Michael Weston, a contract agent for various agencies including the CIA, finds that a burn notice has been issued for him. Stranded in Miami, he takes the case of a caretaker accused of stealing millions from his boss.
Michael Westen is a US freelance secret agent, takes on assignments the government can't officially recodnise. During an operation in Nigeria, he finds himself the victim of a 'burn notice' - he's discredited and his accounts are frozen. Until that's cleared-up he's effectively constrained to Miami. Meanwhile a sleazy contact helps him find lodgings and look for an income as a PI/problem fixer.Written by
When Michael learns that he's been burned, the voice on the other end of the phone call is series creator Matt Nix. See more »
For what it's worth, the correct terminology is "CIA officer," not "agent." To CIA, an agent is a recruited spy, not a full-time, official CIA field employee. Apparently either a CIA officer or a CIA agent could be called a spy. This confusing terminology probably is because the FBI calls its folks "FBI agents". See more »
Covert intelligence involves a lot of waiting around. Know what it's like being a spy? Like sitting in your dentist's reception area twenty-four hours a day. You read magazines, sip coffee, and every so often, someone tries to kill you.
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Anything I know of "Burn Notice" came from the (darker) later seasons, so this pilot stands in somewhat of a contrast. What it lacks in Goby Bell's presence, it makes up for in sun-soaked breezy espionage. But in even in its lighter days, it was still MacGyver-as-government-spook . . .
"For a job like getting rid of the drug dealer next door, I'll take a hardware store over a gun any day. Guns make you stupid; better to fight your wars with duct tape. Duct tape makes you smart."
. . . and it still wields Bruce Campbell as its secret weapon.
It's easy to see why this show was a hit; that swagger was there right from the start.
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