"I wanted a guy who walked into a room and every head turned. Because this guy is elegant, and he’s sophisticated, and he’s smart and he loves the attention." ~ Jeff Eastin had mentioned on grabbing Matt Bomer to get into the Caffrey shoes from 2009. I’d often seen a heaven in the menu card and hell in the actual dish produced in restaurants. But in this case, I’d obviously pull Jeff’s cheeks for introducing us to someone whom we couldn’t have met in a better way possible.
Gordon Taylor, a model con-artist introduced in the penultimate episode of season three had said that “fish don’t do well out of water”. ‘White Collar’ has challenged that theory with a typical fish that has willingly come out of the water and has survived like none before. A shrewd criminal, an intelligent artist, a book of knowledge, a high school-dropout and a lover, we had experienced it all in this man. This man wouldn’t have turned out this man, unless we’d had someone like Matt on board. The dreamy blue eyes, the unusual grins and well of course the fingers-in-the-pockets pose had given the last oil brush to this very unusual partnership painting.
Birds of a feather flock together! Does it really? The FBI agent and the con man had pulled off a better best-friends-forever chemistry than Harry and Ron! There’s probably not much new to state regarding the freshness which the story has been dealt with. Every new episode had served us new reasons to decipher, new lights to follow regarding the impossible-in-reality partnership of Burke and Caffrey.
It is not just the boss he cares about; Neal is particular about his duties to Elizabeth, the adorable wife of his boss Peter Burke. Neal began as an FBI consultant who turned to be an intricate necessity of life for Peter. His knowledge of art and skills he unfolds at intervals (or rather seasons!) had made him an obvious necessity for people like me too!
With every new season, Jeff Eastin had come up with new colours on Neal’s personality poise. His inability to blindly trust anyone, the con individual that keeps peeping through some of his deeds, add more berries to the yoghurt!!! The man had portrayed his varied abilities of putting myriad colours to the love of his life. The love for Kate and the passion for Sara, had kept us wondering, why don’t we have a Neal in our lives?
Matthew Bomer takes away all my claps when it comes to screen presence. You might not know yourself, but the subconscious self in you hunts for the ‘white collar’ on the comfortably-killing-charisma. Perhaps that’s where I falter from loving the show. The more intense moments and action packed scenes sometimes lack the thrill and adrenaline pushings, when we find Caffrey making his way through our TV screens. Amid “awww, he’s so cute” and “Omg, I’ll drop dead if he smiles”, the intensity dies out anyway!!! But no one’s to be blamed for that. Since, Eastin has made ample arrangements for it with Tim DeKay for Bomer’s company. Burke has always gone away with the big prize when it came to the so called ‘FBI mannerisms’ and ‘doting-husbandness’!!!
My coffee had smelt White Collar for awhile now. With Season Three ending, I have set my binoculars for Season Four of ‘White Collar’ already. Have you?
Ankita Paul (Infra Red Franco)