As we head into the final stretch of this season of Dexter, the show finally gets to pick up the pace, and as such, there are a whole host of events to discuss from this week’s episode.
I may not like this season overall, but it seems at least that at last events are moving forward with significant relevance to the larger plot of the show, not just this DDK bullshit that at this point, needs to end.
Dexter went all Jack Bauer this week by stopping the poison gas attack by shoving the recent Travis conscript into an interrogation room and locking the door. Are interrogation rooms hermetically sealed or something? Do they have not haven ventilation ducts? I suppose it’s a little better than setting it off in the main open area, but still, I’m pretty sure you couldn’t come back to work three hours later after that.
My favorite line of the night was from Batista when he said “The Dorceys aren’t terrorists. They’re just nutjobs following around another nutjob.” The same could obviously be said for anyone planning mass murder attacks, like those nutjobs who hijacked those planes and crashed them into things because that other nutjob told them to, but naturally, someone who is an extremist CHRISTIAN and not an extremist MUSLIM could never be classified as a terrorist, despite similar tactics and goals. Sigh.
Now Travis is all on his own, and Dexter’s new plan to catch him this week was uh…flawed to say the least. He was exposing himself by making that tableau, sure, but sending him a VIDEO MESSAGE? What if the police pick up Travis first, and Dexter’s yapping away on his confiscated phone about being the Beast? Not to mention what might unfold when the next crime scene he’s called to is one where there are two dead bodies on the ground, and a giant freaking portrait of himself as the seven-headed devil on the wall. These two things seem like they should have serious consequences for Dexter, and I hope the show doesn’t sweep them under the rug.
Meanwhile, we learned that LaGuerta is a backstabbing bitch (surprise!) though all Deb’s problems could have been solved if she just stuffed a tape recorder in her pocket while confronting her. Daniels should be smart enough to know what happened, but with only TWO people who know the secret and only one gunning for his job, he still couldn’t figure it out. Also, as we all thought, Deb’s shrink says she’s in love with Dex, which is now manifesting itself in creepy dreams that have me shouting “no no no no no” at the screen while covering my eyes with both hands. I bet Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall wished they had this plotline while they were actually still together in real life huh? Got to be a bit awkward now.
Lastly, it’s finally apparent that the show is actually planning ahead for next season by prepping Lewis to be a significant rival to Dex. We learned that yes, he is more than just a creepy collector and yes, he knows something about Dexter’s darkness, as he addresses the Ice Truck Killer hand (complete with palm reading lines?) to him. And his line about getting off the sidelines and stopping living in a make-believe world implies that he might start living out his game’s fantasy in real life. And I think if he does start killing, we’re going to know who his first victim will be. Bye bye little Batista.
Dexter would seem to be pretty exposed between that phone message and the mural that he doesn’t even know about, but I don’t exactly trust the show to follow up on stuff like that. What’s going to be the big finale? I’m not sure. I think we’ll see Lewis kill, setting up next season, but as for Travis? Obviously he’s got to go. After the Lake of Fire however, what’s next? Does he have some world ending “nutjob” plot that’s going to top all his others?
“Herp derp, I’m the devil.”