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6th May '18 1:08:35 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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** John C. McGinley joins the cast in season 6 as Michael's former training officer. Definite elements of Dr. Cox creep into the performance.

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** John C. McGinley [=McGinley=] joins the cast in season 6 as Michael's former training officer. Definite elements of Dr. Cox creep into the performance.
20th Apr '18 12:57:37 AM alexandrajade
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** In "Brothers in Arms," Burke coerces Serrano into giving up information that his Russian overlords will punish him for giving up, "but only if he's alive." After Burke puts a pistol and one bullet on the table in front of him, Serrano asks for a cigarette (and Burke obliges).

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** In "Brothers in Arms," Burke coerces Serrano into giving up information that his Russian overlords will punish him for giving up, up (with the insinuation being that they'll hurt his wife and child), "but only if he's alive." After Burke puts a pistol and one bullet on the table in front of him, Serrano asks for a cigarette (and Burke obliges).
1st Jan '18 10:29:25 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Notably, the trailer for 4x2 packs in explosions, dramatic dialogue/narration, and what have you. Even the least GenreSavvy viewer should realize that the second episode after the season premiere will hardly be anywhere close to Wham.

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** Notably, the trailer for 4x2 packs in explosions, dramatic dialogue/narration, and what have you. Even the least GenreSavvy The viewer should realize that the second episode after the season premiere will hardly be anywhere close to Wham.



** In "Enemies Closer", [[spoiler:Larry is GenreSavvy enough to realize that the only thing keeping him from corrupting Michael is ThePowerOfFriendship, so what does he do? He manages to [[PoorCommunicationKills isolate Michael from his friends]] and nearly succeeds in pulling him over the MoralEventHorizon.]]

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** In "Enemies Closer", [[spoiler:Larry is GenreSavvy enough to realize realizes that the only thing keeping him from corrupting Michael is ThePowerOfFriendship, so what does he do? He manages to [[PoorCommunicationKills isolate Michael from his friends]] and nearly succeeds in pulling him over the MoralEventHorizon.]]
17th Nov '17 4:06:53 AM PsychoGecko
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** Michael consistently avoids using torture or similar interrogation methods to mentally break someone, citing that torture only gets you the quickest lie to make the pain stop, which isn't really true. While using torture only is useless (unless you torture someone so extensively that they don't even have the mental faculties to lie anymore), using torture as an aid to mentally break someone is quite effective (against people who aren't trained to withstand torture). Torture aside, though, Michael very rarely uses any of the methods to physically or mentally stress someone (e.g. putting someone in stress positions, depriving them of sleep, sensory deprivation (or exposing one sense to extreme stress while blanking the others) in the downtime between interrogation sessions usually makes someone more pliable upon questioning),

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** Michael consistently avoids using torture or similar interrogation methods to mentally break someone, citing that torture only gets you the quickest lie to make the pain stop, which isn't really true.stop. While using torture only is useless (unless you torture someone so extensively that they don't even have the mental faculties to lie anymore), using torture as an aid to mentally break someone is quite effective (against people who aren't trained to withstand torture). Torture aside, though, Michael very rarely uses any of the methods to physically or mentally stress someone (e.g. putting someone in stress positions, depriving them of sleep, sensory deprivation (or exposing one sense to extreme stress while blanking the others) in the downtime between interrogation sessions usually makes someone more pliable upon questioning),questioning,
2nd Oct '17 8:53:40 PM intastiel
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* ImprovisedLockpick: In one episode, Michael [[HeroStoleMyBike steals a motorcycle]] by turning the ignition lock with a penknife, then kicking the handlebars to break the steering lock.
20th Jun '17 7:31:56 AM Prometheus117
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* MoralDissonance: Michael was a government spy for over a decade, which would have definitely involved him making and forsaking assets on orders (which would sometime mean making innocent people into intelligence assets and then leaving them to suffer or die for the sake of a cover or mission), killing people for the sake of his country and the larger picture, using and cooperating long-term with people who are killers and criminals, and having no recourse to refuse orders that conflict with his internal morals. Fiona is an ''arms dealer'', which involves dealing almost exclusively with criminals and killers. Yet all that considered, both Michael and Fiona rarely act like they have the backgrounds and pasts that they have (skills and technical experience aside) - they rarely act in the moral gray zone, always acting like the heroes even when killing or severely harming their targets would have saved a lot of pain and anguish for everyone (this is particularly noticeable when they put huge effort into manipulating someone into a situation where they will be killed), they never use torture, physical force or other aids to mentally break someone in interrogations, and they act very reticent to deal with people that they should have great experience dealing with - e.g. in season 3, Michael makes a deal to do some work for Tom Strickler and Fiona is so opposed to this that she tries to leave Miami (despite the fact that at least Michael should have experience working for similar characters).

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* MoralDissonance: Michael was a government spy for over a decade, which would have definitely involved him making and forsaking assets on orders (which would sometime mean making innocent people into intelligence assets and then leaving them to suffer or die for the sake of a cover or mission), killing people for the sake of his country and the larger picture, using and cooperating long-term with people who are killers and criminals, and having no recourse to refuse orders that conflict with his internal morals. Fiona is an ''arms dealer'', which involves dealing almost exclusively with criminals and killers. Yet all that considered, both Michael and Fiona rarely act like they have the backgrounds and pasts that they have (skills and technical experience aside) - they rarely act in the moral gray zone, always acting like the heroes even when killing or severely harming their targets would have saved a lot of pain and anguish for everyone (this is particularly noticeable when they put huge effort into manipulating someone into a situation where they will be killed), they never use torture, physical force or other aids to mentally break someone in interrogations, and they act very reticent to deal with people that they should have great experience dealing with - e.g. in season 3, Michael makes a deal to do some work for Tom Strickler and Fiona is so opposed to this that she tries to leave Miami (despite the fact that at least Michael should have experience working for similar characters). Granted, there's heavy implications that the reason they both act the way they do is because they now ''have'' the choice rather than being forced to be pragmatic; they're more than capable of resorting back to it, but it's a matter of personal preferences.
17th Jun '17 1:20:13 PM Rebu
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* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: In 1x10, "False Flag", [[spoiler:Evelyn the assassin tricks Mike into finding her target for her. But an experienced operator like Mike would notice the lack of bullets, so she just takes out the trigger bar spring. Mike improvises a new one from a bar spring that ''might'' have one shot. And he ''also'' has to improvise a bomb to distract Evelyn.]]
13th Mar '17 11:18:46 PM creader
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* KickTheDog: Michael is forced to invoke this in "Friends Like These", when [[spoiler:he backhands Fi to hide signs of worry and maintain their cover. She's not happy about it.]]

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* PutOnABus: The files that Jason Bly shows Michael in "You Can Run" say that their arms dealer friend Seymour was arrested and deported to Romania.

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* PutOnABus: The files that Jason Bly shows Michael in "You Can Run" say that their arms dealer friend Seymour was arrested and deported to Romania.Romania.
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1st Dec '16 11:27:02 AM Antigone3
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* IrishExplosivesExpert: Fiona.
29th Oct '16 12:09:11 PM cynicaloptimist
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** To say nothing of all the shots in which she's wearing very thin tops and can seemingly erect her nipples on command.

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** To say nothing of all the shots in which she's wearing very thin tops and can seemingly erect her nipples on command.at will.
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