White Collar Season 2 Premiere Review & Discussion

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Summertime not only brings picnics, beaches, and Comic-Con – but also the return of USA’s hit television line-up.

Tonight, White Collar returns for its season two premiere. With any semblance of normalcy getting blown-up in the season one finale, will the sophomore series be able to continue ratings domination – while solving last season’s major cliffhanger: who killed Kate?

In tonight’s premiere, Peter (Tim Dekay) and Neal must battle one of the world’s most notorious bank robbers, dubbed “The Architect” – a criminal who delivers a special business card to the bank he intends to rob. Of course, with Peter stuck in front of a review board and Neal back in jail, they’ll need all the help they can get. Thankfully, Mozzie (Willie Garson) has Neal’s back, while new/returning Special Agent Diana Lancing (Marsha Thomason) provides Peter with some much-needed support.


If you’re tuning into the second season premiere of White Collar looking for any type of resolution to last season’s predicament with Agent Fowler, the Office of Professional Responsibility, or Kate’s death, you’ll sadly be disappointed – as not a single answer to these subjects gets addressed.  While the first few moments touch upon a couple past storylines, the reminiscing quickly comes to an end by the use of a “get out of jail free card.”

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Albeit, not literally (of course, Neal doesn’t spend much time in jail either), but last season’s events quickly get pushed to the side with simple dialogue:

So, you think that Fowler set up a meeting?

He’s expecting something to happen at 12th and Watershed, two months from now.

Two months? I should be there.

I’ll put it on your calendar.

Really? Two months from now? I’ll put it on your calendar? I expected so much more from a series that hit the ground running and provided nothing but solid entertainment in its first season. Sure, there are some moments when Neal and Mozzie attempt to delve further into Kate’s death through-out the second season premiere, but their venture does not prove to be particularly successful.

While I started out my review appropriately railing on the lack of continuity, I really need to make it clear that this is an entertaining episode. Yes, I’ll admit, it’s not the best episode of the series, nor is the deconstruction of “The Architect’s” criminal behavior all that interesting, but there’s something about it that still feels solid.

Perhaps it’s Neal’s charming demeanor, or the fact that it’s been four months since the last new episode of White Collar, but I can honestly say that overall, with all of its (many) problems, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Of course, this good-will won’t last long and whatever timeframe they use on the series, two months better come sooner than later because, while watching Neal talk his way into the vault of a bank is entertaining, one can’t lose sight of the his original motivation for getting out of jail: Kate. Neal’s primary motivation is still tied to Kate’s death. Instead of wanting to be with her, he wants to find out who killed her – something that should have him even more motivated (but doesn’t seem to).

Alas, this is the first episode of the new season and with 13 episodes to go after this, anything could happen. I’ve seen next week’s episode as well, and it struggles with the same lack of motivation. However, as I said before, there are still more episodes to go. So, anything could happen…. Hopefully soon.

Final Thoughts

While the second season premiere of White Collar lacks the story progression that fans were hoping for, it’s still able to deliver a solid hour of entertaining television.

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If you’re a fan of White Collar, keep an eye on our Comic-Con coverage as we’ll have interviews with the cast when Screen Rant invades San Diego Comic-Con.

Catch White Collar, Tuesday’s at 9pm on USA

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  1. I really want to watch this show but I missed the entire first season. Can anyone give me a crash course before I push play on my dvr tomarrow? The show has looked very interesting I just never got around to it.

  2. You don’t have to wait long for you answers if you watched the episode you will notice it ended with “lady suit” preparing for the meeting and us seeing the music box so the next episode will start answering questions

    • wasn’t she talking to Peter on the phone at the end? I don’t think Peter has anything to do with it, he is one of Neal’s allies and friends and one of the good guys but considering the ending, it makes it look like Peter’s female ally now works for someone else. My thoughts are that Hughes might have something to do with this, that guy usually plays weasle type of characters. the other female agent wasn’t in the episode so I wonder how that will play out and I agree with the writer that Neal isn’t that upset over Kate’s death. It’s too bad Neal never figured out that Kate was faking with him.

  3. I love this show, and don’t actually care if the Fowler/Kate storys get anywhere soon. I find the different criminal every week story and just watching these two fantastic characters solve it more entertaining.

  4. I’m never really happy with time-skips and this one was no exception. I think I understand why it happened, for the most part, but still. I don’t think any of us want to see a depressed Neal Caffrey, even if it is over Kate, so maybe that had something to do with it. And another thing.. I know it looked like Kate died and all, but I’m not writing her off just yet. People were so sure something rotten was up with Peter last season, right before the break, and they got out of that. Now granted that’s a completely different situation but it wouldn’t surprise me if something was up…

  5. man, between this and burn notice tim matheson is really racking up the creep roles fast

  6. White Collar season 2 premier was excellent led by crisp writing and the amazing talent that is Matt Bomer. Had 12% ratings increase over season one average eventhough it has moved 3 times, landing in one of the most brutal time slots on tv, and had little promotion(all given to the dreary Covert Affairs). Fan blogs went wild on the episode – great job White Collar – keep up the great work!

  7. White Collar is absolutely one of my favorite shows. I just wish the seasons were longer and/or there wasn’t as much time between the seasons. I am also upset because A&E is coming out with a copy cat show of white collar called Breakout Kings. They are totally copying the story line, (or trying to) & they are advertising for it like crazy, all right as we are coming up on the season finale of White Collar!!! We don’t need another show. We need more White Collar!!! Please! The show is awesome!