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How Did We End Up Here?

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Hi friends,

Well, I thought that was a pretty great season finale. The flashbacks alone (those were real flashbacks, right, to real episodes?) were worth the watching – I had forgotten just how awkward and dorky Dexter used to be in relation to all his colleagues (not to mention how dorky and exuberant Deb used to be – love the bangs!). In something like Dorian Gray or Breaking Bad, the juxtaposition of awkward Dex and eager Deb with their season 7 counterparts (smooth Dex and pill-popping Deb) revealed just how devastating Dexter’s ways have been on his sister. As Dexter has learned to live his fake life as the real one, it seems to me that it’s Deb who has paid the price most brutally. Like the mirror in the attic, Deb’s now panicked, shaking movements reveal the emotional toll of Dexter’s evil. I would never have thought that a comparison between Dexter and Breaking Bad would have Dexter come out on top…but I couldn’t help but think about Skyler’s deadened attempts to put a stop to the meth dealing Empire in which she is utterly implicated in relation to Deb’s eventual decision to stand by Dexter while giving up her own soul to do so. I’ve always said Jennifer Carpenter is pretty much the best thing about this show in my view – but the simultaneity with which she shot Maria and lept onto her body in dissolved sobs moved me to tears. Her anguish and seeming knowing realization that she was making an utterly self-corrupting, self-destroying choice to save her brother was pulled off stunningly, I thought. So as Dexter and Deb both move out of their own personal codes, their own adherence to their particular understanding of The Law together, I have to wonder next season: which one of them is going to unravel faster and how?  Read the rest of this entry »

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December 17, 2012 at 6:17 pm

You Should Have Killed Me

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Dear Kathryn and Bryan,

Thanks to how much I expect Dexter plotlines to be somewhat incoherent, I just did not see that LaGuerta twist coming. When Estrada was released, I thought, “ugh, how convenient…this show is the WORST sometimes!” But along with Dexter and Hannah, I liked the symmetry of Dexter’s life all falling into place too much to question things. With the hints for next week, it seems Maria is going to close in on Dexter – but whether it will be through her own cunning, or because Hannah turns him in – well, that remains to be seen. Initially, Hannah’s line, “You should have killed me,” felt like a sad little quip – I’d rather be dead than betrayed. But now I wonder if it’s actually a threat. She simply has too much dirt on Dexter and, more to the point, Deb, to be held behind those bars for long! But here’s where I’m actually kind of intrigued Read the rest of this entry »

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December 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

You Got the Devil Inside You Boy…

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Hi friends,

I had to pick this picture because, check it out Bryan – Hannah’s shirt isn’t see-through! This might be a first for her character (it certainly didn’t happen again throughout the rest of the episode!). I know this has been bothering you, so I thought it worth pointing out. And now on to some more serious stuff – the Dark…whatever. Kathryn, you and I have been questioning Harry for seasons – why couldn’t he see that his son was traumatized, not possessed? Deb has brought these questions up herself this season too. And so I was shocked to hear Harry himself (or, of course, Dexter’s subconscious recreation of Harry) state that very fact – trauma, not the devil, is at the heart of what makes Dex, Dex…and, more significantly, that it was Dexter himself who invented the DP. Harry had only given the code.

Of course, I’m not letting Harry off the hook. It’s precisely the code that convinced Dexter his desires were needs, leading him to the point of needing then to create the DP to manage – or, perhaps, explain – the urges. But this actually makes it seem to me like Dex has some sense of good and evil. Why would you need to create a DP to justify your impulses if you hadn’t pre-judged them as wrong? It was a little exhilarating Read the rest of this entry »

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December 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Death has always calmed me

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I don’t know about the two of you, but I’d watch a spin-off series Dex and Isaak (One believed in love. One believed in reason. Their love of killing defied reason). Watching their game of cat and mouse turn into some strange mentoring session was a reminder of how little the show has played with themes of friendship since Dex killed off Miguel. Dex has pondered quite often what it would mean to have a different father, and has sought out other father-figures (Trinity), but maybe what he needs is good old fashioned friend who can call him on his bullshit and push him to grow. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Love Defies Reason

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Hello Moth Chase readers,

Kathryn and Natalie are unavailable to write about this week’s episode of Dexter, so I am going to experiment with something new. I will be writing this blog in real time as I watch the episode. It will be sort of like “live-tweeting” except taking place after the episode premieres and on a blog and probably a lot different. So, welcome to a glimpse of my brain. I will edit the writing for content and grammar, but it will be pretty raw. So, here goes: Read the rest of this entry »

Do What You Do

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Dear Kathryn and Bryan,

So, I didn’t love this episode all that much. I found it a little boring and much, much too heavy on the obvious stuff – Maria in bed, surrounded by case files, slowly pointing to Dexter’s name on a list (none of which made a whole lot of sense…but just to show us that he’s now in her sights); Quinn investing in Angel’s business to alleviate his guilt; and that painful inner-monologue listing of each woman’s significance (Lila was drawn to his darkness, Rita was blind to it, Lumen needed it, but Hannah accepts him whole). The show really does need to start trusting its viewers (as we’ve been insisting for seasons now). Or, at the very least, it needs to let the viewers who can’t clue in to the more obvious undertones just enjoy the ride and not need obsessively to get everything. I begin with this little rant because Read the rest of this entry »

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November 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Do What You Gotta Do

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Dear Kathryn and Bryan,

Well that’s the first time that has happened on a kill table! My hunch is that you, Bryan, are not going to like this turn in the Dexter-Hannah story…so I’m eager to hear your thoughts – because I really did! In fact, in the midst of a pretty boring episode – in my opinion – the building heat between these two as they stalked each other was the only thing that kept me engaged…if for no other reason than it’s been a long time since we’ve had a character who is truly ambiguous. And so I’m enjoying Ms. McKay’s oscillations between childlike innocent and femme fatale ways. Did she or didn’t she? I just don’t know! Read the rest of this entry »

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November 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm