Dexter: Season 8, Episode 11

Monkey in a Box (15 Sep. 2013)

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Still coming to terms with Dr. Vogel's death, Dexter wants to eliminate Oliver Saxon before he, Harrison and Hannah head off to South America. He also has a lot of personal items to tie up ... See full summary »


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Still coming to terms with Dr. Vogel's death, Dexter wants to eliminate Oliver Saxon before he, Harrison and Hannah head off to South America. He also has a lot of personal items to tie up including selling his condo. Saxon shows up as a prospective buyer and offers Dexter a deal: they stop going after each other and go their own way. Dexter is non-committal and, having located his kill room, sets a trap for him. Meanwhile, U.S. Deputy Marshall Clayton is following Deb, certain that she will lead him to Hannah. Dexter is continuing to reevaluate his priorities and his final choices have an impact on several key players. Written by garykmcd

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Remembering the old Dexter
16 September 2013 | by (Slovenia) – See all my reviews

After I finished watching the new episode of Dexter, I started thinking about everything that happened in 8 seasons of this show. I remembered how I found out about the show and how the Pilot of the first season seemed like a revelation to me. It seemed like nothing else like it was ever on TV, it was provocative and violent, but at the same time touching and real to life. Later in the show, when Dexter started evolving into a human being rather than a serial killing animal, I somehow found parallels with my life. I found it inspiring how people evolve, and how emotions can affect us and make us human, and how we have this constant fight of urges versus life and love. How we hide ourselves and not always show our true self. So many thing I learned from this and so much inspiration I got from it.

The 8th season I actually thought was great. I think it got bad critics because it started to become more of a drama than a thriller; it sank deep into Dexter and how he was "manufactured" from his childhood on. We met his god, the one that gave him a sense of morality, Dr. Vogel. And besides Vogel, there was Harry who always reminded Dexter what is right and what wrong. Harry was Dexter's reason from episode 1 onwards. And how well he was represented; very positive but at the same time very restrictive and sometimes even bad for Dexter's decisions. He was the one that always put doubt in Dexter; but if Dexter would have listened to him once or twice, the story might have been a lot different. But Dexter doesn't need his father anymore. He found what he needs and he found the peace within himself; the peace that we are all so desperately in search for. Our whole lives.

I don't hope the story ends badly for Dexter or Debra, or even for Hannah. Why would I? I support people that make a big transition and that overcome big obstacles, sometimes even nature-given; a transition from a serial killer to a full-time human being. Eagerness to change and the understanding of change is the foundation that the world stands upon. Those serial killers that Dexter killed would never have changed; they would go on killing. And while Miami Metro and lt. Laguerta would be there with all their words and reasonings, all the press conferences gone bad with wrong information being carried out to the media, Dexter took care of it silently and he found a way to channel his bad energy. Or he found it together with Vogel. He only just realised that he doesn't need to channel it that way for the rest of his life. Is it possible? Or am I just an idealist?

Debra was sometimes a mess, but she didn't deserve to get shot in the chest, and the 11th episode of the 8th season didn't do the series justice. It will go down only as a bad attempt to stimulate the viewers by action and fake emotion, but the authencity of the show got lost in the attempt. Coincidence means that different actions co-incide; and there was too many coincidences here, in the 11th episode. So: Debra goes wandering out with Dexter, just because she wanted to hug him, and while Vogel's son was awake (and they both saw him moving rebeliously); Vogel's son almost gets away by himself; Deputy Marshall walks into the room at that exact moment when Debra wanders out and Debra wanders back into the room the exact moments when Marshall gets stabbed by Vogel's son. And then she gets shot. Was that really necessary?

I am actually not eager to watch the last episode; I want my best Dexter memories to stay there. I will remember the amazing acting, esp. on Hall's and Carpenter's side; I will remember the amazing story and the (somehow??) optimistic spirit in desolate, gloomy surroundings. I don't know what will happen in the end, but the story of troubled but in a way positive, very real-to-life characters will get me every time I will think of it.

Great show, thanks everybody that helped making it. (In short; I will watch the finale, but I think it is not really important for the overall story. It's just a formality.) ;)

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