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Dexter: Remains to Be Seen

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 5th 2009 2:47AM
John Lithgow as the Trinity Killer on Dexter
(S0402) - "You've got a family to support and people to dismember. You're spinning too many plates, Dexter." - Harry Morgan


One of the most interesting reasons to watch shows like Dexter are the ways the characters manage to wiggle their way out of complete destruction after pushing more than their fair share of luck.

But unlike shows like The Shield or The Sopranos where most of the luck pushing is done by the main character, the people behind Dexter like to spread the carelessness around. Just about everyone in this twisted tale has some skeletons in their closets, both figurative and possibly literal.

Batista is getting cozy with Laguerta. Debra is dangerously close to getting cozy with Lundy again. Quinn has a more than cozy relationship with a smoking hot newspaper reporter. Between all these Dating Game rejects and Harry's extremely dangerous coziness with his own CI, has anyone in the history of Miami Metro Homicide ever taken a mandatory sexual harassment seminar?

The one relationship I'm dying to know more about is the one the Trinity Killer has with someone, anyone in this universe. Unlike the Ice Truck Killer, the mystery of this character isn't whether or not he's the killer, but why he is the killer. It's only been two episodes, but the writing has really built the suspense at a nice steady pace, not to mention John Lithgow's creepy acting skills. The man can turn evil on and off like his id has a faucet.

I have my suspicions. For instance, did you notice when the Trinity Killer put "Sugar in the Raw" in his coffee? That brief glimpse of the brown sugar packet stuck in my brain like a spear. I Googled the phrase on the Internet with a Dexter chaser and sure enough, it kicked back to the first episode from the third season when that pesky internal affairs detective noticed Debra using the same thing. This is probably just a coincidence and one of those way-out-there clues that only amateur sleuths who have trouble finding the worm in the bottle of tequila notice. But as any high school track coach will tell you, it's hard to pull a spear out of a skull.

As for Dexter, the missing body angle was a fun, brief plotline to throw a serial killer's way. It was far from a close call in the end, but you could really feel the nerves just taking control of Dexter's intestines and twisting them until all the juicy goodness had dripped clean. It made better use of the baby problem without physically sticking the little tyke in Dexter's gore soaked arms, as the new season's posters suggest.

Harry has become an interesting vehicle for Dexter's thought output. His Obi-Won presence in Dexter's private moments are a weird blend of dark humor and deep thought and make a good stand-in when Dexter's long thoughts start to wear thin. It also has me wondering if we'll ever see the dark side of Dexter's consciousness in human form, his "Darth Passenger" if you will.

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Dexter Denver

Will dexter going for season 5?

October 08 2009 at 5:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Becky

John Lithgow is a great addition to the show. I like him better than the Jimmy Smits character. This season has picked up more than the last one. I think the whole Trinity plotline is fantastic, definitely better than George King and the palm trees. The writers have redeemed themselves in my eyes.

I also think the whole plot line with Rita is building up to something. Is she not working at all, and if not, why is Dexter getting up with the baby?

October 07 2009 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tweeder

"Darth Passenger"? Do you even watch this show? It's been mentioned about 30 times over the last few seasons. Seriously :(

October 06 2009 at 1:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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JT

Did you even read the post before you were so quick to judge? The entire last paragraph was a Star Wars reference.

His "Darth Passenger" as in Darth Vader or Luke Skywalkers father...

October 06 2009 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Deej

That's DARK Passenger, not Darth

October 05 2009 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cyn

I really liked the show! It had everything and is written so well. Dexter's anxiety in trying to locate was sad yet funny. Where's Benny? The Trinity Killer is so creepy. And, he randomly selected his victim while she was on a family outing? Scary. Also, icky is John Lithgow naked. Ugh.
Quinn is slimy, and sticking the cash in his pocket was bad enough, but, then trying to cozy up to Dexter was even worse.
Yes, the whole department is playing in muddy waters. Batista and LaGuerta? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
Let's hope Debra can hold out and remain true to Anton. Rite annoys me this season with her whining and demands.

October 05 2009 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sam the Deaf

Nice cover up, Dexter without actual remember. I thought he was gone for a good.

October 05 2009 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rhomboid

I'm just glad that we finally get a glimpse of why Quinn has been on Internal Affairs' radar all this time. They've been beating around that bush for an entire season, although they did hint at it when Deb questioned whether his Rolex was real (and his fancy car.) It was also kind of funny to watch him scramble and become instantly chummy when he realized Dexter saw him.

October 05 2009 at 6:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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