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Dexter – Episode 6 “Just Let Go” Recap and Review

November 7, 2011

Scene from 'Dexter' by Maffer from Deviant Art (used without permission)

Well Dexter fans, we’ve hit the halfway point and of all the unexpected turns I didn’t expect this season, the one at the end of tonight’s episode is among the least-expected-est! It almost feels like we’ve been shown a mid-season finale and next week is going to kick the homestretch into high gear. But before I turn on my predict-o-matic, let’s look back on what’s either going to be this season’s springboard into greatness or ramp over the shark!

My thoughts exactly, but in a good way!

Tonight’s episode “Just Let Go” was written by Jace Richdale (first time Dexter writer, most known for doing The Simpsons‘ season 5 episode “Burn’s Heir” and the Chris Elliot cult classic show Get a Life‘s beloved “Spewey and Me” episode) and directed by John Dahl (this season’s premiere and “Horse of a Different Color”). While tonight started off somewhat slow, the twists in the last 20 minutes were among the most satisfying the show has made. I don’t know if the fresh feeling by the end of it is a result of Richdale’s great set-up of the developments, but Dahl’s typically great framing elevated the writing and the performances to the next level.

We begin with Dex hearing about Brother Sam being shot and vowing revenge on the perpetrator. All signs point to it being a revenge attempt at Brother Sam for the disappearance from their leader. While Dexter is staking out the gang’s second in command who he believes is behind the attack, Miami Metro becomes hot on his trail too, leading to a shootout that guns him down, but doesn’t sit right with Dexter. Once they find the security tape and Dexter recognizes that Sam’s attack dogs doesn’t so much as bark at the shooter, he realizes the killer must be Sam’s assistant who we saw him baptize earlier this season. Dexter visits Sam in the hospital and tells him vows revenge, only for Sam to instruct Dexter, as his dying wish, to tell the boy he forgives him and not to harm him, “just let it go.” Sam dies just as the shooter is approaching the hospital and Dexter takes him to the beach where he was baptized. Dexter tells the killer he knows and that he isn’t going to arrest him, he just wants to know “why?” After the killer explains that he did it to get back in the good graces of his gang because Sam didn’t deliver on the “better life” he promised and then laughs in Dexter’s face for being able to get away clean, Dex snaps and drowns him in the water, only to re-emerge and be greeted by…HIS BROTHER!

Yes, Dexter’s brother Brian (the Ice Truck Killer) appears to be Dexter’s brain’s newest inmate. It’s interesting, we get the first worthwhile moment between Harry and Dexter in about two seasons with Harry telling Dexter that Sam may have seen Dexter’s potential for light that he himself had never saw, only to now perhaps see him gone. While the Rita’s funeral escapade in last season’s premiere teased Dexter going full-on evil, we’ve never had him look as completely dark as he did at the end of tonight’s episode. It’s a credit to Michael C. Hall’s performance that his internal un-narrated conflict as he watched the killer laugh in his face was one of the most tense moments in the shows history. As a viewer, I wanted to see Dexter kill this kids for the moment of vengeance, but also see him just walk away in hopes he could one day get better. Hall was able to create one of the tightest bonds of voyeuristic empathy with this scene, earning every penny Showtime’s giving him as the network’s franchise player.

Kids painting what they want to be when they grow up like...a train?

Elsewhere, we had two more unexpected swerves that were just as satisfying. Doomsday accomplice Travis let Professor Gellar’s latest capture go, driving her to the beach still blindfolded and restrained but presumably on her way to freedom. We got more signs of Travis’ reluctance to Gellar tonight, but even then I did not see letting the girl go coming. We also got Travis taking some time to surprise his sister at the preschool she teaches at. If it turns out Gellar’s a dark passenger it’s going to be a tremendous letdown. That being said, with the way we’re seeing Travis’ relationship with his sister, I don’t see her getting through this season alive.

We also had “That Ishy” Quinn upping his levels of scumbag, getting Batista to not tell Deborah he slept with the investigation’s main person of interest because of “the partner card,” only for it to come out in the interrogation room, followed by a tremendously shot scene where Deborah tells Quinn she doesn’t care who he copulated with*, she just doesn’t want him to ruin this investigation. Later, at her housewarming party, Quinn shows up drunk with a girl he just met and after attempting to hit on Batista’s sister, Batista punches him in the face and they call him a cab. Quinn has never been this enjoyable of a character and Desmond Harrington’s performance has made for a delightfully entertaining self-destruction.

My sentiments exactly.

