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Dexter: Surprise, Motherfucker! (2012)
One of the most tense episodes of Dexter ever
I know, maybe the seasons up to the fourth were better written. But never before was something this huge done. Season 4's ending was fantastic, but it was more of a tragic consequence of Dexter's way of life than anything else. In this episode here, the tension was almost palpable. The season had its flaws, but it built up to a torn Dexter, a free and dangerous Hannah and an insanely confuse Deb, and that is the major, the ultimate consequence of Dexter's life.
And, despite my not liking her at all, LaGuerta was the one to conduct the story to one of the most heart wrenching episodes of this show. The expression on her eyes when she was talking to Deb was amazing, and she showed her detective skills are still sharp after all these years. Then she went, like a fuse leading to a bomb, to the container, and there it all happened. The bomb exploded. I had literally my hand in my mouth to keep me from screaming or something like that. Despite all its flaws, a show which is able to do this masterfully, like few are, is a great show.
Of course it would be even more interesting for a twist to have Deb shoot Dexter - maybe he could survive and run from everybody in the last season, it's an interesting perspective. However, the one we're presented with, albeit more predictable, is no less enthralling. Deb did it, did it for her and for the brother she loves more than anything (she has proved that by now, has she not?), and she sure as hell won't be able to live with it. She is completely broken, and it is all Dexter's fault, like it or not. He was too absorbed by Hannah's "magic" to turn all his attention to Deb this season, and it was understandable - he discovered love in and for all his self, after all -, but now he won't be able to do that.
How will they live together? How will they live at all? How will they explain what they've done to the world and to themselves? Oh, season 8 packs a tremendous punch in its perspective, and I hope they deliver even better than how they've done this season, so Dexter can end like few shows do - better than ever before.
Dexter: Do You See What I See? (2012)
Dexter is right. Keep yourself thinking about the future, and you'll lose yourself now. Yvonne Strahovski was a master of the art of acting in this episode - Dexter was truly lost in her magic... maybe it really was love. Apparently, though, what he feels toward Debra is stronger, as I had pointed out in another review by the start of this wonderful season.
Well, it has been really good up to now. However, with Isaak dead, Hannah arrested (a fate less predictable and worse, in her words, than death), and LaGuerta missing on Dexter by inches, I can't imagine what the last episode has in store. The twists this season have been amazing, and if they pull anything better out of their hat, I'm just have to do a genuine standing ovation.
This show is amazing, and if it keeps up with this good a plot (or maybe even better), the next episode and the last season will give everyone something to remember.
Dexter: Helter Skelter (2012)
I don't like when the protagonist does impossible things, especially dangerous and against the law things, and gets away with it unscathed. This is precisely what happens with Dexter killing one of the hit-man out in the open and raising no suspicion at all. It leaves things much more interesting when the consequences catch up to the one who brought them to himself. Of course, that seems to be happening with LaGuerta investigating Dexter, and it did happen when Rita died in season 4, but Dexter has gotten away with many improbable (one could even say sloppy) killings and situations, and that is not good of the show.
However, all in all, I gave this episode 9 rating, because of how it made me feel. That is what, in fact, all show should be about - of course an intelligent and well written plot only adds to those emotions, but when there are minor flaws (not major ones like in season 6) and the things the show makes me feel and think are good or impacting in some way, as it was with these episode, I cannot hope to deny that this is nice television. And that is what Dexter is, one of the best shows ever to air.
They've done it!
THIS is how twists should be done. I might have been too inattentive, because the thought of Isaak being romantically involved hadn't even crossed my mind, really. And it was so nicely done, the revealing was subtle and fit perfectly into the story. So did Deb's break down and her revelation. That was not subtle at all (and it was also an interesting twist, because I thought he had already dropped those feelings when she found out about Dexter's true nature), but how can we talk about subtle when she loves her brother who also happens to be a serial killer dating another serial killer. In Deb's words, that is truly fuc*** up.
This episode was about this, and the place we can all call home, but it also advanced marvelously two other interesting story arcs which I look forward to see where will lead: Quinn's and LaGuerta's. Will Quinn redeem himself by at least taking part of the Koshka brotherhood down with him? It seems there is no turning back now. And will he be able to save Nadia? Oh, and LaGuerta, of course. She is getting dangerously close now, showing us he still has gotten some sharp detective skills in her, and that might mean Dexter's end.
We've all seen Dexter get away with all his murders, including the ones witnessed by Deb in the past two seasons, but now all is falling apart around him. He is torn in his search for love, Deb has her world crumbling like never before, Isaak is driven to get his revenge... It all adds up to one of the best season finales in the show, along with seasons 1 and 4, maybe. Let's hope so.
Dexter loved Rita and really cared about Lumen. The emotions he showed to the latter were really deep and sincere. However, none of those two were ever so close to Dexter as Deb is right now. And Dexter is being himself, maybe like he never was. I mean, he lies to Deb about Hannah by the end of the episode, but that IS him at his most true self. He cares about Deb, he loves her, and he wants to protect her more than anything. And that is why he has to lie, and doesn't want her to share his secrets. I think this is the most true Dexter has ever been to anyone (despite Lumen also getting very close to him), and that is why the show is so interesting right now.
We see a really cold and powerful Isaak Sirko, and he's driven now. He's not done with Dexter. Moreover, all he does has a motive, as we were shown in the scene with the apartment last episode, and that just adds to the mix. That is why he can't stop, no matter what. But neither can Dexter - so, one way or another, they are in collision course.
