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Originally Posted by thedeskE View Post

She was zoned in on the table setup and how hers was exactly like Travis & the others in the files.
I don't remember her being awake when Dex and Rudy were over her in season 1. The flashback
shows her seeing Dex in a haze. Liberal writing again?

Out of curiosity I went back and looked -- Deb does open her eyes briefly just at the moment Rudy is about to stab her before Dex intervenes and sees them both standing over her.
post #5072 of 6855
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

She did notice, but it had no "hits" yet.
Perhaps, at the end of Season 8, Deb will put Dex on the table and become his heir apparent....wink.gif

Deb: I've decided to follow your lead and rid the world of serial killers,

Dex: Great! Its going to be wonderful you and me working side by side...uh, whats all that plastic for?
post #5073 of 6855
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

"Drunk cop/detective" = Joey Quinn. C'mon guys, he's only been a regular for the last 60 episodes. rolleyes.gif
Hey!
I have a hard time remembering names....biggrin.gif

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LeGuerta won't end up on the slab.
Unless she severely threatens Deb or Dex

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Originally Posted by NorthJersey View Post

I think the former lab tech temp who worked for Vince will be the next one on the table for Dexter, I don't see that story lasting the entire season
God, I hope so.wink.gif

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Originally Posted by Ron Temple View Post

I see this season shaping up to settle the Deb/Dex issue and dealing with the Ukrainians, Yvonne and the intern. The bloodslide and issues with Miami-Metro being background tension coming to a boil and exploding next season.
Nice scenerio.smile.gif

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Originally Posted by lonwolf615 View Post

Deb: I've decided to follow your lead and rid the world of serial killers,
Dex: Great! Its going to be wonderful you and me working side by side...uh, whats all that plastic for?
LOL...well, who knows?
Sometimes getting into the family business pays off.tongue.gif
post #5074 of 6855
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

Hey!
I have a hard time remembering names....biggrin.gif

Me too. I can't remember Batista's sister's name except that she is cute as all get out.
Was worse today finally watching the season premiere of Revenge and trying to remember Jennifer Jason Leigh's name. I was "I know Leigh is part of it and she has 3 names, Jamie Leigh Curtis, no no argg!" Time isn't on my side.
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Harrison is going to put Dexter and Debra on the table biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by daryl zero View Post

Time isn't on my side.
Nor on anyone else's....wink.gif

BTW, great sig.biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by DNINE View Post

Harrison is going to put Dexter and Debra on the table biggrin.gif
OK, now THAT's funny.tongue.gif
post #5077 of 6855
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Originally Posted by bruce73 View Post

Out of curiosity I went back and looked -- Deb does open her eyes briefly just at the moment Rudy is about to stab her before Dex intervenes and sees them both standing over her.

You're right, but now it's her watching Dex for much longer than the original few seconds.
Sorry, picking it apart is a bad habit wink.gif
post #5078 of 6855
Just watched the S7 premiere (rewatching it now in the background in Spanish). Bad idea to do it at midnight, not going to be able to sleep all night thinking about what I just saw. Just random quick notes now:

-Poor Dex: twice he comes to his apartment hoping to find peace and quiet (the scenes are shot/staged almost the same) and twice he's rocked by (a) his nanny's boyfriend hacking his computer and (b) his sister finding out his slides. Can't a serial killer get a good night's rest?

-I think Louis was introduced last year by the writers as a red herring so, in the following season (which the writers/producers wanted to know ahead of time if it would be the last or not) they could turn him into anything they wanted to. I thought last year he was a groupie, but that credit card stunt seems so random and personal. I think he's just f***ing with Dexter and doesn't know who Dex really is (i.e. Louis is an innocent but a douche that doesn't know when he's gone too far) and Dexter will kill him in a rage, then Louis wil turn out to be the one 'innocent' he kills that somehow becomes the one that crashes his world down. Heck, maybe he was supposed to be something entirely different last year than what the writers will do with him now.

-The camera showed Deb signing the ledger when she got out the Bay Harbor Butcher evidence file from storage (and the camera lingered on her putting that file box back in the shelf). Now that LaGuerta knows "Doakes" was the only other individual that took slides she's definitely going to go get the same box file, and she'll see Deb was the last person to sign it out. That might explain the scene in the previews where Dex says 'Let me take care of LaGuerta.'

