Dexter: Season 5, Episode 10 “In the Beginning” (B+)
This is the second time in less than a year that a vicious villain has come right into police headquarters and looked Dexter right in the face, knowing full well his real name and identity. The crucial difference between Jordan Chase and Arthur Mitchell is that the latter was a nobody and only had his terrified family to stick by him. Chase, by contrast, still has a rotation of armed guards at his side at all times despite the murders of his accomplices, and he has also has a reputation that causes people to gasp and say, “the Jordan Chase” when they hear his name invoked. That should make Dexter’s job more difficult, though he does a raise a good point when he declares that he’s happy the police no longer suspect him and he’ll have Jordan all to himself. Watching Lumen with Dexter really is like watching an apprentice learning from a master, and that’s a situation in which Dexter has never been since Miguel was never really subservient to him and no one else has been nearly as close to Dexter besides him. The inevitable sexual component of their relationship shouldn’t be a detractor or distraction for either of them, rather a pleasant release of considerable stress. At this point, taking care of Jordan, while it’s going to be an uphill battle, is going to pale in difficulty in comparison to dealing with Liddy, a foe Dexter and Lumen aren’t even aware they have. I’m sure the next two episodes are going to be very exciting and thrilling.