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Dexter S8E01: "A Beautiful Day"

Although I hadn't yet seen Dexter's Season 8 premiere when I wrote my wishlist for the show's final run, I assumed that some of my hopes for these last dozen episodes were just that—hopes. Because no matter what, Dexter is always going to be a show that simultaneously features complex, damaged people like Dexter and Deb and a cavalcade of annoying, mostly useless supporting characters. It's like the series is at always at war with itself, trying to make sure it sneaks in a scene about Quinn's latest mishap between all the great stuff between the Morgans. So I guess it's actually really fitting that "A Beautiful Day," the last season premiere in the series' history, put this tension out front almost immediately.

"A Beautiful Day" was never going to match the emotional stakes and initial catharsis that we saw in the Season 7 premiere; Deb learning Dexter's secret was still more powerful than her choice to shoot LaGuerta in last season's finale. Consequently, the show probably needed to take a different approach to this year's story for the siblings. Last year was all about Dexter and Deb having one conversation after another, with Deb methodically learning the truth and eventually getting pulled too deep into Dex's problems. Now that she's taken an innocent life to protect him and ruined all that she stood for, it makes sense that Deb doesn't want to talk; she's spoken with her brother enough, and look where that got her. 

Instead, six months after LaGuerta's death—which has apparently been completely waved away; Dexter and Deb must've orchestrated a stellar cover-up—Deb is no longer a member of Miami Metro PD. Instead, she's working for a private detective outfit and getting really deep undercover, mostly because she hates herself (and hates her brother more). Meanwhile, Dexter is doing what he does: moving on with his life, mostly celebrating the fact that he doesn't have to constantly cover his tracks. He's still killing (presumably with the Code back in place) but he's also coaching Harrison's soccer team and flying kites. As we expected, the two of them could not have reacted any differently to LaGuerta's shooting. 

But what does this all mean with regard to the premiere, and the early part of the season? I think it means that Dexter is going to need some time to really get going. Although Dexter is still absolutely the lead character here, Deb's responses to new information drove much of the action last season. She went out of her way to avoid Dexter in this first episode, only for him to immediately ruin her undercover work (sort of) and kill her mark. If that's not a sign of the impact Dexter is having on her life, I don't know what is. Yet, it feels like Deb is going to continue to elude her brother—and likely self-destructing along the way—so the urgency and rawness that we felt at this point last season seemed like much more of a slow-burn in this episode. There are both positives and negatives to that. 

On the positive side, "A Beautiful Day" planted the idea that Dexter, not Deb, is the one who's been forever reliant on his sibling. I don't know if I totally buy that, considering their relationship has been clearly screwed up on all levels, right from the jump, but this current fissure could force both Dexter and Deb to reconsider where they've been and where they're going, which is a classic final-season TV trope. This, when paired with the introduction of Charlotte Rampling's Dr. Vogel, suggests that the show is really interested in examining Dexter's mind and getting to the core of why he does what he does. It was fascinating to see SCIENCE paired with THE DARK PASSENGER and whatever hokum the series typically spews out, but that thread could make for great stories, especially since Vogel clearly has a history with Harry and the Code.

On the negative side, pulling Dexter and Deb apart means that there's more time for the immortal trio of Batista, Quinn, and Masuka to weasel onto our screen. In fact, we saw those three knuckleheads before Deb, and the "good" news is that nothing has changed. Batista gave up his restaurant because LaGuerta died, even though he had just quit because Mike Anderson's death rattled him too much. Okay, Angel. (He's gotta be under water on that restaurant though, right?) But much worse than that is Dexter's presumption that we WANT to see Quinn and Jamie together, trying to have lots of sex. I appreciate that Aimee Garcia has been upped to series regular status and sure, Jamie needed more to do than walk into a scene and say "Okay, time to go to the pool!" But overly horny sexcapades with Detective Douchenozzle? Please, no. Absolutely not. 

