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thoughts on dexter’s ‘just let go’

Most people believe we have free will, that we all choose our path. Sometimes the path is clear, sometimes not so much. Every twist, every turn can challenge our sense of direction. But it’s the choices we make when we reach a fork in the road that define who we are.” – Dexter

I was wrong. Just Let Go did not prove to be the episode where we finally learn the “secret” behind Travis and Gellar’s relationship. There were clues…but nothing concrete. That disappointment aside, there seemed to be a greater focus on the other dynamics, like Dexter and his Dark Passenger, Quinn’s downward spiral and the increasing redundancy of LaGuerta in every episode. Not everyone is in love with the major religious theme of the season, but without it, we might not have seen the return of one of Dexter’s more significant characters, as well as the loss of another.

  • Clues that Gellar is nothing but a figment: (1) Gellar picked out the ‘tawdry’ outfit for their victim, but didn’t pay. Maybe he’s cheap, but I doubt it. (2) Gellar asks questions he would know the answer to if he were involved in the process (i.e., did Travis brand the woman yet). He sounds like he’s speaking as a conscious and not a partner. (3) Lisa, Travis’ sister, mentions that he’s a great artist. Gellar’s painting is really good. They could have bonded over their expertise with a paintbrush…or…Travis is doing the paintings. (4) Travis makes no mention of what happened with Dexter.
  • “You and Sam are friends.” This may be the first time Dexter has ever been called anyone’s friend and it was genuinely true. I don’t count Batista, because their ”friendship” is a convenience from working together, if that.
  • It was pretty sloppy for Dexter to call Leo Hernandez’s baby mama and say he was from the Department of Child Services. Maybe there’s a block on the caller ID for calls made from the police department. Or perhaps, and more likely, I was just overanalyzing a really insignificant scene.
  • What was the point of the writer’s making Quinn and Batista form that quick and corny buddy cop thing just to bring it back full-circle in this episode? Sure, Quinn played the ‘partner card’ and Batista had his back, but by the time the credits were rolling, Quinn was back to being a douche (sort of understandably) while Batista and Deb were BFFs again.
  • Dexter seemed to care more about Brother Sam being shot than when Rita was killed. Usually Dexter has to pretend he’s feeling normal human reactions, like at Rita’s funeral, yet when Jamie asks him about Sam, he has to pretend he’s not. And speaking of Dexter’s internal conflict…
  • Harry sends mixed messages. Sometimes it’s fine for Dexter to be detached and other times he shoves Dexter in the “light” direction. But since he’s not real, it speaks to how Dexter’s own conflicting emotions play out when Michael C. Hall isn’t giving us a play-by-play in the voiceovers.
  • Deb finds it hard to talk to Dexter since she’s his boss now. If only she knew that big brother probably didn’t give that whole thing a second thought, except for being genuinely proud of her.
  • Please don’t make Anderson into another Doakes. I didn’t like Doakes, at all.

  • Louis, Masuka’s intern, is played by Josh Cooke. I Love You, Man….I couldn’t place him last week, which was bugging me.
  • Raise your hand if you knew Nick was Brother Sam’s shooter after the fifth time they beat us over the head with the dog as a clue. Way to slap us with the obvious, although I was oblivious.
  •  Why is Travis keeping a fridge with his own transfused blood?
  • Deb was jealous. “I could give a fuck who you fuck.” Classic Deb avoidance. Regardless, Quinn was still completely asinine for sleeping with a potential witness. I forsee them drawing a connection between her and Travis btw.
  • Brother Sam thought Dexter’s darkness was fueled by hate. His speech was a little trite, but moving nonetheless. Although I appreciate that he sees Dexter’s light, I just don’t think his Dark Passenger is driven by a hatred for his “victims”. Sorry Brother Sam.
  • Louis, stay the hell away from Jamie. I NEVER like anyone with smarts getting close to anyone with access to Dexter, it makes me uneasy, like they might start snooping around…finding stuff.
  • Light vs. Dark. I really thought Dexter was going to let Nick go and was all prepared to hear the many Dexter fans shout how pissed they were that Dexter got to the fork and went the “good” route. Unfortunately or fortunately, Nick’s darkness beat out any light Dexter may have had in that moment. Dexter’s not usually so public with his murders, but then again, Dexter never been one to turn down the opportunity for a justly killing.
  • Travis let the girl go. Daddy Gellar is going to be pissed.

