". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Friday, June 8, 2012

*White Collar* Season 3, Disc 2 - 3

It's ironic that the most effective screwball comedy escapism thing on television (or the movies) is a show featuring the FBI.  Can this show become more of a New York City fairy tale, a city of such magic that it turns the FBI cuddly as well as stylish, glitzy, even elegant at times, particularly in how the writers make the cogs work together and come up with a new twist so very often.  All it takes evidently, judging by one of the themes of season 3, is vast wealth, or even, just the proximity to vast wealth, which is where this Art Crimes FBI investigative unit is located -- thus New York.

Where I'm up to in season 3 is the Grand Bromance Triangle -- Sara's gone, only another marcher in Neal's indistinguishable parade of female distractions, whose names, even, can't be recalled. I do agree with Sara though, that she had the best date ever the night of "The Veil." Such perfect screwball. However, in the long arc of things, what matters is, will Neal choose Mozzie, or will Neal choose Peter? Myself, I'd have a hard time choosing between the two, though perhaps I would lean to neither of the above.

"The Veil" episode, complete with the 'servants' hiding behind doors and coming in and going out at inconvienent times -- classic, yet so updated, and so perfectly within the context this series set up. Eliza Dushko has a guest role in "On the Fence," as a grown up Egyptologist. Sleekly beautiful you hardly recognize her as an adult, until at the end, busted for her criminal activity she reverts like a rubber band taken off its package to her old cocky strutting mannerisms, which are so age inappropriate now -- though she does seem to be trying really hard to keep those mannerisms under control. "Upper West Side Story," features two actors who have recurring roles on The Good Wife

Last night, er, in the episode "Upper West Side Story," Neal definitely chose Peter, but Mozzie is also present, seemingly having given up the treasure without qualms in order that Peter's Elizabeth be saved. One wonders if Mozzie relinquished ALL the treasure, because Mozzie always has a trick, and Neal did lie to him about the manifest -- ah the perils of lying to nearest and dearest. But Elizabeth saved herself, or just about, though Jones did need to shoot her guard.

The writers did a fantastic job with the stolen treasure all season, but now the treasure's found. And what will Mozzie do? Four more season 3 episodes still to go.We're at the point where Neal is reduced to even impersonating a high school (English!) teacher and helping kids make the right choices, showing his teacher Peter that he can be a member of stability instead a lord of chaos. Will Peter favor commuting Neal's sentence with this evidence of Neal's commitment to responsibility and nurturing. Can we enjoy Neal as a true blue FBI member rather than as a leashed convicted consultant?

Since Season 4 debuts in July I wonder how they will follow the twisty turns and reveals and changes from Season 3, and will they be successful? Or have we come to a natural conclusion, all We Are Family, kumbayah?  If so, it's got to be over and out, because no tension no conflict.

Falling asleep I did start thinking comparison and contrast between Sherlock and White Collar. I am certain the Sherlock writers have been watching White Collar too.

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