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Monday, October 24, 2011

Hey Olmos: Since you are killing sluts, there's an intern we'd like to introduce you to....

Dexter - "A Horse of a Different Color"

You’re going to think we are total freaks for this, but we love when this show is extra gross. The Revelation reenactment theme is incredible, and that’s not just because one of us is one of the biggest Bible nerds you will ever meet. (Hey, the more you study it, read it, and read about it, the more you realize you have a lot of it wrong, there's more to it than you thought/it has layers, and the cooler it gets. Mos Def is right. You get something new out of it every time. That’s all I’m saying.) The four horses thing was horrible, as in prime horror imagery. That poor guy…but we like that this season is pulling no punches. We don’t think it topped the seven snakes, because anything with snakes already has a lot of creep factor. But it was pretty jarring. If we are meant to not like Edward James Olmos’ character, this gross stuff is working.

The new guy, Mike Anderson, is the first person to recognize the Bible motif. Yes, he is black. Dexter finds evidence in the form of papers in the victims’ eyes with the numbers 1242 and 1237 on them. The numbers are probably dates counting down to the end of the world, according to Batista. Dexter also figures out that the victims were killed with an old weapon, like a sword. It doesn’t take Deb long to name Edward James Olmos as her number-one suspect.

We LOVE how fast that moved. EJO’s “real” name is Professor James Gellar, and he is an expert in the book of Revelation. (Not RevelationS. Sorry. Pet peeve.) He was fired because he was accused of stealing an old sword that was said to belong to John the Revelator. Is that even a thing? Meanwhile, Dexter figured out there were two Religious Killers. He actually spotted Travis at the last crime scene, and he realized that he was Gellar’s accomplice! Keep in mind that this is episode four. With the main killers already identified, what crazy place is this season going to take us next?

Dexter gets some religion when Harrison gets appendicitis and spends the day in the hospital. Mos Def shows up to comfort him. To distract Dexter, Mos Def tells him that his father once used him to kill a man. Then he talked about his conversion moment in prison. Dexter goes to get coffee and prays for Harrison, trying to bargain with God for Harrison’s life. Dexter said that if there was a price for saving Harrison, Dexter would pay it. Man, he should have just asked. Now he has to come through, right?

The Mos Def/religion stuff is coming across better than we thought it would. It isn’t super trite or preachy. It’s just one guy saying, “This is how I roll,” and another guy opening up his mind to it. We truly doubt that Dexter is going to find Jesus or anything, but he may take SOMETHING away from it. A general belief in something, knowledge of it, a tool to connect with people, a motto, whatever. Maybe there’s a whole religion out there that isn’t for you, but it’s possible to take the pieces you like and graft them into what you believe already. That’s how we feel about Buddhism, at any rate. We are interested to see what Dexter takes away from his exploration of faith. What could possibly work for him, long term, as Dexter, living a serial killing life? Maybe he will reject it all. Who knows?

Travis meets a cute waitress and have a date. Gellar is not pleased, and he’s especially not pleased when Travis has sex with her. Sorry, “defiles” her. Of course, in true hypocrite fashion, Gellar watches the whole thing. What a freaking creeper. Gellar trusses the waitress up like an angel and sets her body up at a botanical garden. The cops show up and trip a wire which kills her. That’s what happens if you have sex, kids. Then the cops open up a cabinet full of locusts.

We’re happy that everyone loved Deb after her press conference but how dumb do you have to be to say the “f” word on TV during an official press conference? We guess it just slipped out, but she needs to have more control than that. Masuka and his stupid intern are over, because Masuka found out that she stole the ice truck killer mannequin arm and tried to sell it on the internet. Hopefully she is gone for good, but we don’t think she is. LaGuerta is the most unlikable person on this show. Now that she’s not Lieutenant, why are we keeping her around? This is a woman whose storylines were never interesting. Her only purpose is to stand in Deb’s way. We have actual criminals for that. Get rid of her.

Last season of Dexter was mildly entertaining, but this one is shaping up to be actually gripping. Who knew religion and Dexter would mesh so well? Things are moving along quickly. The killers remind us of the guy on Se7en, only possibly more unhinged and creepy. More time is spent on the main players and events than boring side stuff like Batista and LaGuerta’s doomed marriage. Now, the show just needs to get rid of the intern and make Masuka a wise-cracking side character again, and this show will be golden.

Episode grade: A-

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