-No 'special guest appearance by Colin Hanks' credit, so that was just a dummy/double on that table (we never saw its face) and a pretty good metaphor for the worth of S6 in "Dexter's" canon, storywise: it's there, but it's only importance was in setting up the important stuff after/around it, not anything diretly dealing with it (you can literally skip S6 after S5 ends, start the last 5 min on the last S6 episode and it's a pretty seamless link betwee S5 and S7). Which is good because, with Deb's new discovery about her brother, the whole 'in love' subplot from last year has been thankfully thrown the f*** out the door (unless Deb has to go see that psychiatrist again and she can tell that Deb's BS'ing her).

-Dexter's incredible streak of luck continues not only with nobody noticing his Miami Airport kidnapping (I'll let that one slide to the 'suspension of disbelief' for the sake of moving the action all along but the airport bathroom not jam-packed with people was the hardest thing to swallow of that sequence... those bathrooms are always packed) but also with the killing of Mike Anderson taking away Mike's next-day investigation of where Travis parked his car, something that could have (if followed through) led to something that could have pointed out accusatory fingers at Deb and Dex. It could return but, knowing this show, whatever Mike Anderson was going to follow-up on the next day will probably be forgotten and not followed through.

-The whole cast seems to have gotten over Mike Anderson's death pretty quickly on a personal level (the Ukranian baddies that killed him are another story though, they're clearly going to be at least half of the big bads this season) after Quinn's early outbursts of 'they're dead' and the symbolic flag wrapped over the body; other than that toast between Batista and Quinn the death of Mike doesn't seem to affect anybody on any meaningful way (though Deb is kind-of excused for what she went through during "those two days" and Dex, well, he has no emotions).

-Loved that we only got the 'clueless about the real Dexter' Deborah for one episode. This could have been strung-along for the whole season as the previous six season's 'Deb comes close to catching Dex in the act' but having an end date for the series seems to have freed the writers to give us what we want: 21 episodes left (assuming here) of this new Dexter/Deborah dynamic that is completely new to us.

-The flashbacks to young Dex/Deb (played by new and lesser actors than the one's that played them in S1 and S2... it's been four seasons since we've had 'flashbacks' since S3's appearance of Harry as a 'ghost') reminds me how much I missed them. It didn't make sense to have flashbacks after Harry's suicide flashback in S2 but, since this show has always been and is now more than ever about Dexter AND Deborah, it'd be great to have them alternating with Harry's ghost.

-The scenes where, silently and with stares, (a) the Morgans drink coffee awaiting dispatch call to the church and (b) Dex recruits Deb to distract Masuka from Travis' body so he can remove an incriminating piece of plastic were just too awesome for words. Forget burning the church to cover for the body, those moments were the first true new moments of the new foreign-to-us-all Dexter-Deb dynamic. Then when Deb calls Jamie and gets from her that Dex's been lying about working late she covered for Dex again but for an ulterior motive: she had the ammunition to go look for the truth.

-I'd love if, regularly throughout the season, Deb finds out more about who/when Dex killed by accident or while in conversation. Can you imagine when/if Deb finds out that it was Dexter and 'the 13th victim' that were behind the plastic wrap that she let go at the end of S5? It'd be something we diehard "Dexter" fans would flip over.

-The Deb half-couscious seconds before the Brian-Dexter struggle in S1 has been a source of speculation since that season. The writers were probably saving the 'Deb remembers' card for when they knew it would come in handy.

