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Intrigue abounds on this FBI series, but its limitations are beginning to show....
Fox / 704 Minutes / 2012-2013 / Unrated / Street Date: October 8, 2013
White Collar became too complicated for its own good in its second season, and never quite regained its footing. Even on this Fourth Season compilation, the show maintains a fresh, post-Catch Me If You Can sensibility, but said zip isn’t as reliable a narrative construct as it was in the series’ nascent days. Those of us who have invested in the interlocking tales of Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) and Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) will have trouble resisting the new material on this TV-on-DVD set, but it just ain’t the same.
The basic setup of the show still revolves around a scrappy young thief and forgerer (Bomer) who joined forces with the FBI (under the guise of DeKay) and eschewed prison time in exchange for working for the government, helping a crackerjack team dive deep into some seriously heinous white collar crimes. So far so good, no? Well, this Fourth Season finds Bomer released of his servitude to Uncle Sam, and though the crime material on display here is divertingly fun, without that tether, the show suffers.
But if you’ve passed White Collar’s event horizon, you’ll be all but insistent on riding out this latest collection of episodes. The series was picked up for at least one more season, so there must be an audience out there still intrigued by its fringe-y mystery, but even the most strident defenders of White Collar would be able to legitimately call this latest set its finest hour. We’re still with you, guys, but kick it up a notch….