Over all, I am ready to shift into overdrive. All of those slower episodes we’ve had recently has been building up to next week and I’ve never been at such a loss for where the show could be going. Deb’s never been under more turmoil and didn’t cry all episode so she (and her new therapist friend) could be in a position to finally catch Dexter. Dex has never been so emotionally unraveled, closer to reforming than he’s ever been only to be completely inverted. Quinn is a human wrecking ball and who knows what Gellar’s punishment for Travis is going to be. Plus, with Rudy’s return, who else could be show up? Buckle-up kids, things are about to get awesome.

We give Just Let Go a Three Out of Five

So until next time…let’s agree to agree!

*She wasn’t quite as eloquent, I cleaned it a bit for the site.

Dexter – Episode 5 “The Angel of Death” Recap and Review

October 31, 2011

Welcome once again party people to Popular  Opinion’s ongoing recap of Season 6 of Dexter. Usually this is about the time in previous seasons where we’ve thrown our hands up and asked ourselves “why am I still watching this show?” and so with very little to complain about thus far it’s surprising that we’re already at episode 5 “The Angel of Death.” I really hope I’m not jinxing anything when I say this season has seemingly become everything to everyone of its viewers*. It’s developed its characters, dropped the subplots nobody cares about, given us plenty of kills and brought back both a true sense of darkness while keeping Dex’s dry wit as sharp as ever. Tonight’s episode was primarily another exposition one, but along with the numerous scenes of slowburn storytelling we got the big revelation that Dexter takes places in the same universe as The Office. Don’t believe me? Take a look:

 

The Scranton Strangler Should Count His Lucky Stars.

Yes true believers, that is a Sabre printer in Dexter’s office. I had to rewind and check again, but I’m pretty sure Dwight just got a little less psychopathic. Crossover potential aside, we had a good episode and while it took its sweet time, really seems to be building to something special. “The Angel of Death” was directed by S.J. Clarkson (this season’s “Once Upon a Time”) and written by Scott Reynolds (who came up with the story of Rita’s death at the end of Season 4 and wrote last season’s excellent “In the Beginning” where Lumen and Dexter shared their first killroom). This is already our second repeat of a director this season, and it’s really kept a strong pace and sense of style for the show.

So, let’s recap what happened in order of least screentime to most:

– Masuka’s new assistant, while unable to retrieve/intercept the hand from the Ice Truck Killer case, did wipe all trace of the evidence auction from the internet.

– Deborah had her therapy, returned Quinn’s ring and got a new apartment.

– While sent on assignment to interview one of the Doomsday Killer’s former teaching assistants, “That Ishy” Quinn sleeps with her and we got a not-so-subtle full-screen shot of her back tattoo. (my only gripe with tonight’s direction)

– While having drinks in front of his apartment, Dexter reveals to Brother Sam that he got into bloodwork because he saw his mother killed in front of him. Brother Sam is later shot in the last scene of the show with no context given, other than earlier mentioning that his repair shop had been shot at after hours.

– Dexter tracks down Travis and in an unflinchingly dark fashion not seen since season one gets him to confess while choking him from the backseat of his car that he’s not a killer but does follow Professor Gellar who is doing all the killing. Dex then lets him go in hope Travis will lead him to Gellar.

So, lots of stuff. Right off the bat, the show continues to play directly to the actors’ strengths (especially scumbag Quinn) making for a much more entertaining show. Since we’re just about at the halfway point with no signs of LaGuerta, Harry or Cody & Aster for quite some time, the show isn’t dragging us into any rehashed subplots that they’ve done to death. We’ve even gone two weeks in a row without hearing the words “dark passenger!” What’s interesting is, because of the religious subject matter, half the fanbase is pleased that Dexter is seemingly going full camp while the other half is pleased the show is finally taking the writing seriously, and in a sense they’re both right. More than anything, this season we’ve gotten more of what we want and far less of what we don’t.

Ice Truck Friendster?

So what significance does tonight have? The tension in Dexter’s scene with Travis, while shorter than I’d have liked it, was all shades of darkly deconstructing Dexter not seen since the first season. Starting the season a year after the events of last year’s finale (as opposed to the last few seasons that have begun immediately after the previous season ended) really gave the show a believable breathing room for us to get something really fresh. I do like that Quinn set on self-destruct is somehow a better detective, and from the great camera angle where Deb put the ring back on his desk that it looks like they’re through. Making the new detective married will hopefully kill any chance of another “Deb dates the new guy on the show” storyline as well. Finally, I’m just about 100% certain that Gellar exists and is guiding Travis through all of this, so as much as they’re teasing he’s another dark passenger, I think that they’re building up to something much more shocking and fulfilling. Next week’s episode should be the big mid-season game changer we’ve come to expect, and with everything being this good so far I’m looking forward to where they take us from here.

We give “The Angel of Death” a Three Out of Five

So until next time…let’s agree to agree!

*Word to Art Alexakis