Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dexter comes back with...the same stuff


Not to say that that's terribly bad or anything, but how much of the same stuff can you take? Dexter has killed people since the first season, continued killing through the third season, and has wriggled out of any dangerous situation. Other than a few bumps in the road, Dexter has gotten away with everything scot free. His relationships with everyone have remained virtually the same. So what do we look forward to? More killing? Episode to episode there are great twists, but at the end of the season, everything is reset. I'll stick around for the devilish directing and excellent acting headed by Michael C. Hall, but sooner or later, the lack of creativity will catch up with the show.

This season's main story will be the Trinity Killer much in the vein of The Ice Truck Killer and the Skinner except he is much scarier. In the very first episode, we see John Lithgow in action and it is absolutely terrifying. He kills a woman naked in a bathtub filled with water and stays there as the blood spills out. The manner in which he killed her and his total disregard for bathing in blood is just disturbing on so many levels. This is the part of the season I'm looking forward to the most.

Miami PD quickly picks up on the case and Dexter is hot on the trail of yet another serial killer. The Trinity Killer is amazing, but when multiple serial killers flock to a single city within a short span, it requires a suspension of belief that quite frankly I dislike in this type of show. Season 2 was unique with Lila, but the serial killer story gets old after a while. I don't understand why the writers can't take a risk and have people learn about Dexter's secret without Dexter having to kill them. Or maybe everyone learns his secret and he goes on trial. Even if he is acquitted, that would at least up the ante to a point where we are genuinely surprised.

Keith Carradine is also back as retired FBI Special Agent Lundy. With Debra still with Anton the CI, I'm sure this will stir up trouble. Lundy has been tracking the Trinity Killer for years and now ends back in Miami. More fun? You betcha.

The only major change this season is Dexter's family life. He lives with Rita, her kids (I guess his now), and their newborn son. While this will certainly been amusing to watch and Dexter is a delightfully funny show at times, I highly doubt this will translate into good drama. There are already repercussions from his baby. Dexter messes up badly on the stand and a killer goes free. Luckily he has an insatiable urge to kill people and the killer is the perfect target. Too bad he gets called back by Rita. The episode ends on a cliffhanger that is sure to keep people coming back.

Individually, it was a very good episode. There was a nice mix of everything and the Trinity Killer looks like the best serial killer yet (yes, even better than Dexter!). I love almost everything about this show except for long-term planning. I think the quality of the show is still on par with the first season when everything was still fresh, but it's now the first season and it's time for some changes.

Score: 9.2/10

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Skinner was a different breed than ITK or Trinity, to be fair. Despite Dexter's evaluation of him, he wasn't quite the "Dark Passenger" sort. He was obsessed with the idea that Freebo had disrespected him and put his training as an interrogator to work to fix what he saw as an unforgivable offense. Crazy? Yes. But he wasn't the same kind of crazy as the other serial killers on the show. In my opinion, Trinity (who is already shaping up to be an absolutely awesome character) is the first time the series has really returned to the formula from the first season that follows Dexter hunting another like him over the course of the season. Then again, it's only been one episode. They'll probably turn both of our expectations upside down by the end of the season anyway.

DeXtER said...

hahahaha WOW....

I won't even begin to correct you on your take on the plot of "Dexter" and how the show has evolved over 4 seasons....... clearly you don't understand the concept of Dexter.

Since you don't understand the concept, maybe YOU should stop watching the show.

I sincerely hope no one actually reads this post and takes your misconceptions genuinely........

TV Obsessed said...

And yet you provide no examples...

While I have actually typed out what I think, you on the other hand just said that everything I said sucks. Very interesting since I at least said more than what you said - nothing.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with DeXtER...the whole point of the show is the that Dexter is a likable serial killer...

You state "Dexter has killed people since the first season, continued killing through the third season..." Sadly, killing people is what serial killers do.

Your suggestions for 'mixing it up' are pretty absurd. Dexter being discovered and subsequently being put on trial would spell the end of the show...regardless of the trial's outcome...

Not to be rude, but this show's clever writers do not need your assistance.

vern said...

this show is doing great so far but in new Dexter season it will be interesting to watch whether Dexter continues with his killing job or will go slow down as he has new domestic responsibilities

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