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SERIES FINALE RECAP & REVIEW: Dexter “Remember the Monsters?” S8 E12

Wow.  Ok.  So that was the end of Dexter.   Hmmm.   It’s so hard to begin this because I really don’t know where to start.   I guess I’ll start with the obligatory if you haven’t watched the series finale of Dexter, please don’t read below.   That’s a good idea.

You know what’s weird?   I re-listed to Episode 40 of the For the Love of TV Podcast to hear what my thoughts were on the season premiere of Dexter and what I would and wouldn’t be ok with as a wrap up for him.  What’s absolutely creepy is that one of the scenarios I laid out was this idea of Dexter riding off into the sunset (or dreary Northwest) and being alone with no one in his life as kind of a life lesson that he can’t really be connected to anyone because of who he is because as much as he’d like to try, he is who he is…a killer.   But after watching how it played out, I’m not so sure if I’m ok with it.   And that most likely has to do with the fact that I wasn’t crazy about this season overall.

I was hoping this swan song for Dexter would be more about him and the characters we’ve come to know.   Each season we’ve had our Big Bad…and we’ve had some excellent ones.   I thought the Big Bad of this season should have been Dexter.   I think it would have been fascinating to see what happens when Dexter’s double life finally crumbles around him and how that impacts him, Debra, and the other people who were duped by him over eight seasons.  I don’t think there was any need for Vogel (and re-writing the history of the code), the brain surgeon, the kid who wanted to learn to be a killer like Dexter, Masuka’s daughter, I would even throw bringing Hannah back wasn’t necessary (although I didn’t hate her character the way other people did.)   I would rather have seen Dexter lose it due to his putting Deb in a position to have to kill LaGuerta.  And as a result Dexter would get sloppy and Miami Metro would start to come around to who he really is.  Then the race would be on…would they finally figure it out and can Dexter continue (or would he care to continue) to try to hide who he really is.   The end result would be that he couldn’t.   So he would either have to escape by either faking his death or somehow getting away (kind like what happened in the series finale) or someone would have to kill him.  I think that would have been so much more fascinating than what actually happened.   Instead Deb dies as a result of her wounds suffered at the hands of Saxon (yes I know Dexter pulled the plug but Saxon really killed her), no one at Miami Metro has a clue still, Hannah is left to raise Harrison in Argentina, and Dexter fakes his death to become a lumberjack in Seattle or Vancouver or where ever the hell he went.   And to top it all off, we don’t even get the benefit of seeing the Dexter kill room one more.   No, he tricks Saxon into stabbing him with a pen in his holding cell so Dexter can then stab him in the neck and make it look like self-defense.  Seriously?   After all the precision and kill rooms over the years, the last two kills we see from Dexter involve turning a switch and stabbing someone with a pen.   Let me just say….MAJOR FAIL.

I talked about this before, series finales are hard.  It’s so hard because fans of the show have such HUGE expectations since this will be last time they ever see their favorites characters altogether.   Unless of course kickstarter gets involved and a movie gets made but that’s another story.  And fans have their lists of the best and worst ever.   So these writers and show runners have a very tricky task in front of them.   Even if creators and show runners know their end game at the beginning of the series or a few seasons in, knowing what you want to do and being able to pull it off to satisfy the story, the characters, and the fans are two completely different scenarios.  Unfortunately, I think Dexter will go down as probably one of the worst finales ever and I think a lot of that will also have to do with the fact that the season overall was very poor.   If they wanted Dexter to have a self-imposed exile, I would be ok with that in theory.   But it’s the way he got to that exile that has me scratching my head.   I hate to say it but a lot of it felt…lazy.  For example, Dexter was so worried about getting Hannah out of the country because everyone was looking for her.   Then here’s an idea, how about cut your hair, dye your hair, wear glasses, buy colored contacts, where different clothes….SOMETHING!   Why was Hannah walking around looking like Hannah?   She goes to take Harrison to the hospital and doesn’t think to at least wear a hat and sunglasses?   The show runners fluffed this question off by saying the FBI and cops are always looking for people and we don’t know what they look like.  Plus she was a “not a high priority criminal” because she was never convicted of a crime.   WHAT?  Her face was all over the news as a person of interest in her husband’s disappearance and she was connected to several other deaths.  That seems ridiculous to me.  Then you add in, Masuka’s daughter story line (what was the point), Quinn going for sergeant only to lose to his partner that we never saw again after she got her promotion (who cares), and Quinn and Jamie’s relationship that had to fail so he could be with Deb only to have Deb die (I don’t even know what to say about that.)   It was bad.   And they didn’t want to go down the road of the Miami Metro crew finding out because they thought it would be too much with everything else going on.   How about get rid of all that other crap no one cared about and put in stories we would.  I don’t understand that!   The writers really thought we’d be more interested in Masuka’s daughter, Hannah, and Saxon but not how the people we have known since season 1 would react to finding out who Dexter really was?  That absolutely befuddles me.

