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Dexter 6.02 "Once Upon A Time" Review

9 October 2011 7:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

If Dexter’s premiere last week reminded us all of the fun side of serial killing, Dexter’s sixth season sophomore effort “Once Upon a Time” should serve as a display for how expertly the series can ponder big issues through small windows.

Naturally, the running theme this week arrives in the form of fairy tales, as Dexter slowly begins steering young Harrison’s burgeoning attention span away from his father’s murderous exploits, and more toward fiction.  All our characters take on a certain literary bent, with Dexter pondering his ability to become a real boy, newcomer Mos Def’s “Brother Sam” steering the wolves away from his flock of believers, and Deb herself winds up deposing Detective Batista from the throne of Lieutenant.

And yet, for all the plot threads dovetailing under the common theme by episode’s end, I found Dexter’s own words toward the beginning »

- Kevin Fitzpatrick

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The 10 best-to-worst movie vigilante teams

16 March 2011 11:38 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The vigilante has been a mainstay in film for decades. Classic Hollywood westerns bestowed the lone ranger and the gun for hire with a mythic quality.

Recent films such as The Dark Knight and Taken have shown that the popularity of characters operating outside the confines of law and order remains intact. Last year, however, saw the release of several major films concerning a team of vigilantes, or a “vigilanteam” as I like to call them. The Losers (2010), The Expendables (2010) and The A-Team (2010) all portray a cast of characters who have been wronged and are out to get even. In essence these films are ensemble pieces, giving the audience a variation of characters to root for.

In the case of the new vigilanteams, nostalgia seems to be the buzz word. All three films contain a realism-defying sense of action bombast which recalls over-the-top eighties blockbusters. Furthermore, The Expendables and The A-Team »

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