Wrapped up Burn Notice last night. Watched the last 4 episodes in a row. I held off mentioning the series before now, because I figured most would scoff at the ridiculousness of the show in itself. To a degree, I agree: It's mostly mindless fun. Although IMO, not quite as silly and mindless as some other shows, like CSI, or the aforementioned (in this thread) Walker.
Either way, it's not the potential reality of Burn Notice's situations/episodes that kept me watching. It's the characters. To me, they are likeable, and I actually cared about what happened to them.
I won't go into too much detail, but I will say I enjoyed the series overall, and am happy to have spent time with Mike Weston and crew. The show started off a bit rocky, but picked up speed with interesting plots early on. There seemed to be a bit of a repetitive lull about halfway through the series, but the characters were interesting and likeable enough that I stuck with it. Good thing I did, as things really
pick up w/in the last few seasons. I'd say those last seasons are easily the best in the whole series.
When the show finally ends, you kind of realize something:
Several decent people die over the course of the series. Including some of Mike's past friends, and the 2 remaining members of his immediate family. Ultimately and basically, just so Mike can get his real second chance at life. Granted, this wasn't how Mike wanted it, but it still kinda seems unfair... If it wasn't for him, those "decent people" would all be alive. Granted, if it also wasn't for him, many bad people would still be doing their thing. That's just how it is...