White Collar, “Countermeasures”

Let's just get this out of the way first: The actual case narrative and the guest stars in "Countermeasures?" Not so good. I like Billy Dee Williams as much as the next guy, but this was not his strongest performance and the guy playing Jonas Ganz was also messy. Moreover, there was a point about … Continue reading White Collar, “Countermeasures”

White Collar, “What Happens in Burma”

After the first two episodes of season 2.5 focused on the major narratives, White Collar fell comfortably back into its procedural charms with "What Happens in Burma." And unlike most series where I'd rather spend time discussing the overall threads, I find myself enjoying episodes like this one much more. I don't have an overt … Continue reading White Collar, “What Happens in Burma”

White Collar, “Forging Bonds”

Flashback episodes are always, always tricky. And I always say this. But that is because it's true. As a writer, you run the risk of spending too much time on pointless details, creating backstories that aren't important or generally going against what the fans thought happened "back then." This seems to be particularly true for … Continue reading White Collar, “Forging Bonds”

Mid-season premiere: White Collar, “Burke’s Seven”

White Collar is a program that gets a good deal of mileage out of the general likability of its characters and the chemistry the actors have with one another. The overarching "mythology" of the series is not awful or completely muddled like the last few years of Burn Notice, but it's also seemingly less important … Continue reading Mid-season premiere: White Collar, “Burke’s Seven”

Summer Finale — White Collar, “Point Blank”

White Collar's second season has been fantastic from start to finish, but I found myself dreading the summer finale anyway. Why you ask? USA cliffhanger dread, of course. I've discussed ad nauseam my issues with how USA series organize their arcs and right after that post, Burn Notice turned in a mid-season finale that proved … Continue reading Summer Finale — White Collar, “Point Blank”