-Favorite lines: Dexter: 'This is no time for name calling' (when Victor calls him 'crazy' biggrin.gif). Also, M.C. Hall's face when he says 'Holy s***' and 'that's pretty f***ing weird' during the opening church scene had me laughing like a maniac. Here, in one of the most dramatic and pivotal scene of the entire series, I'm laughing like an idiot at Dexter pretending to be remorseful and then pointing the absurdity of that moment.smile.gif

Fantastic start to a new season that, in just one episode, is already better than the entire sixth season even with the dead weight that were the Quinn/Batista scenes and the awkward "lucky for Dexter" timing of Mike Anderson's death just providing him the killing he needed to 'take control' (it did the opposite by letting Deb's suspicions guide her to the slides). More than anything though, I took out of this first episode of the new season that Dexter Morgan is very selfish about denying others (especially his Miami Metro colleagues) the pleasures he goes out of his way to get for himself by tracking down and keeping Mike Anderson's killer too himself. Yes, there wasn't enough evidence that could have led to that Ukranian dude being charged and sentenced for Mike Anderson's death (only the partial print Dex got and the blood in the shirt collar, hardly slam-dunk evidence in a cop killing trial) but still, Dex really jumped at the chance to kill a cop killer but the 'cop killer' part hardly figured out as an integral part of the plot. It was all about Dex wanting to exorcize the demon of reality with his skills, which will never happen unless... gulp, Deb winds up again wrapped in plastic on the slab by the series' end. eek.gif

And Dex was still harboring delusions that he could go on as normal even with Deb knowing just as he was opening the door to his apartment. Listen again to what Dex is saying right before he enters, which is why the final minute of that episode is so powerful and potent besides the six-year build up. He might be nearing 40 but, emotionally, Dexter hasn't evolved much from that child that wanted to confess to her sister why she couldn't have a puppy. This is how M.C.Hall, in interviews, has mentioned he approaches and plays the character of Dexter Morgan: as an emotionally-stunted child that never grew up emotionally as he aged, physically and skillwise.

And don't even get me started on two black Miami Metro cops (Doakes and Anderson) being killed on their second season on the show... with Mike not even making it to the end of the new season's first episode. rolleyes.gif
Edited by dad1153 - 10/7/12 at 11:25am
post #5079 of 6855
Here's an interesting tidbit: Sunday's season premiere was the first time since the season two finale that the name "Doakes" was mentioned onscreen by any character. I always thought it was weird that Doakes, who was a pretty major character, was never mentioned (by name) again, while Brian, Lila, and Miguel are referenced multiple times throughout the seasons.
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Nice recap dad.
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

-Loved that we only got the 'clueless about the real Dexter' Deborah for one episode. This could have been strung-along for the whole season as the previous six season's 'Deb comes close to catching Dex in the act' but having an end date for the series seems to have freed the writers to give us what we want: 21 episodes left (assuming here) of this new Dexter/Deborah dynamic that is completely new to us.


You could argue we didn't get a clueless Deb in the episode at all. Didn't look like she was buying any of it, in spite of letting her brother
get away with murder and making herself accessory to the crime in minutes. Family?

Same thoughts on LaGuerta. She'll go right at Deb and it will get nasty.
post #5082 of 6855
^^^ OK, how about 'confused' instead of 'clueless' to describe Deb? With anybody else in the world she would have been sharp as a tack and not gotten anyone off. Because it was Dex and what it all meant she let some stuff slide but, as she slowly put it back together, she got sharp again.

FUUUUUUDGE! My cable box froze and re-started right after Mazuka walked in on Dexter looking at the ITK evidence box (BTW, you'd think Miami Metrio would have a warehouse-sized evidence locker for al the evidence that's piled-up over the years rolleyes.gif ). Took five minutes to reboot but even 30 seconds of missing "Dexter" is too much. Gonna have to wait for the 11PM encore to watch the episode in its entirety (but what about that opening scene? Holy cow, the quality of the first episode keeps going). Worse, I was taping/watching a "Law & Order" marathon on TNT and they just interrupted it because the Yankees-Orioles game on TBS got rain-delayed and they had to move another game between the Reds-Giants game over to TNT.

Lousy, lousy evening so far.frown.gif
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Finally watched the premiere. Some questions

- I thought the intern had the hand. Why is it in Dexter's place?

- what possible motive does LeGuerta have for palming the blood slide? So Doakes took slides, so... .? I don't follow the logic here.

I like that they did not drag out The Moment We've Been Waitng 6 Years For. But yeah, lots of sloppy stuff in this episode. The airport baggage hold? Come on. How much harder would it be to have Dexter take him somewhere else. One voice over narration line will do it. why doesn't Dexter have designated places he can use. If I were him, that'd be all I'd be doing in my spare time -- scouting for slab locations. Killing is supposed to be a release for him. Last thing he wants is knivus interruptus.

