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?

The Angel of Death Review

Editor Rating: 2.0 / 5.0
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Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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