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DEXTER (Season 5)

NOTE: SORRY ABOUT THE LATENESS OF THIS POST, AS THE SITE WAS DOWN THIS PAST WEEK. THE REVIEW FOR THE PREVIOUS DEXTER EPISODE “PRACTICALLY IMPERFECT” CAN BE FOUND HERE

Dexter excels at something that not a lot of shows can pull off – episodes that juggle a lot of characters and different storylines at the same time, while still making it exciting and engaging.

The ending wasn’t as suspenseful, and there were not any big reveals, but it was a very well thought out episode that created some very interesting dilemmas for our characters.

Foremost is the woman who Dexter rescued from Fowler, Lumen Ann Pierce, played amazingly by Julia Stiles. The interplay between her and Dexter, even when no words were spoken was rather powerful, as he tried to help Lumen at least begin to trust him.

It was tough seeing the way Dexter attempted to help her, especially at the end with the marshes. But, it all culminated in the reveal that Boyd was not the only person that held her captive, and the look of pure hate on Dexter’s face was very moving.

I think that Dexter may very well become Lumen’s avenging angel, and right the wrongs that were done to her. For this season, I think helping Lumen recover from the horrors that she experienced will act as a form of therapy for Dexter, and help him heal his own wounds.

Even with the highly engaging and personal story between Dexter and Lumen, all the other plot lines got a fairly significant bump this week.

Batista apologized to the officer he badly beat up earlier, in an attempt to avoid an internal affairs investigation, which did not work. And when Laguerta tried to mitigate the situation with the officer from IA, the sleaze coming off that guy was palpable. But, what will Laguerta do to protect her new husband from being taken off the force?

There was a bit of a break in the Santa Muerte case, thanks to Dexter’s keen knowledge of cigars. Deb almost caught a main suspect, but chose to save a bleeding hostage instead.

Meanwhile, Quinn followed the FBI agent’s to the Mitchell safe house, in an attempt to mark Dexter as Kyle Butler. Of course, right as he was about to get an answer, he got arrested and subsequently forced on unpaid leave. Deb then propositioned him for sex, and he accepted, even though he did initially refuse.

Lastly, Dexter’s nanny quit, which acted as a big wake-up call for him. While he did manage to get her to come back to work, he had to promise that he would be a more considerate father and not be nearly as absent so much.

I give this episode eight and a half blood-stain slides out of ten for expertly moving every single storyline forwards, while also showing us the great potential for Lumen’s character (expertly played by Julia Stiles).

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