This season is going out with a whimper. Too bad, because up until lately the writing has been fairly decent. The character of Vogel hasn't been consistent at all: the contrived conflict with her son, where she at first offers to send him for treatment contradicts her belief that psychopaths can't be cured. It's who they are. I was surprised that she didn't offer to manage him the same way she wanted to manage Dexter (and other assorted psychopaths). That dichotomy broke the fourth wall for me, and I stopped caring. Dexter escapes; Dexter gets caught and jailed or Dexter gets killed. Who cares? End it.
Weird. I thought for sure Gomez was hit. It looked like he got struck by a bullet at one point. Might have been my imagination. When Hank told Marie (just before the white power gang showed up) that he might be late getting home, I gulped. Total foreshadowing, that one. My thought: no way is Hank coming home, at least not while breathing. The fact that Walt pretty much gave up the entire enchilada over the phone to Jesse told me just one thing: no one who heard or recorded those guilty words would see the light of the next day's sun. Hence my belief that Hank and Gomez are dead. (Plus all that firepower, as lousy shots as they seem to be, will ultimately do them in).
Every time I think Walt is a genius, he comes up with these explanations for his actions which, by virtue of the fact that they're so elaborate and lengthy, prove them to be obvious lies. I can't help wondering how it is he's so oblivious to the reality that almost EVERYONE can see through them. He may be brain smart, but he's people-stupid I think. Even innocent Walt Jr. sees through them. I mean come on!
Speaking of which, the cereal-swilling Junior is the only minor character yet unaffected by Walt's evil. You have to wonder what kind of darkness he'll adopt once he learns the truth. I imagine Vince Gilligan was thinking "okay this guy needs the Big Reveal - we can't keep making him stay ignorant like this".
Dr. Vogel has got to be a psychopath herself. She's sinister, secretive and way too calm all the time. Entirely in control of her emotions.
The writing in this series has set the bar for future dramas. So many of them are utterly predictable. This show - and in particular this episode - was the antithesis of "predictable". When I saw the DVD confession scene, I started shouting at the TV set. Actually shouting - and if you knew me, you'd know how rare that is. I was all "NO F**KING WAY. NO WAY!!!"
Holy crap - I never thought about Tara's mother deliberately poisoning her daughter, but the logic holds up: she's married to a vamp-hater, and she feels guilty that her daughter got turned. What better way to make things right between them both, and God - but by allowing Hep-V to run its course? Wow. That's twisted thinking but she's always been about twisted behaviour.
Sam as mayor asking the residents to team up each with one vampire to ensure everyone's safety just didn't ring true. Suspension of disbelief can only go so far - but this scheme stretches credulity to the breaking point. No points to the writers on that one. Looking forward to the next season just the same though.
Matt, you said it: TV doesn't get any better than this. In the opening scene it took me a minute to realize that the wreck of a house he was in, the house with the skateboarders out back doing their tricks in the broken down pool was actually Walt's house. Amazing. We heard him cough a bit too in that scene, so I'm not entirely sure he's over his cancer. Or maybe he was just dealing with the dust of the place. Who knows.
Everything about this episode was top-notch. Everything. Even the comedic fan-script of Star Trek that Badger explained to Skinny Pete was hilarious. And yeah - the lines are drawn now. Hank had better tread carefully.
When the three of them finally united near the end, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. Actually I sort of wonder if Vogel herself isn't some sort of sociopath - the way she handled Yates, and then later on the way she kept talking in order to bring Deb and Dexter into this sort of weird Addams family dynamic. I don't trust her, not for a second. I think she has an agenda, which will result in Dexter's doom. What I haven't figured out is how or why she'll make it happen.
I couldn't get past the fisherman exiting the scene right after he saved Deb. The writers could've written something for him - like maybe he was too winded to go after him. Have the camera pan over to him gasping on the ground while Deb gets up. Other than that it was a great episode. As soon as she told Quinn that she wanted him to be happy, it felt like she was saying goodbye (which she was). And then when she met up with Dexter, I said (out loud) "oh she's going to kill him". Which, frankly speaks to the great writing and her acting. I loved it. Brian B.'s point about Yates leaving his laptop is important too. I know they have to advance the story but at least make Dexter work for it.
I'm completely blown away by this excellent start to the season too. And I really appreciate that the writers didn't play cat-and-mouse (much) with Vogel. Instead of spending several episode with Dexter trying to figure out if she's there for the serial murder case or for him. Now we know. It's for him, but as Matt said: what's the exact deal? I'm really intrigued about her presence and can't wait to see more.
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