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Dexter, Season 1: Wrap Up.

            When I first heard I had to choose between a stack of selected shows to blog about for a class, I would have never thought the experience would have been as exciting as it has. As most people feared the thought of writing an entry in a self made blog after watching a number of different episodes from a show, I, on the other hand, did not. In fact, the thought of taking on such a project made me feel determined and almost thirsty for creativity.

             Although Dexter was not my first show of choice, it came in on my list as one of my top five picks. Before this assignment I had never seen a single episode of the show and I thought this factor would actually help. Because I was seeing everything for the first time, my reactions to each episode were completely real and fresh. Before continuing on to a new episode I would always blog about what I had seen, with the exception of one time where I tried to watch two episodes back to back and then blog… bad idea in my opinion. I noticed that writing directly after watching an episode was the most effective way to understand an episode in its entirety without confusing the timing of the story line. But enough about me and my writing process. This isn’t about me. This is about Dexter.

         

Dexter, Season 1.

           Our first impressions of Dexter are of a man who has a lot of control over his actions with a systematic lifestyle.  He seems to be somewhat of a neat freak who has his own way of doing things with very little room to change. But we soon find out the true fears and insecurities of our leading man when we start to see kinks within what we thought was a well oiled machine of a man.

           We are immediately shown that Dexter is a hero by day and a killer by night but the enthusiasm of the show is not just based on this one fact. The bigger mystery of the show is not who Dexter Morgan turns out to be, but in fact WHY Dexter Morgan is who he is? As each episode goes by, we watch Dexter kill others who have killed but struggle to understand why he has the desire to do so.

             Throughout the entire season we are on a wild goose chase to find out about a specific case regarding the Ice Truck Killer, who has been leaving items at his crime scenes that tie in with Dexter’s childhood. In time, we start to realize that the ITK is not only haunting Dexter with his past, but in fact is a part of his past. When Dexter realizes that the ITK knows about his secret life he is even more thrilled to find out who the master mind behind all of these killings are. As the ITK continues to kill and leave memories for Dexter to see, we watch Dex fight to start to understand why he thinks the way he does.

             By the end of the first season it is revealed that Dexter’s past has a huge force on the lack of normalcy in his life. Eventually all of the memories fall into place and the biggest mystery is discovered by Dexter and the audience together. Unknown to Dex, as a small child, he was a witness to the brutal murder of his mother where he was left waiting in the blood until the police found him days later. He watched as she was literally cut into pieces with what seems to be a chainsaw after a drug-deal went wrong. While Dexter is discovering his tragic past, he begins to discover himself.

             As if learning about the horror events of his biological mother and being present for the murder isn’t bad enough, it is also revealed that his biological father had been alive, after all this time thinking he had been dead. The biggest shocker of them all would have to be the discovery of the Ice Truck Killer first being revealed as Rudy, Dexter’s adopted sister, Debra’s boyfriend. The second biggest shocker was when it was revealed that Rudy, the Ice Truck Killer, is really Brain, Dexter’s long lost biological brother. In my opinion, the bigger of the two shocks was that the Ice Truck Killer was Debs boyfriend Rudy. Before it was revealed that “Rudy” was Dexter’s real brother I had a hunch so it wasn’t too surprising.

Dexter & Debra Morgan.

               Aside from our main story line of killings and crimes based off of Dexter and his past, there are plenty of other story lines that help the season flow with movement and passion. For me, one of the best characters on the show was Debra Morgan, Dexter’s adopted sister. I felt like her role helped us see the lack of feelings within Dexter on many different occasions along with adding comedic relief. Another relationship that helps us see another side of Dexter is the one he has with Rita, his girlfriend. The relationship between Rita and Dex starts off as a distraction to help him appear “normal” but soon enough the kind hearted Rita takes his heart by surprise.

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Dexter & Rita.

