Dexter

Season 6 Episode 4

A Horse of a Different Color

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 23, 2011 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

The team investigates murders that have a religious undertone to them.

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  • 604

    8.0
    I am not crazy about the religious overtone with the murderers in this season, but I can appreciate that this is a good season thus far and this was a very entertaining episode. Witnessing the death was good and now that the police have the mastermind as a suspect I am anxious to see how they handle it taking 8 episodes to catch him.

    This episode was really Dexter at its best. Great murder and a great conversation between Mr. Morgan and Brother Sam.moreless
  • A Horse Of A Different Color

    10
    A Horse Of A Different Color was a perfect episode of Dexter and I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character and plot development for Dexter and Travis. The episode had scenes of goodness and scenes that were dark. I enjoyed Gellar lecturing Travis and taking control of the situation, though it is still unclear if he is actually corporeal or just a figment of Travis's mind. It was fun to watch Deb in her new position and it was great that she did well even with the help of Captain LaGuerta. It was also interesting that Vince's assistant did what she did, and that seemed to be the extent of her character. The ending was great, now Dexter has seen the way. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!

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  • thius episode was the best episode yet of this season there was laughing (with debra and the cloths... and the drugs smoking with quin and batista) the murder in the end remind me scence from the saw movie. it was amazing! can't wait for the next epiosde...moreless

    10


    thius episode was the best episode yet of this season

    there was laughing (with debra and the cloths... and the drugs smoking with quin and batista)

    the murder in the end remind me scence from the saw movie.

    it was amazing! can't wait for the next epiosde...



  • Graphic violence versus imagination, thoughtful Brother Sam, no god complex, surprising investigation and captivating evolution (Spoilers)

    8.0
    Poor girl. Her violent death was specially enduring to watch considering she looked so pretty and seemed so nice. It reminded me of The Trinity Killer first cut in the bathtub. What was the point of showing it when they decided not to reveal how they dismantled the runner ? I'm not sure what their intention was but in my opinion the episode would have been better without it. Graphic violence is such a lazy way to shock the audience when they could have used the characters to decrypt the crime scene. It would have left what really happened to our imagination, making Gellar and Travis plan even more evil. However the mistake Deb and her team made was what triggered the mecanism and the first thing I wanted to do was to rewrite the scene and save the girl. As for Travis I wonder why he was there. To easily get caught ? He probably had remorse so let's hope he'll find a way to free himself from Gellar's control because for the moment he's only a puppet. In fact I'm surprised they have already a lead on them so it seems this season should be quite different from the others…

    Brother Sam confirmed the high impact it should have on Dex. The character is well designed because he made mistakes and found salvation when he saw the light, a sign he interpreted as divine. In fact his story really surprised me because it's quite similar to Dex's one. They both had father issues and it's only recently that he questioned Harry's code. As for a sign I think it was Lumen but apparently he forgot all about her, damn writers. That's why I was so surprised they actually mentioned Cody and Astor. It's disappointing the second isn't featured yet considering her role in season 5 was interesting. As for the surgery arc I didn't like how it was handled. What about covering doctors god complex ? I wasn't asking them to both summon John Locke and Jack Shephard for a new Science versus Faith epic battle but things should have been more psychological. At Dex calling Sam a friend was reminiscent of Miguel, implying that he could actually be not what he seems. Last but not least what surprised me the most was that he cracked the two numbers code in front of everyone when he used to keep all discoveries for himself to catch the killers first. I suppose it's related to Deb's new career but in all cases it's definitely a good thing because he's slowly learning team work, even he didn't tell anyone about the two potential killers. He cried, he saved Lumen, he almost prayed… His evolution is definitely captivating to follow ! From monster to mere mortal ?

    Note : This review was first posted on Kritikenstein, my weblog.moreless
  • Travis and Professor Gellar keep their plan moving forward while Dexter's son gets sick.

    7.5
    I was very torn on this episode. Half of the time, I was insanely frustrated with how ridiculous the writers were. Scenes like Batista and Quinn getting high in his new car? Masuka having girl problems with his new interns? It's terribly dull and very stupid for a show that's been as good as Dexter to do. On the other hand, we already have Dexter figuring out who is behind these attacks: Travis (Colin Hanks). It was a big moment for the show, mostly because it's the earliest we've had him figure out who the bad guy is.

    The episode was just a mixture of good and bad, with the good outweighing the bad (barely) in the end. What elevated the episode was the long monologue that Brother Sam gives near the end of the episode while Dexter waits to hear about his son. It's an extremely restrained and minimalist performance by Mos Def and it could easily be an oppurtunity for him to win an Emmy. It was such a good scene that I immediately forgave the ridiculous plots going on with LaGuerta, Batista, Quinn and Masuka. It also helped that the plot involving Deb being lieutenant continues to reap rewards for Jennifer Carpenter. Her character is getting the most to do out of all the supporting cast and I'm enjoying it so far.

    After a few episodes of focusing on stand-alone kills, the season seems to be ready to focus on the main plot of the season: the stuff with Travis and Professor Geller, who have been nicknamed the Doomsday Killers. There's a lot of questioning going around about whether or not Geller is even alive; if you look back throughout the last few episodes, there's never a scene where Geller actually interacts with other people. He only interacts with Travis. It's an intersting point, but right now, it appears that Geller is an actual person who has been missing for awhile. He's also obsessed with religious prophecies It should be interesting to see how Dexter catches up with him.

    Honestly, I considered rating this episode much lower at first. But boy, Mos Def saved the day and I decided to rate it higher.moreless
Brea Grant

Brea Grant

Ryan

Guest Star

Jamie Silberhartz

Jamie Silberhartz

Erin

Guest Star

David Carey Foster

David Carey Foster

Doctor

Guest Star

Geoff Pierson

Geoff Pierson

Deputy Chief Tom Matthews

Recurring Role

Aimee Garcia

Aimee Garcia

Jamie Batista

Recurring Role

Billy Brown

Billy Brown

Detective Mike Anderson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Dexter: Some people think that religion began as a way for primitive cultures to explain natural phenomenon , the fire, the wind , the rain, they created a god for each one . You'd think science would have made religion obsolete but it hasn't,

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  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • The woman with the wings could be representative of several parts of revelation, but most likely is the woman in the wilderness who was attacked by the red dragon "But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. - Rev 12:14"

    • The count down in the tableaus of the victims is a count down to the 1,260 days of the two witnesses spoke of in Revelations Chapter 11: "And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will be clothed in burlap and will prophesy during those 1,260 days. - Rev 11:3"

    • Anderson: "So who is Crockett and who is Tubbs?"


      Alluding to Miami Vice's Crockett and Tubbs, played by Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas. A fitting allusion, considering that the arch-villain of this season is played by Edward James Olmos, aka lt Castillo.

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