This review is mostly for the entire series, with some comments on how it ends.
I just completed a series marathon of Burn Notice, over the course of the last three weeks, and if you watch 111 episodes (I haven't bothered with the Axe movie) in that compressed a time period, you notice some things. One, is that "I need a favor" might be the most spoken phrase in the entire series, usually spoken by Michael. Another is that all three Westons are pains in the ass, though you still like them. Michael is selfish and demanding, Madeline truly believes that she knows best about everything no matter the topic, and Nate is your classic screw-up, though all have a nobility that makes you forgive them. Fiona and Sam have personalities that fit the series (always on-call, full of innovative ideas, loyal past the point of common sense), while Jesse was a breath of fresh air, as well as a fourth body that allowed for bigger action sequences. But I liked them all, and the six actors involved were very skilled and have a great on-screen chemistry, no matter the combination.
Did the overall plot narrative get drawn out a bit? Possibly, until the final season here, where Michael finally began to unravel after all he's been through. Jeffrey Donovan pulls it off so skillfully that it makes me wonder why they didn't do it earlier, when it would have been just as realistic. How USA Network gets these great actors to lead their shows (Bomer, McCormack, Shaloub, etc in addition to JD) is fascinating, especially given that they're genre shows that, Monk excepted, are never going to win awards.....given that they're genre shows. Bruce Campbell is playing what can only be described as the Bruce Campbell role, and ably does the comic relief. Sharon Gless......I would have liked less of her frankly, that character needed smaller doses, but she's a great actress and elevates the role above the typical 'mom'. Coby Bell might just be the best actor of the bunch, while Seth Peterson (Nate) grew in the role, which the writers noted as they gave him more to do as the series went on. The various guest stars and recurring players (Dead Larry, Barry, Dixon) were ably done and had distinctive personalities. I'm not sure the show could have handled an eighth season without a re-jiggering of the main plot line (Michael being burned), but I would have liked to see them try, as The Mentalist has tried to do over the last few months. Perhaps the actors were ready to finish, or the ratings were declining just enough, I don't know.
The end? I'm happy that it's an end, that the series wasn't just cancelled abruptly and left on a cliffhanger. That's all I'll say about it, other than that I enjoyed it. Burn Notice is a very well acted, competently scripted show that delivers 45 minutes of action at a pop, and I'll miss it. I hope the actors go on to other interesting projects, as well as series creator Matt Nix, I'm greatly looking forward to his next show.