                Although Dexter has his sister Debs who always seems to want more of his attention as well as his loving girlfriend Rita, he still seems to keep who he truly is to himself. The only person throughout the entire show who we believe knows who Dexter really is, better than Dexter, is his adopted father Harry. From the beginning we are introduced to him as someone who seems to have molded Dexter into the person he has become. Whenever Dexter thinks back to crucial moments in his life it always involves Harry teaching him a lesson. Originally I was under the impression that Harry understood Dexter and was only trying to help him live the best “normal” life he could, under whatever circumstance he was under. After watching the first season in full, I am now left wondering why Harry kept Dexter’s past such a complete mystery. Could it be because he knew that if Dexter remembered, he would have turned out to be just like his traumatized brother Brian? I’d hope it were for reasons to protect Dexter.

             Overall, I thought ShowTime’s Dexter was a real treat to watch. If it weren’t for this assignment and the luck of the draw of being assigned this particular show, I don’t think I would have ever given it a chance. If I had to rate the show in it’s entirety of a season I would rate it a 4. Aside from the mystery factor, some of my favorite parts of the show were the supporting plots that helped the main story move along with ease. I felt like there were a lot of good side stories with an awesome cast to deliver them. Although the show is focused on the character of Dexter, I believe the cast of the Miami Police Department helped bring laughs and a lot of color to the show as a whole.

             For the record, I’ve always been one to record things down whether it be in a hand written journal or a document saved on Microsoft Word but never an assigned blog. The thought of having to dissect something in my own way and sharing it with the world made this assignment out to be a hobby rather than school work, except for the deadlines of course.  I found myself writing to an audience rather than a professor somewhere critiquing my work. Either way, I hope you liked it.

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Dexter, Episode 12: Born Free.

                And so, everything falls into place. Leading up to the finale of the first season of Dexter we have been on a wild goose chase trying to figure out who has been haunting Dexter with his past and more importantly, why? Just a few episodes back we got the answer as to who was behind all of the killings and clues of Dexter’s childhood but we weren’t given enough hints to find out why… or were we?

Biological Brothers.

             Surprisingly enough, I had a hunch as to why Rudy, now revealed as Brian Moser, was related to Dexter. When I realized Rudy was ITK I immediately felt bad for Deb because she was dating him but I didn’t think about how it tied in with Dexter. As I said back in episode 9, I had a feeling that there would be a twist involving Rudy and Dexter being related. What lead me to this hunch was knowing that Rudy was the ITK and also knowing that he was involved with the killing of Joe Driscoll, Dexter’s biological father. It has been obvious throughout most of the killings that ITK was aware of whom Dexter really was but we never quite understood why? It all makes perfect sense now.

One in the same?

               To watch Dexter approach his deceased mothers home and have Rudy walk outside declaring they are brothers was epic. I must say, there was a part of me that almost rooted for Rudy and Dexter in becoming a kill team but the only thing that held me back from really wanting that was Debs… Pretty much the same reason Dexter didn’t go along with it. Now that I sit here and think about it, I think it’s a pretty awesome idea that I was torn between the two scenarios our leading man Dexter was caught in between.

                What I am still left questioning is why Harry wanted to keep the fact that Dexter had a brother a complete secret. I understand “Rudy” seemed to be more traumatized from the whole experience, probably because he was older, but how could that be reason enough to want to erase a relative from someone’s life? I can’t imagine a child living through the scene of his mother being killed but I would think if two siblings witnessed it together, they would be able to help each other get through it. It also makes me wonder how Dexter avoided being checked out by doctors or having any therapy after the murder of his mother. Did Harry really think that such a huge event in a person’s life, 3 years old or not, wouldn’t come up eventually?

                Some great parts of this episode were when we watch Dexter and Doakes go head to head in the storage yard, and then watching Dexter get visibly angry at his brother while he’s on the chopping block. These were both funny parts because we saw Dexter jump out of his normal, composed self. Another thing I liked about this episode was the female power. Watching Debs stand up for Dexter when Doakes was questioning him felt appropriate especially after we watched Dex choose Deb over his biological brother. Another good female moment was when Lieutenant LaGuerta and her transfer replacement have a quick moment where they seem to be on the same page about their work and going against the Captain.

The Hero.

