Seriously, when was the last time "Dexter" had a streak of four good-to-excellent episodes since the first two seasons (five if the previews live up to expectations next week)? "Run" was another winner even though when the show goes into Emaych's 'planet Dexter' mode (the airport kill in the premiere, this episode's maze inside a building, etc.) it really lifts into the stratospheres of silly. Still, when the plot kicks ass it takes no prisoners.
-Isaak is really growing on me. Yes, he's as cliche' a character as they come (the evil intimidating Russian mob boss) but when he's on you can't help but grab to every word and watch every movie Stevenson makes. I really hope that, unlike Peter Weller's gumshoe on S5, Isaak doesn't go dumb on us toward the end when he and Dex have their eventual face-off. His forcing the bartender to suicide himself (do we even know if he'll follow through with his promise to the bartender to look after his family? I'm guessing he's not) was such a creepy and tense moment even though you knew exactly what was going to happen. It's not easy making predictable stuff compelling, and Ray is the one making it seem so.
-Isaak is a fashion fascist though, who cares that Miami Metro cops don't dress-up as well as Isaak at a crime scene? Heck, Miami Metro had a sharp dresser, Isaak, and your boy Viktor killed him: Mike Anderson (he dressed fine).
-So, were Isaak and Viktor gay lovers? Why did Viktor keep the picture of him and Isaak hidden? Or they were just really tight? The way that scene in Viktor's empty apartment was framed and shot really made it seem like the relation between Isaak and Viktor was more than just mob friends/associates. They're obviously not known as brothers given the manager of Fox Hole (the dude that got stuck with Louis clean-up duty last week) said things about Viktor that he wouldn't have if it was known Viktor and Isaak were close.
-Ironically, for a show that has fallen victim to how predictably incompetent Miami Metro is at their job, Batista is showing signs of competency by being skeptical of how neatly the suicide takes care of all the deaths. Batista also had the rare honor of a funny one-liner when he said he was a 'twice-divorced detective staring at the barrel of retirement, I'm already a cliche', don't need to add stripper to the myth.'
-Very peculiar way the director frames the meet between Hanna and Dex at Miami Metro. For a few scenes these two were on extremes of their respetives close-ups, showing us blood slides (Dex's close-up) or a ceiling fan (Hanna's close-up). Very odd, "artsy" shots on a cute meet still on par with the 'femme fatale' angle.
-I'm drawing a blank: was the security blanket that the nanny wanted to throw out (the one Dex says Rita gave Harrison) seen/visible on Harrison's crib in S4 or S5? It would be a neat tie-in with the episode's big moments...
-... of Deb questioning Dexter about Rita's death/Trinity. Again, I love how the reality of the show that we take for granted (Dex hunting Arthur Mitchell, playing with him, Dex getting to him after Mitchell had gotten to Rita, etc.) seems so far-fetched and odd when a civilian described it back to Dexter who, unlike the cool and collected voice-over we hear on the show, struggles with words and comes across sounding insane when he tries to explain to Deb the circumstances. We know Dexter loved Rita and loves Harrison, but you totally understand from Deborah's perspective why she'd wonder whether Dex really loved Rita (remember that Deb introduced Dex and Rita and that a girl just died, so Deb is naturally fearing that she's indirectly responsible for Rita's death by introducing her to Dexter) or that he truly loves Harrison if he exposes him to danger. And, from the previews, looks like Dex was smart to send Harrison packing to Orlando but not for the fear of the bad guy he thought would give him trouble.
-Anyone get "Sopranos" flashbacks when Deb dreamt that her bathtub was filled with blood? And how creepy was that dream Dexter asking Deb 'will you be mine?'
in tux? That's the still-latent-but-now-buried 'Deb loves Dexter' feelings/plot from last season. It hasn't been forgotten, just that the writers are now smart enough to be 'artsy' about it rather than just ****ing spilling it and turning off half or more of the audience.
-Unbelievable, dream-like ending (with a fade to black, the first time the show hasn't just 'cut' before credits). It's almost as if Deb wanted Dexter to say that yes, he killed the a**hole that she wanted to kill herself earlier in the day at Mike Anderson's funeral. I always liked this show's scenes between Dexter and Deborah, but this season has taken those to a whole new level. I could watch a show of just Deb and Dex talking for an hour and it'd be the best episode ever. Also I love the new never-before-seen alley outiside Miami Metro where the two of them rush to when they want alone time. It's such a barren and empty alley, which mirrors how the once-strong sibling relationship between the two of them is stripped bare and has to be rebuilt from scratch.
-For the 2nd time in the series Dex loses his box of slides, but this time it's Dex on his own destroying his trophies. Will the season/show end with Dexter somehow getting a hold of his old box of slides that currently resides in Maria LaGuerta's office?
-Line of the episode: Dexter yelling 'F********'' back to Speltzer (the way Hall mimmicked Speltzer was priceless, I was howling, it was hilarious).Edited by dad1153 - 10/21/12 at 8:21pm