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thoughts on dexter: are you…?

“It’s simple human nature to keep little secrets about ourselves. We all do it: ‘I dye my hair’,’ I watch Internet pornography’. But what if your whole life is a secret? A lie? And exposing the truth could expose everything you are? What do you do? Run?”

Why did Deb believe Dexter so easily?
Dexter’s easy explanation after Deb catches him in his ritualistic act of killing Travis? “I wanted him dead, so I killed him.” He tosses in the effects of Rita’s death for good measure, as if to say “Deb, I’ve dealt with a lot of shit, so it’s perfectly understandable that I snapped this one and only time.” Maybe it was this or Dexter’s assertion that although he was suffering from temporary insanity he would still be locked up and lose Harrison, but Deb immediately went along with the plan to make it look like a suicide. Travis’ final tableau would include setting the church on fire and stabbing himself, all as a reaction to the world not ending.

Fortunately, the observant and skilled Deb I’ve come to both love and loathe the last few years slowly made an appearance throughout the episode. She questions how Dexter was “so perfectly prepared to kill Travis” and notes that Dexter wasn’t wearing his usual work attire when she found him at the church. She thinks about the plastic Dexter used to wrap up Travis and makes the connection to her “tryst” with Brian Moser (aka the Ice Truck Killer and Dexter’s brother). It was then that I realized she didn’t believe Dexter, her first reaction was just to save him. The dots were fully connected for her when she spoke to Jamie and found out that Dexter lies about working late all the time. At some point she ransacks Dexter’s apartment and finds his slides and all the other red flags that he is very much a murderer and Travis was just one of many. Instead of asking for another lie explanation, she simply asks him if he’s a serial killer, which Dexter confirms. Watching young Dexter almost tell young Deb why they had to get rid of Banjo, it was pretty clear he’s always wanted to believe she would understand who he really is, but it was Harry that knocked this idea out of his head (“If she every saw the real you, she’d never get over it”). Maybe she will…Harry’s code and suggestions aren’t completely infallible.

How will Deb deal with her emotions?
Finding out that her brother is a serial killer is just one part of this little puzzle. Towards the end of last season, Deb realized she is in love with Dexter. With so much happening, it was easy to forget that she came to the church to tell him that, and not just to check up on his work at the crime scene. We’ve seen Deb handle the hard stuff before and bounce back rather quickly, but this is completely new territory. My theory is that she’ll still tell him how she feels, because Deb just isn’t good at keeping her emotions in check. Dexter could realize he feels the same way, but I’d prefer that he manipulates her to insure she doesn’t continue to have the upper-hand in this situation. Sure, incestuous feelings aren’t on the same level of being a serial killer, but if done just right, Dexter could make Deb feel they’re both equally screwed up, which would make her pause a little before continually threatening to have him arrested or something else equally dramatic. If they write it so Deb keeps all of this to herself, then it was a huge waste including it in last year’s storyline.

Is LaGuerta a danger?
Nope. In fact, I’m glad she found the slide and starts to suspect that Doakes wasn’t the real Bay Harbor Butcher. It could mean that, finally, her character will get killed off or at the very least, do something more exciting than act like a bitch to Deb. LaGuerta was at her very best when she figured out that Prado killed her friend, Ellen. It added dimensions to her character and was genuinely enjoyable to watch. Also, if/when she does make even a remote connection to Dexter as the one behind everything, I hope that it’s Deb, Dexter or even Travis that kills her off before she can bring more people in on her theory. None of that accidental death shit.

What is up with Louis?
“The more I get to know you, the weirder and weirder you get.” I have to agree with Jamie here, this guy continues to puzzle me with his actions. He cancelled Dexter’s credit card, which could have just been in retaliation to their run-in at the apartment. He knows something, but we have no clue what. He has an obsession with Dexter, but we have no clue why. I mentioned at the end of last season that I agree with the theory he’s Dexter’s nephew, and that hasn’t changed. I’m going to give it another episode before I get restless and start demanding answers on why this kid is still around and what the hell he wants.