           I was so looking forward to watching this episode, especially after the way the episode before this left us hanging. Maybe because I started watching Born Free on a high after tuning into Truth Be Told but I was disappointed. Maybe I was disappointed because the big BOOM of the finale was finding out that Rudy was Dexter’s long lost brother and I had already suspected that. Either way, I wasn’t completely thrilled at the end of the show and I had hoped to be. Bonus part of the episode: The fantasy parade at the end where people are shouting out heroic things to Dexter as confetti flies through the air and Deb is smiling by his side.

              Overall I rank Born Free a 4, even though 3 would rhyme.

Dexter, Episode 11: Truth Be Told.

                I don’t think I made it past the first name of the credits before I opened up a new document to start writing about this episode. As Truth Be Told came to an end, I felt my jaw drop. Now that I think about it, I wonder why I was in so much shock. I knew who the Ice Truck Killer was since about four episodes back, but the thought of everyone else knowing who he was left me feeling overwhelmed with excitement.

                As the episode is titled, Truth Be Told, the viewers find out many truths to a number of different secrets. For starters, and the main event of the episode, is when both Dexter and Debs find out that Rudy is the Ice Truck Killer. Dexter found out about Rudy when he finally got enough puzzle pieces to put the picture together. If only he would have figured it out sooner.

                The biggest lead in the case was from the help of Detective Batista. Like I had said in episodes 10 blog, Batista was onto something when he went to Rudy’s office to ask him more about prosthetics. With Rudy feeling pressured by Angel’s curiosity he took it upon himself to try and get rid of him last episode but was unsuccessful. The good news that comes from Batista being stabbed was the link between the blood found on him from his attacker, ITK/Rudy. By the time the lab results come back and Dexter is completely convinced about Rudy, it is too late to warn Deb.

                Unfortunately for Deb, Rudy reveals himself as ITK, as he declares her as his next victim. Poor Debs thought she was taking a break from the ITK case to meet with her boyfriend, soon to be fiancé, but then finds out that her future husband IS the ICE TRUCK KILLER!! What a proposal story that’ll be. As I watched the episode I really didn’t think that Rudy was going to reveal himself so soon but I guess he had no other choice because he was becoming more of a target.

                As if this truth hitting the surface isn’t enough to make an episode worth watching, they don’t stop there. Another mystery that we have slowly been learning about is about Dexter’s past, especially his parents. Last episode we found out about his biological dad, Joe, who had JUST recently died and his mother who was killed in front of him years ago. Between Batista being stabbed, his new found queasiness for blood, Cody (Rita’s son) running away and him finding out Harry has lied to him, Dexter is starting to feel emotions he had never wanted to face. We watch him become curious about his past and why he feels, or shall I say why he has struggled to feel, any type of these emotions.

                More truths? I have more. Batista’s wife makes it clear that she wants their marriage to be over after he feels like they have made progress. Bummer. I can only hope his character gets out of the hospital and finds a new love interest. Another minor truth, Doakes is coming closer to the truth of Dexter being different then everyone else but still hasn’t fully figured out what it is. Doakes always had a suspicion on Dexter but the more time that goes by the more questions he starts to ask Dex.

                I can’t imagine how the ITK/Rudy finding is going to play out. This can’t be the end of Debs. Not only is she one of my favorite characters but she is too much involved in the show to be killed off the first season… I hope. I am really enjoying the plot and watching these characters put the puzzle pieces together is both entertaining and torture! Bonus of this episode: The elves at the crime scene bickering. It took me away from the drama for a few seconds to laugh.

                Overall, best episode yet! I rate Truth Be Told a 5… Truth be told.

Dexter, Episode 10: Seeing Red.

            Although this episode is titled “Seeing Red”, I think there are many other better titles they could have gone with. If I had to sum up episode 10 in three words they would be, BLOOD, BOYS and BONDING. There was more blood and bonding between the boys more than ever before.

            This episode, like most of the others, didn’t leave much room for wandering eyes on my part. Because the plot has gone off in so many directions with many different stories, I wanted to make sure I paid attention to every minute. At this point in the show, a lot of separate stories are somehow overlapping. I am finding that most of the missing pieces of certain stories are to be found intertwined with other stories involving other characters.

