White Collar – Season 1
After a visit from his girlfriend, top con artist Neil Caffrey escapes from a highly secured prison only months before his release. FBI agent Peter Burke, the man who originally caught Caffey, manages to catch up with Caffey again at his girlfriend’s appartment but the girl has apparently disappeared and Caffrey is in a state of complete defeat. Caffey gets four years added to his sentence for escaping but makes a deal with Burke and starts working as an FBI consultant to catch other white collar criminals. The partnership proves highly effective and Neil is released into Burke’s custody with an ankle bracelet that gives him limited freedom.
While living large in a wealthy widow’s guest-room, Neil and Burke start solving crime after crime, but in the meantime Neil also has a hidden agenda: he brings in a friend of him, Mozzie, to help find back his girlfriend and find out who made her disappear…
White Collar is one of those crime series where we get to watch an unorthodox partnership between two totally opposite people work like a charm. It’s very much like Castle but instead of a writer and a homicide detective, we now get a con man and an FBI agent. One would start to wonder what the police would do if it weren’t for all the help they get from outside parties…
Just like in Castle, it’s the chemistry between the lead characters that makes the series work, but here it’s not sexual tension that plays but rather the balance between good and bad. Matt Bomer (Neil Caffrey) and Tim DeKay (Burke) do an excellent job in portraying their characters. Caffrey is the charming con artist who seemingly always gets away with whatever he does, while Burke is the straightforward honest FBI man who always wants to do the right thing. The constant clash between these two and their relationship is very well displayed and makes this series work.
Of course, a show like this one wouldn’t be capable of running on only the two lead characters so we get the weird friend of Caffrey, Mozzie, giving some additional comic relief, while Burke’s wife Elizabeth (played by Tiffani Amber Thiessen from Beverly Hills 90210) plays the perfect mediator whenever issues between Caffrey and Burke are about to pop up.
Add to that an overall arc that runs between the different episodes and manages to add a little more depth to the show and you know you’ve got a winner. And a winner it is. White Collar is without a doubt a serious contender of Castle and although very similar in nature, manages to distinguish itself just enough to remain interesting. White Collar is lighthearted entertainment, but the makers never intended it to be anything else and they succeed very well in their objectives of providing fun entertainment.
White Collar comes on 4 discs with decent image and sound quality, and we also get a couple of bloopers, deleted scenes and three featurettes added.