I think it was time to say good-bye to Dexter.   I think the show had run its course so I think it was time to hang up the blades and the cling wrap.   I just wish we could have returned to the glory days of Dexter and kept it simple and focused and about Dexter and how he tries to fit his dark passenger life into his “fake” life and whether or not he could keep it going without them finding out.  Alas, we watched something much different from that and I think the characters, cast, and fans deserved better.


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NEW PODCAST: Episode 41 Covers Suits, True Blood, Ray Donovan and More!

After some technically difficulties (and not having enough space on my hard drive and having to clean some things out) the For the Love of TV Podcast is back.   Episode 41 covers the following shows:

  1. The Newsroom
  2. The Season Finale of True Blood
  3. Dexter
  4. Graceland
  5. Suits

All these episodes are through last Sunday’s episodes.  Check out the podcast here or logon to iTunes and download.

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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in Podcast


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SEASON FINALE RECAP & REVIEW: Dexter “Surprise, Mother Fucker” S7 E12

WOW!!!  There were many scenarios I pictured in my head about how this season finale of Dexter would play out.  I can guarantee you with 100% certainty that how it actually played out last night was no where NEAR what I thought.  There were many things building to a head this season.  Some things I thought would build little quicker and some things I thought would build a little slower.  But I never in a million years saw THAT coming.  And it really begs the question, where the hell does the show go from here?

If you’ve ever read any of my Dexter posts in the past, you know there is one character I absolutely love and is my favorite of all time and with every passing episode, his absence pains me more and more.  That would be one Sgt. James Doakes.  I’ve been refusing to believe for the past 4 seasons that Doakes is really dead.  I had it in my twisted little head that he somehow escaped that explosion (General Hospital style) and he is alive and well trying to remember who he is only to resurface when we least (or most) expect.   When I saw the title of the finale (sorry Mom for the language!) I thought to myself….HE’S BACK!!!  HE’S ALIVE!!!  I KNEW IT!!!!   Especially since there has been so much Doakes talk lately, I thought that he was absolutely coming back.  And I was right!!!   Well…..sort of.  He’s back but only in a flashback.  A recreated flashback I should say.  And even though it was not the reunion with Doakes I was hoping for, it was ok.  I was so happy to see my main man Erik King back that even though it was only for a short time, I’ll take it just to get my Doakes fill again!

So with my James Doakes/Erik King love out-of-the-way, let’s get into the meat of the episode.   What does what we witnessed last night mean and where does Season 8 go from here?  First I want to talk about Hannah. I know there were many people not too fond of Hannah McKay.  I didn’t hate her character the way some other people have.  I thought she was important for a few reasons.  First, it showed that Dexter could truly love again.  Second, it gave Dexter the chance to fully and completely be himself with someone.  We’ve never really seen that before.  The closest we got was with Lumen but he was very careful with her because he knew deep down that Lumen wasn’t a killer.  She was a victim seeking revenge for her crimes and that once he mission was complete, her “Dark Passenger” would be gone…and it was.   But Hannah was different.  Hannah’s a killer…just like Dexter.   So he didn’t need to lie or hide.  He could be himself with her in way he never could with anyone else, even Deb.  And finally, she brought some inner feelings inside Dexter out I’m not sure he knew were there.  I’m talking about the “Dark Passenger.”  One of the reasons we’ve always been able to buy into Dexter as a “lovable serial killer” is because he always had his code (always kill guilty people…never anyone innocent) and because we thought there was no other choice for him.  This is who he is.  He had a darkness in him that he can’t run from and therefore he needed to find a way to channel it.  But Hannah made him rethink that position.  Is it possible there is no “DP” at all and that Dexter is just a killer who likes to kill.  It puts Dexter in a completely new light.  It’s one thing when he’s doing it because he has no choice and the people he kills are bad.  It’s a completely different scenario if it’s simply for pleasure and because it’s a lifestyle he has chosen vs. one that was fated.  He becomes a much scarier individual because the code is now off the table, if that’s the case.   And if that’s the case, how does our perspective on Dexter change?  How does Dexter’s perspective about himself change?  We saw it with Hannah’s father.  While he was a complete scumbag, he wasn’t worth killing.  He didn’t fit the code.  But he’s not walking amongst the living anymore is he?   Dexter willingly broke his code to kill her father.  Or you could argue, he adjusted his code to justify killing her father.  That’s not the Dexter we’ve grown to care about.  So without his relationship with Hannah, these feelings inside Dexter and this turmoil about who he really is, wouldn’t have come to light.  It also bring an entirely new layer to Dexter’s character which is quite compelling.    The big question is, will Hannah be back?   She’s out and on the run and Dexter will be very well aware of that fact when he returns home.  How will this make him feel?   Because they were very clear with one another that while they both love each other very much and feel only they can understand one another, they also realize that because of who they are, neither one are ever really safe with the other.  I hope Hannah returns next season because I think those crazy kids can find a way to work their issues out!

