Well, I did not expect Maddie to go out in a ball of fire, so that was a nice emotional moment. They also avoided going totally Die Hard too, although they still blew up a building and used that to fake their deaths.
The rest of this episode seemed to be all setup for the proposed "Axe and Porter" spin-off show that's being passed around right now. I would probably watch that since the show finally got rid of Maddie, Fiona and James as three characters that really annoyed me this season. I was really hoping Fiona would die to put an end to her simpering cries of "Michael ..." and constant nagging. Plus it was her fault everything went to crap and Maddie got killed too. If she hadn't interrupted the meet, James would have been in prison, everyone would have lived and been cleared and at some point when things had blown over they could have probably tracked down Michael and he could have just handed over the rest of the organization. If he didn't just come to his senses on his own.
The CIA in this episode made no sense. In a few minutes they totally turned on everyone without knowing any of the details and with no attempt to contact Michael or wait for him to phone in.
We had a few audience-pleasing one-liners ("bitchy spies" being one I predicted a few episodes back) and some duct tape, but even by Burn Notice standards the stunts and action looked really cheap and terrible. The slow motion scenes just looked like slow action made slower; with Sam jumping unconvincingly into the camera against CG flames, Fake-Michael jumping and sliding from a Mercedes traveling about 20 mph and Michael and Fiona getting the drop on the henchmen with the worst reaction time in the world. I also loved the hilarious use of a bathtub for protection. In case of explosion place children upright in the tub instead of lying down on top of them for cover.
This season started quite strong, but the weak villain and lack of invention sent the rest of the season into a half-hearted slump without a convincing character motive. The energy level seemed depleted and the writers, production and cast seem to be phoning it in a lot of the time. Everyone seemed burned
Thanks for the fun and energetic seasons Burn Notice, but I won't miss you now you are gone.
Except Sam and Jesse. I think they might have some life in them yet.