History Headscratchers / BurnNotice

16th Sep '17 11:02:14 PM Lightning4119
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** It's heavily implied on a few occasions that Michael is suffering from PTSD, which may be affecting how he displays emotion.




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** Michael does appear to be coming from that area of the loft looking post-shower in one episode. Presumably that's where it is, since the other three walls are shown to not have anything resembling a bathroom.
13th Jul '17 12:36:17 AM Lightning4119
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*** Most of the criminals that they deal with aren't around at the end of things to go hunting for Michael and company. The ones that are typically don't have much reason to talk to one another, being low-level mooks. This actually gets defied in one episode, when Pearce catches a glimpse of the Charger on [[FingerprintingAir a camera recording of a reflected window]] and concludes (not unreasonably) that Michael is responsible for Max's death. Which just raises the question of [[IdiotBall why they would take the highly recognizable car that is registered to Michael Westen to a crime scene where Michael is being framed for the murder of Michael Westen's handler so that Michael can flee the crime scene.]] Especially when they clearly have no problem stealing cars.




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*** To be fair, Sam is mooching off rich girlfriends most of the time in early seasons, although when his pension checks get tied up he's noticeably financially strained by it. Fiona is an apparently rather successful arms dealer, considering she can afford her own place, a nice wardrobe, and ostensibly supplies the weaponry the team uses. The car she drives in early seasons was one of the few times Michael accepted payment for a job and gave it to her as a gift. A lot of their gear seems to be either off-the-shelf stuff available at Radioshack or homemade gear that anyone with the right skills could assemble out of stuff that Fiona could probably get hold of. If anything, Michael's wardrobe is the biggest mystery, considering he [[KeepTheReward doesn't seem to accept monetary rewards most of the time,]] and good suits aren't cheap. After Season 4 Michael at least has the excuse of his assets being un-frozen and having access to his previous savings and income.




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*** The interrogating officer (never saw his rank boards) repeatedly refers to him as "soldier."




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** ''Good'' leaders serve their units by example. Bad leaders lead by charisma (impassioned yet nutty rants about the government and truth), by momentum (if any of his men are staunchly loyal, the ones that question will typically stay quiet) and possibly by fear. And notably, they aren't too afraid of him - they're afraid of the twenty-plus other guys with assault rifles that may not be Special Forces caliber, but can still point and shoot effectively enough to put any one of Team Westen in the hospital or the morgue.




* Why is it that all the operations take place in the morning. It seems every time Michael or anyone else does something illegal they do it in the morning. The only time they are out at night(bar some very rare incidents) is when visiting a nightclub. Its like the only do things at night when it is absolutely necessary. Yeah shooting in the morning makes things easier to see but one would think a professional wouldn't perform a hit on someone in broad daylight.

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\n** Mike realizes that Simon's ambush is happening then and there because it's the one place Simon ''knows'' Management is going to be at, because he knows Michael set up the trip with Management to come to Miami. The hit was completely genuine, but Simon apparently hadn't outlived his usefulness or proven too dangerous to leave alive in Management's eyes.

* Why is it that all the operations take place in the morning. It seems every time Michael or anyone else does something illegal they do it in the morning. The only time they are out at night(bar some very rare incidents) is when visiting a nightclub. Its like the only do things at night when it is absolutely necessary. Yeah shooting in the morning makes things easier to see but one would think a professional wouldn't perform a hit on someone in broad daylight.daylight.

* What, exactly, was the Burned Spies Organization doing? What were their goals? The closest we see to a real job by any of them is the abortive and mysterious assassination [[ShaggyDogStory Carla spends half a season setting up with no named target that falls apart thanks to Victor wasting the gunman.]] The rest of the time they're either trying to hunt down Barrett or later take out Michael. Were they a mercenary intelligence force selling their services to the highest bidder (in which case, why go to such lengths to hide their existence)? Did they have some sort of WarForFunAndProfit scheme going? Was this just a way for agents in the legitimate US (or other) intelligence services to get black ops jobs done when it became inconvenient to do it on the level (as Michael suggests at the start of Season 5 when he's interrogating the mook for the location of the last piece of the puzzle), and if so, ''why the need for so much conspiracy and blackmail?'' Especially when the "real" CIA job we see Michael doing is paying off a sketchy warlord and the other jobs the CIA sends him on typically involve kidnapping and would ostensibly involve some considerable amount of bloodshed if Michael wasn't typically so good at avoiding that sort of thing.
29th Jun '17 7:24:47 AM chilled0ut
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** It could be that Anson pulled a BatmanGambit on Michael, expecting that he wouldn't take the easy way out because after years of ([[ProperlyParanoid proper]]) paranoia and always needing to be in control, it honestly wouldn't occur to him to trust other people to take Anson out. Michael feels the need to be 100% in control of a situation, it's part of what separates him from people like Larry, who, for example, murdered Brennen to remove Brennen's control of the situation even though he didn't have a perfectly-thought out back-up plan for what to do after. Larry is the master of the IndyPloy, something Michael can do but hates being backed into. Trusting Pearce, someone he didn't know anything about, to a.) be willing to hear him out, b.) believe him, c.) not already be working for Anson and just report back that Michael had betrayed him, thus getting Fiona killed, and d.) not report to her superiors, who may have been working for Anson or who may log the information somewhere Anson could see it, would have been a big leap of faith. Plus, Michael had no guarantee that Anson [[XanatosGambit didn't have some back-up plan that he hadn't elaborated on]]. Easier to play the long game and let Anson play out his hand a little bit. Michael's never been one to shy away from letting the chips fall where they may and trying to repair the damage after the fact.
26th Jun '17 6:46:27 PM nombretomado
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** According to TheOtherWiki, a burn notice "is essentially a directive for the recipient to disregard or "burn" all information derived from that individual or group."