            Right from the start we are reminded about the Ice Truck Killer when a jar of blood with a little something inside is sent to the homicide unit. We find a hotel key with the number 103 which happens to appear more than once in this particular crime. Immediately Dexter is called in to investigate what seems to be another clue from ITK himself. I thought, as I’m sure most viewers would, that Dexter would be excited to see what was next in the ITK killing spree but I was very surprised for his reaction. Before walking into the hotel room to see the crime scene, Dexter was warned that it wasn’t pretty, but of course a little blood never hurt Dexter. The surprising part was when he actually opened the door and stepped foot into the room of blood. Our blood friendly, leading man lost it. In every which way. He mentally and emotionally looked shocked and physically fainted.

Dexter, after he fainted in the blood bath.

            Throughout the episode, between flashbacks and some unexpected “bonding” between Dexter and Rudy, we start to find out why room 103 was so hard for Dexter to take in. Oddly enough, Dexter finds some kind of comfort within talking to Rudy because this is the most he has talked about his private life to anyone that we’ve seen. Over some porterhouses and beers, Dexter reveals to Rudy that he was flooded with unwanted and disturbing memories of his past as he entered the room of 103. We later find out that both Rudy and Dexter witnessed their mothers dying at a very young age. Apparently Rudy watched as his mother was hit by a truck and Dexter was in the room for when his mother was murdered.

            Meanwhile, Debs starts to become jealous of the relationship her brother and Rudy are now developing on both accounts. She is bothered by her boyfriend choosing to hang out with her brother on a night that she wants to talk to him and she is also hurt by the fact that Dexter has opened up to Rudy more than he had to her, ever. When the relationship comes to a roadblock she quickly falls back into the lies that Rudy feeds to her. Rudy pulls the “I love you” card which naïve Debs believed, even though Rudy’s real objective to stay close to Deb has nothing to do with love or Deb, but instead, it has to do with Dexter.

Rudy, at his day job.

            As Rudy is blending in better with the Morgan family, he is not easily falling under the radar with everyone. Detective Angel Batista recognizes a familiar clue from the ITK case when he sees a woman with a prosthetic hand at a club. When he questions the woman for having her prosthetic fingernails polished different colors she claimed that she liked the look after a night with an old client who had a fetish with them. Batista’s wheels start to turn and he thinks to ask Rudy if he can help him find out more because he is a prosthetic specialist. Because Batista only had a hunch, Rudy soon realized that he wasn’t close enough to linking him to the killings, thankfully, because I’m beginning to really like Batista.

            Lastly, Rita is once again struggling to keep Paul, the father of her children under his best behavior. For the past couple of episodes he has been making improvements in order to keep visitation rights to their kids but since Rita cancelled one visitation right he has fell off the wagon. After a night of Paul showing up to the house drunk and ready to wake up the kids, Rita hits him over the head and is charged with assault. Dexter’s feelings for Rita are becoming more and more serious as we watch him take matters into his own hands to remove Paul from Rita’s life, only temporarily. Yup. He didn’t kill. Could this be true love? Has Dexter really got a heart? He just might.

            Overall I rate this episode a 4. There were a couple of twists and turns and I was never left disappointed. A bonus of the episode? Lieutenant Laguerta going against the Capitan and revealing that the ITK investigation is re opened after he ordered her to keep her mouth shut. Kick ass move.

Dexter, Episode 9: Daddy Knows Best.

             As I logged into my Netflix account, I started to think about where I had left off with the show that I had just recently gained a liking for. It’s been less than a month since the last batch of episodes I had watched but I was ready to get started with my last assigned set. I decided to read my last blog over just so I can remember where I had left off. I was soon reminded that episode 8 left me wanting more, which eagerly lead me to continue the end of this project.

             I got into my usual Dexter watch mode by hopping in bed with my laptop and headphones, leaving nothing to distract me. In this particular episode we are introduced to a huge puzzle piece that had been missing from Dexter’s life. When Dex first got the letter stating his biological father died, he took it as some kind of mistake. Apparently Dexter’s biological father had been alive for all of this time and he was unaware of it thanks to Harry, his adopted father. According to both Dexter and Debs, Harry had told them that Dexter’s dad had died years ago and they both believed everything he had ever said to them.