Also, things like: Dexter is the blood splatter guy, not the ME, not all purpose CSI dude. I'm surprised he doesn't do autopsies too. I know, it's TV. Problem is, we've all seen too much TV by now. It's not Marcus Welby MD any more.

Lastly: I hide my porn better than Dexter hides his serial killer paraphernalia. Yoikes.

PS: if you think what happened to Doakes was bad, what happened to him in the book was way worse. Not good to be black in the Dexterverse.
post #5084 of 6855
Good episode.

LeGuerta's side investigation eek.gif
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Originally Posted by barth2k View Post

- I thought the intern had the hand. Why is it in Dexter's place?

He mailed it to Dex in the last episode of S6 (the previews for both the season premiere and tonight's episode had a few seconds of Louis mailing the hand in the package and writing 'Dexter Morgan' on a shipping receipt). What for it's still unclear, but now the show has heavily hinted that Louis is a raging a**hole that likes to rub it in and, if Dex's check of Louis' computer yields anything (besides that Louis is playing around behind his babysitter's back) is that he may be a selfish psycopath that uses his hacker skills to get what he wants. If he's an 'innocent' then he's the type of innocent Dex has killed before: a total d**k nobody likes.
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- what possible motive does LeGuerta have for palming the blood slide? So Doakes took slides, so... .? I don't follow the logic here.

If Doakes was the only person that took ritualistic blood samples on glass slides from victims then the fact that she found one at Travis Marshall's crime scene would indicate (a) the real Bay Harbor Butcher wasn't found and he's still around (Maria never thought Doakes was the real BHB, she just couldn't go up against the entire Miami Metro and FBI establishment) or (b) there's a copycat using Doakes' MO from several years back. The show is heavily hinting that Maria is leaning toward 'a' and took the slide because she wants to pursue finding out the real BHB to clear Doakes' name.
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Originally Posted by barth2k View Post

Finally watched the premiere. Some questions
- I thought the intern had the hand. Why is it in Dexter's place?
- what possible motive does LeGuerta have for palming the blood slide? So Doakes took slides, so... .? I don't follow the logic here.

Lastly: I hide my porn better than Dexter hides his serial killer paraphernalia. Yoikes.
PS: if you think what happened to Doakes was bad, what happened to him in the book was way worse. Not good to be black in the Dexterverse.

Louis mailed the hand to Dexter at the end of last season after he got all pissy about Dexter dissing his videogame. The DDK actually found it on Dexter's doorstep and opened the box and then put it on Dexter's refrigerator when he went to Dexter's place and decided not to kill Jaime and Harrison.

La Guerta probably thinks that someone at the station has been covering everything up and wants to keep her investigation secret. She alone thought Doakes was innocent.

I think Deb could find your porn.

Is it an "e"?

See that dad1153 answered about the same time I did.
post #5087 of 6855
Fantastic 2nd episode of what is shaping up to be a return to form for "Dexter." There are S1 and S2 vibes felt throughout the show, and not just because they're name-dropping or showing off props from those seasons. The only problem is that everything that isn't Dex-Deb related (the Ukranian boss coming over to Miami, Quinn getting close to that stripper, the constant raids of the strip clubs, the bouncer boyfriend of the dead stripper, etc.) feels like the padding that it is. At least now we got an idea of what else besides the Ukranian mob Dexter will be dealing with, and that is an intriguing prospect. Seems fitting that, like S2 (which is heavily hanging over this season), Dex might be about to welcome another femme fatale-type woman like Lila into his life. Some random notes:

-Deb had the best lines of this episode by far, both for the funny but also for the pathos. When she said 'You gave it a name?' when Dex opens up about his 'dark passenger' I both laughed and then thought 'of course, she's normal, normal people don't name their alternate personality or undesirable part of themselves a name.' Proof again of how masterful a job the writers of "Dexter" did in the early years/episodes of the series to make Dexter's abnormalcy look and seem normal within the warped universe of both the books and the TV series. This reaches a crescendo when both Morgans are alone in the parking lot with Louis in the trunk (more on that below).

