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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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Recaps Coming Soon….Season Finale of Homeland and Winter Finale of Scandal

Sorry guys but I have been beyond busy with work and on the road for the last two weeks!  I swear I need some down time!

I have seen the season and winter finales of Homeland and Scandal and I promise I will post my thoughts this week.   Just make sure you check back.

I should have Homeland up tomorrow and Scandal soon after that.  In the meantime, post your thoughts in the comments sections or read up on some of my posts leading up to those finales!

 

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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: Homeland “Broken Hearts” S2 E10

We are certainly building to something major in the last two episode of Homeland this season and did we just find out who the mole was all along?   This episode really asks you to suspend much disbelief but when it comes to Homeland, I don’t care.  I trust the writers and I am completely along for the ride.  So I don’t care how unbelievable it is that Brody would be able to Skype Nazir on his cell phone, right outside his safe house door without SOMEONE knowing about it.  It doesn’t matter to me.   What does matter to me, is how this story is going to wrap up.

Let’s start with the VP.  This all went into motion back last season, when the show premiered.  Brody was brain washed and manipulated into killing VPOTUS Walden after Nazir’s son Issa was killed in a drone strike orchestrated by the VPOTUS and David Estes.  I’m not sure if Brody and Nazir are aware of Estes involvement. Signs indicated they are not, but other actions might indicate it’s possible (more or that later.)  After several failed attempts to kill Walden, an opportunity arises out of a pretty scary situation.  After Carrie hangs up the phone from talking to Brody, she is broad sided by another vehicle.  Turns out the maestro behind that was none other than Nazir.  Nazir has Carrie and he is using her as leverage to get Brody to do his bidding.  He tells Brody he needs the serial number for the VP’s pacemaker so he can attack him by making it appear as though he had a heart attack.  Nazir tells Brody exactly where to find it and that if he wants to see Carrie alive again, he will do as he asks.  Brody takes a pretty hard-line with Nazir, knowing how driven he is by revenge, and tells him that he’s going to kill Carrie no matter what so he refuses to give him the number until he sees that Carrie is free and alright.  Nazir acquiesces and Brody sends him the number.  A remote tech dude starts doing something with it and when the VP shows up in his office (where Brody had to get to, to get the pacemaker) Brody tells him he’s not running with him and he slowly starts to watch the VP, die.    At one point even telling Walden “You still don’t get it.  I’m killing you.” He then runs to the top of steps and screams for someone to get a doctor because the VP is having a heart attack.  But it’s too late, Walden is dead.

Where to begin.  I guess the first thing is that the show has basically come full circle in one sense.  Brody’s mission upon returning to the US was to kill the VP.  I think Nazir would have liked it better if he killed him and someone innocent American’s as well, but I digress.  So Brody’s mission is complete.  He did what Nazir set in motion for him to do.  And did it in a way in which no one else got hurt.  I think what we learned about Brody is that he is certainly not a terrorist.  And I would go out on a limb and say that the writers have done an excellent job of presenting Brody as a character you can empathize with.  This was a man tortured and brain washed into doing what he thought was right.  Is it right for him to take matters into his own hands?   No.  Did he help rid the country of really bad, corrupt, and vile politician?  Yes.   Not to mention, we have seen many instances where Brody wouldn’t do certain things because he doesn’t want to hurt innocent people.  To him, there is no collateral damage.  The only person he wanted to pay for his crimes, was Walden.  And now it’s happened.  The thing I loved about the first season, is that we were never really sure if Brody was wearing the black or white hat.  Even up through a few episodes ago, we still weren’t sure.  But I think we learned that Brody’s hat was a very pale grey.  He was by no means innocent, but he was not the insane, diabolical terrorist that was certainly possible.   Brody is a broken man who has, for all intents and purposes, been driven insane by everything that’s happened to him.  I know I would be!   And now it’s time for him to put the pieces of his life back together…or not.

I have to say though, there were some pretty questionable things that happened that led to all of this.  First, there is no way in hell an accused terrorist and traitor to his country (Brody) wouldn’t have a tap on his phone.  Someone would have heard/seen that conversation between himself and Nazir.  Second, how did Nazir know where Walden kept his pacemaker?  Didn’t that seem awfully convenient?  Third, why isn’t Carrie being tailed?  Estes doesn’t trust her so you would think he would have someone on her.  Especially after the surveillance showed how “close” she’s gotten to Brody.   Fourth, how was a known terrorist like Nazir able to rent a car, smash into a CIA operative’s car, and leave the scene without a trace?   Again, very convenient.  Unless he had computer boy do it all for him.

As for what’s happening within the CIA?  That might juicier than what’s happening with Brody, if you can believe it.   Saul tracks down Dar Adal in a diner where he has his weekly waffle lunch.  Before we dissect this meeting, I have to say, really?  One of the men in charge of Black Ops who is so hard to find because he changes his address every few days goes to the same diner every week for waffles?   Seriously?  It had to be said.  Anyhoo, Saul wants to know why Quinn was sent into run his operation…he’s a soldier, not intelligence.  Adal basically questions Saul’s backbone and tells him that when tough decisions need to be made, Saul is too soft.  Quinn can take care of the hard stuff.  Saul’s not too happy about that so he leaves.    He confronts Estes about Quinn’s presence.  What Quinn was originally tasked to do has happened…they thwarted the terrorist plot…so why is Quinn still around?  He bluntly asks him if it’s to keep Brody from talking about the drone strike.  But as this conversation is progress, the man himself, Quinn, comes racing over to tell Estes and Saul that Carrie was in an accident and that she’s now missing.  When Saul takes off, Estes tells Quinn that Saul knows.