Dexter viewing his biological father, Joe Driscoll.

             There are two interesting things about the news of Dexter’s biological father being alive for that long and him not knowing it. First off, it makes me wonder, If Harry lied to Dexter about his biological father, it must be for a good enough reason. From all of the flashbacks we have seen of the two of them and from how highly praised Harry is from both Debs and Dex, he seemed like a good father to them. I wonder what the real reason was for Harry to have not only hid the truth but helped keep it hidden from his son for what he thought to be the rest of his life. Secondly, finding out who Dexter’s biological father is can also lead us closer into finding out why Dexter is the way he is.

             Because Dexter was left with his biological father’s house, he and Rita (her idea to come) decide to take a ride over there to check the place and clear it out. As they are rummaging through Joe Driscoll’s, Dexter’s real father’s name, things they are surprised to find Debs and Rudy there for “support”. When Dexter opens the door he is greeted by Rudy who immediately goes in for a hug and reveals that he has been waiting to meet him for so long. To their knowledge, Rudy would want to meet Dexter because he is the brother of his girlfriend but we all know that Rudy has other things on his agenda.

              With the visit to Dexter’s dead father’s house turning into a couples bonding trip, one of my favorite moments, not only in this episode but probably from the whole season so far happens. Dexter, Debs and their two significant others are seen looking through old boxes and memories of Joe Driscoll when Rudy plays an old record he finds and a dance break happens. We see Debs let loose again for the second time in the show and we watch Dexter take some time to find a groove into something most people find to be normal. The dance break was awesome. Hands down.

Neighbor.

             Another part worth mentioning is the tie that Rudy has with the killing of Joe, Dexter’s biological father. When Dexter and Rita first pull up to his “dads” house, they are greeted by the neighbor from across the way. To try and get a lead about his father, Dexter asks the old woman some questions regarding who she has seen recently come in and out. The neighbor mentions a cable guy stopping by last week but Dexter looks past it, unaware that that is a missing link to the killing of his dad. I, too, over looked this information until the couples left the house the next day and the little old lady identifies the “cable guy” as Rudy, but too late for anyone to hear her.

             Overall I find this episode to be a good one. I enjoyed watching the Morgan siblings get closer with the help of their lovers. There is also an excitement in the thought of finding out more about Dexter through finding his biological father. Rudy is becoming more and more involved with the bizarre strings that have been happening. A part of me feels like there could be a strange twist where Rudy and Dexter are related somehow, I rate this episode a 4.5. It would have been just a 4 if it weren’t for the dance break.

The West Wing: Pilot.

The West Wing cast.

            Before my mass media class, I had never seen an episode of The West Wing. Because the show aired over 10 years ago I was hesitant as to whether or not I would enjoy the show. Although some might argue that all good shows are timeless, I don’t believe that is the case for every show. Sometimes shows become outdated and irrelevant depending on how long the time gap is from airing to re-watching. I have to say, that aside from outdated jokes (expected), I thought the show was still enjoyable years later from the kick off. This is the type of show that if I watched it during its original air date I wouldn’t have even liked it, forget understand it.

           Without knowing much about the show I had a small idea of what it would be about just because of the buzz circulating about it over the years. Just by the first episode I can’t sit here and say whether or not I would like something like this but I got a few first impressions. I thought the script was quick and funny for the most part. In my opinion, a script can be amazing but it won’t mean anything unless you have good actors involved. Fortunately for The West Wing, they are equipped with a number of talented actors who help the show move along at an enjoyable speed.

            When a show releases a pilot they have a lot of things to take into account. First impressions are important and it is vital to have your pilot hit certain levels in order to assure yourself the ratings and a fan following. The pilot of The West Wing, for me, was a success. I felt like they did a good job with giving the audience a foundation of what’s to come and who will be there to show us along the way. I thought the writers did a great job with introducing the setting and of course the characters. I like how it felt like we were somewhat a fly on the wall in what seemed like a typical day at the White House. I thought the idea of a minor conflict within this episode was a good route to take because it allowed us to see the characters live their regular lives without too much attention being focused elsewhere.

