Monday, 15 February 2010

burn notice

“Guns make you stupid. Better to fight your wars with duct tape. Duct tape makes you smart.”
- from Burn Notice 1x01, “Pilot”

I’m crazy about Burn Notice. Apart from the smart storytelling, sympathetic characterisation and all-around kickassery, I love its mastery of sneakiness. Cover stories. Frame jobs. Double-crosses. Most spy protagonists spend the whole series shooting at people: Michael Westen prefers to persuade his enemies to shoot each other. It’s good television, and it’s great fuel for a writer’s imagination. Thanks to Burn Notice, I think I’ve finally figured out how a character earns the bad guys’ trust.

He’s going to need a cheap disposable phone, half a pound of plasticine, coloured wires ... and some duct tape. :D


  1. Ouu. *scuttles off to peruse TV listings* What are the chances this show airs on basic cable?

  2. AND they need the kick-ass ultra feminine and yet ridiculously trigger-happy girlfriend! Fiona is one of my favorite TV characters ever! :D

    LOVE Burn Notice, thanks to your rec ;)