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"Burn Notice" Series Finale - What Did You Think?  
User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13507 posts, RR: 62
Posted (10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1737 times:
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After seven seasons, former CIA agent Michael Westen and the gang wrapped up their series last night. As one of my favorite shows of all time, I was deeply concerned that the series finale would leave me disappointed.

From my perspective, I truly believe this was one of the finest series finales ever televised, and the writers, cast and crew should be congratulated on a job well-done.   

Thoughts on this? And will the "Breaking Bad" series finale live up to the same lofty expectations of "Burn Notice" ?


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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8439 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (10 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1725 times:

I said to someone a few weeks ago it would end the way it did. It wasn't quite as dramatic as I was expecting.

User currently offlineAC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 809 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (10 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1681 times:

First off, my wife and I are disappointed the show has ended. We loved watching it from the first episode!

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 1):
It wasn't quite as dramatic as I was expecting.

Yeah, same here. You could almost predict what the outcome would be. We knew someone would die, just didn't expect it to be Mama Weston!
Glad that Michael and Fiona got away and that they kept Charlie.
A truly great show with an awesome cast...gonna miss them!



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26354 posts, RR: 76
Reply 3, posted (10 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1501 times:

People actually watched this? Ever see the SNL sketch?


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User currently offlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2294 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (10 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1464 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 3):
People actually watched this?

Every episode for 7 seasons...

Quoting N1120A (Reply 3):
Ever see the SNL sketch?

Haven't watched SNL regularly in ages - they're just not very funny anymore.

This last season had become something of a train wreck, focusing on the big bad guys and not on the classic BN formula of helping those who need help. That said, the finale wasn't as bad as it could have been, but it left me wanting.



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User currently offlinesoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1448 times:

Bring back Miami Vice!

User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13507 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (10 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1432 times:
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Quoting moose135 (Reply 4):
Quoting N1120A (Reply 3):People actually watched this?
Every episode for 7 seasons...

  

Same here!

Quoting N1120A (Reply 3):
Ever see the SNL sketch?

That would mean actually watching SNL, which hasn't been watchable in decades.



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User currently offlinesccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5486 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (10 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1403 times:

This whole season, I have had to scream, "Sharks!" at the screen during every episode.

As in, "You just jumped the..."

Finale was... Meh. Ok, I guess.



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User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2743 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1386 times:

It was ok. Not great. In the end very predictable, including which character would die. She'd been miserable ever since Nate was killed. Happily ever after just didn't make sense with her character, even if Michael and Fiona were still in Miami.

This last season was tough for me to keep interest in at times. It wasn't fun, like the show had been in past seasons. It tried to show Michael losing his principles, but it all came off very flat when I've been watching Breaking Bad too.

Off topic, but they might as well go ahead and just FedEx all the Emmy awards to the cast of Breaking Bad after that last episode. Wow!



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User currently offlineairportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3573 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1330 times:

I guess the question here is: did he find out who "burned" him? And/or did he get "un-burned"?


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User currently offlineDTW2HYD From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 1721 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1287 times:

He is a unique character, through out he goes thru great lengths to save innocent people, but cannot save his brother and mother.

User currently offlinezkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1137 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1229 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Thread starter):
From my perspective, I truly believe this was one of the finest series finales ever televised, and the writers, cast and crew should be congratulated on a job well-done.   

Thoughts on this?

The finale was very well done. I thought that either it would be Michael and Charley who died, leaving Madeline alone and very depressed or that Michael would have been driven completely crazy and gone permanently over to the 'dark side'. I also expected him to become much more sadistic.

I note that the ending left room for some kind of spin off featuring Sam (and maybe Jessie). Although I generally dislike spinoffs, I think this could actually work since Sam is such a dynamic character (obviously my favorite).

In general I think the last few seasons haven't been as good as the first ones. Each episode was much too focused on Michael's activities with the CIA and had little time for the smaller stories. In the first few seasons nearly every episode mainly consisted of smaller, more personal, stories (the team tries to help someone by fixing an injustice) aswell as some underlying plot that ties it all together. In the last season particularly, the program was far too Michael centric. And we never learned much at all about James and Sonya's organisation other than that it is powerful, well financed, not a fan of the CIA and supposedly evil/bad.

Quoting EA CO AS (Thread starter):
As one of my favorite shows of all time
Quoting moose135 (Reply 4):
Every episode for 7 seasons...

   Very sad that its over.



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