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Episode 10 - Goodbye Miami

16 September 2013

This was actually pretty solid. It was focussed on the emotions of those involved and brought things to a head where Dexter had plenty to lose (as Harry conveniently pointed out). 

When Daniel asked Dr Vogel to help him the way she helped Dexter I was actually quite surprised. It was an understandable request in this context and as a son asking for his estranged mother’s help was something of a sympathetic moment. If a better actor had been cast as Daniel I think this could actually have been strong TV.

As it was though it was still decent. Vogel played her nerves well and the tension built until her sad demise. Michael C Hall always does well when Dexter is in pain. He plays it like a wounded animal rather than an upset person. As he lay over his dead “mother” it seemed like we finally had an enemy who might actually beat him. 

It dovetailed nicely with Marshal Clayton’s investigation zeroing in on Hannah. From a logic point of view this was the best part of the episode. Dexter’s cover up of Hannah’s whereabouts was pretty flimsy and so Clayton is understandably suspicious when he hears that a new lab technician is needed. The trip to the hospital was a simple but plausible way to flush Hannah out. In an ideal world she would have been too smart to leave the apartment but the concept that taking care of her new family is her downfall works.

So as Dexter’s world falls apart, Deb’s goes back to normal. She gets her old job and boyfriend back and her brother will be leaving soon. Of course she is sad but surely that was the best way forward for her too. It’s a big meh on Quinn. Unless some twist is coming it seems like everything he and Jamie have been through was just noise.



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  • Seems like a soap opera. Where's the kill room? Dexter plot getting more and more unbelievable in terms of the early "Dexter World" of the first several seasons. So-called "bond/spiritual mother" relationship between Dr. Vogel & Dexter not believable. What a disappointment.

    Viewer score: 40 / 100

    Posted by Peggy, 15/09/2013 7:32am (7 years ago)

  • Short answer is no it's a combination of all factors. But emotional reaction is very important. Please look at the SCORES tab above for more info.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 11/09/2013 7:35pm (7 years ago)

  • Just curious, is emotional reaction is the main factor in what scores you give a show than other factors like plot holes, pacing, etc?

    Posted by Dan, 11/09/2013 5:01pm (7 years ago)

  • I had a very rare chance to rewatch both Dexter and BB last night. I didn't make it all the way thru Dexter I should admit. And I felt it did seem odd that they ended up on the same score. Although that is reflective of my emotional reaction. One very disappointing. One surprisingly decent.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 11/09/2013 4:26pm (7 years ago)

  • Hey, the score just changed from 67 to 66? I hope you will address this, as it makes me look like I have bad eyesight or did I imagine it? I hope my comments didn't make you change the score, because I don't want the wrath of the Dexter fans who still likes the show. All five of them. Kidding! I know there's still a good number of you folks look at IGN.

    Posted by Dan, 11/09/2013 2:03pm (7 years ago)

  • Even though I mostly agree with on your thoughts on the latest Breaking Bad episode, flaws and all, I can't give myself the same score with this train wreck of episode of Dexter.

    My main complaint is nothing memorable happened, except for Vogel being killed (however, I guess quite a while ago that she either becomes a villain or gets killed) and the hilarious scene with Harrison and the trendmill.

    There's Jamie and Quinn breaking up, but really who cares. Deb and Quinn hooking up, since Dexter has become soap opera, I expected something like this. Masuka's daughter has some development finally, she smoke pot! Really? What waste of a scene. Now Harrison and the trendmill, I was laughing because of how contrived the scene is and it's sole purpose is to get the Marshall (who seems more competent than the entire Miami Metro police) on Hannah's trail, who didn't even bother to wear a wig and sunglasses or something on her head, Sarah Walker she ain't. Not only that the scene is poorly acted (the director should have told the kid to not smile when you're suppose to be hurt) and edited, the stuntman was so noticeable, I laughed my ass off. So you didn't have an issue with that scene at all, Robin?

    Even though, I was a little disappointed with the latest BB, the way Dexter has been putting out terrible episodes, it's magnifying so much how good BB has been this season. There's been rumors that a Dexter spinoff is being made. Not only I think it will probably be as bad as Dexter is now, especially if the same writers and showrunners are involved, I fear they are going to play it safe with the Dexter finale because of it.

    Viewer score: 39 / 100

    Posted by Dan, 11/09/2013 7:06am (7 years ago)

  • Very sad to see Dr Vogel go. Charlotte Rampling was a great addition to the show.

    Viewer score: 70 / 100

    Posted by Chris, 10/09/2013 2:02pm (7 years ago)

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