White Collar Season 5 DVD Review (Spoilers)

  • Series Title:  White Collar
  • Season:  5
  • Episodes:  13
  • Discs:  4 (4 episodes per disc, last disc includes 1 episode and special features)
  • Cast:  Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson, Tiffani Thiessen, Sharif Atkins, Marsha Thomason
  • Original Network:  USA Network
  • DVD Production Network:  20th Century FOX 

I actually was somewhat disappointed by Season 5 of White Collar. The season felt flat, and the end of the season felt rushed. Early in the season, the episodes just seemed very average – almost like they were recycling and updating left-over unproduced scripts from previous seasons. The Codex Treasure Hunt was reminiscent of the music box from the first season, and even Neal’s doomed relationship with Rebecca was like his relationship with Kate or Alex. That Rebecca turned out to be almost the female Neal Caffrey, with training by MI5 was a nice twist, though. I did like the brief appearance of Warren Kole as Special Agent David Siegel, though it almost felt like USA Network was finishing out his contract after the quick cancellation of his series, Common Law.

Also, I thought this was the season that I had missed most of because I had no satellite TV for part of last Winter. It turns out that because the season was cut back from 16 episodes to 13, I’d only missed about three and a half episodes. Still, it was worth getting the season set (I received it as a gift) and I’m planning on buying Season 6, which is the series final season.

White Collar is a fun, adventure/drama series on USA Network. The series premise is that Neal Caffrey is a forger and conman, who is caught, after a ten-year chase by FBI Agent Peter Burke, and escapes prison in the pilot. Caught again, by Burke, Neal bargains to stay free by becoming a CI – criminal informant. Caffrey and Burke quickly obtain the highest case closure rate for a CI and handler. The series dramatic tension usually comes from Neal’s struggle between doing what’s right and following the law. Or Neal having to choose between his friend’s Mozzie’s desire to have him return to “the Life” and Peter’s desire to have Neal leave behind his conman ways and become a law-abiding citizen.

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