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Dexter Review: A Lack of Urgency

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For the record: I dressed as Dexter Morgan for a Halloween party last night. So let it be known that I have been a loyal, massive fan of this Showtime hit.

But, man these past few episodes have been exceptionally boring and aimless, with "The Angel of Death" the season's lowest point yet. Allow me to pose a few questions that illustrate my frustration:

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Did we really spend time on a murder/suicide just to lead to Deb getting a deal on a new rental?

Did the show really waste a drawn-out storyline of Quinn hooking up with Gellar's ex just to prove what the viewers and the Miami PD strongly suspected, that the professor is behind the killings?

What newspaper would ever run a front page photo and story, replete with definitive headline that screams THE DOOMSDAY KILLER, when there's absolutely no evidence linking that individual to the crime?

If Gellar had already seen this story, why would he go out in public to begin with, just to then tell Travis it was a bad idea once he also saw the newspaper?

Why is Dexter keeping his work on this case a secret from his co-workers? We've seen Dexter work against the police department before, but only when he had a personal stake in the crimes being committed. In this case, he saw Travis, he has suspicions... and he's just working on his own because he wants to commit the kill? That's not typically how Dexter operates. He finds his own victims. Why not do his actual job here?

Overall, there's just been no sense of urgency this season. Is any viewer on the edge of his/her seat because Brother Sam got shot? He's not connected to the main storyline, he's just been a prop to shove this whole faith issue down our throats. If the lesson Dexter learns from Sam's death is that he's bound to live a life of darkness... isn't that the lesson he's learned every single season?

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Editor Rating: 2.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.6 / 5.0 (61 Votes)

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That's not typically how Dexter operates. He finds his own victims. Why not do his actual job here? Dexter did the same, while he was searching for the Trinity Killer.You could say Dexter is a moron for not sharing his info to the Police since it got his wife killed.Cmon, how did they forget that ? Urgency ?
True, it's been pretty slow.It takes a person, who has seen many tv series to say that though.I could give a **** when Brother Sam died(?).I was kinda hoping he'd help Dexter catch Travis or Geller, but Dexter sharing his Darkness has been done in most of the seasons already. Other points ? I agree with tvnut014 on those.

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Wow, its interesting how people see things differently. This is the best season yet. I AM on the edge of my seat and I think the writing is AMAZING. I do care about the Brother Sam story line and all the moral questions being raised for DEX. This season asks questions about whether a man can be redeemed and examines people who kill because they are convinced it is "just", it makes Dex examine whether he as an avenging vigilante, is a hypocrite. I find it all very fascinating and interesting. I like when Dexter is thought provoking and for me so far this season, the writers are kicking my ass every week!

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If you paused and took time to read the newspaper you'll see that they mention that he's just a POI and the police are looking for him. The Doomsday Killer title next to the photo is a common attention-grabbing technique for newspapers. They'll sell more newspapers if people think they'll be reading about exactly who the Doomsday Killer is. The clarification comes with the actual story, not with the title. I read an essay the other day called "Deodorants will end the world". It was about some chemicals in deodorants that pollute the ozone. Hardly anything truly apocalyptic, but it's just an attention-grabbing title so it doesn't matter. Anyway, I liked the episode. I too believe Travis killed Gellar and has been imagining him ever since. He's truly nuts.

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I must agree with Matt's review. There does seem to be a whole lot of unnecessary filler this season. I guess one could add Masuka's interns into that category as well. I hope that Sam's murder will give Dexter a target to pursue. I hope that Quinn's latest hook up will tie into the main storyline somehow. Like maybe she is also a disciple of the Doomsday Killer.
Travis must be one of the world's most inept evil sidekicks ever. He's Cpt. Mauser's Sgt. Proctor (Police Academy), Madame Medusa's Mr. Snoops (The Rescuers), Dick Dastardly's Muttley (Hanna-Barbera toons), Megatron's Starscream (Transformers). I don't understand why Gellar keeps him around.

