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"Burn Notice" Lesser Evil (2009)

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Burn Notice: Season 2: Episode 16 -- In the explosive season finale, Michael learns some surprising facts about Victor's past, and is forced to take on Carla in a final showdown.


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Original Air Date:
5 March 2009 (Season 2, Episode 16)
Michael captures the rogue agent responsible for trying to bomb him, but he decides to form an alliance with him and together go after Carla and her boss. But that decision also puts Michael's mother in jeopardy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Tim Matheson 
Writing credits
Matt Nix (creator)

Matt Nix (written by)

Ben Watkins (story editor)

Rashad Raisani (staff writer) &
Michael Horowitz (staff writer)

Produced by
Alfredo Barrios Jr. .... co-executive producer
Mikkel Bondesen .... executive producer
Jeff Freilich .... executive producer
Erik Lee .... associate producer
Terry Miller .... producer
Matt Nix .... executive producer
Craig S. O'Neill .... producer (as Craig O'Neill)
Jason Tracey .... producer
Original Music by
John Dickson (music by)
Cinematography by
William Wages (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Doug Hannah 
Casting by
Barbara Fiorentino (casting by)
Rebecca Mangieri 
Wendy Weidman 
Production Design by
J. Mark Harrington 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Peterson-Malesci  (as Barbara Peterson)
Costume Design by
Danny Santiago 
Makeup Department
Susie Mendez Pfister .... makeup artist (as Susie Mendez-Pfister)
Gianna Sparacino .... hair stylist
Production Management
Elayne Keratsis .... production supervisor
Tony Lara .... post production supervisor
Terry Miller .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Oscar Aguirre .... second assistant director
Melanie Grefe .... first assistant director
Stephen P. Del Prete .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Charles Guanci Jr. .... property master (as Charlie Guanci Jr.)
Maureen Hendricks .... scenic foreman
Robert Kopp .... greensman
Michael Metzel .... construction coordinator
Sarah Arvanites .... art department associate (uncredited)
Laureen Clarke .... set dresser (uncredited)
Mark Dane .... leadman (uncredited)
Daniel A. Davila .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Daniel A. Davila .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Michael J. Flynn .... key set dresser (uncredited)
Paul J. Hendricks .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Richard E. Kruder .... key set dresser (uncredited)
Greyson Miller .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Elaine Victoria .... set decorator/buyer (uncredited)
Paul Vistocco .... key scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Scott Clements .... production sound mixer
Adam De Coster .... foley artist
Albert Ibbotson .... supervising sound editor
Sherry Klein .... re-recording mixer
Fred Kupfer .... boom operator
Andrew Morgado .... adr & foley mixer
David Raines .... re-recording mixer
Jacob Kemp .... sound utility (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Kevin Harris .... special effects coordinator
Craig Tex Barnett .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Kevin Ball .... stunts
Artie Malesci .... stunt coordinator
Jay Amor .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Chick Bernhard .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Rosie Bernhard .... precision driver (uncredited)
Juan Bofill .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Dale Cannon .... stunt double (uncredited)
Mike Estes .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Reece Fleetwood .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Henry Gilbert .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Dean Grimes .... lead stunt double (uncredited)
Kurt Hockenberry .... stunts (uncredited)
Oliver Keller .... stunt driver (uncredited)
David Mueller .... stunts (uncredited)
Christopher Parker .... stunt double: Bruce Campbell (uncredited)
Kiana Politis .... stunt double (uncredited)
Jeffrey Dal Robinson .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Kyle Woods .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jason Barfield .... best boy electric
David Kimelman .... Steadicam operator
David Kimelman .... camera operator: "b" camera
Paul Krumper .... first assistant: camera a
T. Michael McLean .... first assistant: camera b
Al Pavoni .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Al 'Tiko' Pavoni)
David Ray Robinson .... best boy grip (as Dave Robinson)
Thomas Smaling .... key grip (as Tom Smaling)
Fred Valentine .... gaffer
James Baldanza .... additional camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Alex Escarpanter .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Patrick Longman .... aerial cinematographer (uncredited)
Mike McGowan .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Sean Meyer .... electrician (uncredited)
Anthony Zibelli .... aerial assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michael Dock .... casting associate: Miami
Ellen Jacoby .... casting: Miami
Karina Walters .... casting associate: LA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jacqui W. Greenhill .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Carolin Drake .... post production coordinator
Bill Missett .... on-line editor
Evonne Moritz .... assistant editor
Wes Irwin .... post production executive (uncredited)
Pam Moreau .... final colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Kevin Bassinson .... music editor
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
Jim Baldree .... music mixer (uncredited)
John Dickson .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
John Dickson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Dickson .... score programmer (uncredited)
Robin Turner .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Natalie Wali .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Larry Crenshaw .... transportation coordinator
Melvin A. Turner .... transportation captain (as Melvin Turner)
Other crew
Don Abbatiello .... marine coordinator
Robin Cousart .... production accountant
Peter Lalayanis .... script coordinator
Emily Pendas .... script supervisor
Maria Conchita Tellechea .... assistant: Jeff Freilich (as Conchi Tellechea)
Beverly Visitacion .... location manager
Ben Watkins .... story editor
Simi Wein .... production coordinator
Kai Wu .... assistant: Matt Nix
Billy Bamman .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Calisti .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
Gino Falla .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Esteban Hernandez .... production assistant (uncredited)
Niema Hulin .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Janove .... writers office intern (uncredited)
Frederick Shear .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Kelly Stultz .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
David A. Vargas .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Mario Xavier .... production assistant (uncredited)
Charlie Crist .... special thanks: for Florida's Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive (as Governor Charlie Crist)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