What do George, Isaac and the dead stripper have to do with anything?
Georgieis obviously the little boss to Isaac‘s big boss in this whole operation. They put themselves on everyone’s radar when Viktor killed Mike, but aside from running a strip club as a front for moving drugs, it’s not really clear why they’ve been relegated as Dexter‘s newest villain. Surely, this will be something the very capable Miami PD could handle without Dexter. So was the point to introduce a group so easily foiled that it leaves room for the Dexter/Deb, Dexter/Louis, LaGuerta dynamics? My general annoyance with the Ukranian mob as this season’s antagonist directly stems from the second season of The Wire when they introduced The Greeks, which tainted a near perfect record of a nearly perfect show. Fortunately, Travis already marred Dexter‘s record, so this could be a pleasant surprise of a storyline.

Other observations:

  • Doakes. Brother Sam. And now, Mike Anderson. I can’t help but notice a common factor there.
  • Deb in Dexter’s apartment, surrounded by all of the proof that he’s a serial killer, was a much bigger OMG moment that when she caught him at the church.
  • Gergoe Novikov is played by Jason Gedrick (who I know as the jerk who tried to break up Lynette’s marriage on Desperate Housewives) and  Isaac Sirko is played by Ray Stevenson.
  • This was one of the few episodes where I would have appreciated Harry’s words of advice, so where the hell was he?!
  • Young Deb was played by Savannah Paige Rae. This was especially perfect casting since Rae plays an annoyingly bratty Sydney on Parenthood.
  • Viktor was played by Enver Gjokaj, who should look especially familiar to Community fans as Lukka.
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thoughts on dexter: get gellar

“I’ve had my dark passenger for so long that I can’t really recall life without it. Like someone who has grownup with a club foot or a stutter or a lazy eye.” – Dexter

Yes, please. Get Gellar. Help us all stop obsessing over whether or not Gellar is “real”. And if Gellar is somehow “fake” and not a living, breathing DDKing mastermind, explain to us why the twists and turns weren’t subtler. I genuinely hoped that this would be the episode that revealed all and helped the writers redeem themselves for what has (thus far) been one of Dexter’s most polarizing seasons. Could Get Gellar be all that and more? Well…

  • Dexter mentioned he was going to help separate Gellar and Travis. Symbolic wording and a potentially good (and revealing) start to the episode.
  • Hotels have security cameras, right? Dexter “saves” Travis and gets him a hotel room. Sloppy! What about when Travis’ picture runs on the news and someone recalls seeing him with De….wait, what am I talking about. Of course hotels don’t have security cameras on this show.
  • “But if he’s always been this way, why would you suddenly expect him to change.Deb’s new psychiatrist offers up some (obvious) words of wisdom for Deb.
  • “…next installment of what the fuck.” Deb says the darndest things.
  • Quinn is slowly approaching rock bottom. Either that or his mommy banging/gun leaving/Batista fighting was purely for comedic value.
  • Dexter is a table, but Deb wants/needs him to be a chair. Michael C. Hall’s face during these exchanges was great.
  • When did Travis have time to get his laptop? And no, it wasn’t Dexter’s.
  • Harrison was so cute passing out the cookies. It was a sweet moment for the episode and illustrated how good a job Dexter is doing as a father.
  • Dexter takes a field trip to the university. He not only bypasses the seats in the back (perfect for going unnoticed), but he takes the time to warn the professor (perfect for drawing attention to himself). Again, sloppy.
  • Harry notes that it’s important to Dexter to kill Travis’ dark passenger. Interesting. Dexter sees his dark passenger as an ‘it’, while he sees Travis’ as an actual person.
  • The university is also without security cameras. Travis and Dexter go to stop Gellar from killing Professor Casey. They split up, of course. Dexter gets stuck in the elevator and Travis saves him. No security camera footage to catch any of this? Ok.
  • Blood bowls of wrath. Now we know how Dexter got all bloody in last week’s promo. Expecting something cooler was my own fault.
  • “We are responsible for the partners we choose.Deb’s psychiatrist was really on a roll!
  • Break the pattern, start with LaGuerta. Deb’s feisty backbone returns and its first victim? LaGuerta. And speaking of that increasingly irrelevant character…
  • Deputy Chief Matthews and LaGuerta are in cahoots. Surprisingly, this was the second least shocking moment of the evening. Stay tuned for the lucky winner of that number one spot.
  • Something is up with Louis. He impressed Jamie with his less than modest living arrangements and drew her in emotionally by ratting on her big bro and his over-protectiveness. Sex ensued and as the camera pulled back we saw the hand from the Ice Truck Killer case, the same one Masuka’s former intern stole and tried to sell. I’m still hoping this is all part of his “fan boy” persona or some how related to his video game.
  • “Did Travis act alone? Did Travis kill all those people?” [SPOILER!!!] Yes and yes. The winner of the least shocking moment of the evening? Gellar is dead and on ice, presumably killed by Travis some time ago. I, along with so many other viewers, called this outcome weeks ago. Not only was this moment a huge, yet not at all surprising letdown for me, but it made me doubt the value of the season. How do you come back from this?! Heartbreaking, but I’ll still hold a sliver of hope until the end.

