Dexter: Shocker!

"I know what I'm doing." —Dexter Morgan.

This statement should have been true—no, would have been true—if this were a better season of Dexter. Dexter Morgan's sickly superior pathology has always been the focus of this series—his killer instinct, his heightened senses, his ability to remain several steps ahead of his co-workers, targets, and we the viewers. That's the Dexter we tune in for: a guy who operates at the top of his game. Unfortunately, this is Season 6, a season that until this point I'd feared was Dexter's weakest, and now this episode pretty much confirmed it. Because here when Dexter assured Harry "I know what I'm doing," he definitely didn't, and the dramatic irony proved that Dexter's incompetency this season has been bested only by the show's writers themselves.

Because shock of all shocks: Professor Gellar was a figment of Travis's imagination! This was a twist many people had suspected since, oh, Episode 2? It's hard to say just how badly Dexter's writers bungled this "twist" from the get-go. The main reason is that it simply wasn't an original twist. The Imaginary Character Reveal is right up there with a character finding out he or she was dead all along—it's been done and done well so many times already that no longer falls outside the realm of possibility in any story, and certainly not in a story that has already featured multiple imaginary characters. If the idea was to introduce a villain as a kind of Bizarro Dexter with an imaginary Harry of his own, then there may have been something to that; instead the show banked on our surprised delight that Gellar was dead and that we'd somehow enjoy seeing Dexter make all kinds of improbably dumb decisions in the interim, not to mention countless wasted scenes of Travis being scared of, apparently, himself. But the long-telegraphed twist that Gellar wasn't real is second only to how badly Dexter Morgan's been written this season. Personally, I don't enjoy seeing Dexter make bad decisions, much in the same way I don't appreciate TV writers assuming I'm a moron.

Where to begin with all the bad decisions Dexter made this week? Putting aside the fact that Dexter uncharacteristically spared Travis in the first place, this episode attempted to explain that this contrivance was somehow related to Brother' Sam's call for mercy. Way to retroactively ruin Brother Sam's legacy by accidentally sparing a monster! But also, in a grasping-at-straws moment, Dexter also rationalized that sparing a serial murderer's supposed accomplice would somehow make Dexter a better father? This made no sense. Fatherhood should not require dulling of the senses and softening of the brain. And then let's talk about Dexter's increasingly sloppy serial killer methods (which I realize I've harped on a lot already). Why exactly did Dexter take Travis to a public motel (while still wearing his serial killer outfit), and thus risk being seen hanging out with a known DDK suspect? And then he apparently gave him the freedom to come and go? Supposedly Dexter viewed Travis as merely a frightened victim, but why on earth would he think that someone who was brainwashed into helping a murderer would not be susceptible to turning back? And this brings us to Dexter's biggest oversight: the long, illustrious legacy of serial killers who've heard voices. For a supposed serial killer expert, Dexter should have seen the signs. WE did.

One can argue that Harry's repeated reservations about Dexter's decision-making was Dexter's nagging sense that something was wrong. But then why wouldn't Harry explicitly say what's up? It's because the writers didn't want to give away the game too soon—not when there's a big church basement freezer reveal! Which, by the way, what? Now we have to worry about why a prominent professor's disappearance and murder somehow went unnoticed by authorities?

Among the other indignities the writers forced Dexter through this week: Getting stuck in an elevator while Travis quickly murdered his next victim (without getting bloody, somehow); getting drenched in a victim's blood after it was suspended from the rafters over the crime scene; getting barricaded inside the church basement with Gellar's frozen corpse. The wacky supporting cast and array of misunderstandings were already in place, so we were seriously just one slammed door away from this whole thing becoming a French farce.

But the episode wasn't finished! Remember that intriguing mystery of the call girl overdose? Just when I'd held out hope that the explanation wouldn't be the most obvious one, sure enough, the john had been LaGuerta's boss. Another shocker! The silver lining was that a newly emboldened (via therapy) Deb insisted on re-opening the investigation and told off LaGuerta in a really satisfying way. Also LaGuerta is now fully in villain mode after she promised her boss she'd take care of Deb. Don't get me wrong, I don't trust LaGuerta to accomplish anything she sets out to do, but still, it'll make the office a bit more interesting.

Speaking of the office, Quinn's awful shenanigans continued in a truly embarrassing bit where he and Batista drove across town to recover Quinn's gun which had fallen out of his pocket (?) while he was sexin' a stripper in the back of her car. But get this: It turned out he'd sexed the stripper's dowdy mother! Absolutely hilarious! Was this scene ghost-written by Adam Sandler? What show was this? After that, Quinn and Batista got into a fistfight, which was only broken up when an ordinary passerby threatened to have them arrested. Dexter has definitely entered an era in which random passersby are more responsible and competent than its characters.

Elsewhere, Techie Louis decided to pursue Jamie again, and this led to another slightly intriguing turn. At his fancy nerd lair that displayed a lot of his eBay purchases, Louis and Jamie made tons of sex while the camera panned over and revealed that HE had been the one to purchase the Ice Truck Killer's mannequin hand from Blonde Ryan. I'd take a second to consider the implications of this, except Season 6 has done nothing but impress on me that it's a waste of time to expect worthwhile surprises anymore.

If anything, this episode (ironically titled "Get Gellar") did nothing if not suggest that the Miami Metro office has seriously rubbed off on Dexter Morgan. This season has been a disaster, so much so that I'm actually starting to miss Jimmy Smits? But there ARE three episodes left, and perhaps we'll get some marginally entertaining cat-and-mouse chases and some thrilling kills. Assuming this season hasn't just been a figment of my imagination or I'm not dead in a freezer somewhere.

RANDOM BLOOD SPLATTERS:

... Dexter likens his Dark Passenger to a stutter or a lazy eye. Has his subconscious ever seemed less scary?

... So wait, do call girls turn tricks on street corners? Or was that lady's dad just unaware of her recent promotion?

... Is Deb's therapist too bossy?

... What's Louis's deal?

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Eish.....I actually liked season 5 (one of the few) but I can't lie, not even to myself, this season is taking a nosedive. Hope the last couple episodes can rectify it somehow.
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Remember in season 1 How fascinated Dexter was with the Ice Truck killers work, then how the season ended with a huge plot twist with Brian being his brother, and having to kill the only person he could connect with?



