Dexter: The Dark Defender
(S02E05) If for some godforsaken reason you thought this season was progressing too slowly, I'd say this episode made up for it. The revelations this week were jaw-dropping, and there's just no way you don't have incredible anticipation for how next week turns out.
First, the Dark Defender. The whole scene in the comic book store and then Dexter's dream sequence were classic. And then let's bring into the mix the scene from the coffee bar, where Dexter overheard a couple of guys commending Dexter's doings. These people may be on Dexter's side now, but should he be caught, they'd be right on the other side of the fence. Hopefully Dexter doesn't start to get too comfortable with that sort of talk going around.
Certainly the most shocking moment of the episode (and extremely well-filmed) was the revelation of Laura Mosley, Dexter's mom, having had an affair with Harry. And now, with Harry dead and buried, Dexter's got nobody to question about it. Some commenters said they thought Deb knows more about Dexter's past than she's letting on, and I'm starting to wonder that myself now.
One of the brilliant moments of the season so far was Dexter going after one of his mom's killers. Dexter's call to Lila, sounding very much like an addict looking for a stray fix, was well played. That whole scene and the one following it made me wonder: what is Lila's motive? Her story about her boyfriend/dealer was interesting, and I'm thinking less that she's a killer like Dexter. So what is her story really? I mean, why is she hanging onto Dexter so closely, yet only teasing him a little here and there and not just jumping all over him?
I've been saying all along that Dexter's being completely careless and sloppy, and the end of this episode made me near literally yell at the television. "Dexter, take the boat OUT of the slip before cleaning it you imbecile!"
Stepping aside from Dexter's story for a bit, it's good to see Deb landing a good guy, though a spoiler I won't reveal here has me concerned that not everyone is who they appear to be. And, really, this season has been all about false appearances, so my guard is up for sure.
And what of Rita's mom, now taking up residence with Deb and the kids? Is that yet another wrench that's thrown in the works for Dexter? She's certainly a nosy one and doesn't trust Dexter at all, but will she really use up her time in Miami to figure out what Dexter's up to? Would Dexter stray from the code of Harry to cover his own ass? The more Dexter finds out about Harry's deceptive past, the more he may find he may not need to adhere to his code after all.
In case you missed it, there are some web-only features up on Showtime's website now, but last I checked they weren't working yet.
Besides all of the revelations, there were too many great quotable moments in order to pick just one. So here are two ...
Deb: "He's killing people, Dex. If Dad taught us one thing it was the value of human life."
Dexter (thinking): "Yeah but I think we had different homework assignments."
Dexter: "The Dark Defender. Nah, Miami's too hot for all that leather."
|The Dark Defender||672 (84.0%)|
|The Bay Harbor Butcher||128 (16.0%)|