You know, as much as I like watching Dexter hunt down and slay killers, I do like it more when the show sticks to the main plotline. Yes, it’s fun to watch him hunt his prey in procedural type plotlines, but it’s something we’ve seen happen now about forty times, and there are only so many minor killers out there worthy of his attention.
Rather, it’s always much more interesting to see him focus his attention on someone truly worthwhile, a worthy adversary. How many of his minor kills do you remember over the years? A handful probably, out of dozens, but the show’s best moments have always been about the larger killers, Ice Truck, Trinity, Jordan Chase, and the same is shaping up to be true this season.
Last week we saw the Doomsday team in action by releasing their latest statement to the world. Yes, I didn’t catch on in the brief moments that were shown, but I suppose I should have guessed that there would be four horses, and they would signify the apocalypse. Naturally, it became a media shitstorm, and Lt. Deb got to prove herself as capable by swearing on camera which apparently gives her “spunk,” and the higher ups were pleased. Except LaGuerta. But f*ck her.
“What do you mean you can’t say ‘shitballs’ on TV?”
I’m not really sure what to think about the Doomsday team now. I started buying into the theory that maybe Edward James Olmos’s character wasn’t real, but was in fact a “Harry-like” figment of Travis’ imagination. Early evidence would hint at that, as we’ve never seen another person address him directly, and it looked like he was completely ignored at the restaurant, not to mention he didn’t have silverware or a drink in front of him.
But then Dexter theorizes about how two different people seemed to have set up the crime, one making the brutal cuts ,the other meticulously setting the scene. I figured, OK, well he probably has a split personality, that makes sense, but then they turned up further evidence that Olmos’s character is actually a real guy, professor James Gellar, an end times expert accused of having stolen John the Revelator’s sword.
So, how exactly would this work? Maybe Travis killed him and assumed him into his personality? Maybe Travis is a figment of HIS imagination? No, those are both stupid. It would probably make the most sense if they were in fact two separate people and everything was just as it seemed.
Are we reading too much into them? Can’t they just be teacher and student?
I didn’t think we’d actually get to see another kill of theirs so soon, and this time it was a Saw-like trap set up where they had the police actually kill the victim via tripwire, right before they set a plague of locusts on them. I mean, I get the whole Revelation thing, but seriously, where do you even buy a box of a thousand locusts?
I wondered how Dexter would finally begin to start tracking down Doomsday on his own, and Travis was stupid enough to show up at his own crime scene smiling, so now Dexter has his man. How he’ll ID and track him is another matter, but he’s generally pretty good at that.
I actually liked Dexter’s struggle with spirituality this episode. We’ve all seen characters struggling by losing their faith, but struggling by gaining some? Kind of an interesting concept and Brother Sam is a well-rounded character who really makes this plotline work. I have to wonder where his relationship with Dexter goes from here. Will he end up being more than just a spiritual mentor and friend? Will he learn something….deeper about Dexter perhaps?
I don’t know if his character is relevant to the bigger picture, but I like him.
I was a little disappointed to see that Masuka’s intern Ryan just stole the Ice Truck hand to sell it on eBay. I thought there was going to be more to her character than that, especially when she started asking about the other killers, but I guess this is just going to be a subplot to fill time. Kind of a bummer, as she could have made a good sleeper villain. Perhaps there’s still hope that there’s more to her than meets the eye?
When I saw Travis making eyes at the waitress, I knew she was dead, and when I saw the painting of the angel, I knew how it would happen, but I am impressed with the Doomsday killer’s ability to be theatrical. I am worried about the show maybe going a bit TOO over the top between Saw traps and locust plagues that kind of take the show a bit out of the somewhat grounded reality it normally enjoys.
Your thoughts on this week’s episode?