People are forgetting that since Season 1 till now a lot has happened, and in the Dexter series. To have the show keep going this strong for 6 season's is excellent. The writers can't have a perfect killer each season, perfect lines, perfect everything. I am a huge Dexter fan, and even though I didn't care for season 3 and 5, there is still a lot in the season I enjoyed. The acting, and always looking to see how Dexter is going to clear things up. also people forget: Dexter mom was killed in front of him as a kid, that is always going to be in the back of his mind, he lost his step father who showed him everything, surely he is able to talk to an imaginative Harry, but it's still not the same. As much as he says he is close with Deb, and he would do anything for her, he knows he could never let her know about his secret. of course Rita being killed by the trinity killer, which he completely missed. That situation was unavoidable, Dexter accidentally killing MIquels brother in season 3 was a mistake. season 4 when he kills the wrong guy because he was too obsessed with the Trinity and his way of life (instead of killing him when Harry told him to quit digging in). and can't forget season five's start, killing the men in that boat stop



The point being is, Dexter is now aware of what he is, Lumen gave him that answer. No matter what he does, there is always going to be a slip up, an interference. Doakes in Season 1 and 2, Miguel in Season 3, the Trinity killer in season 4, and Lumen in Season 5. Dexter is always seeking questions like in every season, but he also slips up, He didn't know that Lila was crazy when he first met her and the results were Sergeant Doakes dying. wouldn't that potentially be a Mistake through Dexter is it not?



It's what makes Dexter who he is in the series, and in each Season he learns a lesson. I agree they are some sloppy parts in this season, but I think this season is a lot better then Season 5, and I am very impressed with the acting and work that has been put into it. like in every season, There is always going to be a time that he overlooks something, but he always tries to figure out a way around it. And can't forget, Dexter loses something or someone in every season, and what frustrates Dexter even more then failure, Not being able to get what he wants.



For those who are getting overly pissed off at the direction the series is going, and how Dexter keeps slipping up etc, read the books then. Instead of getting overly pissed, just wait till the season is over, then share your opinions.



There is always going to be something that the writer's will more then likely forget to mention, and or get lazy on. it's a 49 minute episode long, being aired every year, with so much going on then most series would. Where the audience is questioning and trying to predict what's going to happen, and if your prediction is correct, then jolly good. keep watching, and enjoy it
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Dexter being "off his game" is the whole point! Of course he's been sloppy. Of course it was obvious about Travis. The writers are showing us how Dexter trying to be Mr. Nice Guy is backfiring big time. This season is about Dexter's (mostly failed) attempts to change. So, okay... Season 6 might be a little less satisfying in the "hunt down the bad guy" department, but the character development is top notch.
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"Fatherhood should not require dulling of the senses and softening of the brain." Oh, I disagree. Same with motherhood. That's why I've unfriended every friend that's had kids.
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Seriously? Did this come as a big surprise to that many people? I saw this coming weeks ago.
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I think you are making it sound horrible. I agree that this was kind of expected, the ending, the acting has been a bit of a let-down this season, and the episodes are a bit boring, but still, Dexter is trying to keep this up for the past 5 years. I think the creativity isn't lost, there is still hope. And trust me, some of my friends went WTF and OMG at the ending of the episode, overlooking the trivial details like "why is there is a freezer in a church?" and "why wasn't there a whirring sound in previous episodes?".
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In any case, Gellar's artwork is impressive lol ....wonder if they are selling those paintings.
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Nucka you so dumbbbbbbb.
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All the flaws that people posted here are really good, but the one I loved the most was the freezer - Wow, an abandoned church which has a freezer in the basement? I didn't know priests were into some cold beer... Ah, and Travis/Gellar use fire to light the church, right? Because the electricity was probably cut off... but there's a freezer running in the basement - How convenient! Let me hide a body there!

If Travis was such an innocent character as they're trying to convince us, why did he hide the body in a freezer? Why didn't he bury it? Or just let it rot? Humm. Maybe there's no explanation after all, 'cos nobody took the time to think these things through.
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"I didn't know priests were into some cold beer" Apparently you are unfamiliar with Jesuit priests.
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Probably.
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There was noise from electricity generator at basement . Haven't you seen psycho that guy who killed his mother left her on chair all the time :D, than there was one episode on Monk to but it was little different i think it wasn't multiple personality disorder which really are different from dark passenger !
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I see the flaws in the show. But that said it's still one of best shows on TV thing about Dexter is there can't always can't be an ITK or Trinty every season. It seems what the writers do is use filler season to flesh out Dexter's family life. I am betting next season Louis is going to become a true serial killer that gives Dexter a run for his money just like Trinity and ITK. Also I think either Travis has a multiple personality disorder or Gellar is the equivalent of how Harry is the good side of Dexter or it could be both.
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I was hoping that the priest in last weeks episode turned out to be Gellar who had Alzheimer. That would be something new and surprising in the plot and he could have somehow helped Dexter or MMPD with the investigation. That would have made Dexter look smart and he would not have made the mistakes that he did in this week's episode. This is just my take on the writing...



Still I am against the over-analysis by Price of the best show on the television right now. It could have been worse like season 5. I really like the similarity between the character of Dexter and Travis. There was a time when Dexter has given in to his dark passenger while Travis was fighting it. The whole Brother Sam storyline was good. The intentions for this season were good, the execution had flaws. Hope they don't make the same mistakes in next season. Heck, we still have three more episodes and it can still bounce back. I am optimistic.
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Its just a damn shame that Dexter went from 'One of the best shows on tv' with the first two seasons ranking up there with shows like Breaking Bad, The Wire, and Firefly; to what we have now.





From season 3 on Dexter has fallen in quality, this season being an all time low, I would rank the current season of Dexter as 'Not even as good as Burn Notice'.
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Louis could kill Batista's sister and Harrison at Dexters loft. And the police investigate the area and finds the slides. DDK almost kills Dexter but Quinn saves him, gets killed in the process. Dexter realizes that even douche bags can change and loses his dark passenger. The new black cop becomes the new Quinn and the lover of Debra. Debra, Laguerta and Masuka gets fired after being revealed that the mannequin hand is sold at "Ebay". Batista becomes a drunk. Dexter Season 7: Dexter loses everything even his dark passenger, hiding in Mexico from the authorities.
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You guys, this might be a weird time to bring it up, but I went to college with Josh Cooke (Louis). I haven't seen him in a while, but it's still super unsettling that someone I know is on Dexter. I agree that it would be pretty rad if Louis became a Big Bad, but for me it would be more like Big Weird.
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Holy crap!
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And you just tell us now ?! This has to be unsettling(to say the least) for you. If Louis become a BigBad like some of us already predicted, you might have to stop watching it !
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I dont understand why people would destroy a show over a single season or a few episodes. Dexter, in general, remains a very well written and original show. its the big picture thats important, not a couple of episodes....one single bad episode and some people go on a depression, wth?
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This seems kind of like a filler season while they figure out where they are going or how they will actually finish the series for good.
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People are allowed to like this season. People are allowed to not like it. Could we be allowed to discuss the show without attacking the other side for how wrong they are?



