Con Artist Neal Caffrey Steals My Heart

matt-bomer-matt-bomer-34284363-500-493 Let’s all pause for a second to take in the beauty that is in contained in the 2″ x 2″ above. The perfect combination of sparkling blue eyes, the perfectly groomed stubble above and below his thin lips, and his angular face has had me hypnotized in front of the computer for hours, the spell only broken when I needed to get food in and out of my system. I watched an episode of White Collar in Japan while I was waiting for my host siblings to finish using the bathroom, and just after that one episode, the enchanting actor along with a decent plot got me to jot the name of the show down in my phone. I have not had time to relax in the comforts of my rolling chair with a cup of hot cocoa in my hand until last Saturday, when I burned through six 50-minute-long episodes of jewelry heist, art forgery, and gang conflicts cases. A crude summary of season 1 of White Collar: an FBI agent teams up with an “ex?-“convict to solve cases.  The convict has his own agenda which is to find his missing girlfriend who had been taken by an OPR agent. FBI agent is also targeted by OPR agent. The plot dragged on and was predictable at times, but the beautiful characters (more specifically Neal Caffrey played by Borner) saved the show from a 6/10 to an 8/10. Neal Caffrey, the ex-con master turned FBI consultant, resembles Iago from Shakespeare’s Othello. Like Iago, Caffrey demonstrates his ability to think quickly on his feet and comfort in skirting around laws to obtain something beneficial to himself. However, Caffrey can be viewed more as a protagonist than an antagonist because he is like Robin Hood, setting things right when justice cannot, whereas Iago wants everyone to suffer. -Mimi


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