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Burn Notice Review: The Cost of Freedom

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Through 85 episodes and all of the different people that Michael has had to face off against - such as Management, Vaughn, and Simon - he has been able to keep his friends and family safe.  

But "Shock Wave" changed that, as Michael’s brother Nate was hit with a high-powered bullet when someone assassinated Anson Fuller before he could be arrested. 

Given that Anson is no longer a threat to him, it's clear Michael Westen is going to turn his incredible talents and the skills he has learned over the last six years towards finding the person who murdered his brother. 

The Team Hunts Anson

We have seen what Michael would do when his mom was threatened, I don’t want to imagine what kind of Hell storm he is going to create in his wake as he looks for Nate’s killer. Additionally, I can’t imagine what he may do to that person once he finds them.

Did anyone else catch the gigantic hole in the sign behind Nate after he fell? I initially thought the bullet had gone from Anson to Nate and then the sign, but given the way the edges flared towards Nate, I’m betting the shooter was on the far side of the sign and shot Anson through Nate. I’m sure we will learn more as Michael does.

I was kind of surprised that Jason Nix had brought Nate out of mothballs this season given that we had not heard anything from him since "Mind Games" early last year. Then I understood after this episode: He needed someone close to Michael to kill off. Which makes me wonder if he and Joss Whedon have been having lunch together.

However, while Nate's death is going to add some great meat for Jeffrey Donovan to work with, my first question was to wonder if anyone will really miss the character. Don't get me wrong, I liked Nate, but his personal storyline and contribution to other storylines have amounted to what we saw tonight: order pizza and annoy Michael. Clearly he was the easiest to kill off, but only time will tell if he was the right one. 

While Nate was the elephant in the room, we still had Fiona up to her ass in alligators as MI-6 agent Arthur Meyers showed up to put the brakes on her exit from prison. You have to like how Ayn was able to leverage helping Fiona into getting a support letter from the Warden for her parole hearing in a few months. Anyone want to bet on seeing Ayn again once she gets out?

And while we are talking about Fiona, did I miss part of an episode where they revealed that Rebecca had been behind Fiona’s attempted murder in prison? When Michael and Fiona were talking, she stated that Rebecca had been behind it and I couldn’t remember that being revealed. 

Finally, while I love Sam, his adventure with Barry seemed to resolve itself a bit abruptly. Maybe it’s just the completionist in me that wanted to see Garrett out cold to feel like it was really over. Or maybe it had more to do with us going from that happy ending to Nate’s death that tainted the previous event a bit. 

As we say our finally goodbyes to Nate Westen and wonder what this is going to mean for Michael, remember to stop by our Burn Notice quotes section and see what made the list this week.

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A lot of groundwork set up in a short period of time for a big mystery to unravel, if you watched all the things that were out of place.

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Two other things that were off: Anson was supposed to be in a Cafe. He wasn't, he was in a casino. It's Atlantic City, not Vegas - are there slot machines in all the cafes too? Didn't look like a cafe. And they just happened to already be in the same place? Plus, whoever Anson was on the phone with had him generally spooked/scared. I think that's why Nate was able to take him out with one punch - he as already off his game (usually he's in control). But the bigger questions about that specific short scene are:
A) where was Anson really, and why? B) who was he talking to? C) why did Nate just HAPPEN to be in the same place - was Nate actually a mole of some kind (maybe wife/kid weren't really gone for that reason, maybe were hostages like Rebecca's brother in a way)? Could Nate have been TRYING to make their presence at the hotel known? He's actually pretty savvy. A lot of groundwork set up in a short period of time for a big mystery to unravel, if you watched all the things that were out of place.

