NOTE: SORRY ABOUT THE LATENESS OF THIS POST, AS THE SITE WAS DOWN THIS PAST WEEK. THE REVIEW FOR THE NEXT DEXTER EPISODE “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” CAN BE FOUND HERE
I am torn about this episode of Dexter.
On one hand, this episode delivered a few very cool moments. But, on the other, some storylines just dragged their feet.
But first, the good.
Dexter hired a nanny for Harrison, so that he can free up some time for his double life as a serial killer. The humor in the nanny interviews was a nice change of pace, as was Dexter’s to-do list for the nanny with countless detailed instructions of how to care for Harrison. I do not know what to think about the nanny just yet, but anything that gets Dexter out of the house and killing again is ok in my book.
He also continued hunting Boyd Fowler, and became the focused and single-minded killer that is the true Dexter Morgan. The setting up of the kill room allowed Dexter a moment of clarity – noticing that it was what lacked in his life. As he said himself, “It’s like I’m putting my life back in order. And, it’s almost enough … almost.”
The moment when Fowler shot Dexter with a dart of being drugged was a great moment, but the best came when they both lied for each other in the ambulance. And you could just see the anger in both their eyes when they were struggling to keep tabs on each other while strapped to their gurneys.
Of course, Dexter eventually caught Fowler and killed him in his house using an improvised kill room. And then, the second bombshell was dropped – someone saw him. And not just anyone, but Julia Stiles!
I have no idea about anything in respect to her character, but it has huge potential to completely change Dexter’s world. Could she become a protégé of Dexter’s? I think that would be a great plot this season, and I cannot wait to find out more about her character and how damages she is (as, let’s face it, all the characters in this show have been damaged in some way, shape or form).
The bad part of the episode came from the Santa Muerte case. Frankly, it is coming along extremely slowly. Nothing much was learned about who did it or why this week, and it appeared to just be filler. I hope this case starts to build up steam, as it is not that interesting at the moment.
Slightly more engaging were the developments with Batista and Quinn.
I looks like Batista could loose his badge for beating up Sergeant Lopez, and that Quinn wants to show a picture of Dexter to Arthur Mitchell’s family to prove that Dexter is Kyle Butler. Both plotlines have potential, but need the screen time to fully develop.
I give this episode eight blood-stain slides out of ten for some great moments and potentially leading to some great storylines (namely, Julia Stiles’ character).