Knowing that this is the final season of Dexter, I'm willing to be a little more patient. It's not as if there's a whole lot unresolved narrative mysteries or dangling plot threads that the show must get to. The series is going to do what it always does—introduce some seasonal supporting characters who will most certainly get killed, focus too much on random procedural elements—and it looks as though the Dexter and Deb tension will be more simmering than explosive, at least at the outset. Nevertheless, I find that to be a smart choice, and a nice little departure from the structure of Season 7. We know that Dexter and Deb stories are going to arrive eventually, and that they're going to be great. I don't want to sit through too many more Quinn and Jamie sex scenes or morose Angel speeches about what it means to be a cop to get to those powerful, tremendously acted moments*, but this wouldn't totally be Dexter if we didn't have to. 

* You guys know that I couldn't praise Jennifer Carpenter enough last season, but I felt like she was a little off in this episode, especially at the beginning. She's exceptional when acting against Michael C. Hall and it felt like she was overselling the drugged-out experience in the first scenes with Rhys Coiro... who while fine, is not Michael C. Hall. 


REMAINING BLOOD SPLATTER

– No Hannah, but Dexter did look longingly at the plant she'd given him while having sex with a random blonde. I sure do love it when pay-cable series feel the need to give the viewers what they paid for, if you know what I mean. 

 I'm still trying to figure out whether the young boy playing Harrison is decent or pretty awful. I'm leaning toward decent, but the writing didn't help him out whatsoever. I'll be interested to see how much Dexter uses him this year. 

 This season's weirdo serial killers are cutting out portions of people's brains. I can't really do it with the graphic mass murders on TV in 2013 anymore. 

 The African-American female detective who was suddenly part of the crew as if she'd always been there: She hasn't always been there, right? Did she appear last season? 


What'd you think of the Dexter's final eason premiere? And what are your predictions for the season?

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AIRED ON 9/22/2013

Season 8 : Episode 12

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Honestly, I wish we had never gotten Hannah and that Lumen would come back. I know most people didn't like her, but she was the only one that didn't make Dexter so insanely annoying (Like Hannah definitely did). Their chemistry felt real and organic and not hyped because of the SERIAL KILLER thing. I am looking forward to more Deb scenes, many more Deb scenes with Dexter as well. I just hope she won't be crying through most of them. I like her angry and cursing. Onto episode two!
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After the blast last season it needed to calm down a bit, we were bound to be disappointed at this point. I think it was a semi-good start for a new chapter and I hope it's just the calm before the final storm. And I hope Ep 2 will push us in the right direction.
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To be honest, this season's premiere didn't do much for me either. I for one thought it came too strong after the rather shocking season 7 finale. The part about Deb being messed up is completely understandable and predictable, because let's face it, that crying and weeping while holding LaGuerta as she gave her last breath, couldn't have led to anything else but a life of misery. Although, the last minute scene in the finale, with Deb and Dexter walking through the crowd as if they formed a vigilante team together, made me hope for a different plot this final season. Apparently, all hope were lost.
Furthermore, I think that if Vogel is going to be an impediment in Dexter's 'line of work', Hannah will probably find a way to make her surprisingly dead.I always assumed that Dexter was going to die in the end, but Vogel's presence makes me skeptical about that certain theory and even jail seems very unlikely for him right now.
I can't speculate at this point, so I'm waiting for tonight's episode to maybe, just maybe, clear the air a bit.
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Very average episode, but I really liked when dr. Vogel mentioned the Code, because it made me wonder... What if Harry's code is not Harry's at all? And I cooked up this "theory": When Dexter was just a little kid and Harry first noticed he was somewhat prone to kill, he talked about his fears to Matthews, who introduced him to dr. Vogel. Then, dr. Vogel herself came up with the Code and passed it on to Harry, so he could teach it to Dexter.
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Another spot on review Cory, thanks for that. I also liked the different rhythms to the Dexter/Deb story in this episode and am looking forward to how that plays out. There was something about the tone of the show that put me off a little - maybe the way it was directed or edited. i had similar feelings about the style of the Season 6 premiere but that had a lot less going for it as well.
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At least Jaime's sex scene with Quinn was better than the one she had with her over sensitive computer geek boyfriend two seasons ago. Batista is going to get Deb and/or Dex to help him find some real dirt on Quinn and get him kicked out of the force or arrested for messing with his little sis.
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I find it insane that Quinn is still alive. What a useless character, not to mention the fact that hes a douche!
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yes, the out of nowhere detective was there last season.
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Have they ever said what her name is?
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From the looks of it, this final season is gonna be a blast. The introduction of the Vogel character reminds me to the great Trinity. I really hope Dexter will not end up with Deb. They both have chemistry as siblings, not as lovers. I'm glad that Hannah will be back too.

