More thoughts, recaps, and analysis of the seventh season premiere of Showtime’s “Dexter.”
(For part one of this article, please click here.)
Dexter ambushes Viktor in the airport bathroom, and knocks him out. He takes him to a baggage area at the airport, and straps him down. When he wakes up, Dexter admits he’s killing him because he has to. He has to get control of his life and take things back to the way they were. Since he doesn’t have a knife, he covers Viktor’s head with a plastic bag and beats him to death with a fire extinguisher.
Novikov calls his boss, Isaac, in Kiev to tell him what’s going on. He tells Isaac he’ll make the problem with the dead police officer go away.
Deb runs on her treadmill until she almost snaps, then gets off and calls Dexter’s house. She finds out from Jamie that Dexter isn’t there, and he works crazy hours, even though Deb knows he doesn’t.
Dexter dumps Viktor’s body in the bay, and remembers what Harry told him once about never telling Debra the truth about him and his nature.
Harry: Dex, she loves who she thinks you are. If she ever saw the real you, she’d never get over it. Son, your mother and I aren’t going to be around forever. Someday Debra will be all you have left. You don’t want to lose her, do you?
LaGuerta goes to Masuka and asks if he’s gotten to the evidence on the Doomsday Killer yet, and he says no. She asks if any of their agents take blood slides at crime scenes, and he says no, only Agent Doakes, who they knew as the Bay Harbor Butcher. LaGuerta steals the slide and leaves.
Back at his apartment, Dexter enters to find Debra waiting on him. She ‘s gone though everything and found…well, everything. His knives, his blood slides, the Ice Truck Killer’s hand, everything.
Debra: Did you kill all these people?
Dexter: …I did.
Debra: Are you…are you this serial killer?
Some thoughts on “Are You…?”
I’m glad this show is back, but the entire episode seemed like a run-up to that final cliffhanger, which is only a hair’s breadth ahead of the cliffhanger at the end of the previous episode. So now Deb knows, and there’s finally no coming back from it.
It was a logical progression, as Deb initially wanted to believe her brother’s excuses, but the longer it went on, the more her natural instincts as a detective kicked in. It was also a nice touch having her flash back to being wrapped in plastic, which happened in season one with the Ice Truck Killer. Dexter’s brother was imitating him and his style of killing. I always like it when a show has a memory, especially when they refer back to good seasons.
Other than the Dexter-Deb dynamic finally taking the big step, not much happened in this season premiere. The conflict between Quinn and Angel which ran strong in last season was pretty much laughed off, even though Quinn’s alcoholism almost got Angel killed. LaGuerta has stumbled onto evidence that might finally clear Doakes, even though he’s been dead for five years. I do like what they’ve done with creepy intern Louis. He’s lurking there, and we’re not sure just how completely evil he is. Is he just creepy? Is he dangerous? We’re not completely sure yet, but I love the way he flies under Dexter’s radar. Dexter’s annoyed with him, but hasn’t sensed his true nature yet.
This episode, though, felt like a couple of good ideas thrown together with ridiculous coincidences. This was another show where Dexter killed someone under bizarre circumstances, where even the suspension of disbelief gets strained. Dexter gets a fingerprint off of a turn signal no one else notices, breaks into the guy’s apartment, finds his un-password protected laptop, gets to the airport and gets his needles through security, spots him in a crowd, knocks him out in a restroom where no one else is using the toilet at the time, smuggles him into an empty baggage area, straps him down and kills him, then smuggles him back out in a surfboard case.
The show has gotten into the habit of taking shortcuts, and it’s starting to get distracting.
And by the way, how is Dexter the only cop in Miami who knows to check a turn signal for finger prints? And what will Deb’s police department do now that Dexter has killed Viktor? That’s a cop killer they’ll never catch. As it is now, Miami Metro is left celebrating a case where they didn’t find the Doomsday Killer before he killed himself, and he killed a cop on his way out (in the last episode). They don’t get a lot of tallies in the “Win” column.
When this show hits, it’s fantastic. But when they take shortcuts, it’s distractingly stupid.
Rating: Five out of a possible ten blood slides. Eight for the final scene, two for the ridiculous setup.
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