Next week, on Dexter:

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the antagonists of dexter

Originally I wanted to call this post ‘The Bad Guys of Dexter’, but I realized that there are way too many, since all he does is kill them. But every season there has been one character who has caused trouble for Dexter. One character who has shaken his world and made his life difficult. Now that we know a bit more about this season’s antagonist, I want to look back at all the others.  If you do not watch Dexter but plan to, GO BACK NOW!!! This post holds nothing but spoilers and big spoiler so get out while you still can!

When Dexter started I don’t think anyone knew what to expect. Was this just gonna be a show about a serial killer with a conscious and the complications of keeping his secret hobby covered up? Or would there be something more? I assumed the latter when my brother told me I had to watch it, giving me seasons 1-3. I quickly began a marathon and for a month and a half I pretty much did nothing but watch Dexter.  And now I’m addicted.

Season One- The Sibling Rivalry

Dexter and the Ice Truck Killer

By the end of the first episode it was clear that the Ice Truck Killer was going to be a recurring antagonist for Dexter and the Miami Metro Police. The games he played with Dexter seemed harmless at first and Dexter was intrigued, but not worried. He hunts the Ice Truck Killer, with the intentions of killing him, but he’s also interested in learning why he’s playing this game. Dexter remains in control and unconcerned until the last couple of episodes when the crime scene is a room filled with blood. Dexter’s suppressed memories return to him. And now, more than ever, he wants to know why the Ice Truck Killer is playing this game. In the last episode he makes all the connections and learns that the Ice Truck Killer/Rudy is actually Brian Moser, his real brother. It was the first time the show astounded us with a twist in plot, but definitely not the last. The beauty of the Ice Truck Killer as an antagonist is that it all seemed so harmless at first.  It was inevitable that Dexter would eventually find and kill him, but I don’t think anyone expected the plot to go much deeper than a cat and mouse game. It’s the unsuspecting quiet way the antagonistic relationship begins that makes this one of my favorite seasons. And Dexter, as well as the audience, learn the truth of why Dexter is the way he is.

Season Two- The Suspecting Cop

Doakes and Dexter

The antagonist in this season is, arguably, all of Miami Metro Police Department since they’re hunting Dexter down, but I’d like to focus on Doakes. For me this was a challenging relationship to comprehend because ultimately, Doakes is right. Dexter is a murderer, regardless of his code and the past experiences which made him the way he is, and that makes him the bad guy. Doakes’ suspicions and pursuit of Dexter make this really complicated. At not one point did I want Dexter to get caught or hurt, but I also understood Doakes. The whole season is a bit of a moral struggle for Dexter, more so than the others. He contemplates turning himself in a few times over the course of the season, and even more so when it comes down to breaking the code and killing Doakes or giving himself up. Lucky for Dexter he doesn’t have to make that decision because that British Bitch did it for him. She killed Doakes and Dexter killed her (good riddance!).  Dexter, not wanting to endure this kind of struggle again picks a better place to dispose of the bodies.