I think the bigger analysis, is how did Quinn survive?  I thought for sure he was a goner!    No, I’m just kidding!!!  Obviously the bigger question is, Debra.  She had quite a finale didn’t she?  Her character has had such a transformation over the last seven seasons.  Where she once started as an innocent cop who just wanted to do a good job and make her dad and brother proud (and Jennifer Carpenter was not a very good actress) she is now a seasoned lieutenant who is very well aware of what is happening around her (and Jennifer Carpenter has become a very good actress.)   Poor Deb has had pretty much an insane ride on this show.  From falling in love with a serial killer (who happened to be Dexter’s bio brother) to falling in love with a FBI agent who is murdered right in front of her to falling in love with her adopted brother to finding out said brother is a serial killer to becoming a killer herself.   Just when you want to say you’ve had a rough life, take a look at the life of one Debra Morgan!

It’s still hard to comprehend what went down last night because I still can’t believe it was Deb that pulled the trigger….literally.  I was pretty sure LaGuerta was going to die (check out my Dexter Death poll in my earlier post).  Why I wasn’t 100% sure?   Because she didn’t fit Dexter’s code so I didn’t think he was going to kill her. I was right…on both fronts.  She died and Dexter didn’t kill her…DEB DID!!!   I still can’t believe it.  Deb killed LaGuerta.  But did Dexter have a hand in it?  I think he did.

It’s obvious what was going to go down.  Dexter was going to shoot both Estrada and LaGuerta and make it appear as if they shot each other.  Enter Deb who spent most of the time trying to convince Dex not to kill Maria.  Unfortunately, while Dexter was begging Debra to leave and Debra was begging Dexter not to do this, Maria woke up.  I’m glad this happened because, like Doakes, she had her suspicions about Dexter and before she met her maker, her suspicions were confirmed.  But when Maria woke up she begged Debra to shoot Dexter.  I found this reaction from Maria interesting.  Instead of Maria telling Deb to call for back up or turn him in, she yelled at her to shoot him.  Hmmm.  Meanwhile, Dexter is telling Deb that it’s ok and that she needs to do what she thinks is right.  And with a tearful and pained look on her face, with the gun aimed at Dexter….BANG.    The shot goes off but instead she shoots LaGuerta.  In what I read this morning was an off the script scene, Deb runs screaming to LaGuerta and hugs her and tells her NO while Dexter watches in disbelief at what Debra just did for him.   It was such a powerful moment made even more powerful once learning that was all ad libbed by Jennifer Carpenter.

Deb and Maria had always had a difficult relationship.  At first, Maria didn’t like Deb because she was threatened by her.  She was the darling up and comer with a huge backing in Captain Matthews.  And as a result, she made Deb’s life very difficult resulting in Deb not trusting and hating her lieutenant.  Eventually, she made Deb detective…which is something she always wanted.  Their working relationship improved slightly but there were still moments of tension and distrust.  Eventually, Maria got promoted to Captain and in turn promoted Deb to lieutenant.   And as of late, they worked well together.  Their relationship came full circle last night.  It started with Maria holding Deb’s future in the palm of her hands and ended with Deb holding Maria’s future in the palm of her hands.  While Deb and Maria had their moments of angst, there is a part of me that always thought they did want the best for the other.  As the only other woman in the department, I think if anyone was going to succeed, Maria wanted it to be Deb and in turn, there were many times Deb viewed Maria as an asset and mentor.  That’s why it hurt Deb so much to do what she did.  Not only because she just killed someone, but because it was Maria.

