Burn Notice Season 7 Review “All or Nothing”

Burn Notice Season 7 Episode 6 All or Nothing (1)

This episode of Burn Notice left me feeling all kinds of ways. “All or Nothing” was sort of classic Burn Notice, but at the same time, it wasn’t. That’s not to say that it was a bad episode because it most certainly was not. It just left me feeling very conflicted, and I kind of like that. But let me not get ahead of myself.

This episode picked up pretty much where the last one left off. Sonya located the people who sold her out, and the culprits turn out to be a group of hackers. I’m still a bit murkey on what exactly it is that the hackers do other than sell spies to the highest bidder. I guess it really doesn’t matter though. Whatever organization Sonya is working for sent her some software to implant on the hackers’ server, so Michael and Fiona went undercover to plant the virus. Naturally, things didn’t go exactly as planned. Michael was discovered while he was planting the virus, and the head honcho hacker was none too pleased. Thanks to some quick thinking on Jesse’s part, the virus got planted and Michael and Fiona got out of the situation in one piece.

While Michael and Fiona were working the hacking job, Sam and Jesse were helping Barry find his girlfriend. After Barry helped Michael out last time, he ended up in prison. It was only four months, but for someone like Barry it may as well have been forty years. He was pretty peeved because his girlfriend Patricia broke up with him when he went off to prison. Sam and Jesse were able to locate her, but unfortunately for Barry, she had moved on with her life. She had a new guy and was apparently happy. As a consolation prize, Michael gave Barry the means to locate some of his old clients’ money. I’ve always liked Barry and it’s always a pleasure when he shows up. He’s a bit high strung and flamboyant, but he always comes through for Michael.

Michael went back to his apartment for the first time since the explosion. The burned out, shell of a home was a physical representation of the current state of Michael’s life. It’s filled with memories but most of what made it his home has been destroyed. Michael is a burned out, shell of who he used to be. Some of it is for this cover, but most of it is the truth of what’s going on in his head. Much like his apartment will never be the same, Michael will never be the same.

This mission was harder on Michael than any that he’s done in the past. It wasn’t so much the nature of the mission so much as it was working with Fiona. Michael still loves her so much that it hurts. That’s evident by how he almost ripped head honcho hacker’s face off for slapping Fiona. Michael keeps on a brave face, and I think a part of him truly wants Fiona to be with someone who can make her happy. But at the same time, he’s in love with her. Their history is so complicated and they’ve been through so much together that almost everything Michael does reminds him of her. It reminds him of what they used to be. It reminds him of what he’s sacrificed. It reminds him of everything he’s lost. When he broke down to Sonya at the end of the episode, that didn’t seem like it was all a cover. Michael really has lost everything. And it seems like he’s also losing himself now too. I really couldn’t tell how much of what he said was a part of his cover and how much of it was him breaking down. Michael is in an extremely vulnerable emotional state, and I’m pretty concerned about him completing this mission. Agent Strong either doesn’t recognize or doesn’t care that Michael is kind of losing it, and that’s not a good thing. I know that Strong is all about himself, but if Michael loses himself in this mission, then Strong loses too. So you’d think he’d be more concerned about Michael’s state of mind.

Sonya gets more and more interesting the longer she sticks around. She comes off as this tough chick, but she revealed today that all is not what it seems. She is a part of this larger organization, but it seems like she doesn’t necessarily want to be involved with them. She joined up with the organization when she was younger, and she did it because she felt she had no other option. She and Michael seem to have that in common. Sonya doesn’t seem to want to be involved with the organization any more than Michael wants to be involved with Agent Strong. She and Michael bonded over their mutual despair and loneliness, and took their relationship to the next level. I don’t know that that’s necessarily a good thing though. I’m still not entirely sure that Sonya can be trusted. I suppose we’ll have to just wait and see whether she was being sincere when she told Michael that she wanted a life outside of the job.

All in all, this was a good episode. My heart truly aches for Michael. Whether he was playing his role or telling the truth, the fact is that he’s sacrificed everything that he cares about. He’s gone so far down the path and he can’t turn back. Now he’s beginning to question whether it was all worth it. I guess only time will tell. I’m really excited for next week’s episode. Who are these people Sonya is working for? Are they going to break Michael? Is Michael losing himself? So many questions. So what did y’all think of this week’s Burn Notice?