Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What I’m Watching: Dexter

Dexter: Season 8, Episode 5 “This Little Piggy” (B-)

Cable shows tend to be better equipped to deliver solid programming every hour of a season than broadcast networks because the season is shorter. As a result, filler installments seem far from productive or necessary, and disappointing given what else could be covered. This season is unquestionably about Dexter and Deb getting closer to each other, and the final scene on the boat with Vogel is therefore important and powerful. But everything leading up to it took much too long, and there’s no time for this in the final season of a great show like this. The Brain Surgeon was never going to be this season’s big villain, and Vogel is becoming less of a compelling character as she gets more manipulative of those around her, whether it’s moderating a sibling therapy session or trying to sedate her captor by shocking him into submission. I want Dexter’s romance with Bethany Joy Lenz’s Cassie to kick into gear, especially since Jamie is very close to getting fed up with Dexter’s attitude and quitting her very vital job as Harrison’s nanny. Quinn’s quest for the sergeant job would be more compelling if Angie was someone we’d known for longer and if Matthews wasn’t so obviously playing politics. I’ve never heard a more foreboding food order, and, for all of the vile things that he’s done and said over the years, Masuka doesn’t deserve to be taken for a ride by this mysterious new daughter of his. I’m sure there’s more to the story, and I hope it doesn’t end with him getting irreconcilably hurt.

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