I read an interview with one of the show runners who alluded to the idea that Dexter was very much in control of the situation with Deb and manipulated her into doing his dirty work.  It’s hard to argue with one of the men behind the show, but I’m going to anyway.  I don’t buy that.  I think Dexter was very distraught over the idea of putting Deb in this position and he was really giving her the ok to shoot him if she felt she had to do it.  He was trying to make it easier for her.  I don’t think he was trying to manipulate her into shooting Maria.  I really don’t. I think he was shocked when she did it because all things Maria said were true…Deb’s a good person, she’s not like Dexter, she’s not a killer.   But I guess that didn’t stop Maria from shouting at Deb to kill her own brother!  I guess she’s a killer if she’s saving Dexter but not Maria.  Anyhoo, Maria was right about Deb.  So I don’t think it ever entered Dexter’s mind that she would shoot Maria.   He was just as stunned as the rest of us!

So now what?   What does this do to Deb?  How does this impact her relationship with Dexter moving forward? How do they get out this?  I certainly think hearing of Maria’s death will bring Angel back from retirement and this will be his last case before he really does step away.   I guess a lot will depend on whether or not Season 8 is really Dexter’s last season.  Right now the show runners are planning as if it is.  But they did say if Showtime wants more, they can spin it and go longer.  As much as I would like to see more Dexter (if the quality holds up) I almost think you’re at a point of no return.  I think next season has to be the last because as many people as Dexter has been involved in killing, he can’t run forever.  At some point, it has to catch up and I think next season it will.   Otherwise, it gets ridiculous and there is no way we can trust any of these cops who would be so blind to what is happening right in front of them.

So what did you think of the season finale and season 7 as a whole?   And do you want next season to be the final season?   I can’t wait to hear what you think!!!

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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Recaps and Reviews, Season Finales, Showtime


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RECAP & REVIEW: Dexter “Helter Skelter” S7 E9

Is it wrong that I’m a little sad that Issak is dead?  I really liked his character and I was hoping he’d be sticking around a little bit longer.  He was a great foil for Dexter and their chemistry was fantastic.  But it was inevitable that he had to die so I guess I can’t be too upset.

How do you all feel about Hannah?  I really want to like them together because of what she gives Dexter…someone he can completely be himself around.  She knows all about who he is and she doesn’t judge him because he doesn’t judge her.  In many ways, she’s the perfect person for him.  But I worry that she can’t be trusted.  One false move from Dexter or maybe he doesn’t put the dishes in the dishwasher correctly and poof!  She poisons him and he’s a goner.  I can see why Deb is so concerned about that.  Because she has no code like Dexter.  She’s just a killer.  Whatever her reasons or motives are, she’s more unpredictable and that’s very dangerous.

It appears as though the Deb being in love with Dexter story is finally put to rest.  I guess the writers felt they couldn’t just walk away and ignore it so this was a way to acknowledge the fact that it was there, it was addressed and now is handled.  Basically Dexter gave Deb the “don’t worry you are so screwed up you’re in love with me” speech.  He told her that while he can’t reciprocate, he can understand why her feelings went there.  Deb is still creeped out by the whole thing (as are we all) but is going to move past it and just go back to normal with Dexter.   Thank God.   I give Dexter mad props here because if it were me and my sibling told me they were in love with me, I don’t think I could ever be around them again.   But since Dexter is asking Deb, a police detective, to accept the fact that he’s a serial killer, I guess it’s only fair he learn to accept and move past the idea that his sister’s in love with him.

LaGuerta and Matthews are working together again…well, kind of.  I thought it took a lot of balls for Maria to go see Tom after she destroyed his career.  But to her point, kill or be killed and he was after her just as much as she was after him.  She just ended up winning.  We’ve already talked about how Maria never believed Doakes was the Bay Harbor Butcher.  Now she’s on Dexter’s trail.  The scent is getting stronger and stronger and now she’s strategizing with Matthews over the Butcher case and who the actual perpetrator is.  My question is, why does Matthews care?  I know why Maria is invested in this but why, with Matthews career  destroyed, care?  He cares because he wants Maria to get him reinstated so he can work just long enough to get his pension.  She agrees and so their investigation begins.   This is sooo bad for Dexter.  It’s one thing to have Maria on your trail.  Now he’ll have former Captain Matthews as well?  It’s really getting for ugly.   To the point of, what the hell is he going to do?  He can’t kill them, they don’t fit his code.  So what does he do when they find out?

