Dexter: Our Father (season premiere)
by Debra McDuffee, posted Sep 28th 2008 10:02PM
(S03E01) Some changes are in the air for Dexter and its crew this season, judging by the happenings in the first episode. Batista is promoted to sergeant -- yay for him -- and he seems to be taking his new position very seriously. Will this responsible cop deal last? I like Batista and hope that it will, but the set-up makes me wonder.
Deb has turned over a new leaf: no drinking, no men and no smokes -- at least she still swears like a truck driver because I'd sure miss that. She sports a short, sassy new haircut to go with her no-nonsense new 'tude. She may be able to stick with the no smoking, but will she succumb to the men or booze first?
What are they going to do with Rita's pregnancy? No good can come of this, I assure you. Dexter as a dad only works part-time for me; I can't picture him without his bachelor pad, his privacy, his little haven complete with research laptop and hidden slides of blood.
A couple new characters have been added. Jimmy Smits plays Miguel Prado, assistant district attorney and smack-dab in the middle of all the hullabaloo with Dexter's case of mistaken identity kill. I was pleasantly surprised by Smits. I like his character and he makes a great addition to the cast. My guess is that they are going to go deep with this character and milk Smits for all he's worth as a first-rate actor and big name.
Quinn, the new detective, also adds some new layers. Internal Affairs is crawling all over Deb, trying to get her to rat out the new guy, and Deb is having none of it. What's this guy's deal, aside from the piercing stare, which I am sure has been practiced in the mirror on numerous occasions?
Of notable significance is the fact that this is the first time Dexter has ever been spontaneous with a kill. Sure, he screwed it up, which may also be significant and a bit of foreshadowing for the tone of the season, but killing the wrong guy, someone he doesn't know, didn't research, may or may not fit "the code" -- that's huge.
Generally, this first episode of Dexter, season three is a good one. Lots of groundwork for the coming season has been laid and the tone remains the same, complete with Dexter's entertaining voice-overs. You think Dexter is off to a good start this season?