White Collar Season Premiere Review: Backdraft

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White Collar fans were forced to wait a painfully long time for the return of this USA Network hit.

But their patience was rewarded by an opener that actually trumped the stakes set up at the end of White Collar Season 4.

In the installments to follow, we may very well find ourselves asking  "At What Price" did Neal really manage to exonerate Peter. And, for now, it's an intriguing question to ponder.

Peter in Jail

I know it's only the first episode, but I'm sensing some serious backdraft coming down the line as a result of Neal's decision to forge that confession. Surprisingly, I don't even think it will be from the agency's end, but rather from Hagan or others who become privy to Neal's potentially toxic deal.

If Peter ever does make it to DC, the consequences would be catastrophic. It's all a matter of how dramatic creator Jeff Eastin and company want to go with this one.

Part of me can't wait to see that all come down, as I wonder what Peter's reaction will truly look like. They've come back from a lot, but could this potential indiscretion be that one thing that tears an irreconcilable rift in this relationship?

It's definitely too early to tell, and probably way too early to truly worry about it, but when something this big happens early on, you can only wonder how much higher the stakes will have to rise in comparison.

What I really loved about this episode were the great Mozzie moments we got out of it. From his not-so-unrealistic stint as a conspiracy theorist trying not to appear as one... to the brilliant baby carriage move... it brought a smile to my face like only the quirky man with a plan can do.

One thing that did have me scratching my head a little bit was Diana's sudden pregnancy. I appreciate when writers do their best to work life into the script, but that one definitely surprised me. They could have run a few episodes with Diana conspicuously seated or standing behind tables, etc. a la Bones when Emily Deschanel was pregnant several seasons ago.

Regardless, White Collar has certainly set itself up for another great season and I can't wait to see what comes next!

What was your favorite part of the White Collar Season 5 premiere?


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In the beginning of the show, I loved Elizabeth. I loved everything about her, from her being a simple wife to her actually working with the team but lately, she has been pissing me off. She always gets inside Peter's head making him do things that he regrets. She used to be this awesome voice of reason into what Neal was doing and she actually used to stick up for him. Now all she is, is a worry-wart. All she thinks about now is the repercussions of what Peter does for Neal, but does she ever think about what Neal has done for Peter. Not just in this episode but in the past as well.


Tedious. This show, much like SUITS, has the recurring, built in complication that is the fall back in most every situation. Here, Neal is the "bad guy" regardless of his motives, who, despite his unique con man abilities doesn't see the obvious con from someone else; is always a suspect to Peter even though Neal provides some reasonable answers ("Of course I could be immobile for 4 hours- I was painting!"); of course, Mozzy works for 9 months on a solution to the ankle bracelet and then mitigates its effectiveness by suggesting that Neal was immobile (at least they could have had him laying in bed for the four hours. Too long to wait for too much of the same.


I do not think he as lost the ability to spoof the tracking device. Mozzzie did it once and all he needs to do now is just get the new signal ID to spoof.


Apparently Neal doesn't watch Supernatural otherwise he would know not to make a deal with Crowley. So Glad White Collar is back and Peter is out of the big house. It would have been interesting to have a couple of episodes in there, but glad they didn't stretch it out oo much.


You know this has been there best season opener so far I really like where this season going


So glad to finally have White Collar back I missed Neal & Peter this summer and that was a great first episode! I have to agree regarding Diana being pregnant it did seem weird to write Marsha's real life pregnancy into the show I was expecting them to cover it up (btw they didn't cover Emily's pregnancy up in Bones they made Brennan pregnant I think your thinking of another show possibly Grace in The Mentalist?)


I enjoyed it and can't wait to see the consequences of the theft. Am a little annoyed that Neal already lost his ability to deceive the tracking data would have liked for it to last a couple of episodes. I do have a question, does anyone know how much time Neal has left on his sentence I don't know if it changed from when he fled the country.

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