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** According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, a burn notice "is essentially a directive for the recipient to disregard or "burn" all information derived from that individual or group."



** According to TheOtherWiki when Fiona and Mike met each other Fi was robbing banks for the IRA. Presumably Mike's job was to infiltrate her team to find out if they were a serious threat or likely to become one, or if they could be used to take down someone higher up the ladder in the IRA. This would necessarily have included, yes, helping them commit crimes (though stopping short of murder...probably). Also according to TheOtherWiki, Michael left when his cover was blown (obviously only blown to Fiona since her brother was still unaware of Michael's real identity years later) so it seems that, if Michael ever was given orders to take down Fiona's team, he probably didn't have enough time to execute it before he skipped town.

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** According to TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki when Fiona and Mike met each other Fi was robbing banks for the IRA. Presumably Mike's job was to infiltrate her team to find out if they were a serious threat or likely to become one, or if they could be used to take down someone higher up the ladder in the IRA. This would necessarily have included, yes, helping them commit crimes (though stopping short of murder...probably). Also according to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, Michael left when his cover was blown (obviously only blown to Fiona since her brother was still unaware of Michael's real identity years later) so it seems that, if Michael ever was given orders to take down Fiona's team, he probably didn't have enough time to execute it before he skipped town.
21st Jul '16 3:39:46 PM Aquillion
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**** But even if he screws up, the result would just be that... his cover is blown. There's still no advantage to blowing it deliberately, since there's a high chance the people involved will never meet or think about him again if he doesn't.
18th Mar '16 12:14:16 PM SeanRenaud
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** They probably also get a lot more work than we ever see on the show. It's quite common for one of the team to mention that they are already working on something can either can't help Micheal right then or could really use him to speed things up so they can help him with his problem. This is never treated as surprising so much as inconvenient so they probably all do it all the time and it's just not shown because those are cases where everything goes completely according to plan and nothing moves the primary plot forward. For every time Mike gets tangled up with the top drug dealer/gangster/corrupt cop in Miami there have to be a dozen times he has to deal with some random punk.
18th Mar '16 10:00:35 AM ObsidianFire
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** Michael is a professional spy it does seem jarring that he would take things at face value that Larry died just because Fiona '''thought''' she killed him, Fiona has been wrong in the past, especially since he seems very GenreSavvy in about everything else. I hope that this comes back to bite him in the ass just so Michael will learn from his mistake.

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** Michael is a professional spy it does seem jarring that he would take things at face value that Larry died just because Fiona '''thought''' she killed him, Fiona has been wrong in the past, especially since he seems very GenreSavvy smart in about everything else. I hope that this comes back to bite him in the ass just so Michael will learn from his mistake.
13th Jun '15 6:09:32 AM ErikModi
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*** There's probably some invocation there. After all, if FIONA is objecting to something being too shady, it must be pretty damn bad, given all the shady things she has absolutely no problem with.
18th May '15 7:07:37 PM 3dgar01
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* Why is it that all the operations take place in the morning. It seems every time Michael or anyone else does something illegal they do it in the morning. The only time they are out at night is night (bar some very rare incidents) is when visiting a nightclub. Its like the only do things at night when it is absolutely necessary. Yeah shooting in the morning makes things easier to see but one would think a professional wouldn't perform a hit on someone in broad daylight.

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* Why is it that all the operations take place in the morning. It seems every time Michael or anyone else does something illegal they do it in the morning. The only time they are out at night is night (bar night(bar some very rare incidents) is when visiting a nightclub. Its like the only do things at night when it is absolutely necessary. Yeah shooting in the morning makes things easier to see but one would think a professional wouldn't perform a hit on someone in broad daylight.
18th May '15 7:06:37 PM 3dgar01
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* At the end of Season 3, Mike realises that Simon intends to kill "Management" because "there was only one Helipad he could land at" (or something like that). Even if you accept that was true (which seems unlikely, but I can swallow that) doesn't it seem remarkably unlikely that Management would take such a risky trip? When I first saw the episode I was convinced it was all a ploy by Management to recruit Mike, ''particularly'' when he steps in to prevent Mike from killing Simon as it seemed the two had cooked up the plan together and killing his own man would be counterproductive. But it seems that no, the hit was absolutely genuine and they weren't working together. Are we meant to ascribe this as a weird coincidence or is it a dangling plot thread?

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* At the end of Season 3, Mike realises that Simon intends to kill "Management" because "there was only one Helipad he could land at" (or something like that). Even if you accept that was true (which seems unlikely, but I can swallow that) doesn't it seem remarkably unlikely that Management would take such a risky trip? When I first saw the episode I was convinced it was all a ploy by Management to recruit Mike, ''particularly'' when he steps in to prevent Mike from killing Simon as it seemed the two had cooked up the plan together and killing his own man would be counterproductive. But it seems that no, the hit was absolutely genuine and they weren't working together. Are we meant to ascribe this as a weird coincidence or is it a dangling plot thread?thread?

*Why is it that all the operations take place in the morning. It seems every time Michael or anyone else does something illegal they do it in the morning. The only time they are out at night is night (bar some very rare incidents) is when visiting a nightclub. Its like the only do things at night when it is absolutely necessary. Yeah shooting in the morning makes things easier to see but one would think a professional wouldn't perform a hit on someone in broad daylight.
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