White Collar: “Copycat Caffrey”

C: Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery.  And boy is Neal flattered when, in this week’s episode of White Collar, he discovers that he’s not only featured on the syllabus of a college criminology course, but somebody in the class seems to be copying his most famous (alleged!) crimes.  He’s so chuffed, in fact, he’s driving Peter crazy. Not that that’s unusual. Continue reading

White Collar: “Bottlenecked”

C: In this week’s episode of White Collar, Neal encounters a thief he looks on as an “opponent” by the name of Matthew Keller.  At first it seems like a friendly rivalry, but we soon discover that Keller is ruthless and something of a thug in spite of his finesse.  Peter calls him Bizarro Caffrey, and it’s accurate; while Neal charms everyone he meets, Keller rubs you the wrong way instantly.  But he’s a good opponent for all that – unlike Neal, he’s never been caught.

M: I thought they set this up well, too.  In the last episode Neal had a chess board in his apartment, but we never got any info on who the game was with, just that he didn’t want Peter to know about it.  In this one we find that he’s been getting mysterious postcards with chess moves.  Playing chess via postcard with a mysterious adversary is almost always great.  It’s an intellectual game, marks a battle of wits and personally it usually makes me think of early James Bond films, which is good. Continue reading

White Collar Review

M: USA Network’s new show White Collar combined two things that I’m a fan of, Matthew Bomer and the basic premise of Catch Me If You Can.  Bomer, most recently the late Bryce Larkin on the sibling favorite Chuck, first came onto my radar as the star of one of the best summer replacement shows of recent years, Traveler, that rare summer show that absolutely should have been picked up.   In White Collar he stars as Neal Caffrey, in the Leonardo DiCaprio role from Catch Me, the impossibly clever con artist who is now helping out the FBI, with Carnivale‘s Tim Dekay joining as Peter Stokes, in the Tom Hanks role.  Think of this as the adventures of Leo and Tom after the end of the movie, and you’ve got the idea. Continue reading