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RECAP: Dexter heads over the edge

by Matt Zoller Seitz
November 14, 2011 12:03 PM
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Season six has been a mess, so the writers go for the ultimate no-no, a relationship between Dexter and Deb.
This recap contains spoilers for "Dexter" season six, episode seven; read at your own risk.

Something extraordinary happened on “Dexter” this week. As Dexter split into two personas as he struggled to hang on to his remaining humanity, a show that’s been MIA suddenly reported ready for duty.

It’s as if the death of Brother Sam (Mos Def) last week performed a ritual cleansing of all that was wrong with “Dexter’s” sixth season. Gone is the ceaseless God talk, the ill-advised forays into slapstick comedy — serial-killer slapstick golf, really? — and even a super-tardy entry into the Manic Pixie Dream Girl sweepstakes.

Brother Sam’s murder also quashed any hope that Dexter (Michael C. Hall) had in redemption, as it led to the rebirth of the ghost of Dexter’s brother Brian (Christian Camargo), a killer who Dexter himself killed in the show’s first season. Brian is here to remind Dex of some core principles, such as “You don’t turn the other cheek — you slice it.”

Brian’s monstrous effect on Dexter runs parallel to Travis’ attempts to free himself of the monstrous Professor Gellar (Edward James Olmos). And you know what? Salon readers discussing the show in the comments were probably right. There probably is no Professor Gellar. The Apocalypse-crazed installation artist may actually be Travis’ killer alter-ego. It would have been nice if it hadn’t taken six episodes to get to this fascinating juncture, but let’s not dwell. Instead, let’s appreciate how this episode didn’t feel like the writers dutifully hitting plot points they didn’t care much about. About how director Romeo Tirone favored long, moody takes of this gifted cast.

You can read the rest of Matt's recap of Dexter here at Salon.

Matt Zoller Seitz is the co-founder and publisher of Press Play.

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  • mehran | July 12, 2013 7:59 PMReply

    America's most loved serial killer in Dexter Morgan Miami Metros very own Blood Spatter Analyst. I happen to stumble upon this by flipping through channels during the very first season and haven't missed episode yet. Season 9 which is the series final season is currently airing. If you haven't seen it i advise you start from the beginning I guarantee you will get hooked.
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  • monicayoung | July 10, 2013 11:35 PMReply

    Dexter Season 8 DVD would be the last, executive producer Scott Buck stated that "while Dexter season 8 will be treated as the final season, there’s still a chance that the show could continue into season 9" indicating that Dexter could go beyond season 8.Dexter DVD Season 8 guest stars will include Charlotte Rampling as a neuro-psychiatrist specializing in child psychopaths and Sean Patrick Flanery as Jacob Elroy

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