Burn Notice

Season 6 Episode 1

Scorched Earth

10
Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jun 14, 2012 on USA
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  • HAVING A NEMESIS IS THE *WORST*

    Burn Notice's Season 6 Premiere: The Glory of Love

    In "Scorched Earth," the one-man A-Team that is Michael Westen came fist-punchingly close to taking down his own nemesis, Anson Fullerton.

  • Episode Summary

    Picking up where season 5 left off, we see a heartbroken and determined Michael going after his nemesis Anson, putting great strain on his friendship with Sam and also placing Maddie's life in danger. Meanwhile, Fiona is taken into federal custody after her surrender, where she is interrogated by an old nemesis.

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    • Starting Off with a Bang

      9.5
      Burn Notice strikes back into it's sixth season at full speed. Season 5's game-changing finale saw Michael trying to deal with the damage his actions have caused the team. The biggest of which is that by saving CIA agents from being burned, Fiona was turned into prison by Anson.



      Season 6's first episode is all about Michael going crazy. And one hell of an episode it is. Sure, the other characters are in it too, but Michael and Sam are the real stars here. Michael chases Anson throughout the streets of Miami, eventually finding him and beating the crap out of him. However, Anson outsmarts Michael yet again and escapes.



      This episode also set up the goal for this season: finding and taking down Anson in order to release Fiona from prison.



      All in all, this episode was very strong and got us all back in the mood for the new season of Burn Notice to come.



      +Michael going crazy

      +Sam and Michael acting

      +Michael beating up Anson in the end

      +Return of Agent Bly

      +Madeline home invasion



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    • More of the same

      6.0
      I honestly thought that we were going to see something else on this episode. I was hoping that Mike was really going to nail Ansen once and for all......but didn't. Now Fi is in jail and it looks like she's going to stay there for a while....she souldn't. There should be a new bad guy this season! I'm just saying.
    • Fantastic

      9.0
      Fantastic season opener! didn't waste single minute for what happened B4! scorched Earth picked from d minute where we left off @ S5!, Good to see d burn notice team back in action! though Fi is in federal custody!, Anson is on d loose! Whats next? can't wait for nxt ep.
    • Burn Notice Storms Back

      8.5
      Let's be honest, the show was still good, but it had been getting a bit stagnant over the past year or so. "Scorched Earth" proved what Burn Notice can do and that is an incomparable action and comedy experience. From the opening moments of Fiona's arrest, to the hunt for Anson, to Madeline saving Jesse, this was an exciting offering from the USA Network series. Any thoughts of it being past its prime were put to rest immediately.



      Excellent way to begin the new season.moreless
    • Scorched Earth

      7.5
      Solid follow up to last season's subpar finale (which I disliked even more the second time around, as it was reran right before this was). There was a good deal of suspense and turbulence tonight, a contrast from the usual uneventful Burn Notice premieres that get bogged down with laying groundwork for future episodes. But given how many threads Fail Safe left hanging last December, I guess it's to be expected. I have some pretty high hopes that this season will be the change-up that Burn Notice could use.They did kinda tip their hand as to what the summer finale will consist of, but whatever.



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      A problem that's bothering me more and more though is how the show's way of making Anson smart is by making the main characters stupid. The 'oversight' excuse only works so many times. All of last fall Westen and company were shockingly careless with Anson, basically opening up the doors he was able to 'magically' slip through. Scorched Earth did no better, we saw Mike and Sam just stroll into a toxic waste plant where they imagined Anson was holed up, without even thinking about what a dangerous and ideal location for a trap that place is. A mistake that nearly got Sam killed. Come on, BN writers, give Mike his brains back.moreless
    Alex Carter

    Alex Carter

    Jason Bly

    Guest Star

    Jere Burns

    Jere Burns

    Anson Fullerton

    Recurring Role

    Lauren Stamile

    Lauren Stamile

    Agent Pearce

    Recurring Role

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      • Sam: There you are. I've been looking all over for you. Is Fi...?
        Michael: I was too late, Sam.
        Sam: Look, Mike, you can't blame yourself. I mean, there was nothing you could do. It wasn't like any of us could stop her.
        Michael: And what about you, Sam?
        Sam: What are you talking about?
        Michael: You know exactly what I'm talking about.
        Sam: No... I don't.
        Michael: You expect me to believe she knocked you out. How is that possible? (grabs Sam forcibly) How is that possible?!
        Sam: Mike, come on, man. What do you want me to say? Okay. Yeah, yeah, maybe I could have fought her off. That's right. But did it ever occur to you that maybe she was right? You were losing yourself, Mike! You were selling out everything you ever fought for!
        Michael: I was fighting for her!
        Sam: By burning spies? Mike, you were betraying your friends. You were about to betray your God damned government.
        Michael: What do I do now, Sam? What do I do? I've just been fighting for so long, Sam, and she was all I had left.
        Sam: Now you're just going to have to fight a little more.

      • Michael: (voice-over) Under the right circumstances, stress can make you hyperaware, alert to every detail. It can also make you paranoid and prone to seeing what you want to see.

      • Michael: (voice-over) An ultra-wideband frequency scanner is one of the newer devices in the toolkit of the tactical breaching team. It's portable, requires little power, and can see through doors well enough to tell you if they're worth kicking down.

      • Michael: (voice-over) Clearing a structure is ideally a team effort. When you're forced to do it alone, you have to take special precautions, like using peripheral vision to check angles. But ultimately, no matter how careful you are, there's always one angle you can't see when you're alone: the one behind you.

      • Michael: (voice-over) It's almost impossible to escape when you're being handcuffed by pros; they are trained to work in pairs when handcuffing a dangerous suspect. One cuffs the hostile, while the other covers them both. Even if you can avoid being cuffed, it only buys you a second before you get shot... but sometimes a second is all you need.

      • Michael: (voice-over) Hunting for a fugitive on a large area with a lot of cover is less about skills than it is about man power. It doesn't matter how good an operative you are, when it comes to a man hunt, the more people you have on your side, the better.

      • Michael: (voice-over) An abandoned semi-truck will create an effective barricade, but if you really want to tie up traffic, it helps to give people reason to keep their distance.

      • Michael: (voice-over) Keeping a large truck stable is basically keeping your speed low and your turns shallow, so the center of gravity doesn't shift further than the vehicle can handle. On the other hand, speed and sharp turns are exactly what you need... if you want the truck to jackknife.

      • Michael: (voice-over) Anti-theft devices like transponder keys and transmission locks make newer trucks nearly impossible to steal. Hot wiring an older truck on the other hand is still just a matter of shortening the terminals on the starter solenoid... and of course dealing with whoever happens to own the truck.

      • Michael: (voice-over) The vehicle you want when hunting someone down depends on where you are in the chase. If you are behind your target, you need a set of wheels that's fast enough to catch up; if you're ahead and waiting for your target to come to you, you may want to think bigger.

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