Next on Dexter …

 

Of course with arguably one of the purest people Dexter has ever encountered ripped form his life, there was room for the darkest to return. One Brother (Sam) is gone and another brother (Brian Moser) comes back. Thank you for the symbolism Dexter writers. Judging from the promo, the Trinity Killer is back. And yes, we all know that’s not literal.

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dexter recapping: once upon a time

“Until a few days ago, I was convinced there was nothing I believed in, but I was wrong. There is something I truly believe; everything is better after a bubble bath. Rituals are important.” – Dexter

Rituals

Dexter feels most like himself when he’s with Harrison. As they enjoy their nightly bedtime ritual, he realizes his son knows about his box. Whether or not this is something a 2-yr. old will remember is something that haunts Dexter.

Most kids hear fairy tales as bedtime stories, but Dexter offers Harrison monster stories and not the kind where things go bump in the night, rather the very real monsters that Dexter hunts down. But will Harrison one day see him as a monster too?

Miami Homicide’s Newest Lieutenant

So far in this season, LaGuerta main role has been bumping heads with the Deputy Chief. Now that she has her newest position, she’s pushing for Batista’s promotion to lieutenant; however, he has eyes for Deb and hates LaGuerta…not a promising combination.

When presented with the opportunity, Deb initially laughs at the prospect, but begins to seriously consider what it would mean to become the head of the Miami Homicide Department. Just like Dexter, she sees Harry as a litmus test for her successes. Both siblings still need their father’s approval. Of course Dexter’s litmus test is guided by the Code of Harry while Deb is in a position where she could go farther than Harry ever did.

Deb lets Batista know what’s going on and originally it seems like he’s only pretending to be happy for her. It only seems this way if you’ve somehow forgotten how could a person Batista is, in a way that most people aren’t. Being a good person doesn’t stop him from directing any jealousy or anger he might be feeling at LaGuerta, which is understandable since if not for her, he might have had a shot at the position.

 

The Dexter Parallel

Travis and his mentor Professor Gellar are burying what look like bodies but turn out to be mannequin parts, which we know from the season preview will play a role in one of their upcoming murders. We’re still not clear on how Travis and Gellar’s relationship came to be, but from this episode we learn a little more about their dynamic.

Travis has a sister and when he missed an evening with Gellar to spend time with her, we saw the stronghold the mentor has over him. They believe it is the end of the world and Gellar has convinced him that he can’t be saved. Their conversations are a darker version of the one we hear between Harry and Dexter.

Just like Dexter, Travis appears to be ruled by the belief that he is somehow flawed, a belief that is fueled by his mentor (Harry for Dexter and Gellar for Travis). And also similar to Dexter, Travis has an anchor to normalcy (Deb for Dexter and Lisa for Travis). This won’t be the first time Dexter has seen parts of his world in those of the killers he hunts down.

Sam the Shepard

Brother Sam (Mos Def) is an ex-con who Dexter once planned to have on his table after he killed a hold-up victim. We learn that he’s connected to last’ week’s murder victim, Omar. Sam is haunted by his past and believes that man can change, something we’ve seen Dexter also believe in the past.

Dexter learns that Sam is still haunted by his “dark passenger” but he fights it every day. He’s not convinced of this, so he follows him and sees what looks like Sam killing a man and dumping the body in his trunk. Not at all what happened and Dexter finally understands that Sam just wants to protect his flock. He’s changed…as far as any of us know. Dexter’s substitute kill, Julio, doesn’t offer up any complexities, just a standard killing.

The Future Mrs. D.Q.

Poor Quinn. His first (technically second) attempt at proposing crashed and burned. As Quinn sees it, Deb turned him down because she doesn’t want to choose between him and Dexter. The reality is, Deb wants something more than “no drama”. She may be moving steadily along a great career path, but the girl has clearly defined issues. Her “best” relationship was with another serial killer and she sabotaged the last relatively normal relationship she was in before Quinn.