The people who vehemently attack Price... you need help with your own insecurities.



The people who attack people who like the show and call them blind and stupid... you need to check the ego.



People are allowed to look past flaws... and people are allowed to point them out. People need to stop assuming everyone has to think one way. There is no right and wrong when it comes to taste. One person sees bad writing... another doesn't. One's trash is another's treasure.



There is debate, and then there is demeaning. That line is crossed far too much.



Bad writing or good writing. It's still one of the better shows on TV.
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Thanks. I think the one thing everyone can agree on is that Dexter is definitely good enough to talk about every week. How many shows can claim that? But yes, reasonable discussions are the best!
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Louis deal - he will be villain for next season (Just my stupid thoughts)

I think Lois and Ryan are serial killers to maybe even serial killer couple. And as we see Lois like to go into process for creating his games so its possible Lois have created some very gore game based on his experience. Idk maybe Dexter will see one of Lois game when Cody will be playing it in 7 season and he will recognize that things he see there is actually real. And Dexter again will make same mistake as he did with Trinity and Travis - he didn't killed them at first Chance he had - cause again he will be interested how Louis and Ryan killer couple can live together and do things they do together
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As of right now i will stop reading your "reviews". Usualy i am not one to trash any form of critic or self exoression. But if you want to trash Dexter and share your far to subjective views with the world then start a blog. You are reviewing a tv show on a fairly well visited website, not sitting around with your buddies discussing what you want or would like to see. Try to be more objective. It's not that i think Dexter is flawless or even disagree with you on some things you wrote. The problem with you reviews (if its ok to critc a critic) is that they are far too much about what you would have liked, to have happend or that you saw something coming or you think the story is boring. I get that pure objectivity is not possible but some would be apreciated. Try to review what you saw not what you wish you would have seen. Secondly, i think, you are a bit spoiled. The acting is still top notch (every actor) and the character development in one episode is more than you get with other shows in their lifetime. And many many more things you tv.com writers understandaby complain about on other shows, this show does excellent. It did it excellent for almost six years now and that is no small feat. So, you don't quite like the story. Ok. But that does not make an entire tv show. There are more things to it (acting, editing, sound, locations, overall atmosphere, ....) i don't read about in your reviews.
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I understand. I also avoid negative reviews of shows I love. Life's too short, you know? But the fact is I'm disappointed by this season, and it's my job to put into words exactly why that might be.
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Price types above and I think this summarizes most of the criticism: "Dexter Morgan's sickly superior pathology has always been the focus of this serieshis killer instinct, his heightened senses, his ability to remain several steps ahead of his co-workers, targets, and we the viewers." There seems to be this perception out there that Dexter was ALWAYS this perfect predator and that he's only slipping up this season because of poor/lazy writing. I disagree with this perception. Dexter has been making dumb and costly mistakes since the beginning and all the way through this series:



Season 1: Deb ends up kidnapped and nearly killed by ITK. She and Dexter were damn lucky ITK wanted to share the kill. Season 2: FBI almost catches Dexter several times, Doakes finds out about Dexter, Lyla almost burns Dexter alive. Season 3: Jimmy Smits nearly has Dexter killed and Dexter ends up chained to the human skinner's table and nearly dies. Season 4: Dexter exposes himself to his target too early, gets damn lucky that the Mitchells didn't rat out "Kyle Butler", almost got found out by Quinn, and lost his wife and stepchildren. Season 5: Dexter sets up a kill room without clearing it and kills in front a witness, Dexter AGAIN exposes himself to his target early which leads to Lumen being kidnapped and used as leverage against Dexter, Dexter nearly gets killed again, and Debra actually catches Dexter in the kill room! IMO when you look at these mistakes from the past, all of which nearly got Dexter caught and/or killed, and compare that to the mistakes of sparing Travis and not knowing Gellar was dead then the mistakes of this year are like misdemeanors compared to felonies!



I'm not asking all of you complaining to not be mad or be critical or even saying you're wrong. You feel the way you feel and that's fine. I'm saying to take an HONEST look at your issues from this season, go back and take an OBJECTIVE look at past seasons, and then you'll see that the issues that are making you sooooo mad now have ALWAYS been there with the show and this character, which is why I'm so taken aback by the level of vitriol that's on this site right now. I made the mistake of actually thinking that a comment site like this was for fans of the show that enjoyed it. Silly me. I'll be staying away from now on. Have fun hating! =)
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Critique =/= hate.



Love can be blind, sure. But for most of us, when we love something, we don't think it's perfect, but we love it in spite of its flaws. Many of us see the flaws with Dexter and still love the show.
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Sure, the twist was obvious and the characters made stupid decisions but they are supposed to be people, right? Not machines calculating 8 chess moves ahead and knowing everything after glancing at a crime scene.

