Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Review - White Collar Season 1 Episode 9 Bad Judgment

As the plot thickens, it seems as if the writers don't have a clear plan where everything is going. Peter is able to meet with Kate, but doesn't tell Neal how. His response is a cyptic reference to him being an FBI agent. That's great, but if Kate is Fowler's captive, how would she meet with Peter? How does Peter get messages to her and how does she respond? Neal is convinced she is being held by Fowler, but what evidence suggests that? I know he's unnaturally fixated on her, but no one wants to tell him the straight facts.

Because the plot of the show can't get too complicated, the writers want to keep the arc contained and at the same time inject a sense of mystery into the show. The problem is that the clues lying around don't fit together and though the clues make us wonder what is really going on, how complex can it be?

With Fowler back into play, Peter and Neal squared off against him in a battle of wits that ended rather one-sided. The story was improved by the connection between the judge and Fowler. Both problems could be tackled at the same time and at the same time, we got to see the judge and Fowler scheme against Peter.

I didn't really like Elizabeth in the beginning, but I'm liking her a lot. Her supporting role on the show gets Peter an outlet to act like a normal person and help him with his problems. She also is invested in Neal's wellbeing because she is a good person. There is an inkling in the back of my mind that she may not be what she seems, but for now, she's awesome. She trusts Neal and Mozzie enough to turn to them to help Peter.

Score: 8.8/10


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