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Has anyone been able to figure out the trajectory of the bullet? NONE of it made sense. Nate was standing DIRECTLY behind Anson. Anson was shot center mass in the chest. The hole in the sign, with the fraying pointing towards them, is center mass-level as well. The hole in Nate's chest, however, was on his lower, right ribcage. Possibly enough to clear through his lungs and his heart? But no visible exit wound (doesn't mean there wasn't one). Was this a JFK magic bullet or something?? I think it's important. Matt Nix isn't generally sloppy about details, and they wouldn't have showed the sign (they zoomed in on it) were it not for a reason. Two shooters perhaps? I think I'd be surprised if it was Rebecca. Two other things that were off: Anson was supposed to be in a Cafe. He wasn't, he was in a casino. It's Atlantic City, not Vegas - are there slot machines in all the cafes too? Didn't look like a cafe. And they just happened to already be in the same place? Plus, whoever Anson was on the phone with had him generally spooked/scared. I think that's why Nate was able to take him out with one punch - he as already off his game (usually he's in control). But the bigger questions about that specific short scene are:
A) where was Anson really, and why? B) who was he talking to? C) why did Nate just HAPPEN to be in the same place - was Nate actually a mole of some kind (maybe wife/kid weren't really gone for that reason, maybe were hostages like Rebecca's brother in a way)? Could Nate have been TRYING to make their presence at the hotel known? He's actually pretty savvy. A lot of groundwork set up in a short period of time for a big mystery to unravel, if you watched all the things that were out of place.

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I keep wondering why Jeffery Donovan has not won an Emmy. Sharon Gless was perfect as the grieving mother (probably will be even better next episode. I liked Nate too but they never fully fleshed out his character though I feel bad for everyone who knows him.

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Jade....relax. We all have our opinions, no one gets everything right every time, and I'm sure that includes you. I'm sad that Nate is gone, the little brother that is a screw up, did add to the show. But if someone had to go, then I think they picked the right one. Now Michael will spend some time looking for Nate's killer. Rebecca is a good theory, but that also might where the writers want us to think its going. We will see. I'm glad the Anson part is done. I love Ayn, and I hope we see her again. Maybe as the client of the week. Glad Fiona is out and they did not drag that out too long. I loved the scene where Michael tells his Mom, great acting. I'm sure there has to be some feelings of guilt from Michael and a little anger from Mom towards Michael. This is a great show, sorry to see only a couple left before another break.

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Who is jason nix?!?! It's MATT NIX! Get the facts correct.
Regarding rebecca behind the attempted murder, yeah you should go back & watch or REwatch the previous couple of episodes before commenting.
Bottom line - not enough homework done before penning your review. The past few episodes didn't do much justice to nate. That's harsh. The build up could have been better. Will definitely miss him. RIP nate.

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You know who it could be the guy who train Michael

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Now this is just too picky--but after the shot, everyone was looking UP for the shooter, but the trajectory couldn't be from someone who was up high or a sniper from far away. It went through Anson's torso, and then Nate's lower chest and then about chest high (?) on the sign. I know I'm taking fandom to a ridiculous level, but there needs to be some respect for physics.... The hole behind Nate was a lovely piece of artwork, is it tied into the storytelling? as to where the shooter must have been???

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Why would Rebecca shoot Anson? Yes she tried to have fi killed but under ansons orders. He never actually hurt her brother just threatend to. It just doesn't add up. Not that it matters but I don't think whoever shot Nate meant to he was just collateral damage and at the wrong place at the wrong time. It has to be someone else.

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I've been a loyal Burn Notice fan every single episode since the pilot aired. Seeing Nate go was pretty sad. He wasn't a central character necessarily, but he brought that troublesome little brother vibe to the show. He's part of what made Burn Notice so awesome in the beginning. Instead of Michael Westin being like every other spy on TV, he's always had this achilles heel in his family. He's a calm and collected individual until Nate shows up and gets under his skin immediately! Nate evolved as a character though. He went from being an obnoxious liability in the first season to a valuable, loyal tool whenever he showed up. Did he do it with style? No. But he was loyal and always willing to stick his neck out there for the team. He was reckless but with the best of intentions. And whenever he showed up, it would bring me back to that summer of '07 and when the show was fresh and easygoing. So long Nate! Things just got fictitiously real!

Burn Notice Season 6 Episode 6 Quotes

Sam: I've been helping you slog through this burn notice crap for how many years and I don't get to be there when you put the wraps on the last bastard standing?
Michael: You know how it is, you - the agency - you!

Fiona: I trust you Michael, but if you let that weasel slip away again I'm going to break out of here just to kick your ass!
Michael: Fair enough.