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DVD review: 'Burn Notice: Season Seven'

Burn Notice Season 7


Final notice

The last season of USA Network's Burn Notice finds blacklisted spy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) once again working for the CIA, the same agency that not only burned him, but it is also the same agency that hunted him, Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), Sam (Bruce Campbell), Jesse (Coby Bell), and his mother Madeline (Sharon Gless) for most of the penultimate season.

As part of the "New Deal" to protect his family and friends, Michael agree to go undercover for the CIA to go after a terrorist organization that his handler Andrew Strong (Heroes' Jack Coleman) has been after for years. In other words, the Michael Westen of Miami must become the "old Michael Westen that got the job done no matter what". However, the deeper he infiltrates his target, the more of the question of who Michael Westen really is.

Since the beginning, Burn Notice has been the triple comparison of The A-Team, The Equalizer, and MacGyver, where the majority of the series followed Michael as a reluctant private investigator/troubleshooter for desperate people with their problems while seeking take down the global conspiracy that framed him and get back into the intelligence community.

Michael Westen is more Robin Hood (albeit, that is) than the Lone Ranger because when you're a spy, you are also a lawbreaker: "a criminal with a government paycheck", Fi (Gabrielle Anwar) said in the pilot. For Michael, being a spy is his real job, that "fighting for the little guy is for suckers", meaning helping people is what he does on the side. Still, Michael does become the knight in shining armor -- with a little push from Sam, Fi, Jesse, and Madeline.

The second part in Burn Notice's run sees Michael Westen in the same boat as 24's Jack Bauer: a highly skilled agent who wants to serve his country, but the government he serves is at times flawed, corrupt, complex, hypocritical, and morally gray -- making him walk the line between hero and anti-hero ... even in the course of saving lives, for he is a patriot at heart.

Burn Notice: Season Seven is available on DVD.