-Back-to-back LOL lines from the Morgans: 'I dreaded this moment my whole life... but I never pictured it like this' (Dex when he gets on all fours and barfs in front of the apartment) and 'F*** me for ruining your evening' (Deb getting testy with Dex trying to justify his actions). biggrin.gif Nothing tops Mazuka for the line of the episode though (to Dex): 'I was ready to blow you.' tongue.gif

-Deborah points to the slides on Dexter's table and mentions that those are people/victims. Dex then proceeds to rattle the names of three victims from S1 (the choir teacher from the pilot, the married illegal smugglers from 'Love, American Style'/'Return to Sender' and the psychiatrist from 'Shrink Wrap') that were deserving. But none of the people Dexter mentions are on the set of slides Deb discovered. Those slides were taken by Doakes when he stole Dex's first trophy box, which does make an appearance when they arrive from the FBI at Maria LaGuerta's request. The writers knew the slides Dex was mentioning weren't the one's in the apartment but they do show up in the episode and it doesn't feel like their appearance is a stretch but a natural plot point given Maria's private investigation. Nice, tidy and well-thought out writing. cool.gif

-When Deb is reading Lundy's report on the BHB (another nice, inobtrusive callback) she looks at the picture of Harry and young Deb and Dex (i.e. the new child actors from the season premiere's flashbacks). Could the thought be crossing Deb's mind that, by not turning Dex over, she's just as big an enabler as Harry was of Dexter's condition? Or that the real addict (what Lundy was talking about) in that picture was Harry over the power he had to control Dex? Or that maybe Harry was right to channel Dex's addiction? Harry and Deb: police enablers, one addict. Dexter: victim and perp.

-Was that a DNA shirt (with extra colors thrown in) Mazuka was wearing when he meets Dex at the Miami Metro locker?

-UNINTENTIONAL LAUGH LINE: Deb saying 'remember him?' over Mike Anderson's pic. Again, like last week, the ramifications of Anderson's killing will go on but, as a personal effect on the regular cast, Mike is as good as forgotten.

-The shots of Dex talking with Deb after the police briefing (the one Dex volunteers to go to but Deb shuts him down) shows Miami Metro in the background. It's the first time that I recall where we actually see the surrounding area of the 'Miami Metro' stock footage shots every time we cut back to the squadroom. There's a building next to Miami Metro (when the camera pans camera-left of Miami Metro toward Deb) that is the Miami Herald building:
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Now, these shots combined with the shots of Dexter and Deb running out of the apartment building at the start of the episode (the one from the pilot episode, which was shot in Miami) makes me think this is a rare "Dexter" episode in which some new footage was shot on location in Miami. The footage of Dexter racing in a vehicle on the opening minutes of last week's season premiere (when we can clearly see M.C. Hall driving that car with Miami locations in the background) was also too realistic-looking to be faked. My guess is that Hall, Jennifer Carpenter (the only two actors on-camera during these Miami-set scenes) and a skeleton crew shot these. Either that or CG is getting really freaking good at faking inserting Miami footage/locations (like Miami Metro and the Miami Herald building). Check this video (the "Monk" footage at 1:15 in particular) to see how easy it is to swap/make locations seem realistic on a TV budget: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clnozSXyF4k.

-There was a scene in an S2 episode, 'That Night, A Forest Grew,' where agent Lundy and Deborah sat in a bench next to the beach. Deb was wearing dark glasses with her eyes visible while she poured her soul to Lundy about her feelings for him, and it was one of my favorite Deb moments in the entire series. In the Miami-set Deb-Dex scene above, Deb is also wearing dark glasses that you can see through her eyes. And, again, it's one of the best Deb scenes I've ever seen. If anything the standout for this season so far is Jennifer Carpenter coming close to achieving parity with M.C. Hall in the acting department.

-Anyone getting a "Hulk" vibe from the way Dex is being pressured by Dex to be normal ('so how does it feel?'), but once the beast within Dex is unleashed ('black blood') it can't be controlled? Like the S5 final episode where Dex snaps and breaks the plate after Lumen breaks up with him, I'm getting serious "Hulk" vibes from "Dexter." There was also that remark Wayne Randall made about 'Batman and Robin' right before he took care off his final victim.