Later when Carrie is freed (see above) she tracks down and truck and steals the guy’s cell phone to call Saul and let him know where she is so they can go get Nazir.  Once Saul and crew have the plan in place, they head out to where Carrie is.  But before they leave, Quinn and Estes exchange a glance and Estes picks up the phone.  Flash to the CIA lobby where security grabs Saul and ushers him upstairs, no wait downstairs, no wait…those guys don’t know…they just know one thing…get Saul.

So here lies the big question…is Estes the mole?  Are he and Quinn working with Nazir?  It would make sense since they are trying to kill Brody because I can see Nazir wanting to silence Brody after his bidding is complete.   The big question would be, why Estes and Quinn?   But if it’s true and Estes and Quinn are working with/for Nazir, that would set up a monster Season 3!!!!

I think at this point, it’s a given conclusion that Brody is going to die at the end of the season.  I’m not sure what they would do with him at this point since his storyline has basically come to an end.   Other than the Jessica/Carrie triangle.   But I guess that’s one question I have looming…do Carrie and Brody love each other or are they still playing each other?  The romantic in me says they love each other.  The skeptic in me says I’m not sure.  Carrie seems very black and white with her convictions so I can’t see her building a life with Brody.  I don’t think the government’s deal with Brody would allow for it even if she wanted to.   And now that Jess has pretty much solidified the idea of going back with Mike, what does that mean for Brody?  Dana has no interest in her father anymore.  It’s really just Chris.  And if Mike, who raised him practically his whole life, is back in the picture, Chris will have his father figure.   So I think Brody, sadly, will be a goner at the end of the season.    If I had my choice, it would be the most annoying teenager ever in Dana but I don’t think that will be the case.  I mean really, have you ever seen a stranger, more annoying person in your life than Dana Brody?  Because I haven’t.

Only two episodes remain.  What will happen?  What do you think and how do you think Homeland will wrap up this season?  Sound off below!

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Recaps and Reviews, 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!!

 
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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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RECAP & REVIEW: Homeland…The Season So Far

Holy Crap!!!  Can you believe this season of Homeland???  Talk about going all in on a season.  I can’t remember the last time I watched a show that kept me on the edge of my seat as much as this show has.  I love the way the writers are handling this show.  Many shows have a handful of “wow” episodes that are usually saved for season premieres, mid-season finales, and season finales.   And there is nothing wrong with that blueprint.  It works.  But I think Homeland is showing us the blueprint of “why wait for the wow episode.”  Instead of having a bunch of filler episodes until we get to the “wow” episodes, Homeland is going for the “wow” and the “Holy Shit” episodes every week!!!   Certainly there are people who will then question, “how can they keep that pace up?”   And it’s a valid question.  But we won’t know the answer to that until maybe another season or two down the road.   Until then, I’m completely along for the ride.

Brody is now made and is in the custody of the CIA.  The CIA is trying to break him and get him to admit to who he is what Nazir’s plan is against the United States.  At first I was laughing at this.  I mean come on.  This guy was a POW for 8 years.  Do you really think you can break him with your scare tactics?  Carrie knows this and asks to go in and try to go a completely different route.  The scene between Claire Danes and Damien Lewis was literally a masters class in acting and should be shown in every school that teaches acting across the country.  It was and they were amazing.   What also helps is that the chemistry between the actors is outstanding.

The thing I love most about Homeland, is the chess match that happens between the characters.  In the scene with Brody and Carrie, it’s sometimes hard to tell if they are being sincere or if they are 100% playing each other.  I think it’s a bit of both.  I believe Carrie loved Brody (I believe she still does and it kills her inside.)  I believe Brody fell for Carrie.  But also believe that they want to use those feelings against the other.  It’s incredible to watch.  Because only one person can win.

Eventually Carrie does get through to him and he admits that Nazir is planning on attacking the US.  In order for Brody to not to go jail and ruin his family’s life, he agrees to work with the CIA as an undercover asset to be able to take down Nazir.  Brody doesn’t want to do this but it’s the only way he’ll receive Immunity and save his family.  Once Brody is done serving his country, he’s out and he’ll have to move his family away from the lime light and into boring suburbia.   Don’t know how Jessica will feel about that since she is really starting to like the spotlight of being a powerful politician’s wife.

So the question is, will Brody align himself with the CIA and by extension his family to take down Nazir or will he stick with his allegiance to Nazir and bring down the Vice President and by extension his country?  Normally I would say it’s a no brainer…he’ll pick the CIA.  But with this show, I have no idea…and I love that!

What do you guys think we’ll happen and where do you think this season ends up?  Are you happy with the pace of the show or do you wish it would slow down a bit.  Let me know what you think!

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Recaps and Reviews, Showtime

 

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