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Monday, November 22, 2010

Dexter - Teenage Wasteland review

Teenage Wasteland...Who has that song in their head right now? Finally we have a villain this season who kind of scares us! Boyd was weird, but he wasn't a Big Bad. At the end of this episode, it was revealed that Jordan Chase knows that Lumen and Dexter are a) onto him and b) working together. Yikes! The cops know about a connection between Jordan Chase and Dexter (that they are meeting), and now Deb has met Lumen. Dexter had better tread carefully. The noose is getting tightened for the season. The next episode looks epic.

This episode saw the return of Astor and of Dexter’s role as a father figure in her life. We were afraid that Astor was going to shun Dexter again, leaving him feeling like a monster and a failure, but Dexter rocked the relationship this time. We thought it was risky and perhaps unwise for Dexter to beat up the guy hurting Astor’s friend, but we liked it all the same. It was really sad that Astor was already into alcohol, but what can you expect these days? We like Astor more now. She was trying to help her friend, and she did a pretty good job, for a 12-year-old. Calling social services or telling an adult might have been better though, haha.

Quinn told Deb he loved her, and she said, “Really? You’re gonna drop this on me now?” WOW, that is the worst response ever. Ouch. Lots of people don’t like Deb with Quinn and hate him, but we are on Team Quinn for this one. He was RIGHT to suspect Dexter, even if it is an annoyance to our main character. He is also not being a jerk in his relationship. We feel bad for the guy after this episode, and we hope he gets the girl. They are broken up, for now.

LaGuerta just needs to die. Seriously, she is so prideful and cowardly that it would take a lot to redeem this character. She was a pain in the first seasons and then she turned tolerable. We had forgotten the season one hatred we felt for her, but now beyotch LaGuerta is back with a vengeance. The only good thing LaGuerta brings to the table is the opportunities for Deb to righteously ream her in speeches reminiscent of Grey’s Anatomy. There is way more cursing in Deb’s speeches though. Dude, how awesome would a Grey’s/Dexter crossover episode be ...

One thing we don’t like about Dexter: Harry still popping up for chats. They have been reduced, but the ghost Harry ruins the realism of the show. We already have Dexter’s inner monologue on the show, so do really need a figment of his imagination popping up in cars with him and warning him to be careful? In the first season of the show, Harry said things that he had always said to Dexter (mostly warnings). This was fun, but lately Harry says things that would only be meaningful if Harry actually said them (not if Dexter just thought them). Example: Harry telling Dexter that he was proud of him this episode. So, Dex was congratulating himself?

This season is starting its climax, and we hope that Detective Deb finds out about Dexter. That would be a perfect end to this season. Three episodes left ...

Episode Grade: B

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