Monday, October 18, 2010

Review - Dexter Season 5 Episode 4 Beauty and the Beast

The arrival of Lumen last week gave Dexter a huge problem. She's an innocent, abused beyond belief, but also saw Dexter's deed. "Beauty and the Beast" works extremely well, building off that. While Harry tries to convince Dexter to kill her, Dexter relates Lumen to Rita, knowing they were both innocent people caught in the crossfire. He goes far beyond his call of duty to make Lumen feel safe, and despite her trying to escape several times, they come to an amicable relationship. I'm definitely looking forward to see how this progresses.

Then there's everything not related to Dexter which belongs on another show. Batista apologizes to the guy he beats up, but the IA investigator won't let things drop and implies to LaGuerta that he wants a blowjob. Come on... Deb loses the Santa Muerte killer and feels bad for herself, so she goes to Quinn. How do these things get into the show?

And Quinn adamantly refuses to give the guy Dexter's photo because it's a sensitive matter, opting to find the safe house himself and then gets caught, resulting in his suspension? Really?

For the most part, I try to avoid factoring in the various police subplots when I review Dexter. They're absolutely horrible and have no place on the show. Somehow, year after year, the writers continue down this path, trying to give the other characters something interesting. The result is almost embarassing.

Score: 8.4/10
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