For those unfamiliar with White Collar, it revolves around con man Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), a criminal who cuts a deal to work for the FBI as a consultant in the White Collar division, in exchange for a hopeful commutation on his prison sentence. He is assigned to Special Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), and over the course of the series, the two form a friendship. Where season 3 left off, things were getting serious for Neal when he had a chance to get his sentence commuted and be a free man. Agent Kramer, the head of the crime unit in Washington D.C, decides to screw Neal over and bring him back to D.C. be forced to work for him, refusing him of his freedom. In a last ditch effort, Peter warned Neal to run, and like that...he's gone.
Season 4 picks up a few months later. Neal is living the sweet life with Mozzie, who decided to run with him, in Cape Verde, under the protection of a no extradition treaty and the Island's boss, Dobbs. After the FBI fail to find him, Agent Kyle Collins (Mekhi Pheiffer) from the Office of International Affairs is brought into the hunt, and right away proves to be a force to be reckoned with, viciously tracking Neal down at any cost.
Sadly, that storyline only lasts the first 2 episodes, and by episode 3 everything is fixed again in the world of Neal Caffrey. Honestly, it was a missed opportunity not to play it out longer, Cape Verde was a great setting, and Collins was an interesting character that could have brought a new dynamic to the show.
After a couple of typical White Collar case of the week filler episodes that have little plot advancement, the main story kicks in. A woman very dear to Neal is murdered, and the only clue he has to find out who is responsible, is the name "Sam" (Treat Williams), A man who worked in the same police department as Neal's father. This story gives us a lot more character development for Neal this season, along with quite a bit of info about his father, which is obviously a welcome addition.
Bomer continues to excel as Neal, who shows great chemistry with all of the cast, in particular Garson and DeKay. Bomer once again gives the best performance from the cast. I've never been too overly impressed with Tim DeKay, but he continues to handle himself nicely. Rounding out the main cast, Willie Garson is fantastic as usual. The supporting characters in White Collar remind me of Dexter's supporting cast in later seasons, they don't get to do much at all. Tiffani Thiessen is surprisingly underused, as well as Marsha Thomason(Diana) and Sharif Atkins (Jones), who don't get much to work with, but do what they can with what they're given.
- Character development for Neal.
- The 1st 2 episodes with the Cape Verde setting.
- The cast is fantastic as usual.
- Alex' return!
- Some very nice twists throughout the season.
- Cliffhanger that will make you anticipate Season 5.
- The opening arc only lasting 2 episodes, should have been a couple more.
- A couple of noticeable plot holes.
- Under utilizing the supporting characters.
Video and Audio
Presented in broadcast quality 1.78:1, expect pretty much the same exact quality as the last 3 releases. Overall the show remains looking great, especially the 1st couple of episodes where the colors really pop from the setting.
The audio track is 5.1 English Digital Dolby, which is clear and consistent throughout, no problems at all that were noticeable.
Also comes with English, French and Spanish subtitles.
Season 4 doesn't have much in terms of extra's.
- Audio commentary for the episode "In the Wind" with Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson and Jeff Eastin.
- Tim DeKay: In the Director's chair.
- Deleted Scenes on every disc.
- Gag Reel.
Season 4 is another great season of White Collar. With above average writing, a stellar cast with great chemistry, great plot lines and a cliffhanger that will make people look forward to season 5! Recommended.