44 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Crew or equipment visible: When Michael Westen jumps into the ocean, in one shot you can clearly see a safety diver in the background, in wetsuit and scuba gear.See more »
Victor:Wait a minute, you're going to help me? I get to be one of Michael Westen's clients? One of the desperate people to whom you lend your razor-sharp mind and fists of fury?
Michael Westen:Lucky you.
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Season 2: The fragmented feel still limits it but S02 does benefit from a bit more polish and slickness than S01, 20 August 2009
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

When I watched season 1 of Burn Notice, I was continually struck by how it appeared to be a show that had had so-so expectations put on it by the network and could have done with a bit more love in terms of money, writing and the overall ambition of the show. Season 2 returned with the offer of a season long thread that could produce a good overall arch that gives some cohesion to the slightly "A-Team-esque" structure to the "case-a-week" nature of it all. This does happen to a point and the season is better for it but it still never moves away from being what it is – and nor should it I suppose and me criticising it for this is like criticising water for being wet.

So as before it does appear to know what it is aiming for and it is not a b*lls-out serious thriller but rather light entertainment with a bit of edge along with the fun. In this regard it continues to deliver easy plots that don't challenge the viewer but do engage sufficiently to be of worth. Some of the episodes are weaker than others. Some of the cases are a bit weak and benefit a lot from having the Carla thread be a part of the episode to keep it interesting. These "cases" are generally less inspiring and are delivered with the rather stop/start, fade-out nature that limited the first season. It is hard to describe but it often feels like the tension is never built up or maintained rather well and that any one scene that has pace or thrills sort of "ends" and then the next scene almost has to start from scratch. This is more evident with the stronger episodes because these ones do keep all the balls in the air and do manage to have a good build to them – the final 5 or 6 episodes of the season are good examples of this, specifically the bank robbery one did a good job of keeping things tight and having a plot that allowed drama to build rather than stop/start.

Of course the writing is still not all that great and there is still nothing that really gets me excited about the show beyond quite liking it as something easy, amusing and diverting to watch. The humour is amusing but not as much fun as I would have liked it to be. Likewise the action scenes are good enough but nothing to really lift the pulse and the actual plots are engaging but not gripping to the point where I can't wait for the next episode. It is full of convenience and lazy writing as well – Michael's brother comes and goes as required and, when Michael's family comes under threat in the final episodes, nobody even mentions the brother. This is getting more obvious as time goes on because it does often feel that the world of Burn Notice is not building or growing as no ramifications really follow through episode to episode beyond those necessary for the "bigger picture" thread or those that the writers want to keep around to make their job easier.

But yet I quite like it. The easy nature of it is appealing and it does have a good presentation by using Michael's voice-over – often explaining the plot while also being interesting as little tips on the spy game (albeit from a TV writer's point of view). There does appear to have been a bit more cash spent on it as well as it looks a bit more polished across the board, making it fit better with the "glossy light entertainment" feel of it. Donovan continues to be good in the lead and has much more of a screen presence here than in season 1. Although the opening credits still remind us of her terrible accent in the pilot, Anwar works well with him despite forcing "sexy" to the point of it painful – does she always have to walk like she is on a runway? She doesn't do that well with the odd moment where she is asked to emote so perhaps this is for the best but the simple limits of her character do tire after a bit. Campbell continues to be fun while Gless continues to be "OK" – not her fault, her character just feels the least interesting of the lot. The addition of Helfer adds to the "big picture" and she is solid, while the weekly stories are helped by some familiar faces – some of whom are actually pretty good.

Season 2 does improve on the first but it continues to impact me in the same way. Yes it is all quite good for what it is but it still has the feeling of a show that lacks bigger ambition and is happy to continue to do what it does without being better (note I said better, not "different" – it can improve without becoming something it doesn't want to be). It never excels at anything in particular and it makes it difficult to get excited about it. Hopefully season 3 will bring more improvements in the writing.

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