Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Burn Notice, Season 5, Episode 11

They split the gang up again, but this time it was Jesse and Sam helping Michael clear his name, while Michael and Fiona went off on a CIA job together.

The interesting thing about the Michael and Fiona gig was that the CIA actually sanctioned Fiona as Michael's partner on it. The reason being that Pearce had been tasked with tracking down Max's killer and Michael needed partner for the extraction of an American scientist working on biotech weapons for the Russians because it was at a couples retreat.

Michael sells the mission to Fiona on the grounds that it's a romantic getaway on the CIA's dime, and the extraction really won't be that hard taking place at a resort in Venezuela as opposed to the one he recently performed in the Caribbean with Pearce and Jesse that was on a remote island inhabited by mercenaries.

Unfortunately when they get there, Michael is more about mixing pleasure with business, rather then the other way around. I have had issues with how whiny Fiona has been this season, but in this case she's entirely justified. Michael played up the romantic luxury side of this mission to get her to come on it, but once they were there he all but ignored and rebuffed any and all attempts to do something less covert affairs. I found myself wondering if he was deliberately trying to piss her off, because it was certainly succeeding.

Michael and Fiona wound up having to extract both the double crossing doctor and his trophy wife. She was played by genre favourite Charisma Carpenter, who basically played her role as Nicki Skyler as a less feisty Cordelia Chase (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and a less street smart Kendall Casablancas (Veronica Mars). Fiona looked after Nicki, representing herself as Christina and Michael took care of her odious husband.

It's a shame we didn't get to see more of Michael and Fiona like this. There's a definite chemistry between Jeffrey Donovan and Gabrielle Anwar and it's on display here. They gave off a real Mr and Mrs Smith vibe. They could have done a movie (ala The Fall of Sam Axe) or even a series as a husband and wife covert affairs team (it would have left the fairly light weight Covert Affairs with Piper Perabo for dead).

While Fiona and Michael aren't exactly living it up in the luxurious surrounds of a Venezualan resort. Sam and Jesse are pounding the mean streets of Miami, trying to track down a slippery and dangerous character called Tavian, who set Michael up for Max's murder. I get the impression that Tavian doesn't actually run the outfit, he just does what he's told for someone else, but he's a stepping stone, and he did pull the trigger on Max.

Before Michael can make the meet that Sam and Jesse set up for him, they've even put road blocks in place and had both the sea and sky covered, he arrives back at the loft to find Agent Pearce making herself at home (she even helped herself to some of his blueberry yoghurt). It sounds fairly standard, aside from her breaking into his house, until she breaks out some surveillance footage around the area where Max was murdered at the time, and with the assistance of some NSA software she can clearly make out Michael's black Charger heading away at speed. That's when she pulls a gun and orders him to zip tie himself.

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