Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Review - White Collar Season 1 Episode 12 Bottlenecked

I've been looking over my past reviews, and I realized I may have inflated all the scores by about .2. My scoring is relative to the kind of show it is, and my scores were too high, so I'll go back a adjust them.

Another old acquaintance of Neal's appears and we learned more about him this week. Neal's old enemy, Keller, has been the one sending the chess moves in the mail. A thief is hit by a car and killed on the street, and Neal says it is Keller. That point is ignored halfway into the episode, and isn't revisited again. Instead, a wine bottle competition is far more important than murder. Neal assumes Keller's bottle is fake, so he'll make a fake that's just as good, so the auction house will have to test both and find the truth about both bottles. Unfortunately, Keller is smarter than that and anticipated Neal's move. His bottle is real, and Neal's fake only brings more interest to the bottle. Moz poses as a fake buyer and wins the auction. He doesn't have one million dollars, so Keller can't pay back the Russians he owes. Checkmate.

For the second episode in a row, Elizabeth was nowhere in sight. Have the writers decided to phase her out? When the show started, I wondered why she was a main character that showed up every week. All she is is Peter's wife, and she helps his investigations with small suggestions. I wouldn't say she's pointless, but she definitely isn't necessary for each week.

There's finally movement on the music box, so may there'll be movement on the story before the season finale. I'm getting tired of all these hints about Neal's past. Why can't he just explain the deal with Kate?

Score: 8.8/10
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