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Episode 2 - Every Silver Lining

10 July 2013

I felt largely numb to this. 

Deb killing someone in cold blood or even luke warm blood should have been a bigger deal. While last episode I really enjoyed the portrayal of her loneliness this instalment left out the actual moment of her snapping and killing El Sapo. So all we saw was her looking uncomfortable and twitchy and Dexter telling us that she was broken.

In fact the structure of the episode never leant itself to drama. The intermixing of the Sussman and Sapo cases made the other seem less urgent all the while Dexter chatted to Dr Vogel. 

Vogel was given zero characterisation which leads me to assume that all the worst Dexter formulas are being recycled. Her insistence that Dexter needs to protect her makes me assume that she fully deserves to be killed for whatever she’s done. Perhaps she ‘made’ this killer into a psychopath and hence the pieces of empathetic brain are symbolic of what she took from him. So she is clinging to Dexter as proof that her methods don’t always lead to misery. 

That’s just one idea. Perhaps she is setting Dexter up which is the other obvious thought. We only have her word that this killer is leaving her these clues. Why couldn’t she be in cahoots with them? Dexter long ago stopped doing real detective work. Now he gets one finger print and he murders someone. How about following Vogel around for a week or looking into her past more thoroughly?

Their dynamic was underwhelming and unconvincing. When Vogel said that this was a reunion and she was his spiritual mother and that she should have had Champaign ready I groaned. Surely any expert in psychopaths wouldn’t resort to clichés but instead treat Dexter in a nuanced way. She should have known he would want the full truth backed by evidence rather than the self serving demands she made of him. 

As for Quinn, it’s really hard to care where that’s going. Even if he is still in love with Deb I’m not sure there’s enough to cling on to to make something of that. Perhaps if she had settled down with him she would have avoided this fate. But really it’s tough to take Miami Metro seriously when Batista and Quinn are in charge after they spent last season (it feels like it was) getting high and skipping work. And seriously how many times has Dexter swapped out evidence? How about a security camera in there?



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  • Good was Deb staring down El Sapo's gun in her face. Funny is Batista's I'm a good detective.

    I think there is possibility yet for the good Dr V.

    The rest kinda Meh.

    Viewer score: 50 / 100

    Posted by Yogabon, 10/07/2013 1:37pm (7 years ago)

  • Yeah that also makes sense.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 09/07/2013 5:54pm (7 years ago)

  • Do you believe the possibility that Vogel is the 'Brain Surgeon' Killer? A lot of people online are thinking this is so from her strange fascination to serial killers and her descriptions of psychopaths in the scene with Dexter.

    Posted by Krean, 09/07/2013 1:25pm (7 years ago)

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