Other Random Thoughts:

  1. At this point, it’s not a matter of if Quinn dies, but when.
  2. Looks like we have a new Big Bad in the form of a serial arsonist.  Will this story run into next season or be wrapped up this year?   It’s hard to believe we are throwing another element into this season with already so much going on!
  3. Does anyone else care about Batista’s restaurant?   I’m not sure why it’s being mentioned but part of me thinks it must be for a bigger reason.  At first I thought it was just to set up Batista’s retirement when the show ends next season but the fact that it’s mentioned in every episodes means it could be something more.   Then again, maybe I’m just reading too much into it.
  4. It’s also official that George is a dead man at this point and possibly Nadia as well.

Only three episodes left.   How will this season end and what will the set up for the final season be?  I can’t wait to find out!!


Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Recaps and Reviews, Showtime


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QUICK REVIEW: Dexter “Argentina” S7 E8

I don’t think I’ve ever sat through a more cringe worthy scene than the one I watched on Sunday night between Dexter and Deb.   I literally squealed during that scene.  And I thought Carpenter and Hall played the hell out of it.  There have been many jaw-dropping scenes this season on Dexter.   But NONE as “HOLY SHIT” as that one!!

First, we have Deb asking Dexter to kill Hannah because she’s going to get away with another murder.  Other people have mentioned how the season has been a good, slow build to that point.  I disagree.  While this may be 6-7 weeks in our time, it’s probably only 2 weeks, maybe, in Dexter time.  So I don’t think Deb would jump on the “hey can you pick up some beer and kill the suspect I can’t nail?  Thanks Bro!” bandwagon just yet.  I think Carpenter has done a fantastic job showing all the ranges of emotion Deb is going through this season.  But I still don’t think her character would succumb to Dexter’s dark passenger that fast.  I just don’t.  I think it’s too soon.   And while I do think Dexter denied killing Hannah because of his feelings for her, I also think he did it to protect Deb.  He knows she’s not that kind of person and she would regret it.  She can’t be responsible for the death of someone else..intentionally.  And that’s what this would have been.

It all comes to a head when Dexter goes over to Deb’s place and he throws down keys on the desk and Deb recognizes them as Hannah’s keys.  Dexter borrowed her van to spy incognito on Issak.  Oops.  So then the tiny detail of Dexter and Hannah doing the horizontal mambo together is revealed and Deb is beside herself.  She asks if they’re in love and Dex says he isn’t sure.  At this point, it seriously would not have shocked me if Deb’s head exploded right off of her body.   How much more can this girl take?

So while all this is happening, Deb decides now would be the absolute perfect time to reveal to Dexter that when she went to see him last year, when she caught him killing Travis Marshall, she was going there to tell him that she is in love with him.   WHHHHHHHOOOOOOOAAAAA!!!!  And..EEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW!!!!   I was really hoping the writers forgot that horrible storyline existed and were dropping the whole thing.   Nope.  No apparantly Deb really needed to share that information with Dexter and the look on Dexter’s face was priceless.   He looked as creeped out as the rest of us feel with this God awful storyline.  Even Deb said to him, you’re a serial killer in love with a serial killer and I’m more fucked up than you because I’m in love with a serial killer who happens to be my brother.  Well, geez when you put it that way, she’s right.   I can’t even begin to tell you how much this grosses me out.  I’m not sure why the writers felt the need to go down this path.  It is beyond disgusting.  But they are so, ok.

On the flip side, I LOVE the character of Issak.  Ray Stevenson is brilliant in this role.  And I’m sort of disappointed because Issak is right.  In any other circumstance, he and Dexter would be great friends because they understand one another.  Why is that?  Because we learned tonight that Viktor was not Issak’s son but his lover.  Our boy Issak is gay.  So Issak and Dexter bond over losing the person they love and the revenge they wish to seek on the person that took their loved ones away.  Unfortunately for Dexter, he killed Viktor.  So while Issak can respect Dexter, he’s going to kill him.  And while Dexter respects Issak, he’s going to kill him.  That’s quite the conundrum for this budding bromance.   But I don’t want Issak to die.  You can kill Jason Gedrick’s character but let’s keep Issak around?  He’s quite entertaining!!

