Trump held to discuss Alicia Machado’s Weight
megyn-kelly
Megyn Kelly Calls Out Kellyanne Conway’s Claim That Trump Isn’t Sexist
Scream Queens Season 2 Episode 2 Review: "Warts and All"
Scream Queens Season 2 Episode 2 Review: “Warts and All”
angelina-jolie
Angelina Jolie Files for Divorce from Brad Pitt
Deadshot and Harley
‘Suicide Squad’ Sets More Box Office Records, Beats ‘Civil War’
Archive 81
‘Archive 81’: An Interview with the Creators of the Horror Audio Drama, Daniel Powell & Marc Sollinger
Jared Leto as the Joker, laughing in the faces of critics.
‘Suicide Squad’ Shatters August Record for $135M Opening Weekend
1
Five Movies to Watch Before They Leave Netflix in October
1
Fall Movie Preview: 10 Movies to Look Forward to for the Rest of 2016
ryan-gosling-and-harrison-ford
How to Meet Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford On Set of New Blade Runner Movie
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Trailer
New Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Trailer: Is War Coming to the Wizarding World?
Kehlani, "Gangsta"
Check Out the New Music Video for Kehlani’s ‘Gangsta’ from ‘Suicide Squad!’
Suicide Squad: The Album
‘Suicide Squad’ Soundtrack Is the Best of the Summer: Review
Jared Leto as the Joker
Jared Leto Returns as Joker in ‘Purple Lamborghini’ Music Video for ‘Suicide Squad!’
Galactic Empire
Why Star Wars Fans Should Be Paying Attention to Galactic Empire
Sports News
The Best Lessons From the 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony
150415194757-2015-playoff-graphic-2-041515.1200x672
The Top Five Moments in NBA Playoffs History
2themastes
Your Official Guide to Watching the Masters Tournament on TV
Austin X Games
X Games Austin 2016 Has an Amazing Sports and Music Lineup

Get more stuff like this
in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.