One question though. Hannah left Dexter a pot of black orchid last season finale, how come it was never mentioned in this episode?
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Bored out of my mind by this show, but I still watch it
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Does the never get caught rule out weigh the only kill the bad guy rule? Always wondered.
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That's one of the frustrating parts of the show that everytime Dexter gets into that kind of dilemma someone else decides to kill the 'good guy' to let him off the hook.
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Yes, I think at the top of Harry's code is survival. This woman who seems to understand psychopaths and knows about Dexter isn't a threat to him yet, she only established some kind of ground control to let him know that she knows. Question is what does she want? Does she want to study Dexter or what?

I thought it was a decent opener. I didn't really like the main plot of season 3 to 6, this seems to be as promising as last season if not a little better.
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Looking back over the guest stars, of which Charlotte Rampling is the latest, it may have been Dexter's BEST feature after the excellent Michael C Hall and by the way how the f**k does he still look so young? Anyone remember Six Feet Under? That was years ago. Anyway, I liked the ep, I agree the password thing was hilarious.
Btw, I thought the Colin Hanks was absolutely brilliant in his turn.
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Whoa! The new layout!

I agree with everyone about the password thing, that was hilarious. I liked the premiere even though it wasn't one of Dexter's best. Also, please no Hannah. Doctor Vogel is creepy, I am intrigued!
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During the whole premiere i thought of one thing & that was Deb's password & how dexter guessed it "F**King Password" lol is it weird that this made me laugh so much
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Had me cracking up for a minute.
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if you think about how much some of us hate it when we loose our cookies on sites or just forget a password it's clever idea if open to 'hacking' lol
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What a premiere. Fan-f***ing-tastic.
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Best part of this episode "You can't kill me I don't meet your code" One of the best endings for a show I have seen. I hope the ending will be Epic!
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well...don't forget the first rule of the code: Don´t get caught !!
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The first scene with Deb moaning the whole time made me feel uncomfortable.
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she wss high..
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I thought the Jaime/Quinn thing was horrid. Poke a hot iron in my eye.

Dr. Vogel a little too deus ex machina. Interesting, has potential, but WAY too convenient. And Matthews remarking to Dexter that she was a looker, that does not bode well.

They went and made Deb slither down a dark hole. Boo. I don't know what kids are putting up their noses these days but it did sort of feel like Carpenter oversold that scene.

The Deb/Dex mindfuck was pretty awesome. As twisted as she is at the moment it would have been easy for Dexter to dismiss her comment but he didn't, he internalized it. The dynamic between the two of them is still the most scintillating aspect of this show and I am looking forward to the remainder of this trip.
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I'm hoping the come up with some intelligent reason for Vogel to save her from deus ex machinadom.
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I hope you are right. Hopefully her arc is compelling and worthwhile and not merely a device to add needless tension. We've had 6+ seasons of Dexter working to attain a certain level of autonomy and self-direction with regard to his behavior and actions, so a manipulative head-shrinker claiming some credit for why Dex is the way he is at this stage in the game would feel like going over old material and a real waste of valuable time in the final season.
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so you guys never wondered why 'harry' did what he did ? we've assumed harry just did it on his own ? makes sense he had some 'professional' help right ?
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yeah! we saw jaime / travis and was totally oblivious to his dangerous side, till dexter pissed him off.

but i cannot for the life of me work out why she'd 'bang quinn' who seemed to have changed his ways with that dancer. then he goes and bangs his best mates on and off again partner sister ??

and yet we have angel who retired and mathews who was sacked then reinstated for his pension then retired again ??