           I appreciate the flow of the story line and I tip my hat off to the writers because it comes off almost effortlessly. It takes real talent to SHOW the audience things instead of telling us and it also makes the show fun to watch for the viewer. I have experience in both acting and writing and I was thoroughly impressed with the dialogue. I give most of the credit to the writers but it takes a true actor to deliver and it seems the cast was made for their roles.

Overall, I was impressed by this “old” television show. My favorite part would have to be when the Deputy Communications Director Sam Seaborn spends the night with a call girl, and then accidentally tells the White House Chief of Staff, Leo McGarry’s daughter, Mallory O’Brien, about it not knowing whose daughter she was. I didn’t expect the show to be funny and have all of the elements of a great show but as they always say, expect the unexpected.

Dexter, Episode 8: Shrink Wrap.

            Whoa. I’m in shock. After this episode, many of my questions have been answered. A couple of blogs back, I brought up the fact that Dexter and Rita haven’t had sex yet. It’s taken 8 episodes, but it FINALLY happened. Both characters have personal experiences within the episode that allow them to feel comfortable and ready to approach the next step in their relationship.

Let's Get It On..

            For Rita, it takes a day with her kids and ex-husband to remind her that the life she once had is no comparison for what she has built with Dexter. Once she comes to the realization that she is happy where she is in her life, with Dexter, she invites him over to spend the night. She confesses her feelings and soon gets rejected by our leading man, not realizing that he too needs to come to terms with certain things before doing the deed.

            Originally, Dexter made visits with Dr. Emmett Meridian because he happened to be linked in with 3 female suicide cases. But none of us, including Dexter, could have guessed that was not all he got out of his visits. Once Dex realized Rita was ready to have sex, he started to worry about whether or not he would be able to get through it. He turned to Dr. Meridian for answers and luckily found them and was able to come at Rita with confidence while allowing his guard down. And then, Wah-PAM! Sex happened. And for the first time I felt like I saw Dexter was actually enjoying himself.

Bye Bye Doc.

            What first seemed to be work related visits to a psychotherapist, soon turned into actual therapy sessions for Dexter. Even though Dr. Meridian helped him, it didn’t change the fact that the Doc was involved with the 3 female victims that took their own lives. Before killing Dr. Meridian for his help in driving the 3 successful women to their death, Dexter admits to his secret. We finally here the words come out of his mouth. I AM A SERIAL KILLER. It was fascinating to watch him feel relieved. He admitted to never saying that out loud and you can tell he feels liberated.

Debs.

          Dexter is not the only one in this episode to have sex and feel liberated. Debs has been falling harder and harder for her new boyfriend, the prosthetics Doctor. I happen to favor Debs out of mostly all of the characters for one reason or another, and I was thrilled to see her finally happy with someone. After having sex with her boyfriend she begins to cry and express how sex with him feels different. It is clear that she feels comfortable and loved, which seems to be an unusual feeling for her. As I watched the two of them speak intimately after their sexual encounter, I felt off balance. Something was up, but I didn’t know what. By the end of the episode, my intuition was backed up and I wish I could have seen my face when it all clicked for me. Dr. Prosthetics, Debs boyfriend, is the ICE TRUCK KILLER.

WHYYYY!!??? Poor Debs. It just keeps getting juicer.

Debs boyfriend/Ice Truck Killer.

            When I first started watching the season, my main purpose was to watch and write this blog for my Media class. I would take breaks and look for reasons to do anything but sit and watch the show. I must say, I no longer find myself looking for a reason to take a break or distract myself… I’ve held back from rating an episode to be a perfect 5 because I’ve never really felt 100% AMAZED or THRILLED by any of them thus far. But guess what? The dry spell is over, and I’m finally honoring an episode with a solid 5! I thought it was perfect with its ups and downs and many ironic moments, not to mention the genius title, “Shrink Wrap”.

