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Monday, December 17, 2012

Dexter- season 7, episodes 10-12

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The show went off the rails for the first time this season in the episode where Dexter abandoned his code. He really thought that his Dark Passenger wasn't him? We thought he at least knew it was a part of him. Dexter, as a scientific adult, seeing his urge as a separate entity doesn't make full sense for us. What Hannah said didn't seem like enough to convince Dexter to abandon the code. It wasn't explained well enough.

We love Dexter on the code. The code is what keeps him a vigilante and not a despicable demon. The code is why we can watch the show and root for him. So we were upset. But we trusted the show, since this season has been so stellar, to take us here and not let it ruin everything. One thing we liked about that episode was Hannah's father. His presence explained a lot about her and made her sympathetic to us. We can't say we're sad that he's dead.

We ARE glad that Hannah got away and we hope to see her again. We kind of like her, even though she's a cold, unapologetic murderess. She keeps Deb and Dexter from having sex and she manages to make her character sympathetic. It might just be how stinking beautiful she is. We don't know.

LaGuerta was brilliant to release Hector Estrada as bait for Dexter. Dexter is one lucky son of a gun. We usually hate luck dictating important plot points, but having Dexter get away because of a crack from Hector was fun. We also loved seeing Doakes again.

This season's arc was really about Deb. It proved that Dexter and Deb will do anything for each other. Deb will kill an innocent person (LaGuerta. Can you freaking believe it?!!) and Dexter will send the love of his life away for him because of a mere suspicion that she's a danger to his sister. Deb's reaction to shooting LaGuerta brought tears to our eyes. It's Emmy time for Jennifer Carpenter. She sounded like a squealing pig. In a good way.

The season's main disappointment for us was the Quinn and Nadia subplot. This season has been good about not making the side characters' actions boring and pointless. We thought Quinn and Nadia would lead somewhere interesting or at least come together with the rest of the action and themes. But she just left? We're glad Quinn got her out of sex slavery, because we hate sex slavery, but we're left feeling like their story was a waste of time. Oh and hey, if you hate human trafficking too, check this out. They are actually making a real difference.

We loved Dexter's lines at the end about how when you break your rules, your code, you lose yourself. You don't know who you are anymore. You are not yourself anymore. This is true. The lines you've set, your beliefs, and how you choose to treat others are things you've accepted or created that define the person you choose to be. If you stray from that and compromise, you become more like the thing that tempted you or the thing you weren't meant to be. If THAT'S where this show is going and if that's the theme created by Dexter going off code, we're fine with it.

The Dark...Whatever: C+
Do You See What I See: B+
Surprise Motherfucker: A

Season grade: A-


  1. You know what I haven't said for a while for Dexter? "I'm looking forward to the next season" Dexter stepped up big time this season. Several shows have stepped it up. Glee is more entertaining and watchable now then it was the previous seasons minus season 1. American Horror Story was pretty good in season 1 but totally changed and got whole lot better in season 2. Falling Skies was okay in season 1 and totally changed and got a lot better in season 2. The Walking Dead has been more exciting than ever.

    1. Agree with all of this. That's a list of improved shows, to which we'd like to add Scandal