I think this season is not nearly as bad as you make it out to be. There were better seasons, but Dexter has definitely also seen worse, so let's look at this objectively: it's still a good TV show with a great lead and annoyingly stupid and unnecessary minor characters ;D
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As with M. Night movies, a twist can either make or break a story. If the plot/characters suffer for the sake of the twist, it's usually bad for the story as a whole. I think that's what happened here in Season 6 of Dexter and I think that's what Price was trying to point out. It would have been better if they had used the Gellar is to Travis as Harry is to Dexter juxtaposition from the get go. There was so much they could have done with that. They chose to forego what could have been an almost poetic storyline for a sloppy twist.
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Exactly. I almost laughed when Dexter opened the freezer and there was that horrendous piece of music as if it was saying: "A-ha! You didn't see that coming!". Yeah right.
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Hate to say it Price, but I think you're falling into that trap of reviewing shows, where people want to expect more and criticize it when its the same as its always been. I mean, could Dexter have known the Ice Truck killer was his brother? Could he have know Trinity was going to kill Rita? Or that Lumen was in the house when he killed in front of her? He's good at what he does, but he's still human... and while we, the viewer, can watch the show and determine that Gellar isn't 'real', from Dexter's point-of-view, he had NO evidence of that theory or any reason to suspect it. Personally, I think the show is just as good in Season 6 as its been all along, though I'm glad they are planning to wrap it up at Season 8, so it doesn't drag on too long and lose what makes it good.
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i thought dexter is supposed to kill the ones that illluded justice!!!! if he was using his wits in helping miami metro, they could have got trinity and rita would still be alive and if he'd helped them find travis, his sister and prof casey would have been alive. what's up with him killing the ones that can be brought to justice???!!!
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The problem with fans in general is the blind obsession - their love of something makes them uncritical and defensive. Guys, wake up! I'm still a big fan of Dexter (for now), but that doesn't stop me from seeing how bad it has become. I agree with Price's review and many of the points made in this forum. I don't like it when people that write tv think we're stupid - I feel deeply offended - and come on! They make bigger bucks than us for writing this shit? VERY OFFENSIVE! They should definitely get their act together and not patronize us.
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The problem is people assuming another person's opinion is wrong. Some of us are able to look past stuff and still find enjoyment in shows. Some people may not watch as much TV, and even more still don't try to pick the shows apart.



My god people on this site are very full of their own opinion. If you guys think the writing is poor, it must be true... please, off the high horse haters. Both sides are allowed to think what we will. It's not blind obsession, it's enjoying what we like and putting aside judgment until the story is done.



TASTE IS SUBJECTIVE. Right and Wrong has nothing to do with it.
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Couldn't agree more.
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This review of this season is very harsh. I personally prefer it over the 5th season by a mile. Yeah its been predictable but the whole Lumen arc was just plain boring. I see this season as a gradual return to form.
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Book spoiler alert.

In book dark passenger is different and he almost killed Debra at end - but he didn't and Debra find out about Dexter and later used his dark talent to help her on investigations. Also in book Doug's is stub - cause he was victim of most awful evil villain on Dexter - Doctor Danco is biggest bad-ass of all villains on Dexter (Only in book). Also in book Cody and Astor to have dark passenger and they kill neighbor dogs. La Guerta is dead and Rudy still alive.



I cant wait till Debra find out about Dexter - i want to see how it will change relation ship between both of them. Do she will deal with it like in book or it will be diffrent on show



Louis deal - he will be villain for next season (Just my stupid thoughts)

I think Lois and Ryan are serial killers to maybe even serial killer couple. And as we see Lois like to go into process for creating his games so its possible Lois have created some very gore game based on his experience. Idk maybe Dexter will see one of Lois game when Cody will be playing it in 7 season and he will recognize that things he see there is actually real. And Dexter again will make same mistake as he did with Trinity and Travis - he didn't killed them at first Chance he had - cause again he will be interested how Louis and Ryan killer couple can live together and do things they do together
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Let me see if I can sum up all the complaints: the writing is lazy, the plot twist was seen coming a mile away, and Dexter's character is slipping and making too many mistakes. Does that cover it? For the sake of this post only, I'll concede those points and not argue. So from these complaints I assume that all of you that are complaining want a show where the main protaganist is mistake-free, is always a step ahead of his competition/prey, where the writing and acting is always top notch and there are never any plotholes, where all the characters are always interesting, and where every plot twist is a complete surprise that you never saw coming.



Where does this TV show exist? Seriously. I'm not being sarcastic or facetious. If there's a show out there that addresses all of these complaints and can potentially shut off this level of hate and venom I'm seeing in these comments then I really want to watch it. Suggestions? Ideas?
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No, we just want the show to go back to form. We don't expect perfection. All I have to do is look back at seasons 1, 2, and 4 to see what this show should be. Even seasons 3 and 5 did not have the writing flaws of this season.



Travis is there at the crime scene and just happens to standout? I wouldn't look twice at the guy or remember him past turning around, but to Dexter he has Serial Killer painted across his forehead. Really?



Dexter happens to see a tour video at the museum which happens to have Travis in it. Providential!



The mysterious numbers that aren't discovered until needed for the plot to go forward happen to be cut out from Travis's book? Travis happens to be staying with his sister, btw, allowing easy access to his apartment. And all of his other materials are at the church, except for the damning evidence, of course. Srsly?



C'mon, you don't really think it was always this easy in previous seasons, do you? It wasn't in the show I remember, anyway. There have been some expedient moments in the past seasons, sure, but not like this one. And don't even get me started on Dexter's inability to ask questions and his change of MO, not stalking Travis but leaving him to fly free? Thinking Gellar could haul a body down the stairs before Travis could help Dexter out of the elevator? When Travis would have had to take the same stairs? No questions? Didn't even see Gellar when Travis claimed to do so, no questions? Just . . . just . . . I can't even believe it.
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All your observations are right on.

What I loved the most was the freezer - Wow, an abandoned church which has a freezer in the basement? I didn't know priests were into some cold beer... Ah, and Travis/Gellar use fire to light the church, right? Because the electricity was probably cut off... but there's a freezer running in the basement - How convenient! Let me hide a body there!

If Travis was such an innocent character as they're trying to convince us, why did he hide the body in a freezer? Why didn't he bury it? Or just let it rot?
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I don't think it's so much that a character never screws up so much as wanting to know what's making Dexter act this way--it's as though he's forgotten how good he used to be at what he does, with little to account for it.



And no show is always perfect, of course--but there are plenty of shows whose quality was nearly always consistently great. Take, for example, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Did it have its flops? Oh yeah (here's lookin' at you, "Where the Wild Things Are"), but in general, its writers kept the characters consist, the plots interesting, and the themes rich.



I do agree that there's a bit too much venomous blathering at some points, which is unfortunate because it obscures those who do actually articulate their displeasure and problems in a way that is respectful and thoughtful while still being fairly critical (that is, critical in a fair way).
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WE LOVE DEXTER!