-Notice that, right after Deb serves spaguetti to Dex, they both twirl and eat the spaguetti the same way. Cute.smile.gif

-Seems that the more important Harrison is to the show's plot (the case during most of S5-S6) the least interesting "Dexter" becomes. In these past two episodes we had little to no Harrison importance to the main plot (Deb's 'we'll go visit Harrison' remark was just the set-up for Dex to find out Louis didn't take Dex's threats seriously) and the show has improved dramatically. Just sayin'.

-The scenes when Dex tries, really tries to open up to Deb and she can only muster her natural reactions to what she's hearing ('you're a sick ****, Dexter, Jesus Christ') to me are an unintentional endorsement of psychiatry (when a neutral listener helps a person understand themselves better without the judgements that a non-impartial person will inevitably bring to the discussion) as the only rational way to deal with someone as irrational as a serial murderer. But every person, every situation and every trauma are different. For the dramatic purpose of this show/episode the love between Dex and Deb was such that her intervention efforts actually got through to Dex and made him guilty-enough to not go through with killing Louis (which, as we know from previous show history, will come back to bite Dex in the rear big time). I actually yelled outloud 'OMG, he's calling her!' when the phone started ringing and sleepy Deb woke up. I don't think I've ever been so happy and pumped-up by Dexter not going through with a kill in the show's history, which is saying something because Louis is such an unlikable douche I wouldn't mind seeing him get his comeuppance.

-Is Harry a ghost or Dex's coscience making-up what Dex thinks Harry would say if he were there? Because in this episode both Morgans question whether Harry was right about what he did to Dex, and that in a show like this has to be considered a huge development. Both Dexter in Deb's bed wishing Harry had tried differently with him instead of fostering his serial killing, then Deb seeing that she got through to Dex by making him see that not killing proves he's in control, are already among the series' best moments. And we're only in episode 2 of the next-to-last season.biggrin.gif

-As a big fan of Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" I couldn't help but notice the "Maria" robot big-ass model (camera-right from where Louis left his laptop). Not sure if the others toys/characters are real or not, anyone know? I could swear I've seen some of them in the S2 episode 'The Dark Avenger' when Dex was walking around the comic book shop where a crime took place.

-SIGN YOU'RE WATCHING A SHOW WITH A CABLE BUDGET: the garage of the bouncer working on his bike that gets a visit from Ray Stevenson's Ukranian boss looks an awful lot like the garage Trinity was working on when designing the coffin (the one Dexter hides in when the feds came storming into Arthur Mitchell's house). I can't help but also notice that even though we're told there are multiple strip clubs owned by the Ukranian mob we keep going to the same one over and over again. They build that strip club set and damn it, they're going to milk it for all its worth.rolleyes.gif

-Notice that the end of the episode ties neatly with what Deb told Dex she didn't want to see happen to him (while they were eating spaghetti): 'I don't want to se you go to prison, or worse.' With Randall's suicide-by-truck Dex witnessed the end result of both.

-The director of this episode, Steve Shill (an Emmy winner for directing S4's "The Getaway") returns to directing "Dexter" episodes after not directing any the year before while he worked on other shows ("V," "Missing," "Damages"). We sure missed him last year. smile.gif Special touch: playing 'House' (i.e. the sad, slow piano tune) just as Wayne Randall threw himself in front of the truck. Most shows would play a loud music cue or something to make this scene shocking or loud, but here the sad piano tune makes a perfect counterbalance to what we just saw. More Steve Shill directed episodes, please!

Gotta go, this show is back in such a big way the extenporaneous stuff that used to stand out which was front and center (and is currently rightly in the background) doesn't bother me. But will it bother Emyach? wink.gif
Edited by dad1153 - 10/7/12 at 11:55pm
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From the "Hot Off The Press" Thread (top of 'HDTV Programming' page). smile.gif

Critic's Notes
Channel Surfing: ‘Dexter’ in Uncharted Waters
By Mike Hale, The New York Times - Oct. 7, 2012

There’s been a case of “Moonlighting” going around television the last few seasons. In the spirit of Maddie and David, crime-fighting couples like Bones and Booth on “Bones” and Castle and Beckett on “Castle” have given up the just-friends dance and hopped into bed. (Bones and Booth have even had a child.) Now a more macabre version of that scenario is playing out in Season 7 of Showtime’s “Dexter,” where the foster siblings and officers of the law Debra and Dexter Morgan, played by Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall, have achieved a new level of intimacy.

