Dexter: The Lion Sleeps Tonight
by Debra McDuffee, posted Oct 12th 2008 11:05PM
(S03E03) I found this episode of Dexter to be the funniest so far. I know they aren't exactly going for a dramedy here, but the comedic relief in tonight's episode was priceless. Then again, when Dexter brutally strangles someone, I suppose we needed the change in mood.
The best part? Dexter's voiceovers. Voiceovers can be a tricky thing, and of the shows I watch, only Dexter and Burn Notice get it right. The title of the episode is reflected throughout the voiceovers, with lion and hunting comparisons while Dexter is interacting with the pedophile. These are tightly written and woven seamlessly throughout the episode.
The laugh-out-loud moment of the episode for me, though, was the yoga class voiceover; it's why I love Dexter so much:
Dexter (voiceover, in yoga class): "This is absolutely without a doubt the worst moment of my life."
Yoga Instructor: "And now, let's move into some free-form Yoga. Just let yourself dance."
Dexter (voiceover): "I was wrong; this is."
Instructor: "See the dust dancing against the sunlight. Be as beautiful as the golden flakes of dust, Dexter."
Dexter (voiceover): "I could probably kill her before anyone realized what happened."
And what's with Dexter's stalker? Even Dexter wonders why Miguel is trying so hard to be his friend. Could this be foreshadowing the nature of Dexter's and Miguel's relationship somehow? Man, I don't trust that Prado dude, and I sit in my seat, twitching, terrified that Dexter is going to fall right into Miguel's trap. What's his angle though? He's even luring Dexter in with the father issues. I can't help but feel it is all orchestrated.
Of notable significance:
- Dexter veers from his "code" again, and not only kills someone who isn't a killer, but also adopts a new M.O.: Dex strangles the pedophile.
- We find out that Miguel doesn't even try to get to the truth of Chickie Hynes's guilt or innocence. Why? I still say the guy is hiding something ... a lot, in fact.
- Clearly Deb and Anton will get together at some point.
- Miguel gives his bloody, incriminating shirt to Dexter as an "I trust you" sign. Again with the hrmmmmm from me.
Weird stuff I noticed:
- Um... Smits is so much taller than Hall it looks bizarre on camera. But I also wonder if they don't shoot the scenes like that on purpose. It seems to bring out Dexter's vulnerability, being so small, and again makes me think he may just succumb to the suspicious friendship after all.
- We are reminded of just how anal retentive Dexter really is, when he and Rita's family go shopping with Dexter's alphabetized grocery list.
The pedophile storyline wraps up with Dexter realizing that he can be a good father and make sure that no one hurts his children. Dex decides to be a daddy. Do you all think this episode was as well-written as I do?