Monday, August 26, 2013

What I’m Watching: Dexter

Dexter: Season 8, Episode 9 “Make Your Own Kind of Music” (B+)

This episode was mostly compelling, but I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the way one part of the story is going. While reading another review of last week’s episode, I agreed with the author that it would be a letdown if the Brain Surgeon didn’t have some greater connection to Dexter’s past. For it to be Oliver and Oliver to be Vogel’s is interesting in terms of the psychological themes this show has tried to develop, but, ultimately, Vogel isn’t one of the series’ main characters. The ending of the episode, with Vogel sitting and eating with Oliver after proving to him that she didn’t send Dexter, is less than fulfilling, since it would be better if it was all much more relevant to Dexter. I did like Dexter weighing the value of police protection for the inconvenience of having to hide Hannah and the safety it would provide for Harrison. Kenneth Johnson’s Marshal is definitely going to cause problems for Dexter and Hannah, since there’s no way that he bought Dexter and Arlene as a couple, and I suspect he’ll stick around to cause some more trouble. Dexter agreed way too quickly to go away to Argentina with Hannah and Harrison, and I’m not excited to see that bubble get burst. Suggesting that Hannah stay with Deb was brilliant, and I enjoyed Deb’s humorous comments about eating the food that Hannah made. Quinn kissing Deb was less exciting, though she could use some affection given the fact that Elway basically threw her out when Batista welcomed her back at the lowest possible level on the totem pole. We’ve only got three episodes left, and I do hope things end on a dark and memorable note.

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