Season Three- The Willing Partner

Miguel and Dexter

This season was the most unexciting for me. Miguel Prado as an antagonist was annoying more than anything. But for Dexter it was a chance to see that maybe he could trust someone to know what he was without being repulsed. Eventually he finds out that Miguel is out of control, thirsty for blood and incredibly sloppy.  He doesn’t follow the code as stringently as Dexter does and this is, of course, unacceptable to Dexter, especially when he finds out Miguel has killed a defense attorney and plans to kill LaGuerta. He has no choice, Miguel has to be killed, just like all the other antagonists he faces. Dexter’s initial trust is broken and he learns that what he does has to be done alone. He can only trust the people how don’t know what he really is.

Season Four- The Family Man

Arthur and Dexter

In my mind, this is the only season that compares to season one. With its epic twist, Dexter’s struggle and the intricate Trinity storyline this season is TV gold. In the beginning of the season Dexter, just like any new father, is doing his best to juggle work, family and killing. He’s worried that he can’t do it. He’s worried that he won’t be able to be a family man and continue his night time hobby, until he finds out who Trinity is and following him home one night discovers that he is a family man too. Dexter decides to try and learn from Trinity before killing him, big mistake. What he learns is that he doesn’t ever want to be anything like Trinity, whose abusive relationship with his family keeps them all shaking in fear. Before Dexter can perform the killing Trinity finds him out. Dexter fears for his family and sends them to Disneyworld. Finally he gets the chance to kill Trinity. He feels satisfied that Trinity’s cycle has finally ended, until he comes home to Rita as the first victim in another Trinity cycle, which will never be completed. Trinity’s role as an antagonist forced Dexter to look at his family. Unlike Trinity, Dexter has strict lines that bound his dark passenger and he would never do anything to hurt his family, which he discovered through their relationship.

Season Five- The Inspirational Speaker

Dexter, LUmen, Jordan
This season represents the first time Dexter has a partner that doesn’t screw him over. It’s also the first time he tries to help someone else with their own darkness. The antagonist isn’t as clear in this one, but for the sake of this blog I’m going to claim, it’s Jordan Chase. Though it’s a bit of a struggle for Dexter to allow someone to be there during the kills, especially after what happened with Miguel, this is different. The relief Lumen feels during the first kill, tells him she is not the same as Miguel who became kill-hungry. He helps her track down all the men responsible and eventually ends with Jordan, who, unlike the others, is a bit of a challenge.  I think I’d venture to say that his quest for Jordan and the four other men involved in violating Lumen is the real antagonist here. Though Chase fuels it the most, by catching on and kidnapping Lumen, it’s the hunt for all five that fuels Dexter’s thought process.  Dexter is able to put aside his need for retribution against the Trinity Killer (which he can’t achieve because he’s already killed him), to help Lumen in the quest for hers. In the end when Lumen no longer feels her dark passenger, Dexter can only hope that one day he’ll no longer feel his.

Season Six- The Messengers

THe MEssengers
We’re still in the midst of discovering more about this season’s antagonist, but we know they’re fueled by religion. One man, does the killing, while the other, cannot shake the feeling that what he is doing is wrong, despite it being a message from God. After one discussion with the side-kick, Dexter let him go, which may come back to haunt him. I wonder how the paths of these two will cross with Dexter. We already know he is looking at the whole religion thing because of Brother Sam and the school he wants Harrison to go to, but ultimately I’m not sure what this antagonist will give Dexter, besides maybe a new-found disrespect for religion given the way the duo’s literal (and bloody) interpretation of the bible.

The antagonists of this show have served their role well. Teaching Dexter, forcing him to discover things and giving him a purpose. They’re very important to the show, more so then the average kill, though they have their affect too. But most importantly the antagonists give the audience something to stress out over while waiting for the next episode.

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