So I was watching Burn Notice
tonight and I was struck with an idea.
First, for those who don't watch the show and aren't familiar with the term, a burn notice is an official statement issued by one intelligence agency to other agencies. It states that an individual or a group is an unreliable source of information. A "burned" agent is immediately cut off from their organization as soon as they are suspected. They're drugged and dumped in any particular city in the world. Their money is taken, their records erased (financial, work, everything), and suddenly they're absolutely nobody with no means to get work, have money, etc. They are, quite frankly, completely screwed.
Back to MFU -- UNCLE's modus operandi for all problem agent situations isn't known (double agents, growing distrust, etc.), but I believe there is certainly potential for UNCLE agent burn notices. We know UNCLE employs deprogramming, but it stands to reason that deprogramming is something that is deeply considered first, and won't be a solution to every problem. Enter the burn notice.
I had an MFU thought as I was watching Burn Notice
tonight: what if Napoleon was living as we see him in Return
because he'd been burned? He didn't seem like a stranger to the gambling tables, which at that point it might be his means of income. And maybe he was living at Aunt Amy's because he had no money, no collateral, and was basically in a post-burn situation. Burn notices also strictly forbid other agents in the agency from contacting the burned agent in any way, which would explain why Illya hadn't had contact with Napoleon in so many years, and why he tried not to be seen by Napoleon when they were both in the bar in Return
Maybe the U.S./Russia ideal didn't pan out at all? Or maybe he was burned because of his relationship with Illya? (Egads, what if he had himself burned in order to get *out* of the relationship with Illya, for multitudes of wonderfully angsty reasons). Oh, the happy, slashy potential of it all.
Could burn notices exist in within UNCLE?
And who'd like to write this one? *g*
Btw, I highly recommend Burn Notice
, both as a spy show and a character-driven show. Every episode is full of spy fodder as the protagonist spills cool spy tactics (how to enter a room, how to make contingency plans, how to get out of a room with very few exits, how to trick the bad guys into doing all sorts of things -- lots of fun). Great ideas just crying out to be written in UNCLE stories in every episode. Some are technology-based and too advanced for UNCLE, but there are some potential ideas for new UNCLE gadgets in there as well.