Quinn takes one last approach, complete with a romantic dinner and he’s shot down….again. He wants a more adult relationship, while Deb is content with how things have been. The conversation ends before Deb can tell him about her promotion, so once they’ve broken up, he naturally blames Dexter. In the end, she hasn’t chosen between her boyfriend and her brother, she’s decided to advance in her career. Something that’s not at all unexpected coming from Deb.

How It All Ends

So we end the evening exactly how we started…the bubble bath ritual. All his fears about Harrison have subsided because he’s decided that he can’t be himself around his son.

He’ll distract him with his own toy box and child-appropriate bed time stories and eventually, all will be forgotten. But how long can Dexter hide himself from someone who’s a part of him?

Through Sam we see more religious themes and it would be unrealistic to expect any of this to change Dexter’s opinion on religion, but what influence will all of this have on him by season’s end?

Dexter can drag out a story all season, but in the best way possible. So it’s not clear how long it’ll take before he eventually crosses paths with Travis. It will be interesting to see if Dexter identifies with him or if Travis and Gellar’s relationship reminds Dexter more of his future with Harrison.

Two minor notes:

  • Can they please name the newest serial killers already? Trinity Killer and Ice Truck Killer weren’t all that imaginative, but regardless, it’s a Dexter tradition.
  • Should I pay more attention to Masuka’s new intern? Outside of being hot and flirting with Masuka, she hasn’t really done anything…which makes me worry that she’s somehow of importance to the overall season.
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dexter recapping: those kinds of things

There are times in our loves when everything seems to go wrong, when despite our best efforts and for no apparent rhyme or reason, tragedy strikes. And there are other times when everything goes just perfectly….that’s how the last year has been for me.” – Dexter

We find ourselves back into Dexter’s world, seeing everything and everyone through his eyes. Dexter fools his latest prey (and us, momentarily) into thinking he’s hurt, wounded and in need of an ambulance. Instead we see a new Dexter: smarter, better and with new and improved themed killings!

Batista and LaGuerta are no longer together. Huge non-shocker there. She’s always been a bitch and he’s always been completely loveable, which could have been either a perfect match, or the much more realistic crash-and-burn scenario. With new career moves for each of them, largely in part due to LaGuerta’s blackmail of Deputy Chief Matthews, it seems the dynamic of the department will shift. It will be interesting to see what that all means.

Hopefully Batista will be too busy with his sister and his new position to become any resemblance of the sad divorcee he was in the first three seasons. Although Dexter can’t get caught until the show is ending, I’d like for Batista to at least catch Dexter’s scent and pursue it. He’s already aware of Dexter’s nighttime patterns thanks to his sister babysitting Harrison, so there’s some potential there.

Deb and Quinn are still relatively in the same holding partner also known as their relationship. Not sure what will come out of Quinn’s marriage proposal attempts, but as a viewer, I need more time with these two as a couple before I decide if they’re suitable for “til death do us part”.

Michael C. Hall did a phenomenal job of playing Dexter in this episode. We saw the perpetually anti-social/socially awkward do the Hammertime (never realized that was a group dance…but I’ll allow it for the sake of humor), play flag football and enjoy a quick blowjob….all done while still remaining true to the character. Harry attributed Dexter’s rise to popularity to his murdered wife and cool job. But Dexter’s new-and-improved attitude is also a factor. He has confidence that slacked a lot when he became a family man and tried to force a normalcy that he’ll never possess.

This season’s religious theme follows Dexter at work (the introduction of Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos) and home (sending Harrison to a Catholic school). The former gave us Alpha and Omega stitching, water snakes, the number seven and a teacher/student relationship. The Trinity Killer set the bar pretty high and last season I felt the plot was more about Dexter and Lumen than Jordan Chase’s band of creepy rapist/murderers.

We know Hanks and Olmos are this season’s “big bad” (Buffster enthusiasts will get that) and Dexter expressed interest in the murderer behind the meticulous method, so I can’t wait for their paths to cross. I’m also looking forward to seeing religion through the Dexter’s hyper-logical lens.

“Yes…it’s begun.” We just don’t know what yet.

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