NOTE: FULL SPOILERS FOR THE EPISODE AND SEASON ARE BELOW!
Sorry for the delay in the review folks, but I had a holiday party last night (’tis the season after all!)
I have mixed feeling about this episode, as it is very difficult not to compare it to the one last season, where Dexter found Rita’s body lying dead in the bathtub. That said, this season’s finale was still good and better than those from other shows that I have seen recently.
The episode began with Dexter running off to find Lumen and Chase, only to be stopped by a surprise visit from his family for Harrison’s birthday party. This was quickly brushed aside until the very end of the episode, but it was a sufficient way to bookend the finale.
Meanwhile, Chase was transporting Lumen to his old summer camp, aptly called the “River Jordan Camp,” while she banged away in the trunk of his car. Chase spent the vast majority of the episode trying to lure Dexter to him, while simultaneously being creepy to a tied-up Lumen. He really started to become unraveled in the past few episodes, culminating in saying that he “had changed” after he hit Lumen. Too bad he didn’t change for the better!
At the same time, Deb was investigating Liddy’s death, and Quinn became the number 1 suspect because his fingerprints were in the van, he signed the requisition form for surveillance equipment, Liddy called him numerous times and had blood on his shoe. This obviously put even further strain on Deb and Quinn’s relationship, as he refused to tell her what happened.
After some detective work, Dexter found the camp and was captured by Chase. But, in a very cool moment, he freed himself and stabbed Chase in the foot with a knife (OW!) before knocking him out. Then, in a moment of consideration, Dexter allowed Lumen to kill Chase. Was it a perfect kill? No, but she got the job done.
However, while Dexter and Lumen were cleaning up, Deb walked in. Honestly, the sheet of plastic was a little too convenient to hide both Dexter and Lumen’s identities from Deb, but it did provide a way for Deb to see and talk with them without actually “seeing” them. If you remember, earlier in the season when Deb shot one of the Fuentas brothers, she said that she felt nothing from killing someone who deserved it which I said may put her on the path to accepting Dexter for who he is. And here, Deb took another step towards that with letting Lumen and Dexter go and I think it has changed her. As she said later in the episode, she is no longer someone who can “judge.”
I felt like the perfect moment to end the season on would have been after Dexter and Lumen disposed of Chase in the ocean, and rode back to shore. Lumen’s smile showed just a pure sense of relief and joy … too bad it was not meant to be. As much as I love Julia Stiles and what she did with her character, I knew she probably wouldn’t stick around. I really wish I was wrong, as she (more so than Rita), has been Dexter’s soul mate and the only person to know the real him in his life other than his father. Lumen’s reason for leaving – that she’s free and can’t kill anymore, is a valid one, but I really hope they bring her back. She is too good a character to push off to the sidelines!
In the end, Dexter falsified the blood results from Quinn’s shoe (but what about all the other evidence supporting that he was involved??), he and Deb seem to be happy together again, LaGuerta and Batista are starting over, and Dexter (through Lumen), knows that he can truly love and connect with someone.
I give this season finale episode of Dexter eight blood-stain slides out of 10, for a fitting end to a rather stellar season. I just hope the writer’s decide to bring back Lumen!
What do you think?
Another Dexter episode is in the can, and it certainly ramped up the tension, didn’t it?
This is what a great second-to-last episode of a season should do, and yes, I am sad to say but next week is the Season 5 finale! This episode wrapped up a major storyline, created new and bigger problems, and took the audience for quite the ride.
The episode started off with Dexter and Lumen planning how to kill Chase, and inadvertently finding one of Liddy’s bugs. Further probing and investigation by Dexter revealed that the bugs and other equipment was signed out by Quinn, which resulted in Dexter and Lumen attempting to discover the truck used. This was my only real complaint about this episode, as it went on a little long.
Meanwhile, Deb continued to make waves regarding her “vigilante” theory, and damn if she isn’t too smart for her own good sometimes! The conversation between Deb and Dexter describing how utterly insane, and yet romantic, the love between the vigilante and her significant other rang eerily true for Dexter and Lumen’s relationship. I think that Lumen and Dexter can work out, much more so that Rita and he ever did. Most likely this won’t happen, but I’m holding on that the writer’s have realized what a good thing they have going between the Michael C. Hall and Julia Stiles.
For a long time it has not been beyond the realm of possibility that someone new will eventually discover Dexter’s secret, and it is looking more and more like it will be Deb. How will she react? Well, that’s still on the fence. Deb seems to have a great respect for the law, and yet, also for the vigilante work that Dexter does. But beyond that, if she does know, what will she do? Guess we’ll have to see.
In the most tension-packed sequence of the season, Dexter discovered Liddy the same moment where Lumen approached Emily after receiving a panicked phone call from her. Not only was Chase waiting to ambush Lumen in Emily’s house, but Liddy tasered Dexter and threw him into the back of a van. Those two scenes, which were inter-cut between one another, had Dexter kill Liddy with Quinn outside while Chase killed Emily in a momentary loss of control. That was some good TV!
By killing off Liddy, the show managed to tie up a very big loose end, and say goodbye to a character that will frankly not be missed. If one good thing came out of Liddy’s investigation, it was this – Quinn is more suspicious of Dexter (even if he will not admit it). But, as loyal viewers know, characters that know the secret or think something is wrong with Dexter never stick around very long. Does that mean Quinn will die? Maybe. You never know with the show.
Leading into the finale, on one hand we have Dexter on the warpath to find Chase, who has now kidnapped Lumen. On the other, we have Deb and the entire Miami police department looking for Chase. How will the season end? What surprises do they have in store? Let’s face it, after the amazing ending to last season, something big is going to happen. But we will all have to wait just one more week to find out what!
One more thing I should make note of is that I really like how Dexter and Lumen’s relationship was portrayed here. They were not infatuated with one another, fighting or walking around on cloud nine
like on other shows. They were just enjoying their time together and filled with little moments of them holding hands or putting a hand around a waist. And Dexter buying Lumen a knife because a ring, “just isn’t her,” summed up their relationship perfectly.
After all, they have some “serious shit.”
I give this episode eight and a half blood-stain slides out of 10 for driving the plot towards the end with tension and style. I am eagerly looking forward to next week’s season finale, as well as dreading the 10 or so month wait until season six!
SO….Again… With the Spiderman 4 rumors!!! The Rumor mill is cranking these puppies out faster than anyone can even post them! So here is news via Geektyrant–
We know that casting is currently underway on the Spider-Man 4 production, Rachel McAdams just debunked the rumor that she was looking at being cast as Black Cat. Now a new name has been thrown into the Spider-Man 4 casting mix… Julia Stiles.
According to Ugo she has met with a casting agency up in New York to discuss a role in Sam Raimi’s next Spider-Man film. There is no specific information on what role she is looking to land, but I guess we can assume it will be for the role that everyone is talking about, Black Cat. Stiles is a decent enough actress to join in on the Spider-Man movie universe, but for Black Cat? I think she might work, remember the character is also the daughter of the new guy in charge at the Daily Bugle. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Thats right. Julia styles can throw her giant hat into the ring with Kirsten Dunst, and Sarah Jessica Parker in the hot body weird face competition!(Family Guy Quote) So I guess that Julia Stiles is as good as any damsel ought to be…But Black Cat? Does she have that sexy charisma?