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Maybe so, but look at all the bad! bad! bad! tv shows the last 2 years. after the writer strike it got worse and worse. but a vew good old tv shows like for instance DEXTER, THE CLOSE, the good wife, these shows are showing us that tv plays are a work of art!!!. I'm a great fan of Dexter, yes and sometimes even a good piece of art is a bit off. tv show (after 5 very very good seasons) will have a little break, so get over it. stop bad mouthing the good ones.

look around and see what a load of ****** is in tv land.
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Wow. I can't believe how many ppl really think that no one could possibly think this season was poorly conceived and developed. I feel provoked into expanding my comments from below. The shows flaws are readily apparent. A basic tenant of writing: don't show the POV of villains unless the villain is an antihero (that's Dexter, btw) or doing so creates immediate suspense for the protagonist (the villain is watching the protagonist bungle things from across the parking lot, for example). There's no room for following DDK around unless there's a gimmick. And guess what? Many of us don't like the gimmick and don't think it works. We knew we were in trouble the minute we followed DDK.



Also, don't you ppl think it's a bit too easy to have serial killers be religious nuts? How interesting is that? I've seen Se7en, and honestly, that movie did it better. I'm finding religious ppl to be more and more of an easy target for Hollywood. It's a really cheap and overused contrivance.



Bad, bad writing this season, and I even liked last season well enough. It's like fatherhood has made Dexter, well, no longer a viable sleuth, sloppy or something. Maybe that's the point. If the season ends with Dexter taking out Harrison to get his game back, then, I guess it makes sense that he had to become just another part of the Miami Metro doof troupe. But I cannot say I like where this is going because the writers seem to be showing, if anything, that fatherhood and serial killing vigilantes don't mix. If he's not going to put away the killing tools, he's just going to end up implicated in someone's murder at this pace. Where will Harrison be then? With Deb? I'm already seeing how the last episode of the last season will play out. Hope the writing turns around soon, and that fatherhood =/= out of touch with killer instincts for the whole season.
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THANK YOU! I haven't been a part of a television debate this polarizing since last weeks episode of Dexter. I've read (or glanced) at most of the comments for this review, and there is a mindbogglingly significant percentage of people who actually like this season. Several are upset because of their obstinate belief that reading about the Gellar "twist" in these reviews negatively skewed their perception of this season. Others think they never would have guessed it if they had not read it here. Many complain there has been undue criticism heaped upon Dexter Morgan for not having a clue about Gellar's illusionary state. I suppose if I try really hard I can understand where they're coming from, while still completely disagreeing with everything they're saying. I've been frequenting the TV.com Dexter reviews for the past few years and NEVER has there been so many commenters this critical of the writing. It's not just Price. I remember writing about season 5 with very few negative things to say. Remember Lumen and Jordan Chase? THAT was good writing. No gimmicks or gotchas. Solid character development. Dexter coping with the death of Rita. Like a breath of fresh air Lumen comes into his life. She lovingly shows him he's not a monster while he guides her through the darkness. God, season 5 seems like so long ago and season 4 was even better. I'm a huge fan of this show (it's #4 in my top 10), but we can't make excuses for what we should all know to be the worst season of Dexter. And enough with the cop out of saying at least it's better than most of the crap on TV. This is still true, but can't we hope for more? Shouldn't we expect more from a show that used to one of the best things on TV? Some of you may say this season is still entertaining, but deep down I think you're disappointed too. We all are.
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Well I completely disagree with you :"I remember writing about season 5 with very few negative things to say. Remember Lumen and Jordan Chase? THAT was good writing. No gimmicks or gotchas. Solid character development."

REALLY? Dont focus on the villain theme of this series - look at all the other characters of Miami Metropolice, this season something is happening, they are moving while last season everyone ended up where started. I might be wrong with everything BUT WAIT FOR THE LAST EPISODES with the seasons verdict - screw that Hanks-brat, there is something bigger building up. And I hope next season will be withz DEXTER as the only "villain", antagonizers should be Deb and her collegues. Remember season 2 ? With Doakes and Dexters crazy affair ? That was awesome. This season is not that worse than season 3 and 5. But you know, perception is everything : you may also think that OUAT is boring, ridiculess and vastly overrated - scripted by people who confuse storytelling with twists - without being a complete idiot. Of course that is not the truth - not all of it anyway. But a lot of people are influenced by these reviews - thy shouldnt - but they are. Do you really have to "try very hard" to agree that a lot of people feel their favorite shows been spoiled unjustified ? Maybe the writers should start reviewing Boardwalk Empire, we would ALL agree on this show, I think.

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Quinn and Battista? Look at them? They waste the most time per episode. They are moving forward? The are running around the city, not on the ball at all, cleaning up after Quinn.



My argument is that there is too much emphasis on the so-called villain. We should see his work, get an occasional glimpse of his face. But a look into his pathetic psyche? Zzzzz. Dexter interacting with him? Without any of the tension involved in his previous interactions with villains? And it's all a gimmick to fake us out that he's a wolf in sheep's clothing? Wow. Because Trinity didn't do that?

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A show like Dexter lives and dies by its villains. Season 3 was the worst season before now because Miguel Prada was not a very intriguing antagonist. Dexter wanted a friend who would accept him, and showed Miguel how to walk along the path of darkness. Miguel betrayed this friendship with his own extracurricular activities. Dexter killed him for breaking the code. Not very enthralling. But Travis/Gellar is even worse. The entire basis of their interactions was built on an impending twist (and a very obvious one at that). I understand the religious parallels between Travis and Dexter. Both men seeking a different path. Trying to find the light in the darkness. Just because there are similarities doesn't make it good writing. However, the sheer fact the writers thought the audience was stupid enough to not figure it out is insulting.





"look at all the other characters of Miami Metropolice" - Quinn is not acting much different. Masuka never changes. Chicago Mike is terribly underutilized. Batista has a sister, not much other character development. The only saving grace is Deb. She does seem to truly be growing with the help of therapy. But she is the exception, not the rule.
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"Many complain there has been undue criticism heaped upon Dexter Morgan for not having a clue about Gellar's illusionary state. I suppose if I try really hard I can understand where they're coming from, while still completely disagreeing."