Now, a new question arises. Can they KEEP it interesting? Stay tuned…I know I will.

Dexter, Episode 7: Circle of Friends.

             Finally, we have answers!!! Or do we? As “Circle of Friends” is about to end, we are left with a bomb exploding with shock. Throughout this entire episode we are under the impression that we’ve finally caught the man who has been “playing” with Dexter. To our surprise, at the very last second of the show, we are in for a whole new surprise.

                Ok. Before I go on, let me refresh your memory. A couple of episodes back we were introduced to the Ice Truck Killer. This particular killer was responsible for all of the killings with no blood, and clean cuts to their limbs. The Ice Truck Killer was responsible for Tucci’s injuries, who by the way, has been recovering just fine in the hospital. (Thankfully, Tucci has been given a prosthetic hand and foot provided from the hospital, with the help of Debs new love interest, the prosthetic doctor.) There have been leads for a number of different suspects but with time each one has fallen short of the full description of the killer. Aside from killing innocent people, the murderer was beginning to challenge our very own Dexter. As each victim would appear, another memory from Dexter’s past would surface.

On the Job.

  We were all under the impression that the killings were linked to the man who was onto Dexter, but we were wrong. When Neil Perry was arrested for the Ice Truck Killings it was clear that Dexter was somewhat disappointed. He didn’t want to believe that the man who was in on his secret could be the odd, geek looking Perry. When Dexter first discovers The Ice Truck Killers victims he is almost aroused by them. As a killer himself, he finds the ITK’s work to be fascinating and well done. As he and the rest of the squad watch Lieutenant LaGuerta question Perry, you can tell that he is not satisfied.

Neil Perry.

Neil Perry.

                Luckily for Dexter, Neil Perry can’t be the Ice Truck Killer. We know this because when both men are face to face, Perry has no clue who Dexter is. If he were the real ITK, he would know exactly who Dex was from all of the research the ITK did on him in order to know things from his past.One of the best moments of the episode is the smile that Dexter lets out when he finds out that Neil Perry is not the Ice Truck Killer.

                Another case was cracked involving the Jeremy Downs from a few episodes back. Downs, the young boy who had killed the man who raped him, got off the hook the first time Dexter got him because of his reasoning behind his killing. But this time around, it wasn’t just Dexter he had to remain innocent to, but instead Sergeant Doakes and his team. There is a brief interaction between the young knife killer and Dexter, where the two males bond over feeling nothing. For the first time Dexter is seen empathizing with someone, and actually conversing with someone because he is interested in what they have to say. He wants to know what the boy is feeling and why he killed. Before Dexter could go back to give Jeremy advice, he finds him dead in his cell, after a successful attempt at suicide.

                In my last blog I added that I would like something new to spice up the show. I definitely got what I asked for, and just in time. I was about to wave the white flag and assume I would never become a Dexter fan, but after this episode, I’m in. This episode was the last thing from predictable and it left me wanting to continue watching to find out what happens next. Those are signs of a good show, in my opinion. I rate this episode a solid 4.5.

Dexter, Episode 6: Return to Sender.

                Is the storm really on its way? Just when we think Dexter makes a mistake and could possibly get caught for a killing, he nervously, but successfully, covers his tracks. This was the first time in the entire series where Dexter was in danger of being revealed as a serial killer. All throughout this episode we are left wondering whether or not the jig was up.

                While watching this episode, I was torn between what I wanted the outcome to be. I’ve become a fan of who Dexter is and what he does, in an odd way, but I was having an inner conflict about the whole situation. The Ice Truck killer is toying with Dexter by going after the body of one of his latest victims and bringing her back to the crime scene. I was pissed off at first because I have become a fan of how clean Dexter gets in and out of these planned murders. He makes every move according to plan with little, to no room, for a mess up. When it was revealed that there was a suspect who would identify someone from the crime scene, I freaked, and I wasn’t the only one.

