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Episode 8 - Are We There Yet?

19 August 2013

This is the first time all season that something genuinely dramatic has taken place. The moment where Dexter found Zach’s body was underplayed and very brief. But in a way that made it more shocking than if there had been any hint that this was coming. It did seem like the brain surgeon killer had been found a bit too quickly and this really was an effective way of surprising the audience.

Having said that I’m not sure that being surprised is all that valuable. I have been assuming for a long time that Dexter would end the same way Breaking Bad would with our protagonist being found out or killed. But that’s an assumption based on my own moral estimations of the world. The Dexter producers may really believe that their hero should be presented as a hero. Here he seemed to be doing a reverse Walter White. The more people who discovered his identity the better his family life seemed to become. At the table we were clearly meant to see this as a potential sunny future for Dexter with his surrogate wife, son and mother all telling him how great he is. Even Deb washed her hands of his activity with a kind of “That’s just my brother” tone.

Maybe the brain surgeon is going to kill everything near and dear to Dexter and the end of the show will be pretty dark. However it does seem like this is Dexter’s ultimate nemesis. This is his anti-Dexter, a serial killer who is as good as him who presumably he will vanquish to remind us that we should all be glad he is out there keeping Miami’s population under control. I doubt that will be very interesting as it’s so similar to every other season of the show.

Dexter’s love for Hannah really should be a bigger deal than it is. You can sort of accept a serial killer loving his sister but to fall in love with a girl should be a disturbing emotional change for him. Instead it’s just played out like this is any other TV show and then at the end with needless titillation. So many lines that they share sound bizarre coming from two killers:

“It reminded me of you” – Hannah says of a blood stain from her murdered husband. She later claims that Dr Vogel “must be proud of you.” Must she? Hannah doesn’t know that Dr Vogel has a warped sense of morality. She should be questioning how a reputable psychoanalyst could encourage murder. The tonal shift to camp comedy when Zach is asking “Are we there yet?” just doesn’t sit well with me given that these people are all serial killers. But the Dexter writing team are beyond saving. Jacob says Deb is one of the “best I’ve ever worked with.” What is he basing that on? The couple of months she’s worked there?

It’s hard to know what to think of Deb at this point. She goes back to Miami Metro but knowing that her brother is offing people and hiding evidence all the time? I don’t know how that helps her regain her sense of self.

Keeping Hannah in Miami is really dumb. Oh and take your socks off man!



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  • I agree Brando. He was an excellent character and they could have had a great storyline especially near the finish with him on to Dexter and even Deb. Even Dr Vogel, if she was there to actually hunt down serial killers instead of being on Dexter`s side could have made for some great TV and ended on a high note.

    Posted by Kay, 25/08/2013 1:52pm (7 years ago)

  • Agree with everything said here. It is definitely now a caricature or a shell of what it once was, which really is a shame. It did redeem itself last season I thought and there were some really sàtisfying episodes like where Deb worked out that Dexter was the bay harbour butcher. I was afraid that they would drag out Deb finding out by making her believe Dexter just killed Travis on one isolated occasion in self defence.

    So I`m glad to say it hasn`t been all bad since season 6. Now I`m just watching out of entertainment though and curiosity as it is clear that there are going to be no satisfying conclusions or consequences. There really is a lot of filler this season too, just like season 6, way too much time on minor characters and since they are not going to find out who Dexter is makes me think why have we invested so much time on their stories too if they are not going to tie in to the main plot/conclusion of the final season.
    May as well have had a show just with Dexter and Deb.

    I`m pretty sure the original writers/producers are no longer working on this series so guess it is no surprise that things have gone downhill. I saw the Writer`s Room video for this season and the writers think Dexter is a moral character. From this season it looks like they are even going to go down the track of saying he was `misdiagnosed`and was never really a psychopath and should not have been taught the code as he has feelings and is a good person. If they do this it will be a real sell-out after all this time learning his back story etc (I think they call this plot technique deux ex machina?) The Dr Vogel story, while interesting at times, is sort of a cop out too as we have known for 7 series that Harry taught him the code and then find out that this woman was actually in charge of it.

    Posted by Kay, 23/08/2013 11:19pm (7 years ago)

  • Haha, nah. I continue to come for the same reasons I did before - just tied to different shows (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, etc.).

    They never should have killed off Agent Lundy. At least not as soon as they did.

    Posted by Brando, 23/08/2013 9:27pm (7 years ago)

  • And now you come back for my sarcasm right?

    Posted by The TV Critic, 23/08/2013 2:05am (7 years ago)

  • I still enjoy watching this show every week, just as a completist and because for all its weaknesses it still is entertaining to some degree. Yet, it makes me so sad the the quality has declined so drastically. It was Dollhouse that brought me to this site, but it was the earlier days of Dexter and last days of Lost that really had me coming back here multiple times a day, excited about speculating where the series would take us. No matter how Dexter ends it will go down as a memorable show, but it has truly become such a watered down parody (or maybe caricature is a better term) of the show it used to be and that is just a little sad and disappointing.

    Posted by Brando, 23/08/2013 1:42am (7 years ago)

  • Hard to take any of this show very seriously anymore.

    The Novice killer Zach puts plastic up all over a condo, a body in his car and no body notices? No one at all is at this complex as Hannah walks around?

    Dexter's apartment building had a murder recently down the hall and yet we're to believe someone could easily bring a body of a young man and arrange it in Dexter's apartment.

    I did get just one moment of chill when Hannah asked Vogel how she got into her line of work and the good doctor demurred in away that led me to wonder if the meal she'd served them all was made form human meat.

    Posted by Yogabon, 20/08/2013 2:39am (7 years ago)

  • Yeah, the guy who had the very awkward beer with her and Dexter at Batista's restaurant.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 19/08/2013 5:03pm (7 years ago)

  • Cassie had a boyfriend?

    Posted by Brando, 19/08/2013 4:33pm (7 years ago)

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