Here's the problem I continue to have and maybe you can finally answer this question for me b/c no one did earlier. The question is really simple: How is any character on any TV show supposed to know about scenes they're not in? Every scene which contained Travis/Gellar interaction was completely Dexter-free!!! I understand you have high expectations for the show but psychic abilities from the main protaganist? Really? =/
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But that's not what many of even have a problem with. The problem is that DDK is boring me to death while Dexter is so lacking in analytical thinking that I wonder he has a job based on analysis. All underscored by the expedient plot contrivances that propel the story forward. Personaly, i found the twist predictable, but like I said, not until almost mid-season. But in the first episode, following DDK, I smelled the stench of bad writing. It has nothing to do with what Dexter is privy to.
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No, I do not expect psychic clairvoyance. Simply a certain level of consistency. Dexter has lived by Harry's code for his entire life. He becomes a father, suddenly finds religion, and throws the code out the window. I understand why he didn't kill Jonah. But seeking redemption for Travis as way to redeem himself makes no sense. Just because Travis claimed to be influenced by Gellar, does this make him any less guilty? The Dexter of old would have sliced them both up. Fatherhood, religion, and trying to become a better man does not excuse blatant stupidity. Dexter never should have so willfully trusted Travis in the first place. He knew him to be seriously deranged, yet he didn't even consider the possibility something else was going on. Dexter has made many mistakes in the past, but none that defy the essence of his character. I'm not even that upset Dexter didn't know. Like you said, he was not privy to everything the audience has seen. But it is all the other nagging inconsistencies that bother me. Dexter never should have gotten himself into this situation in the first place.
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That is where you are mistaken, my friend. Dexter strictly followed Harry's code till the end of Season 2. After digging deeper into Harry's past, he decided to make a code of his own. You should revisit Season 2 finale to better understand that. He has been experimenting since than. S3: Making a friend and sharing secrets, S4: Learning from an experienced guy like him, S5: Loving someone without the need for a shield, S6: Religion or views to be passed on to his son.



He is still finding his place. He is trying to humanize himself. Although sometimes boring, but this is taking the show forward and towards a conclusion. Or else there would be nothing to show after Season 2 when he was this perfect.
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I admit that the twist of Gellar being dead all along was poorly executed but I can't agree about it being poorly conceived. The concept of DDK is that he wants to be a good man with a normal family life but is driven to evil by a dark passenger. He becomes a serial killer that kills based on a code taught to him by a deceased father figure/mentor whom he still turns to in his head for advice. Sound familiar? It should. It's the concept around which this entire show has been based for 6 years. =)



I don't view this season as Dexter vs. DDK; I'm seeing it as Dexter vs. Dexter and the way the show has developed that aspect of the story through Dexter's interactions with Harry, Rudy, Brother Sam, Trinity's son, and even Travis has been done quite well IMHO and call me crazy but I've been quite satisfied. As far as the Big Bad of the season being a religious nut; I think the timing is perfect considering Dexter's discovery of religion this year through Brother Sam and Harrison's school. Dexter PRAYED this season when Harrison was in the hosptial for crying out loud! He prayed!!! The religious aspect just further adds to Dexter's inner conflict and development.
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But the show is called Dexter. The show should be about Dexter. There are similarities between Travis and Dexter, sure. That doesn't mean Travis doesn't bore me to tears. Also, lots of characters have things in common with Dexter: Trinity, Brother Sam, Deb, Doakes, Masuka. I still don't care about Travis. AT ALL. At all. I'm not freaked out by him. I'm not impressed by him. I'm not sympathetic to him. I don't look at him and wonder how he could shed light on Dexter's path. I look at him and I think: Meh.
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First of all, we don't know Gellar taught Travis any code to bring about the apocalypse. Carissa Morris said he didn't seem at all like the type to become a serial killer. Isn't it also reasonable to assume Travis killed Gellar (why else would you put him in a freezer?). So why would Travis kill his father figure/mentor if he agreed with his practices? Wouldn't they be bringing about the apocalypse together? Secondly, Dexter only TALKS to his father for advice. He doesn't compartmentalize an entire personality and go on a killing spree with no memories of what he is doing. I think your stretching to make rationalizations for plain bad writing.
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(I'm paraphrasing your quotes to take em one at a time) "We don't know Gellar taught Travis any code." I was referring to the Bible and Book of Revelations. Gellar may not have "taught" it to Travis per se, but it is what they are using to guide their actions and picking victims based on perceived sins, also based on the Bible.



"Why would Travis kill his mentor if he agreed with him?" First, we should find out next episode. Second, I asssumed that since Travis was carrying out Gellar's work that he did agree with him. Sorry if you feel like that's a stretch.



"Dexter only talks to his father and doesn't have an entire different personailty." Travis clearly has a split personality which Dexter does not have so the two characters aren't EXACTLY the same. I even admitted above that the effort was poorly executed. But to look at Travis and Dexter and what they're going thru this year COMPLETELY DENY the many similarities between the two characters? Sorry. I'm not on board. You say I'm stretching things; I say I'm coming to logical conclusions based on the info I'm given as a viewer. We can agree to disagree.
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I'm sorry to say that my enjoyment of this season hasn't been that high and it's because of knowing the twist since episode four. However I blame my self for this because (as strange as it sounds), I had no clue that the twist was even remotely possible until I read a review on this site. From now on I plan to stay clear of the internet whenever I watch tv shows.
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Really? Not even remotely?
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I don't think it's a lack of intelligence (unless it is and you can just say I'm making excuses for that), but I've been able to develop this ability to watch a movie or tv show and just turn my brain off and take the show as the director/writers deliver it. Rather than end each episode with my own thoughts and opinions on what just happened and what direction the show can go, I instead just walk away and wait for the next episode. While watching each episode I just take everything at face value and try not to think too much. A friend once convinced me to watch Fight Club and rather than pause the movie and dwell on why I thought I just saw somebody flash on the screen for a single frame, I just said 'huh' and put it out of my mind. This same friend was able to figure out the entire movie ten minutes after that scene because he continued to work it out in his mind. I admit that I probably would have noticed the fake Geller before the reveal, but I would have needed another episode or two.
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I know right! I don't want to insult anyone's intelligence or observations skills but damn, I'm surprised so many people are shocked that this was a possibility. During all the episodes where Gellar didn't interact with anyone except for Travis, when Dexter's brother came back and we saw when he stabbed that guy with the pitchfork but it was actually Dexter. It didn't pop into your head at all that Gellar could be his dark passenger?
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You really are a joy to converse with. It's been exhausting trying to point out the many flaws of this season to the legion of blind supporters.
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...and I am sure it's been exhausting to them to be told how wrong they are to have their own opinions on things.
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I think Lewis is Rudy the ice truck killer's son. He idolizes dexter for some reaso, and bought that hand. He also looks like him.
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The writers would have to officially check their last shred of reality at the door. Josh Cooke/Louis is 32 and Christian Camargo/Brian is 40. This would be even worse than when actors in their mid to late 20's play highschoolers.
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still better than most of the crap on television
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Granted.
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I HAVE A QUESTION: WHEN IN THE TIMELINE DID GELLAR DIE? Because if you were paying close attention. The scene where Dexter and Travis are waiting outside the school for Gellar to kill the atheist professor; both Travis AND Dexter witness Gellar walk into the building. So, obviously gellar was still alive at this point.
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that may explain the numbers? 1242 and the ones before and after? 1242 days is 3.4 years? so maybe travis killing gellar is what started it all on day 1?
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Dexter had his eyes closed when Travis saw Gellar walking along towards the school. When Travis said something like "There's Gellar," and Dexter opened his eyes, he never actually acknowledged he saw Gellar as well, but instead he just looked around for a second and said "Let's go." The writers purposely made it vague enough so that they can still play around with the "twist" ending. What I think was slightly stupid was that if Dexter didn't see Gellar, he should have been at least a little skeptical about it, rather than immediately taking Travis' word for it and jumping out of the car. At the very least, he should have asked "Where?" or "I don't see him." It's small and I'm nitpicking a bit, but it's still sloppy.
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Watch it again, when travis says he sees Gellar, dexter is looking down, he didn't see him.
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I think that the therapist will point out that Debra has feelings for Dexter. This episode, she looked very interested when Debra told her that Dexter is not her biological brother, as if that somehow made more sense. Also, in the preview for next week she says something like "you feel safe with him" - maybe I am imagining things now, but somehow I believe that this is the revelation Debra will have. What do you guys think?



