White Collar – Season 2
In the second season of White Collar we start where the first ended. Kate is murdered, the mysterious music box has disappeared, and as Neal almost escaped Peter isn’t sure of his job any more. With the Department of Justice breathing in their neck, the two go back to work and that starts in the first episode with testing the security of some prestigious banks in New York after a certain “architect” managed to rob a few of them.
Of course the issues with the Justice department quickly get resolved and we can go back to business as usual which means catching criminals while the red line regarding the music box progresses steadily. The individual cases are a bit more varied than in previous season and not only typical con men are to be brought down but we even have politicians and kidnappers being chased by the “dynamic duo” and their friends.
The second season keeps the tone of the first and next to the familiar characters we get introduced to Sara Ellis (Hilarie Burton from One Tree Hill), an insurance agent who gets a special bond with Neal. The chemistry between the various characters keeps working very well and with again interesting individual stories whereby Peter and Neal at a given moment even have to switch roles, White Collar remains light and easily digestable entertainment at its best.
The red line regarding the music box still delivers the necessary depth that guides you from episode to episode but as this ends in this season, the question remains what the makers are going to come up with for the third season.
The image is good even though you can clearly see which scenes are shot with a green screen. Edge enhancement isn’t present, the skin tones are natural and compression errors are down to a minimum. Qua sound we certainly can’t complain. For a relatively standard buddy-series White Collar has an active soundmix with quite some effects that are brough forth very well.
Qua extras we get audio commentary, deleted scenes, two features where the creative teams behind White Collar and Burn Notice (also from Fox) roast each other, and “So here’s the Deal: Anatomy of an Episode” which is a 12 minute look behind the scenes on how an episode is made from script to the shooting in New York.