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I suspect the final scene will be Dex in bed with Deb (or Vogel, if you prefer) enjoying an after sex smoke--fade to black and all is right with the world...

And, of course, Harrison is watching from the door crack so in 15 years our kids can enjoy a Satellite TV show called Harrison on NBC-KILL--the serial killer network...
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Lol. Loved the joke that NBC will still be around in 15 years.
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a menage a trois, maybe. then Hannah will appear and .....
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You mean a four-banger. That's really going to fuck with Harrison's widdow head...
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I don't know, maybe she's going to kill them all. God knows what that girl will do. But I can't see an orgy without Lumen,Masuka,Batista,Bell, and Deb. that'd be the way to go. :-)
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the season trailer/preview

implied hannah returns..

deb fesses up

vogel may be showing some 'flirting' towards dexter.

all sorts of mad shit happening.
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"Because no matter what, Dexter is always going to be a show that simultaneously features complex, damaged people like Dexter and Deb and a cavalcade of annoying, mostly useless supporting characters."

I like the supporting characters much more than Dexter and Deb, and don't really find those two really complicated. They have one-note personalities. Dexter just drones on all the time in soliloquies about his dark passenger making him kill people. Deb just is anxious and overemotional about everything. I watch the show more for the supporting characters, without which the show would be pretty boring.
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WHAT???
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That sounded childish, but I do find your statement insane.
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Sure. I mean, the show revolves around Dexter, but if he were the only member of the cast, the show would be boring -- his internal monologues are boring. His stalking of kills is boring. His ruminations about whether he has free will is boring. Because Dexter has very little personality himself, they added the other characters in the cast to create a sense of reality and drama around him. Dexter the killer isn't in a bubble, but a real person trying to integrate in a real life environment.

All of the supporting cast adds to the show in that way, and Deb, as part of the supporting cast, does too, but her character can be really annoying and predictable. How Deb reacts to every situation: freaks out, or acts tough to avoid freaking out. That's why she's on Xanax, I guess. So I'm grateful for the rest of the cast.
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Well first of all deb's password was hilarious.

The minute Harrison set down next to that tacky red vase that belonged to LaGuerta I could already tell how in less than 3 seconds that vase is not gonna to make it .

Speaking of Harrison I mean I know we have to wait for almost a year between the seasons and all which makes the last kid who played Harrison like 7 or something but isn't series Harrison Suppose to be like 3 or 4 years old and if so how come the new kid looks a lot more older and apparently in a soccer team.It just seems like the kid is growing very fast if there was another season we would probably get to see him shave and drive a car at the rate he's going .

Also that Vogel lady has really creepy eyes, she gave me chills and somewhat professor walsh kinda vibes

And I was totally wondering the same thing about that new detective lady why does the show insist on throwing on us more useless Supporting characters. Please make it stop, yes I'm talking about you Jamie , didn't really wanna know that much about you to begin with but seriously Quinn !!!! I really didn't want to see that.

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In the 6 months that had past, My oh My hasn't Harrison grown. Almost like he has grown 2 years in that time frame.
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babies do grow up fast...

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This is definitely the deep psychological season for Dexter with Dr. Vogel and that scene with them in the lab was so priceless. You can really see Dexter losing it, like if it weren't obvious. I almost don't think it matters about the secondary characters and their bumbling moments. Think of it as a bizarre commercial break, haha. It also looks like Dexter is at a realization about himself but it's way too late for him to control things. Fans looking for some fast paced action season will probably be disappointed but the whole psychological break down in so many ways will be pretty interesting.

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I thought it was a decent start. The Deb - Dex relationship at the core which is what we all clearly want, but the stand-out joy for me is the character of Dr. Vogel.
Rather than trying to outdo Trinity with some nemesis the writers have taken a different tact. Someone who truly knows who he is which hopefully will lead to some pretty interesting stuff, especially as they already played the "I know you" card rather than stringing out her apparent awareness for a while (although based on her episode stealing scene in the morgue I could have probably endured it a little longer).

