Sunday, February 08, 2009

Burn Notice, "Seek and Destroy": Raiders of the lost art

Spoilers for Thursday's "Burn Notice" coming up just as soon as I get out my blowtorch...

This is both much later and much shorter than I wanted, but other things (notably Comic-Con; "Chuck" panel recap coming later tonight) got in the way, and I wasn't that enamored of this one, so brief and late it is.

The stuff with Seymour's man crush on Michael was entertaining (though much of it was a tease for an an online companion game), as was Sam's discomfort at the idea of Mike and Fi getting back together. But the art theft story felt like the kind of thing the show did in season one, when it had trouble holding my attention for the whole hour. Good guest stars, but forgettable.

What did everybody else think?

17 comments:

jcpbmg said...

on a totally unrelated note- the Chuck panel today was awesome. Great job Alan (significantly better than Roush and the other TV guide that moderated the Dollhouse and Fringe panels)

Greatest moment ever- some kid asked if Casey had a robotic toe and said if so that would make him like Darth Vader. Hysterical, only in actuality it would make him more like Luke than Vader

Toby O'B said...

It felt like they were stepping back for at least this one episode to take a break from the main story arc, pacing themselves.

Unusual - at least to me - that all four of the guest stars were known talent.

Something felt skeevy in having Joel Gretsch as the client; I even thought as Michael entered the gallery that Marla Sokoloff fit the bill better. Not sure if that's a bad thing, as though it might have been telegraphed, but I liked how it played out.

And so good to see Tom/Zeke/Mr. Friendly again to boot!

Ensane said...

For such a trained operative, Michael's skills when putting some bag time were nothing short of terrible.

Is it too much to ask for the producers to have Jeffrey Donovan take a few boxing lessons so that it's more believable that this guy is a badass moreso than a choreographed actor?

Those combinations were an embarrassment to the state of Massachusetts!

Grunt said...

Yes, I liked this plot-o-the-week better when it was a movie called "Legal Eagles" and stared Debra Winger, Robert Redford and Daryl Hannah as the daughter of the artist who died in the fire.

emmak said...

This was definitely not a great episode. The only thing I want to know is what happened to Gabrielle Anwar's navel. I had a hard time paying attention to the scene at Seymour's pool party because I was so distracted by her torso. Is it a result of too much plastic surgery?

R.A. Porter said...

@Ensane - Donovan's a black belt, but not a boxer. He shouldn't have been hitting the bag.

The problem with this episode was simple: no Madeline. And I mean, not a phone call to nag Michael, not a reminder from Fi that Michael has to clean her gutters or drive her to a doctor, nothing. Without her presence, the show loses a lot of its edge.

More of my thoughts in my review.

Mac said...

Personally, I can't stand Madeline, but this episode didn't hold my attention either. Also, they should have had Marla Sokoloff do more before the reveal that she was spying, because putting a name actress in the credits and then giving her one line in the first act is a tipoff.

Mrglass said...

Heh, I liked this one; didn't love it like most of recent episodes, but it was still a delightful hour of television.

Is Alan's judgment impaired recently? Why devote a small essay to a clearly inferior 'Lost' episode, but only two sentences to 'Burn Notice'? Even at its worst BN is infinitely more entertaining than whatever happens on The Island.

Anonymous said...

mr glass should really learn how to appreciate and watch great tv. even comparing a great show like Lost to a forgettable show like Burn Notice is laughable.

Sister T said...

I was never comfortable the entire episode with Marla Sokoloff's character being a "good guy." I kept expecting some kind of double-crossing twist. I don't know if it was cookie cutter plotting or bad acting on her part. And rather than skeevy, I found Joel Gretsch's character slightly sympathetic and never got the feeling that he had the personality of a ruthless art dealer.

Anonymous said...

I felt so bad for Jackass. Poor guy. Though I was thrilled to see him and Seymour back.

I kind of miss the fence they were using in the first season. Hope he reappears at some point.

jenmoon said...

It was an okay episode. I wasn't too hot with the art dealer thing- I feel like we've seen this plot too much before- but on the other hand, was happy to see Joel Gretsch again, and enjoyed Seymour.

And of course they went back to rebooting and "She is not my girlfriend" again. Eh. Yawn. Who buys it? Not even Seymour buys it (though he did buy three knives...).

dez said...

Seeing Joel Gretsch made me miss "The 4400" all over again. Sigh!

It was an okay ep. Best part was Sam's various reactions to Michael & Fi's relationship heating back up. I also liked that Michael found the bomber so they can move that plot along.

Christy said...

OK episode. I like revisiting Seymour and his Security.

Does anyone else think Bruce Campbell looks like he has lost a little weight?

dez said...

Yeah, I think Bruce may be losing weight. Of course, being heavier fits the character (or at least, having a beer belly since Sam drinks so much).

Matter-Eater Lad said...

"Does anyone else think Bruce Campbell looks like he has lost a little weight?"

Perhaps Gabrielle Anwar will find it.

Maura said...

Seeing Joel Gretsch made me miss "The 4400" all over again. Sigh!

dez, we're so often on the same page. I still miss "The 4400" too. And I agree with Sister T. Gretsch's character didn't come across like a criminal. A twist, no matter how lame, that Sokoloff's character was actually the bad guy would have made more sense to me. I've seen Gretsch play the bad guy before, so it's not that he can't do it. I just didn't feel right.

But mediocre Burn Notice is better than none at all. And it had enough good stuff to make up for a tepid Case of the Week.