The mentions and references to other seasons are still too subtle to me, but Doakes' shadow reappearing over Dexter, Debra divided and close to her breaking point, Quinn turning to his dark side again, and all of that wrapped up with fine writing (finally back on track again, since season 4 or 5) and excellent acting, gives us one of the best shows in TV again.
It is time to move on, but also time to face the past and all the things it has brought. Deb is having a hard time dealing with her emotions, which are all mixed up, because, in fact, she understands and even, in some level, approves what Dexter does.
Speltzer proved himself to be a worthy adversary for Dexter, and also served to contribute nicely to the Dexter and Debra plot. However, he was pure muscle, whereas our other "villain" this season, Isaak, is all about intimidation and cunning will power. That scene where he watches the bartender put a bullet through his head without even blinking was almost scary.
Nonetheless, after all, Isaak is human too, and we're shown that in this episode. He promises to be a very interesting character, and so far Ray Stevenson is keeping up to what's asked of him.
Are we watching Dexter become more humane too, season after season, after getting in closer touch with the truth about himself? This is one of the strongest points in the show, and season 7 and this episode explored it masterfully so far.
Dexter: Buck the System (2012)
Just one question
Oh, I really liked this episode. And Dexter is finally back on track with season 7, which makes me fell good, because my hopes were rewarded.
Once again, Dexter's main target in this episode was not related directly to the bigger plot of the season, but whereas in season 6 that kind of hunt felt empty, in this episode everything made sense. There was something behind the killing, that is, Dexter and Debra coming to a wicked sort of understanding. And the action was really good too, it made me feel thrilled like I hadn't felt in quite a while watching Dexter.
Quinn's story arc with the stripper is promising too - he will be messing with the wrong people, and the fact that he actually cares about her may bring interesting pieces to the puzzle. Speaking of which, the mobsters are getting a good lead on Dexter too. It is going to be a major hunt, but now Dexter is the one being hunted.
I just have one major concern: WHERE ARE ASTOR AND CODY? The actors didn't want to represent their roles again? What is going on? Harrison still shows up quite often, but Astor and Cody have just vanished without explanation. That is not right. It is a loose end that cannot go untied, and I hope (again) that they give it the proper treatment.
Dexter: Are You...? (2012)
Hope didn't die, after all
After last season finale, I wrote that all I had left from Dexter was hope. And it turns out hope wasn't dead at all, because this, fortunately, was one of the best season openers that Dexter has had.
The one thing I didn't like was Anderson getting killed by a guy who gets killed in the same episode. Alright, quick revenge is nice, but Anderson seemed like a great cop and deserved more recognition from the writers, who gave almost nothing to work with.
I do hope (now that's my motto for this show) that the Ukrainians will be part of the bigger scheme this season, so Anderson's death actually means something story-wise.
That said, the main focus of the episode was almost perfectly achieved. That is, of course, the conflict between Dexter and Debra, which leads to the ultimate truth, the truth Dexter can no longer deny. This was easily better than seasons 5 and 6 finales, and sets again a high standard, the one this show should never have left, and must now pursue at all costs.
The only reason I'm giving this episode a 9 is hope. I have seen what Dexter (the show) is capable of through all the seasons so far, and while it has set low standard after low standard in the past two seasons, maybe the writers, producers and directors still have got something in them.
I'm hopeful the last 10 seconds of the episode - yeah, ONLY the LAST TEN SECONDS - can unleash Dexter's full potential again in the next season. Oh, wait, there are still two seasons, at least, to come. Well, maybe they'll go full throttle now, and that is what I'm hoping for.
I wouldn't like to ignore the past two seasons and the colossal amount of plot holes and loose ends that they have left behind with no explanation AT ALL, but as it seems that is what they're doing, the only way to cope with that is to make the most out of this big, intense but predictable cliffhanger.
Maybe Dexter still has got some tricks up its sleeve, or maybe I'm being delusional and the show is really far past its best days, but, nonetheless, I'll still give it green light, once again, solely because of the hope that those last 10 seconds brought, and with it, a giant collection of possibilities, some of which are amazing.
So that's that. Are you ready to surprise me, Dexter, or will the downfall only get steeper in the seasons to come? Hope dies last, unless it's gotten itself trapped in Dexter's table.
Dexter: Get Gellar (2011)
I haven't been paying much attention to this season, I must admit. It has not gotten me trapped like all the previous seasons did(even season 5, which was not so good).
However, even then, the situations which should be impacting simply are not! There were three twists in this episode, and I found them all to be predictable. I had suspected Louis all along. I have not figured out who he really is, I'm not a medium or whatever, but it didn't came to me as a shock.
From day one, I knew Matthews was the one on the hotel room with the prostitute. LaGuerta talking on the phone only made that even more obvious.
And, of course, the big one. Gellar has been dead all along. This is a scenario that has been suggested for a long time, and that is why it didn't surprise me. Gellar is never seen, even when he's supposed to be there (like when Travis shows the upper floor of the church to Dexter, signaling with his head).
That, of course, raises some big questions about Travis' commitment to the Doomsday cause. How did he manage to do all that by himself? If carefully explained, it might be interesting. Up to now, it is NOT. I'm guessing everybody has watched Seven and Fight Club, and this season seems to conveniently borrow some of the themes present in those movies, but the plot holes and loose ends are too big (which doesn't happen at all in Seven but happens a little bit in Fight Club).
It kind of looks like Lost, where everything is a mess by the end, and "the viewer is supposed to interpret as he/she likes". That is bad writing. They won't be able to make amends for this bad season, there isn't much time. But I hope the next episodes are a somewhat better, at least exciting in some way, and season seven pulls itself (and the whole show) together again.