Also, the writers apparently didn't even tell the actors / the director that Gellar was not real; only Edward Olmos knew while filming! Colin Hanks didn't know, because they wanted him to play Travis as convincingly as possible. So they must have thought that their clues weren't as obvious? Huh.

Here is a link to a short interview with the "people behind the scenes" where they explain their approach on Gellar:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYHkYioEzF8&feature=youtu.be
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In time I believe the therapist will be curious about Dexter having a serial-killer brother - I sure hope the writers won't be going in that direction - I'd like to see more set at the police station - especially Maria and Deb. Even tho' Dexter & Deb are not blood-related, they were raised as brother & sister - can't see Deb being attracted to Dexter - I would be very disappointed if the writers headed in that direction - lets get better plots for S7 & S8! I was so disappointed with the casting of Colin Hanks - never thought he had the acting shops for this series - AND I still don't!
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I thought she would find out he's a serial killer, but this theory is way more awesome. Unlikely, but awesome.
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Thank you, Arch Angel! I always look for your comments on here, because they are the most entertaining / closest to my own opinion. I think it's unlikely as well, but something about the therapist's reaction was just weird.

Maybe she figures Debra models all her boyfriends after Dexter because she feels safe with him, and therefore Dexter himself must have a dark side because all of Debra's men turned out to be dangerous (?) Oh well, we will see.
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No, Thank you for the kind words. You didn't mention anything about the quality of this season, but if your opinion is even remotely close to mine, you must be disappointed. I've been pretty harsh on Dexter, and diehard fans can't seem to accept bad writing when they see it. It's almost become personal.



Anyway, I still love your theory. I actually hope it happens. It would be so refreshingly unexpected. Something this awesome might even salvage the season.
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When the season first started, I was so happy to have Dexter back in my life that I didn't really think about the quality. But after a couple of episodes, I thought the only thing that would redeem this season would have been Gellar actually being alive, sort of like a double-fake-out by the writers - alas, no such luck. Also I started to watch the first season again. It blew me away once more, and especially in comparison to this one. Lastly, I read all of Price's recaps and had to agree with almost all of his critique. I do enjoy some random stuff, like the drunk Quinn shenanigans and I think the portrayal of Debra is very well done. But otherwise, I am as disappointed as you are. Let's hope for an unexpected twist, a game-changer. Maybe that was really the writers's intention? To have us all feel jaded and as if NOTHING could slip passed us this season because everything has become so predictable, and then "KA-BOOM" (Katherine-Style!) we all have to mentally write apology letters to showtime. Oh how gladly I would write that letter!

Now I'm hoping more than ever that True Blood will come back in a couple of months with a bang, so at least one of my favorite series gets better this season. :)
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hey! this sounds like a bunch of spoilers :(
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Hey! tv spot! :) I'm sorry I didn't consider any of this to be spoilers, because the things i write about happened in the last episode and the preview for next week's was shown right after - everything else is mere speculation, and highly unlikely, at that. We all discuss possible theories about the next episodes here in the comment section, right? Well I certainly didn't want to "spoil" anything for you, but again I did not look up any information of the upcoming episodes online.
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(...)" To have us all feel jaded and as if NOTHING could slip passed us this season because everything has become so predictable, and then "KA-BOOM" (Katherine-Style!) we all have to mentally write apology letters to showtime."

How I wish you were right, miafrea!!

I don't think we'll get any lucky, honestly...
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I forgot to ask in my earlier posts: Am I the only human being on Earth (or reading tv.com) that is actually ENJOYING this season of Dexter? DDK's kills have been the most creative, stylish, and bloody in the history of the show; Deb as the supervisor running things has boosted the development of that character exponentially; the Louis/intern story arcs has great potential and has made Masuka more prominent than usual (Masuka is awesome!); Laguerta is as big a villain as she's ever been; Edward James Olmos' performance as the righteous religious zealot has been pretty good; and Mos Def as Brother Sam was even in Price's opinion (whose done nothing but rip this show for weeks) worthy of Emmy consideration. There have been a lot of positives this season and to everyone calling this "the worst season ever", I'm sorry but there's no way Lumen was better than DDK and there is no way IN HELL Jimmy smits as the crazy DA was better than DDK. Sorry.
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No, this is the 2nd best season of Dexter, perhaps joinedn by the first. For me the Trinity killer season was the best. The is lots of new twists in this one, Debra's new role and her interaction with Laguerta and the psychiatrist, the somewhat creeepy new intern, the elaborate killings, the only poor ans somewhat out of sequence episode was the one with the son of Trinity, for the rest this season has been tops... Dexter may just slip up because he wants to change into something better so much he lost his footing.
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No you are not. I am thoroughly enjoying it.
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So am I!

