Burn Notice: Season 4 Premiere Review & Discussion

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:14 pm,

burn notice season 4 premiere Burn Notice: Season 4 Premiere Review & Discussion

While most shows are on hiatus for the summer, everyone’s favorite (former) spy is back – as Burn Notice returns this Thursday for the season four premiere. After three months, fans finally get to find out what happened to Michael Weston after being captured by some less than friendly figures.

The season four premiere of Burn Notice picks up shortly after the events in the third season finale. With the mysterious Simon back behind bars and management’s head-honcho returned safely to his desk, new adventures face Michael as he focuses on tracking down those responsible for Simon’s escape.

Although, this time, Michael will have more than Fiona and Sam to back him up. With Coby Bell and Robert Wisdom guest starring for the fourth season, the new characters will prove to be extremely beneficial to Michael in his new endeavors.

If that’s not enough, Burt Reynolds will also be making an appearance as a former spy whose story is extremely similar to that of Michael Weston.


“Friends and Enemies”

Michael helps Fiona and Sam protect a lawyer against the city’s most dangerous biker gang. Meanwhile, he must team up with an unlikely ally to stop a looming terrorist threat… but quickly finds that no mission is without its price.


While Burn Notice continues to be a success for USA and is one of my favorite shows, one can’t deny that it has been showing signs of getting too comfortable with stagnate story arcs – find bad guy, kill bad guy, find out bad guy was working for another bad guy; rinse, repeat.

Thankfully, the powers that be have added some new and interesting story arcs for the fourth season that challenge Michael both personally and professionally. From the start, Michael finds himself in a “private holding facility” and a new character is introduced – Vaughn, part of the team that burned Michael.

No longer is Michael a simple errand boy for a mid-level henchman in an attempt to get closer to some higher entity, he is now working side-by-side with the folks responsible for burning him in the first place. Together, they’re on the hunt for the people behind Simon getting out of jail.

Of course, it is Burn Notice and there’s still the case of the week at hand. Fortunately, even this aspect of the series has changed – somewhat. Upon returning back to Miami, Michael finds out that Sam and Fiona have moved on and began taking cases of their own. An interesting aspect, no doubt, as he’s been taking his relationships with them for granted for quite some time.

Although, friendships aren’t the only thing Michael will be reflecting on – as his relationship with his mother grows by leaps and bounds within first episode. Not since last season’s winter return have we seen real, honest, scenes between Michael and his mother. Hopefully, as the season progresses, there will be a lot more, as these heartbreaking scenes reveal a side of Michael that we’ve yet to see over three seasons.

Still, everything isn’t always so touchy-feely – as the bookend segments (that progress the series storyline before the case of the week kicks in) are still present and better than ever. While Michael isn’t running around trying to prove himself to middle management, he is still asked to complete certain tasks for the better good. Unlike previous seasons, the repercussions of Michael completing even the simplest assignments are revealed – as there’s always someone to blame, but this time we get to see it.

With that, Michael’s morality is put to the test at the end of the fourth season premiere as he inadvertently does the unthinkable to another spy.

Final Thoughts

The fourth season premiere of Burn Notice is a wonderful start to a highly anticipated season that not only gives fans what they want, but also introduces new elements that help make the series feel fresh and new.

Are you excited about the return of Burn Notice? Will you be tuning in? What do you think of what’s to come for Michael, Fiona and Sam?

Don’t miss the fourth season premiere of Burn Notice this Thursday @9PM on USA

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  1. “Don’t miss the third season premiere of Burn Notice this Thursday @9PM on USA ” ????

    Guess u meant 4 !
    Otherwise a nice read ! Looking forward to the new season !

  2. After the debacle that was the final of LOST Im looking forward to Burn Notice. The only two shows I have watched regularly. I have since replaced LOST with Justified.

  3. I can hardly wait till Thursday to get my Michael Weston on. I am so addicted to this show it ain’t funny.

  4. Hopefully, someone will finally give Fiona something to eat. Please!

  5. @Eddie

    No, she’s still super thin, but they did give her some eyeliner and she does look much better with it on.

    With that, I shall leave my man card on the table. 😉

    • why is Fiona wearing so much clothes on season 4.did you get married or engaged what’s going on

  6. Love “Burn Notice”. My wife and I watch this show regularly.

  7. Love this show – can’t wait!

  8. Disappointed in the sound of the season premiere — background music was so loud you couldn’t understand what they were saying. Hopefully they will get this fixed.

    • Yes it is

  9. the best tv series imo. yeah it does get abit repetitive but its still awesome how he screws the bad guys 😀
    im considering buying all the season up to date, since i love the show so much.

  10. Great show. So glad it started up this week. Been having “24” withdrawals:)

    Was that Toto’s Steve Lukather in tonight’s episode?

  11. The premiere was excellent. I like Vaugn and hope he sticks around…

    • Your are kidding right. I love Burn Notice until this season opener. It suck bad. Music, jumping around with fist & split screen shots and even the acting. The acting has been great so I think management must have screwed with the directing, score etc. It was so bad.

  12. Woot! The premiere was awesome!! But honestly, I’m a little confused…

    (SPOILER ALERT) Is Michael now working for a federal government agency–that is trying to figure out how Simon was released from prison, or is he working for the ‘management’–who is trying to figure out how Simon was released. I must have missed the conversation where this was explained or something. And if its a gov agency, why would they ‘burn’ a perfectly good spy and throw Simon in prison. If Simon was going to prison, why wouldn’t they just put it where it belongs… Just a little confused.

    But it was great!

  13. Michael Ironside was knocked off by the first act :(
    Michael Ironside was knocked off by the first act :)

    In other words, a great cameo-walk on. Fans know the character actor and when he shows we think he’s going to either be a main character in this ep or a recurring character in the show. His character is killed off in a few minutes.

    The idea that Weston is now back (at least marginally) with Management is a good twist that the show needed. The implications that he helped ‘burn’ another agent (although unknowingly) is the best thing that has happened to the series, trumping any possible adversary that Weston has ever faced.
    Aside from the Con Woman that got away, of course.

    No, seriously. The best series twist to date.

  14. I was a big fan of the show but this first episode of Season 4 wasn’t great and regererated themes and scenes…oh hey, you’re back and not dead, great but we busy and we don’t really care… and stop at Mom’s for some quick sobs, throw in a half of moment that Michael tells Fiona and Sam that he’s hurt that they just went on with out him…. it was bad writing and the acting was “called in”. They are screwing up what was a good little show. Spend more time working on the show people! – and less time taking bows. I’m just sayin’…

  15. well, i thought the premire was OK at best, i didnt think they needed to add a 4th member to the team though that was just, ehh, dumb

  16. Anybody know what song is playing when Sam and Sugar at the club?

  17. These images are so awesome! I can’t wait til November 11th.

  18. Can’t wait for the Jesse character to be killed off. When so many better actors have come and gone it’s amazing Coby Bell has lasted this long. How the hell he did get the role or last this far will be something for Bruce Campbell’s book one day.

    The story line is great as usual (as is the dialogue) and BN is always worth watching but Coby Bell just grates. Everything about the guy including his look, gestures, expression etc just blows. Ruining the show!

  19. Season 4 Episode 18.Micheal gets driven to Washington via limo, WHO IS THAT GUY THAT COMES OUT OF THAT BUILDING TO GREET HIM in the last scene of this episode, they obviously know each OTHER, HOW. please answer !!!

    • His Dad?

  20. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is fantastic, i watch this film and i can’t wait to watch the remaining season. Good Job

  21. why is Fiona wearing so much clothes on season 4.did you get married or engaged what’s going on