Before I started watching WC, I figured I knew how the characters would be: the law-abiding, serious government agent and the whimsical, less-than-legal art thief. Turns out they're so much more than that. Neal turned out to be surprisingly good-hearted and worried about his lost love. And Peter ended up becoming one of my favorite characters.
At first glance, Peter seems simple. He wears an old suit, tries to keep Neal in line, and likes sports. One could easily just see the surface image: that of an agent who lacks Neal Caffrey's style and smarts. But Peter is not a bumbling agent. His intelligence is more subtle, his smiles fainter, and his humor drier than Neal's, but it's certainly there, and I happen to appreciate subtlety. If you watch carefully, you can see that he's always right there with Neal on ideas about how to solve a case. He makes jokes. And when it comes to Neal, he knows him better than anyone.
So far Neal does seem to be the focus of the story. Especially with recent developments in the show, it almost feels like we barely know Peter at all. He lets Neal get away with a surprising amount of stuff that flirts with legal boundaries. We know he loves Elizabeth, but there's plenty that we're left speculating about. I hope that future episodes reveal more about him and show more of his intelligence that enabled him to catch Neal.
This thread isn't for the speculation on episode 7's developments, but more for talking about him as a character. Why do he and Neal get along so well? Is Peter really as concerned with the law as you'd expect an FBI agent to be? Could he have any skeletons in his closet? How smart do you think he is? And most importantly, why doesn't anyone else mention his good looks?
I'd also like to mention how brilliant Tim DeKay is as an actor. About 75% of the acting on the show is through expressions, eyes, tone of voice, and body language. I think Tim is really good at getting across Peter's different sides.
Feel free to talk about anything at all about Peter, but keep episode 7 stuff in the appropriate threads, please.
Edited by LI_Ann, 23 November 2012 - 10:01 PM.