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There are a lot of us enjoying this season. It's just that people who are angry or disappointed tend to talk more and louder.



I agree with all of your points... especially about Edward James Olmos who I just adore. His performance of Gellar has been a delight to see.
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NO YOU'RE NOT!!!!

Wait for the next three episodes you will salivate!

Dexter vs Gellar with Travis in between. But if you look closely you may see that it is Gellar & Brian vs Harry & Brother Sam with Dexter in between.

Every little things (directly related to Dexter) that we have witnessed, bits by bits, this season will converge and smashed into Dexter's mind and we'll see this man tortured as he never has been before. I think we will still see great acting from EJO (the ghost) even if everyone knows that Gellar is dead.



The Main Twist of the season is: how will Dexter come out of that? What kind of man will he be?

Those who expect a return to the "season1 Dexter" will be disappointed, I believe.
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I wholeheartedly agree. I think when Dex saw Travis, he saw a bit of himself: someone who wants to be good but has a dark passenger pulling him toward evil. IMO in wanting to help Travis, Dexter was looking for some measure of salvation for himself. Even though this Travis incident was yet another epic fail for Dexter in his quest for humanity, I don't think we'll ever see the Season 1 sociopath again as long as Harrison is in Dexter's life.
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I like the way you think.
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i second that.
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i've enjoyed every episode this season, i completely agree
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I dont understand all this bashing either...I mean when you think that people are watching shows with titles like ''how I met your mother'' or ''Glee'' or even worst ''once upon a time''....lollllll
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For clarification, when I talked about Dexter's mistakes while trying to better himself below, I see those as POSITIVES for the character. The back and forth between Dexter being the monster he knows that he is going against the man he wants to be is what makes the character the best on TV for my money. dexter is an evolving and changing person and with the changes come mistakes and I love watching the struggle. If Dexter remained the unattached, family-less, sociopathic killing machine he was in Season1 this whole time, I guarantee that the majority of you that are complaining about mistakes would be complaining about repitiion and a lack of character development.
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I'm shaking my head reading the comments here. I don't get how so many people can be so mad at Dexter not being able to figure out Gellar was dead when Dexter WASN'T IN any of the scenes that led you all to that conclusion. You complainers are assuming that dexter has the same information that you do as the audience; HE DOESN'T!!! You all are also talking about Dexter's "mistakes" this season as though he's never made any before when the fact is he's been making them steadily since season 2. You all are holding Dexter's character to a standard as though he's supposed to be some sort of omnipotent clairvoyant god and I think you all are being ridiculous!



Remember Season 2? It was one mistake after the other by Dexter. Oops! They found my dump site. Oops! Masuka tracked my tranq shipments and I have to delete my name off his computer. Oops! The manifesto I wrote led the FBI to look at law enforcement. Oops! The rocks I used to weight the bodies led them to the harbor where my boat is. Oops! I got caught on camera going to my boat and had to delete the footage. Season 3: befriending Jimmy Smits - big mistake. Season 4: Not killing Trinity right away - big mistake. Season 5: he gets caught by Deb in the kill room.



In S3, Dex let Jimmy Smits in b/c he wanted a friend. In S4 he didn't kill Trinity right away b/c he wanted to learn from him about having a family. In S5 he let Lumen in b/c he wanted the companionship he missed from Rita. For years, Dex has been making "mistakes" in an attempt to better himself as a person so why are you all acting offended and surprised at the thought that he'd want to help Travis this season for the same reason? I don't get it.
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It's all part of the big picture. In the final season of Dexter, everything will add up perfectly. The show is about Miami Metro, not just Dexter. All the main characters have a huge part in what is going to happen in the end.



Lastly, this show isn't right for you, Price. The plot lines are too complicated for you to follow.
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Too complicated? Everyone and their mother knew the twist by episode 2...
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It's a matter of opinions..

It feels to me like just a few (but not their mother) know what the show is about, after 69 episodes...

Some still haven't got the "Lumen" season which was a prelude to this season.

Some didn't like the "Lumen" season because they didn't get that it was the "follow up" to the "Trinity" season.

Finally, not many (and certainly not their mother) have got the fact that the series is about Dexter "the man" and never was about Dexter "the serial (of the week) killer".



Because it has been discussed a lot here some seems to think that Gellar being dead is the Main Plot while it is just an excuse for the Main Event.



I have to take your word for it that "Everyone and their mother" knew by "episode 2" that Brother Sam would get killed, that Ryan would steal the arm and that we would find it later in the other intern's apartment, that Jonah would kill his mother and that Dexter would travel there to face him, that Dexter would make the mistake of keeping the pen from the hotel after he lied to Debra concerning his whereabouts, that Dexter was going to meet the "Tooth Fairy" killer, that Brian would come back as a "ghost", that Dexter would let Jonah go, etc., etc.



But I disagree with chefkda that the show is about Miami Metro... The side stories are just very secondaries, look like cheap writing, and it has been like this since season 1.
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yeah but is it a twist?? it was sooo obvious that the writers must realise that? i'd be really shocked if this was the twist and not something else that hasn't happened yet, its just like these writers to lead us in one direction then come completely out of the other direction an episode or two later and leave us wondering what the hell just happened?
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That's it: IT IS NOT...

They could have made it very clear from the start that Travis was hallucinating and it would not have change a slight bit of the whole story.
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the way i see it is that the writers are trying to build dex up so he can fail terribly with his faith/goodness finding mission so that he can put it behind him once and for all and learn from his mistakes, he`s putting more faith in others this season (brother sam, travis, even jonah) and eventually he`ll realise it`s got him nowhere and stop acting like a complete ass, i can see a darker more precise dexter coming about because of this season who`ll hopefully get back to his logical roots and put his faith back into the code, only problem is if the writers are setting him up for a fall then ddk travis/gellar may just be a distraction from another twist in an episode or two that becomes another classic wtf dexter moment like rita a few seasons back, la guerta/matthews could be trouble for deb, louis could be trouble for jamie/batista or even masuka? and jamie sits for harrison so if anything happens to jamie harrison may also be under threat? even the quinn/batista thing could get out of hand if the fistfight is anything to go by? and then there`s threats to dex .... travis, jonah, and himself as he's his own worst enemy lately, deb getting closer to finding out about him by finding the pen he picked up on his road trip from the motel not a hundred yards from where he dumped the owners body in the silo.... thats so gonna come back to bite him in the ass....
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