            For the first time Dexter feels something and boy does he feel it. You can see the fear in his eyes and a sense of defeat. Up until this episode we have seen a flawless murderer who never leaves a trace behind… until now. When he killed Mr. and Mrs. Castillo, he didn’t cover all of his bases. He admits for the first time he didn’t go along with his plan because during his “play time” of killing Castillo, his wife shows up. This then leads him to revise his plan and add Mrs. Castillo to his victims list because like her husband, she too is responsible for holding people captive at the junk yard of cars.

Is that fear in Dexter's eyes?

            Although the witness is a young, traumatized boy, we are left in fear wondering whether or not he got a good look at Dexter the night of the crime. Throughout the entire episode we wait to see if the boy “outs” our main man. Just like the viewers, Dexter is also left waiting to see who this boy remembers seeing. With Debs becoming a better detective, she has a hunch on who the killer is but what she doesn’t realize is that her finger is slowly pointing to her own Brother. Before all of the evidence could be looked over and put on file, Dexter leaves no time to tamper with things to throw off any leads that could possibly point to him taking part in of it.

              At the end of the episode the sketch of the man at the crime scene is revealed and to our surprise, it is not Dexter. To everyone’s surprise, it is Jesus. Yes, Jesus Christ himself. I’m guessing this isn’t the end of this little boy being a part of the show. Not only because of his God like vision but also because he and Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta have shared a special bond.

               Overall, I liked how we finally got to see Dexter have emotion but I didn’t feel like it was such a great episode. I’d have to rate it an iffy 3. Hopefully, something new spices things up within the next couple of episodes. We shall see!

Dexter, Episode 5: Love American Style.

              Do you have a dream? When I really think about this question, I wonder, don’t we all have dreams? Don’t we all work for/toward something, or at least long for something? At some point, we all sit back and wonder where we will be in the future. We wonder if what we are doing today will help or hurt tomorrow, but what if you are someone who doesn’t care about what tomorrow brings? These questions all entered my head as the credits rolled during this last episode of Dexter.

                To continue my Dexter blog, I wanted to set myself up the way I had watched the previous episodes. I felt like it worked for me the last time, with the only difference being that I had my dog, Max, accompanying me while I tuned in. Ironically enough, it was perfect for me to have a companion nearby because this episode was focused on relationships in hindsight.

                 “Love American Style” featured Dexter exploring love and pretty much showing an interest in at least understanding what it is all about. The flashbacks that are provided between he and his father help paint the picture that Dexter is completely unaware of what real love is. And I’m not talking about the average guy who might not understand or care about love. Dexter was somehow made to not feel feelings. He doesn’t calculate life the way a “normal” person would and it is becoming harder for him to blend in with everyone else because of his lack of emotions. His time spent with Angel Batista is funny (Girl in club: How can you not dance to this? Dexter: It’s a gift.) and very informative for the audience to really get a grasp on how little Dexter understands the way humanity works. Batista seems to be friendlier with him but what he doesn’t seem to understand is why?  When Batista confided in him the last episode, we can see that to be a bonding session, but Dexter doesn’t even comprehend what that is. It is clear that he has gone throughout his life alone and is seemly happy that way.

Rita.

Rita.

            We are slowly seeing a more “normal” side of him with the help of hearing his inner voice during certain moments of his day.  By no means is he an average “normal” person, but for who he is, we are seeing progress. As he searches through Jorge Castillo’s boat for evidence he finds a picture of his future victims, Jorge and his wife.  He takes a quick second to stare at the picture and then thinks back to Rita. The more time he spends with Rita, the more he seems to be interested in finding out what a “normal” life is all about.

             My favorite part of the episode would have to be when Dexter is standing over The Castillo’s, right before he is about to kill them, and asks them for relationship advice. I found this part to be hilarious, but so fitting. As Dexter watches his married victims stare at one another he is surprised to hear them exchange “I love you” on their death beds.  Before putting an end to their lives he asks in a very serious tone what that means and is left with the knowledge that sometimes it works to have someone in your life as a companion, as long as they want the same things as you do.

            I felt like this episode took a sluggish start but picked up maybe ten minutes in. Once I realized what the episode was aiming for, I quickly perked up and became interested. I found it fascinating to watch Dexter, a man who has no idea about love, try to explore it. Over all I rate a solid 4.