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There is nothing I do not like about Dexter. I am confident that this season will get more exciting as it goes along there is a big build up coming I am sure!! I hope Brother Sam makes it but it does not look promising but it seems that who ever get close to Dexter gets it whether it is on his table or not..but whoas to who ever kills Bro Sam they are for sure headed to the table
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If Gellar had already seen this story, why would he go out in public to begin with, just to then tell Travis it was a bad idea once he also saw the newspaper?
Um, Gellar's a psychopath? His actions doesn't have to make sense. Also, there's a theory out there that Gellar is a figment of Travis' imagination. If that's true, then Dexter made a horrible mistake in letting him go. Travis claimed that he didn't do the killing, but if he has a split personality, maybe he did? Why is Dexter keeping his work on this case a secret from his co-workers? We've seen Dexter work against the police department before, but only when he had a personal stake in the crimes being committed. In this case, he saw Travis, he has suspicions... and he's just working on his own because he wants to commit the kill? That's not typically how Dexter operates. He finds his own victims. Why not do his actual job here?
Dexter is a serial killer. Perhaps it's been a low murder rate in Miami? In any case, Travis has not yet been tied to the Doomsday Killings, which provides him with a chance to catch a serial killer without having Miami PD on his tail. In any case, Dexter is allowed to have his own motives. Overall, there's just been no sense of urgency this season. Is any viewer on the edge of his/her seat because Brother Sam got shot? He's not connected to the main storyline, he's just been a prop to shove this whole faith issue down our throats. If the lesson Dexter learns from Sam's death is that he's bound to live a life of darkness... isn't that the lesson he's learned every single season?
I'm a bit concerned that Brother Sam was shot. Sam is a decent man, and one of Dexter's only friends, the others being Bautista and Masuka. But even then, there's a possibility that Dexter could have told Sam about who he is. Of course this whole season is going to end up with Dexter realizing that he is forced to live a life of darkness, but the other side of this season is that Dexter is trying to figure out what is best for Harrison. Religion won't fix Dexter's problems but perhaps it will provide something for Harrison and keep him away from Dexter's own dark path. In any case, this episode deserves more than 2 stars.

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Did we really spend time on a murder/suicide just to lead to Deb getting a deal on a new rental?
We sure did! But I really think the time spent on the murder suicide was to establish the new detective. He learned that Dexter is SUPER smart and that he's Deb's brother. I'm gonna assume later on that this is going to be important. Such as, because Deb's Lieutenant she's going to have to overcome that blind spot she's had for Dexter. Plus, I'm not sure, but they might be trying to establish a romantic relationship between Deb and the new detective. Did the show really waste a drawn-out storyline of Quinn hooking up with Gellar's ex just to prove what the viewers and the Miami PD strongly suspected, that the professor is behind the killings?
Again, I think there's more to it than that. (The preview for the next episode confirms what I'm about to say.) The evidence that they found at that girl's apartment is concrete evidence tying Gellar to the killings. However, because Quinn slept with a potential witness, that totally screwed everything up. Not to mention HOW they obtained the evidence. That reason alone could have the evidence thrown out of court. What newspaper would ever run a front page photo and story, replete with definitive headline that screams THE DOOMSDAY KILLER, when there's absolutely no evidence linking that individual to the crime?
Not gonna lie, that was just a poor excuse for a plot device. Newspapers would never do that, considering Gellar was only a suspect at the time. The only way a newspaper would print a name was if the police were looking for a person of interest. They wouldn't tie the name to the crime unless they were actually arrested or convicted of the crime.

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I am stillwaiting for the library to reserve season 5 *6 of DEXTER
takes over a year fro me to get seasn4 with John Lithgrow had to watch parts 3*4 priro to parts 1-2 (just considered a flashback moment
ps. still waiting for the library to reserve the final season of THE FUGITIVE with DAvid Janssenn ove a a year youo think the library would buy more episodes DVD... hauntin halloweenn ,...eeeeeee hheeee

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I've been falling asleep this Season - can't seem to make it to the end of any show. In the past this never happened. Wow what a dissapointment this year has been!! Seems to me the writer's have jumped on the band wagon of "LET'S BASH CHRISTIANITY"!!! I'm sick of it and have lost interest in what was once a fantastic series.

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you have to have a dip before a climax.. so shut up and watch you cant change anything

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