Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What I’m Watching: Dexter

Dexter: Season 7, Episode 9 “Helter Skelter” (A-)

I’m so impressed by the direction this show is taking, transforming one of its primary villains into a sympathetic character over the course of one hour. Isaak coming to Dexter for help getting rid of the assassins tasked to kill him was a twist, and kidnapping Hannah to ensure his complicity felt both harsh and desperate. Leading the second assassin into a trap should have been the final straw, but George’s guest appearance changed the course of things. That final scene on the boat was absolutely terrific, and I especially liked Isaak’s efforts to convince Dexter that he needed to tell Hannah how he felt. I was worried that Hannah’s bold escape attempt would result in her death, or that Deb would be the one to kill her if she survived. Hannah’s death would be too tragic at this point, but I don’t see how this ends in any kind of positive way for Dexter and what appears to be his soul mate. It does look like Deb’s love confession won’t prove lasting or problematic, and she and her brother should be able to get back to some semblance of normalcy. Laguerta going to Captain Matthews for help means that she’s really determined to prove Doakes’ innocence, which spells grave danger for Dexter and his lifestyle. George sleeping with Nadia to show Quinn that he had to do as he was told was the last straw, and hopefully Quinn can find the courage to break free of his rather troublesome debt.

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