Burn Notice: Season 4, Episode 5

Neighborhood Watch (1 Jul. 2010)

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While Kendra the assassin tries to set up a meeting with Michael to get a stolen computer disk, the gang tries to help a clinic doctor who is being harassed by neighborhood drug dealers.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Arturo Rossi ...
Sugar (as Arturo Fernandez)
Vince Cutler
Right Hand Thug
Gene Harding ...
Checkpoint Thug
Nicholas Melendez ...
Corner Boy
Shop Owner (as Victor Mueller)


Michael jumps trough hoops just so he can find out what mysterious Kendra wants from him, only to discover he's her hired gun-mark. Meanwhile Jesse pulls a Fi, commandeering the gang to help reluctant Dr. David, whose clinic in a poor neighborhood is made unsafe by drug pushers. Once Sam's 'friend' points out the drug baron is a ruthless New York gangster Vince Cutler, Michael poses as a supplier of cocaine refinement chemicals. Written by KGF Vissers

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The tape cartridge Michael found and is trying to read (which he incorrectly calls a "tape drive") is a digital linear tape (DLT). DLT was introduced in 1984 and continued through several generations of technology. New development ended in 2007. See more »


Michael persists in referring to a tape cartridge as a "tape drive". The cartridge is the removable part that contains data; the drive is the piece of equipment that reads and writes the cartridge. See more »


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Michael Westen: [narrative] Spies are used to battling cutting-edge encryption and billion-dollar security, but sometimes the toughest challenge is cracking something old and out of date. If you find yourself up against an obsolete tape drive loaded with arcane software, you can either find yourself a time machine or admit defeat.
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Marginally Better than some of the other Episodes this Season
6 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So you've reduced the show to a meaningless stencil "Hey guys! Sam's dead, Fionna needs a liver transplant, Mom's being tortured right now... right across the street... but Michael has a client!" (none of this happened but you get the impression it easily could). You've added another character to further dilute what's fast become a very weak premise.

How do you make this at least marginally enjoyable? Having a stronger client (if you're going to insist on having clients at all) helps. ALL of Michael's clients are far too naive, but at least the Doctor in this episode isn't quite as stupid as the rest of them. I guess Matt Nix's idea is that if the characters were smart and less naive they wouldn't need Michael's help, but street smart/highly educated, and tough people get themselves into trouble all the time.

So this smart character's excuse for being so naive is that he's stubborn. This isn't a bad idea the first time around, but this is about the 12th time Michael has had to deal with a stubborn client.

And therein lies the problem with sticking to a formula over the course of many seasons: you're doomed to repeat yourself until your show is irrelevant.

I'm sure Matt Nix sticks to the formula because it just makes writing the show very easy to pull off... which is why Matt Nix doesn't necessarily need to be writing the show. This show was written by Michael Horowitz, and it's easy to tell when Nix isn't holding the pen because the situations and dialogue are suddenly more sophisticated. (Though you can still hear Matt Nix whispering in the writer's ear "YES. There HAS to be a client. Absolutely.") At least the writer thought in a sort of throw-away manner about putting the unnecessary new character back in character (even if only for about four seconds), but I'm pretty sure we won't see any further development on that front until the season finale because there's simply no room for it.

You've got a main mission that's confusing and ambiguous enough to begin with, and then completely forgotten as each and every episode produces a new distraction from it.

This episode features Michael and crew going after somebody for some reason that wasn't clear in the beginning and is confusing as hell now, and they have to stop in the middle of that to help Michael's Mom's doctor friend's husband out of a jam.

Maybe I need to write Matt Nix a letter...

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