I think we need to start a “death pool” for the final 5 episodes this season and the 12 for next.   Who is going to die?   Let’s look at the main cast and place some % chances:

Dexter  50%
Debra  0%
Angel  0%
Quinn  100%
LaGuerta  50%
Masuka  0%

As for the secondary cast:

Issak  75%
Hannah   100%
Jamie  25%
George  100%
Astor  5%
Cody  5%
Harrison  0%

It’s hard to list a second tier cast for next season since we don’t know who’s in play so we have to go with this for now.   But these are my best guess for who’s dying at some point before the end of the series.   I’m pretty sure George, Hannah, and Quinn are goners at some point and I have a sinking feeling Issak is going to have to go.  I think Dexter and LaGuerta could go either way.  LaGuerta doesn’t fit Dexter’s code but we all know Dexter has killed people who don’t fit the code.  But I can’t see him killing her.  But what does he do when she puts all the pieces together?  As for Dexter himself, it could go either way.  I can see the show having him escape or I could see the show putting him behind bars or I could see the show killing him.  So it’s a toss-up.   Jamie and the kids, I don’t really care but since they’re around I put some % and that would really be storyline dictated but I don’t think anything will happen to any of them.   But you never know!!!!   Maybe I’m just hoping someone takes out Rita’s annoying kids.

What did you think of Dexter?   This season is the best in a long time but the creep factor is at an all time high on this show and I really wish the writers would abort the mission.

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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Quick Reviews/Recaps, Showtime


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“Dexter” Divorce: Stars Real Life Break Up

TV Guide is reporting that Dexter stars Michael C Hall and Jennifer Carpenter are filing for divorce.   They were married New Year’s Eve in 2008 (so that didn’t even last 2 years.)  It doesn’t seem like there is any other information at this time but check out the link below for more details.

I wonder how something like that affects them on set?  I would say not much because they are professionals and if they have been separated for some time, you would have noticed it this season, if it would have effected them.

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Posted by on December 13, 2010 in Showtime


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SEASON FINALE RECAP: Dexter “The Big One” S5 E12

It may not be fair to write this, but I was disappointed in the season finale.  Other than the scene when Deb shows up at Camp Jordan and catches Dexter and Lumen cleaning up after their latest kill, there was no suspense and nothing happened that was surprising at all…in fact it was quite predictable.  Going into tonight’s episode, my husband and I talked about what we thought would happen.  With Lumen I thought she would either take the blame 100% and go to jail or they would somehow get away with it and she would leave.  (My husband, for the record, thought she would die.)  With Quinn, we both thought he would get out of it somehow because the writers can’t keep doing this to Deb or he would get caught and go to jail (as this year’s “cliffhanger.”)   And as the episode played out, we knew what was coming next…we knew when Lumen woke up, she was going to leave Dexter; we knew when Deb “caught” Lumen and Dexter, she would let them go; and we knew when Quinn got arrested and his shoe would have to go in for testing for the blood on it, that Dexter would fix it to not be Liddy’s and clear Quinn.  Very predictable.  And I why I say it isn’t fair to complain about the finale, is because it is next to impossible to compete with last year’s finale.  It really isn’t fair to compare the two.  But it’s also hard not too.  And if I am really being fair, I didn’t expect this to be a BIG finale.  I expected it to be more like the Season 3 finale “Do You Take Dexter Morgan” where Dexter needed to deal with the Skinner case wrap up, Ramon Prado and his wedding to Rita.  In many ways, this is season finale was just like that.  The main case is neatly wrapped up, the periphery issue is handled (Ramon and Quinn), and the happy personal celebration takes place to wrap the season up (the wedding and the birthday party.)  And that’s fine.  You can’t have EVERY season be a huge cliffhanger.  Maybe part of my disappointment as well is that I was hoping Lumen would be hanging around.

