Thursday, July 18, 2013

What I'm Watching: Dexter

Dexter: Season 8, Episode 3 "What's Eating Dexter Morgan?" (B+)

With Dr. Vogel's help, Dexter is getting a much better on his identity and his place in the world while Deb rapidly loses her grip on where and how she fits in to everything. Hearing Dr. Vogel react to the way that Dexter talks about Deb is particularly interesting, since she's so continually fascinated by the fact that his apparent emotions for her contradict his status as a psychopath. It was jarring, therefore, to see her shocked reaction when Dexter decided to restrain Deb when he left his apartment. Deb wandering into the police station in a disoriented state was a bad idea to begin with, and when Quinn became the cool and collected one in the situation, it was obvious that something was wrong. She didn't waste much time in confessing to her murderous transgression, and Quinn calling Dexter really did make her world seem inescapable, as the one person she didn't want to see showed up right away. Quinn being so invested in helping his good friend and former girlfriend Deb is not helping his relationship with Jamie at all, and Batista made things even worse by revaling Quinn's excuse about a case in the middle of the night. Dexter meeting and analyzing the cannibal was very compelling, since he, unlike so many of Dexter's other victims, was eager to talk and befriend Dexter rather than shy away from the limelight. Seeing the fear in the cannibal's eyes as Dexter killed him is a firm reminder that, sympathetic as he may be, Dexter is still a killer above all.

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