It doesn’t involve sex – not yet, anyway, though that remains on the table following Deb’s therapy-induced revelation in last season’s finale that she’s in love with her brother. No, it involves a different kind of knowledge: Deb’s discovery, at the end of that episode, that her brother is a killer.

The premiere picked up last week with Deb, the police lieutenant, and Dexter, the forensics guy, still facing off over the body of Dexter’s latest victim. (It was a bad guy, of course, the religiously crazed serial killer who served as what the show calls its “big bad” during Season 6.) Dexter claimed it was his first time – he just got carried away – and talked Deb into helping him cover it up, but in the course of the episode she went from 0 to 100 in terms of knowing her brother. The details of the murder scene matched up with her own experience as a near-victim of Dexter’s copycat half-brother in Season 1, and she finally asked him: Are you a serial killer? He closed his eyes and said yes, and “Dexter” entered totally uncharted waters.

In the second episode, “Sunshine and Frosty Swirl” on Sunday night, Deb and Dexter tried to find a workable compromise between her commitment to the law and his commitment to killing people. She forced him to move into her beach shack and tried to keep him with her at work, but he still managed to slip away. In what looks like the set-up for the central plot of the season, Det. Mike Anderson (Billy Brown) is shot by a Ukrainian gangster; Dexter identifies the killer before the rest of the Miami-Dade homicide division and manages to dispatch him at the airport (improvising with baggage straps and a fire extinguisher).

In a subplot whose importance is hard to judge at the moment, Dexter also figures out that it’s the creepy lab tech Louis (Josh Cooke) who sent him the prosthetic hand and has been canceling his credit cards. Dexter manages to elude Deb once again (he doses her steak with a sedative) and takes Louis on what appears to be his final ride, but has a change of heart, leaving Louis on a park bench. We’ll see whether Louis has learned his lesson (an executive producer has said that he won’t be this season’s big bad) and whether Dexter is really able to control himself, or whether Louis just wasn’t worth killing.

Indications are that the evil nemesis will be the Ukrainian gang boss Isaac (Ray Stevenson), who has come to America to look for the missing gangster Dexter has already killed. Isaac proved his mettle on Sunday night by plunging a screwdriver into the eye of an untrustworthy underling.

Surface plausibility has never been a big issue on this show – Dexter would have to have superpowers and a limitless budget to keep getting away with the things he’s gotten away with all these years. The series succeeds by being a credible and entertainingly complicated psychological thriller with good characters, a sense of humor and especially a languid rhythm and sun-kissed look that belie the darkness and bloodiness of the stories. (This despite the fact that most of the Miami settings are shot on a Hollywood soundstage.)

But emotional credibility will be important this year – we have to believe that the by-the-book Deb would not only keep Dexter’s secret but would also break the rules herself to shield him. So far it’s worked for me, which is a testament to the skill and resourcefulness of Ms. Carpenter’s performance as Deb, a character whose combination of insecurity and utter certitude, of awkwardness and competence, isn’t quite like anyone else on TV.

Please let us know in the comments how well you think “Dexter” has handled its new direction, and your thoughts about where it might head going into its eighth and final season. Will Dexter live? I don’t think they can kill him at this point – he’s just too darn likable.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/channel-surfing-dexter-in-uncharted-waters/?ref=television
post #5089 of 6855
No question this episode was better than the last.

All kinds of things going on around Dexter and he (unfortunately for him) isn't aware of all the storm clouds gathering....