So I want to talk about the one part of the episode that had me on the edge of my seat…Deb finding the camp site and walking in on Jordan’s body and “Dexter and Lumen.”  I really thought that would be the BIG moment.  During that scene as Deb was descending those stairs, I thought “Oh My God!!  There is going to be a big reveal…Deb is going to finally find out!!!”  I couldn’t imagine how they would get Dexter out of this.  And then when Deb showed up in the room where Jordan’s body was and Dex and Lumen were cleaning the knives, I saw the plastic curtain.   Now that was genius!!  At first I thought, Lumen was going to come out from behind the curtain and take the blame for everything.  But then when Deb started talking to them, I knew she was going to let them go.  It goes back to the conversation she had earlier with Dexter when she explains how she understands what “#13” is going through having been in that situation herself where she was kidnapped and left to think she was about to die.  I like the fact that they don’t forget what Deb went through with Rudy, the Ice Truck Killer, Dexter’s brother, in Season 1.  Actually, all season long the writers did a great job building up to that scene that went down.  Deb had to watch those rape videos several times, she has the conversation with Dexter where she talks about the vigilante theory and how in some sick, twisted way, it was pretty romantic that someone would help her get her revenge on these bastards, and you had the conversation tonight reminding you of what Deb went through herself being kidnapped and left for dead.  Deb is a great cop.  She would NEVER let a killer get away no matter how sympathetic.  However, by the smart, slow build up the writers created with Deb’s connection to this case, it made perfect sense that she would empathize with #13 and let her go.  I thought it was the best tension building scene of the night.  You knew they were there and weren’t going anywhere any time soon because they still needed to take care of the body.  You knew Deb was in the right location because you could see the rooms she was in, was the same as Dexter, Lumen, and Jordan.  It was just a matter of, what was going to happen when Deb was in the room.  It was handled really well and unfortunately (if you want to look at it that way) it was the best scene of the night.

As for the Quinn/Liddy storyline, it kind of went out with a thud.  That SL (storyline) was really building to a big confrontation with Liddy vs. Dexter or Quinn vs. Dexter or Liddy and Quinn vs. Dexter and none of it really happened.  Liddy kidnapped Dexter, he pulled a James Bond and threatened all the ways he will destroy Dexter to get his career on track and it ended up with Dexter getting the upper hand and killing him. When Quinn showed up and the blood dripped on his shoe, I got really excited thinking this was going to be a big blowup.  Once the MMPD (Miami Metro PD)learned of Liddy’s murder and everyone went to the scene, I thought this was where the payoff was going to happen.  Quinn’s deleting numbers from his phone, Deb is questioning Quinn, Quinn is questioning Dexter, and finally Maria questions Quinn about his relationship with Liddy and all the phone calls he made to him.  Quinn asks for a lawyer and things start to look really bad for Quinn.  Then his shoe gets sent to Dexter, Dexter tests the shoe, and the obvious part happens next…Dexter clears him and says the blood wasn’t Liddy’s.  Next thing you know, Quinn is out of jail and all charges are dropped.  What?  That’s it?  So the blood on the shoe wasn’t Liddy’s, but what about the phone calls?   What about the surveillance video equipment being checked out in his name?  It’s like the writers realized they went way too slow with this story and had to wrap it up too quickly.   There could have been some really great stuff between Dexter and Quinn and the investigation into Quinn and whether or not Deb would stand by him, but the writers just simply didn’t have enough time to do the SL justice.  For what was such a big SL this season, it really wrapped up poorly.  Another disappointment in the episode.

You know the biggest thing I learned from this season?   Harry was wrong with the way he raised Dexter and I think Dexter is starting to believe that as well. Dexter’s whole life, he believed he was a monster with a dark passenger inside him.  The reason he believed that was because Harry told him so.  I started to re-watch Season 1 a few days ago, mainly because I needed a Doakes fix, but it was fascinating to see the early explanation of how Dexter became who he is today and how Harry drove that.   Granted, Dexter was killing animals and he was telling Harry how he didn’t know why he has the urges and didn’t know to how to control them.   But it also looked like it bothered him.  So Harry decides that, instead of taking this kid into counseling, let’s teach him to be a killer, that kills bad people and he develops a plan…the code.  As Harry’s methods of channeling Dexter’s “urges” escalates from smaller animals to larger ones, it eventually grows to killing humans.  And if you notice how that comes about, it is incredibly selfish.  Harry lost a partner and the person who killed him, got away.  This is when Harry comes up with the idea of using Dexter’s urges to eliminate “bad people.”   And the first person Dexter goes after, a nurse at a hospital Harry is at who is giving him too much morphine and essential prematurely killing him.  Harry tells Dexter that it’s time and tells him to go after her.  Granted, the woman was awful, but the only reason she died is because Harry wanted her to, not Dexter.  Once the first kill happens, we start to learn more about the code and what Harry wants Dexter to do.  He also teaches Dexter that since he has no feelings, no emotions, it will be easy for him to have this lifestyle because he will never need to connect to anyone like “normal” people do.  However, he still needs to maintain the appearance that he does lead a normal life, which is why he aligns himself with Rita because she was damaged like him and he wouldn’t have to do all the regular relationship “stuff” because of her troubled past.

