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Monday, November 1, 2010

Dexter- Everything is Illuminated review/recap

Ok. Halloween weekend is over, so it's time to get cracking on the blog again. We had fun, thanks for asking.
The episode opened with Dexter packing some of his stuff into labeled boxes and talking about how important it is to compartmentalize your life. Harrison said his first words (Die die), and Dexter found a new target to hunt so that he could get back to normal. This guy picked up gay men and then killed them when his fantasies went too far. Dexter was just wrapping the guy in plastic when Lumen called asking for his help. She had shot a man and forgot to think through body disposal. This annoyed us. We weren’t irritated because we dislike Lumen and think she’s a pain. We are irritated that the writers would have the usually smart Lumen make a mistake like this. Why does this show insist on making its female characters so irritating sometimes? We still like Lumen and hope she sticks around to complete her revenge, but after last night, we see how some people are going to start hating her.

Dexter put the guy in the back of his trunk, half-wrapped, and he hoped that the drugs would keep him asleep long enough for him to help Lumen. When he arrived at a warehouse Lumen had chosen to murder in, the body she had shot had moved. Lumen and Dexter tracked him down, arguing over whether he was really one of the men who had hurt Lumen, because she shot him over “a feeling and an odor.” She had been blindfolded during her ordeal. We rolled our eyes, sure that she was crazy and some sort of loose cannon. But she turned out to be right and Dexter snapped the guy’s neck. Someone heard Lumen’s shot and saw her walk into the warehouse, so they called the police. This turned out to be Deb and Masuka. Just then, Dexter’s planned kill woke up and started running, naked and wrapped in plastic. Dexter caught and killed him just before Deb saw him. He planted that body near Lumen’s kill, making it look like some weird sex act gone wrong. Masuka called it “autoerotic mummification.” This was pretty hilarious, especially Deb’s grossed-out face. We love sloppy Dexter and his antics.

Lumen and Dexter fled the scene, meeting up at Dexter and Rita’s old house. There, they bonded, and it looks like Dexter is going to help her get her revenge. Predictable. We are so bored with LaGuerta and Batista. It turns out that their plotline with the bar fight turned into almost nothing. They fought and then made up. Ho hum. We hate them. Deb and Quinn grew closer, but Quinn is still investigating Dexter. Now that Deb opened up to Quinn, we are sure it’s going to end badly, because that’s what always happens when Deb lets herself fall for a guy. In other news, the Santa Muerta baddies are still out there, but Batista picked up a lead: a witness who knows them.

We think lots of people are going to compare this season to season two, because Quinn is like Doakes looking for Dexter, and there is a crazy woman in Dexter’s life who knows who he really is. But we disliked season two because we didn’t like the resolution of those arcs. We feel like, this time, the show can redeem those arcs by having these go in completely different directions. Same set-up, new endings. Because the season two endings were cop-outs (Doakes and Lila just died), and it was anti-climactic. Surely the show knows that it can’t do the same thing this time and we will get to see something new and interesting.

There were some intense and funny moments in this episode that saved it, but this season needs to pick up if it wants to come near to last season’s excellence. This episode’s excitement came from its zany situations and the crumbling life Dexter has, rather than from the overall story of the season.

Episode grade: B-

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