Burn Notice: Season 6, Episode 18

Game Change (20 Dec. 2012)

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When agent Riley turns to a drug cartel to take out Michael and his friends, Michael is forced to turn to Jason Bly for help.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jed
Alejandro Lopez (as Rene Lavan)
Coast Guard Captain
Marina Security Guard
Devon Dassaw ...
Radio Operator
Angela Miller ...
Hospital Receptionist


Mike and his team having outsmarted her at every turn, CIA bully Riley 'outsources' stopping them to Alejandro Lopez, a drug baron she meets on his giant yacht. After seeing to Sam's emergency surgery in unwilling plastic surgeon Dr. Jed's villa and, at his insistence, in hospital, doubling as lure, Mike arranged for CSS agent Jason Bly to witness the diabolic alliance himself, but they're spotted and Bly is killed by an undercover Lopez henchman, all evidence is lost in the explosion. Realizing the team can't take on two such formidable adversaries, Mike swims to the yacht for a daring move provoking the Coast Guard to bomb Riley into confession. Written by KGF Vissers

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Michael is at the hospital with Sam as the CIA and the local police arrive. To create a diversion he flees the hospital on a motorbike. As he races around the grounds you can clearly see the tracks left by the motorcycle on the ground where they have attempted a previous take, or a run-through without the cameras rolling. See more »


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Season 6: The consistent plot thread provides a sharper pace even if it changes the dynamics of the show a bit too much (SPOILERS)
23 April 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I do tend to watch more high-brow fare (or rather, what I perceive to be high-brow!) from "proper" channels rather than network shows, but there are plenty of good shows out there in the world of light entertainment. While some have fallen by the wayside for me, this show remains one that I look forward to. In this season we follow directly on from the previous, with Fiona in jail in an attempt to take away Anson's leverage while the rest of the gang try to work out how to keep her alive along before to get her out while also taking down Anson. This plot thread felt like the type that would carry the viewer into the season before returning to "case per week" and a new thread but in reality the main thread never slips into the background for any length of time as one plot runs into another, providing another bigger-picture mission and more villains.

Whether deliberate or not, there is a noticeable change in tone of the show away from "helping little old ladies" while the "main" plot is handled in bits of each episode until the season and mid-season finales approach. This change doesn't do too much harm but it does mean that each episode is more dramatic and doesn't just provide a self-contained story in the way other seasons had in terms of their episodic structure. In a way this tone change will upset some viewers but personally I thought they managed the season-long thread pretty well. The episodes are more dramatic and have more energy and motion to them; it cannot always deliver on some of the darker material, but mostly it is still enjoyable. As big part of it working is that, while it is a slight tonal change, it does still stick to the formula; so it still looks great, still has Michael's "when you're in etc etc" narration and still has a sense of fun that mostly stops it taking itself too seriously (the usual Chin references are there and a "boomstick" line nearly made me choke).

A throwaway line about Barry never having seen The Wire is also a nice nod since the cast features a few regulars of that show this season. Mostly the guests do reasonably well. It is a shame that Burns' Anson did not play a bigger part this season as I did really like his presence. McGinley is the big addition this season and is mostly good – but really struggles to not be his Scrubs character, and this is distracting. Sohn isn't really given the room to be a real presence (she becomes a plot device way too quickly) but she is nicely tough in her simple turn. The main cast are mostly solid and sadly do benefit from some house-clearing. Donovan does "determined" very well and copes well with the material, sadly this is not the case with everyone. Anwar seems to have spent so long being thin first and acting second, that she has let that gap widen; she is good when everything is slick fun but when she has more emotional material then she doesn't convince – I think particularly of the sudden season conclusion as a moment that doesn't work because she doesn't work. Campbell shows his b-movie class by being able to fit with the dramatic while not taking it too seriously – he can always be relied on here. Bell has fitted in very well with the group and this season makes decent use of Gless without forcing her into the plots.

Although this season is a tad different from previous ones in terms of plot consistency and tone, it is essentially sticking to formula in most other ways and as such remains good light entertainment with gloss and fun. Some will feel the loss with the season-long focus rather than cases per week, but it all still works. The more dramatic material shows the limits and when it goes too far that way it doesn't really work too well, but mostly season 6 is yet another slick and fun slice of light entertainment from this glossy spy series.

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