In my opinion, Harry never gave Dexter enough credit for being human.  He treated Dexter like a monster and therefore Dexter molded into the exact replica of what Harry was creating.  But as Dexter started going through life on his own, without Harry, and as his relationships evolved, Dexter started to learn, as did the audience, that he isn’t the emotionless, robotic, “dark passenger” Harry wanted us to believe he was.  If he was, he wouldn’t have fallen in love with and married Rita.  And as much as I wasn’t a big fan of Rita’s in the end, I do believe Dexter loved her.  He wouldn’t have had a son and fallen in love with him.  He wouldn’t have befriended Angel and Masuka.  He wouldn’t care so deeply for his sister.  He wouldn’t have cared for and loved Cody and Astor.  He wouldn’t have been so excited over finally having a “friend” who knew who he was that he could confide in like Miguel Prado.  And he wouldn’t have fallen in love with Lumen and been so devastated when he found out she was leaving him because her dark passenger is gone.   There were many times this season where Dexter put the needs of someone he cared about above his own wishes and needs and, in some cases, above the need to protect himself and who he is.  And Harry tells Dexter “I had no idea you had this capacity to love.”  Of course not.   You never gave him a chance.  This is why Dexter is one of the best shows on TV.  It isn’t just a serialized cop show that happens to have the police station’s blood spatter expert be a serial killer.  It is the psychology of Dexter and what made him what he is and why and how he deals with that, that makes this show so fascinating.  And Dexter’s inner monologue has certainly changed from the pilot to “The Big One.”   Dexter now knows that he can love, he can hurt, he can have his heart-broken, he can have compassion, and he can put other’s happiness ahead of his own.   None of these things Harry taught him.  Harry taught him to be cold, calculating, and distant.  He told him he wasn’t capable of love and wasn’t built like other people.  I guess Harry was wrong and with no disrespect to James Remar, whom I love as an actor, I am ready for Harry to be out of Dexter’s psyche, permanently.  The revelation to Dexter that he isn’t necessarily the monster Harry made him believe he was, was in this season’s episode “In the Beginning” when he consumates his relationship with Lumen.

Speaking of his relationship with Lumen, I am so sad and confused.  I really didn’t want to Lumen to leave and I was just as devastated as Dexter was when she broke up with him.  I felt like she broke up with me!!!  The writers did a good job of creating a believable and unparalleled relationship with Lumen and Dexter.  In a strange and creepy way, it was incredibly romantic and completely genuine from both sides.   Which is why her abruptly ending the relationship felt a little flat to me.  It felt like, “ok, I got what I needed from you and now I’m out of here, see ya!”  And to me, it cheapened what they went through and what they developed together.  I think if they had captured and killed Chase last week and we had an episode to see Lumen struggling with staying in Dexter’s life while he still has his dark passenger while her’s is now gone, it would have felt a little more believable.  I think the connection they developed was so strong and so deep that I don’t buy, after smiling and laughing on the “Slice of Life” that 10 hours later, she would just leave him.  If anything, I would think that maybe she would want to stay and either try to live a life with him, knowing what he is or possibly trying to rid him of his dark passenger.  Now if she does the latter, we have no Dexter and we can’t have that!   But I think if anyone could relieve Dexter of his darkness, it would be Lumen.  She opened up a part of Dexter he didn’t even know was in him and I think he liked the portion that was opened up.  I really think, he would let her see if she could remove his darkness with her light.  (For God sakes her name is Lumen, there is no better job for her!!!)   What an incredible inner turmoil that would be to watch..Dexter fighting the lifetime urges of his dark passenger while wanting to change and suppress those urges so he can be a better man for the love of his life.  So he can be a better man for himself and give himself the chance to be a normal, regular guy that Harry never did.  Here is what I suggest….Dexter doesn’t have anyone else special in his life, romantically.  But when everyone is ready for the final season, you bring Lumen back.  Bring her back and have her whisk him off to Bali where they raise Harrison and she lets her light take over his darkness so he never needs to kill again.  You like that idea?  I know I do!

So that wraps up Season 5 of Dexter.  I have no idea where they go in Season 6.  They pretty much left the door wide open.  I had the same feeling after Season 3 and they came out with The Trinity Killer in Season 4…the second best season after Season 1.  Maybe we will get the same kind of intense season next year. See you in September 2011 for Dexter: Season 6.  Until then, don’t do anything bad, you never know what handsome serial killer may be watching and ready to put you on his table!!!!


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