Two things are gonna get him: the airport security cameras will be found and viewed by good guys/bad guys.
LaGuerta is gonna eventually sniff him out and will have to go to the table.
Edited by oink - 10/8/12 at 9:47am
post #5090 of 6855
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^^^ OK, how about 'confused' instead of 'clueless' to describe Deb? With anybody else in the world she would have been sharp as a tack and not gotten anyone off. Because it was Dex and what it all meant she let some stuff slide but, as she slowly put it back together, she got sharp again.
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Right up to the point of Fixing Dex wink.gif

Rehab Dexter is a failed experiment. That he would entertain the idea with her like a child following orders
is reaching. Better chance she'll change to protect him. I like the idea of Deb eventually finding out about Lumen.
post #5091 of 6855
Where is the Shrink who was mentally mind f*^*ing Debra? I dig how Louis is playing nerd serial killer lover/hater want to be, Maybe they will have Debra come to terms with Dexter's Dark fellow. She researchs who was killed by Dexter in the past, the way he tried to explain what messed up people they are.

Laguerta is really digging deep. Why is she keeping it from everyone?
Edited by DNINE - 10/8/12 at 10:05am
post #5092 of 6855
Not to mention Dexter just made Louis even meaner, he now deserves the slab full time, maybe he invites Deb for it...

Are they hinting the only way out for Dexter is suicide or something?

Either that or he gets rid of the dark passenger (tm)
post #5093 of 6855
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No question this episode was better than the :plast.
All kinds of things going on around Dexter and he (unfortunately for him) isn't aware of all the storm clouds gathering....
Two things are gonna get him: the airport security cameras will be found and viewed by good guys/bad guys.
LaGuerta is gonna eventually sniff him out and will have to go to the table.

The coming attractions say that the Ukranians get wise to Dexter because the stripper had a bracelet on (that Victor took?) that could be traced and they trace it to Dexter's boat. So I'm not sure that the video has anything to do with it.

As to the blood slide, unless the slide has Dexter's prints on it, I don't know what physical evidence would lead to Dexter.
post #5094 of 6855
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I can't help but also notice that even though we're told there are multiple strip clubs owned by the Ukranian mob we keep going to the same one over and over again. They build that strip club set and damn it, they're going to milk it for all its worth.rolleyes.gif

Maybe because it is the club involved with the homicides they are investigating? wink.gif The others have nothing to do with this case.
post #5095 of 6855
One thing I used to like about Dexter was that every season he would learn something of his nature and how he could change it and adapt it. Last season was an exception -- the whole religion thing was a complete waste of a season and Dexter got absolutely no insight from it. In this episode it looked like Dexter was getting insight from the murderer on how he might stop killing but he was lying the whole time. I have a feeling this season is going to be another season that ends with everything back to normal. Dexter will convince Deb that he isn't killing any more and she'll believe him for some reason.

The grill on that truck was tough! It splattered a person dead on at around 40 MPH and there wasn't a single dent in it!
post #5096 of 6855
Yeah those trucks are sturdy... I think...
post #5097 of 6855
Two full seasons with Deb knowing about Dex? Two years of him sneaking around won't work. Either she joins him, to kill Louis for threatening or causing harm to Harrison, or they figure out that Dex is fine, and Harry essentially turned him. They seem to be hinting at the latter pretty strongly, and it makes sense, Dex being so young when Harry started on him.

But he is what he is, and a year of psycho-babble won't do for the last season, so ...

Nice to see the show recharged, a great first two episodes.
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The coming attractions say that the Ukranians get wise to Dexter because the stripper had a bracelet on (that Victor took?) that could be traced and they trace it to Dexter's boat. So I'm not sure that the video has anything to do with it.
I have stopped watching the previews for this show....I want to be surprised.wink.gif

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As to the blood slide, unless the slide has Dexter's prints on it, I don't know what physical evidence would lead to Dexter.
The box?

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The grill on that truck was tough! It splattered a person dead on at around 40 MPH and there wasn't a single dent in it!
Those truck grills are made from titanium...or is it unobtanium?tongue.gif
post #5099 of 6855
I have been having pauses/ breaks in picture when Dexter is on at 9pm. It's random. It only happens on Dexter not Homeland right after. Anyone else been having any issues like this. Very annoying

I have TWC
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I have been having pauses/ breaks in picture when Dexter is on at 9pm. It's random. It only happens on Dexter not Homeland right after. Anyone else been having any issues like this. Very annoying
I have TWC

My dvr picture kept breaking up into pixels. I'm blaming it on the dvr and was going to raise heck with charter...were you watching live?
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