Thursday, June 19, 2014

Burn Notice, Season 2, Episode 2

Definitely setting Carla up to be this seasons Big Bad. Tricia Helfer went from playing a manipulative Cylon in Battlestar Galactica to playing a manipulative covert handler, with possibly less emotion than her Cylon character in Burn Notice. It is a crying shame that she was never cast as Cersei in Game of Thrones.

She won't let herself be photographed, she breaks into Michael's mother's house and leaves a very real threat to him in doing so, nasty piece of work. The only things Michael really knows about her is that her love of authentic Yemeni coffee and the fact that she speaks Arabic with a slight Kurdish accent hint at time spent working and living in the Middle East. She does play well and gives him a lot more to go on than most of the people he dealt with in Season 1 and still deals with in his side job as a knight paladin now.

Carla wants Michael to act as a go between to get a Tunisian counterfeiter to produce electronic key cards for some job she's running. That creates an opportunity for another appearance from Barry the money launderer, he meets Fiona this time.

In the meantime Sam has picked up a job trying to get a stalker to leave a latino restaurant hostess alone. The guy packs a big gun under his coat and doesn't take no for an answer.

It turns out the stalker is running drugs and the hostess is an undercover DEA agent. Fiona gets to shoot at people and blow something up. As soon as Michael mentions a sniper rifle and C4, she says things are looking up.

There is a lovely moment where the stalker gives himself up, because Michael has managed to convince the cartel that he's after the boss, and the woman whose life he has made a misery walks into the interview room and flashes her badge at him.

Carla shows her true colours when she has the counterfeiter murdered as soon as Michael pays him and picks up the cards. He's got himself into something very very messy.

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