What do The Equalizer, Burn Notice, and Transporter: The Series have in common? They each have a lead character who was a covert operative that had a client involved a ‘Dead Drop’, which is the episodic title that all three shows shared.
The first ‘Dead Drop’ was in New York City, where Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) continued his new life as ‘The Equalizer’, the one man to go to when the police can’t or won’t help you. McCall enlisted the aid of associates from his days with the CIA in protecting a man who unknowingly got himself involved in an illegal information drop.
Set in Miami, the second ‘Dead Drop’ finds blacklisted spy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) focused on meeting the man who has information on the organization that burned him and why. Meanwhile, his best friend Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell), a former Navy SEAL, takes on the case of a woman who became involved in a heroin-smuggling ring led a group of former Special Forces operatives. When Sam ends up kidnapped, Michael and Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) launched a rescue mission, as Michael may be closer in meeting the people who burned him.
In Philadelphia, mercenary Frank Martin (Chris Vance) gets caught in a ‘Dead Drop’ when his latest package is his old friend Jack, who needs the Transporter in helping him clear his name when the man is accused of being a mole in the CIA.
As ‘The Equalizer’, Robert McCall offers to no payment for his services because he is already paying his dues, as his devotion to the CIA cost him almost everything but his humanity. To illustrate, McCall is a sucker for the little guy — just like Michael Westen in ‘Burn Notice’. However, helping desperate people was a ‘side job’ in funding Westen’s investigation in exposing the organization who burned him in hopes of getting back to his ‘real job’. To Westen, the CIA gave him something to believed in: the call for patriotism, the chance to do your duty in serving your country with honor, risking your life to save millions.
Being ‘The Transporter’, though, is a different story for Frank Martin because he makes his own law in the business of transporting people and property around the world — for a fee. He may not fight for truth, justice, and the American Way, but Frank Martin will do the right thing … as long as it doesn’t interfere with the job.