Wednesday, February 2, 2011
White Collar - 2.11 - Forging Bonds - Recap
I thought this episode was good but my expectations were far too high. I loved the progression of the characters and the visual gags of toupees and facial hair were hilarious. Neal's growth from typical college wear to stylish charmer was believable. After all, he wasn't born a con artist. My concerns come mostly from the pacing. It started off quick but steady until about halfway through. Then they threw in everyone and everything they could think of. I think it was a mistake to go all the way through Neal's arrest and to toss in Alex as a side note. They could easily have added more flashback episodes later, giving us the time to absorb the relationships. This rush made it hard to believe that Alex cared for Neal and negated her role in the first season for me. However, the biggest fallout was Kate. Without enough time for us to get to know her or see Neal and her together, the biggest mystery to me by far is still why Neal risked jail and let himself get caught a second time in order to be with her. I think summing up 8 years in 43 minutes hurt the episode instead of helped it. They are already renewed for a new season. What was the rush?
Next week - Burmese rubies and an imprisoned American. Classic White Collar. Should be good times ahead.
Screencaps by whitecollaronline.net