Gotta say a little disappointed with the review, seems to be too focused on comparisons to the hopes article, barely any analysis of Dr.Vogel (practically zero discussion about her knowledge of things) and too much time spent whining about side-characters that don't detract very much at all, of course in my opinion.

Anyway a solid start and hopefully it will build as the episodes comes, no matter what I for one will miss this show when its done.
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If Coon and Friends endorsed the premiere then that's enough for me.
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Very very dull.
Part of what made last season so great was this new focus on Dexter and Deb and putting the two, their relationship and their secrets front and centre and tying them together. This season it's like everything has been buried, they are apart and because of that, the show has lost one of it's main consistent pro's. Unfortunately, the con's on Dexter ruined the premiere: supporting characters still existing and having tedious storylines, obvious plots (the guy Deb was sleeping with dying at the hands of Dexter in one way or another), the new mysterious lady obviously having a history with Dexter somehow.

I'll keep watching because I didn't put in seven (okay fine, 6 (I skipped S6)) years to quit now. And, you know, final season. Gotta see how it ends!
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Haha, new random detective (did we even get a name?) won me over by calling out Masuka. I have the same urge every time I see him... Oh well, I had forgotten that LaGuerta died at the end of last season, one annoying character down (I was never a fan of hers, but the last episodes she was just awful in her Vendetta, and where did it come from anyways? She never struck me as the capable cop, so she figured Dexter out? Come on...) However, Batista back? Great *cough cough*... After watching this episode, I must say I like drugged out Deb. I'm so fed up with her being whiny, swearing Deb I just don't understand. I mean literally, I need subtitles.. I'm not getting into that brain thing. I almost puked. Totally my fault though, I know I shouldn't eat during a show like this. Dexter and Dr. Vogel almost single-handidly saved the whole episode :). Now I just need a little more Hannah (and less Deb preferably).
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Very average. Masuka is the best. What I want to see happen: Dexter returns to the code, gets caught, pegs it all on Deb.
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That was a terrible episode! They managed to make Dexter a complete a**hole in just 50 minutes. Bleah!
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also: I want him to be way stronger than he is psychologically. Where's the calm to death guy from the first seasons? Nobody really rattled him, even Doakes. one psychoanalyst woman comes and he loses it as soon as he feels her stare at him from across the room? I'm kinda disappointed in that..
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I think Dexter is losing his control because of what happened to Deb. He's under a lot of stress like he has never been before. I thought seeing Dexter losing his calm made sense when you think what happened last year.
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No I think it's symptomatic of the bad writing. In Season 6 he often through tantrums and got mad for no reason. The writers don't have enough discipline to make him dispassionate, they must think that an angry serial killer is better tv.
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I dunno, I thought that it makes sense that Deb iss his Achilles' heel.
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I think that's what bothered me the most about that episode .. I was just too p*ssed off to write about it. Well put, though.
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I thought the same about the new detective, when did she first appear? Not that it actually matters since we know she'll be another useless supporting character...
It was a decent start to set what we had all debated: A) nobody cares about supporting characters and B) Dexter and Deb's state of mind: Deb is more of a train wreck that I inicially thought, which is great because it speaks of her complexity as a character and how she's dealing (or choosing not to deal) with not only killing LaGuerta but also having neglected in everything she believes in to save her brother. Meanwhile, Dexter is all too well in the surface, as we all expected him to be, but has all of this emotions (can we call it emotions?) he has no idea how to deal with underneath, which gives him as a character a whole new layer to explore that I predict is what this season will mostly be about: How truly lost Dexter is without Deb, the only constant he's always had.
I found it a little weird Batista being liutenant just after he quitted, but WHO CARES anyway. I'm not sure I like the new Harrison, he's a kid, I'll give him that, I'm not expecting acticg skills beyond decent, but Im not sure he's even there... I'll have a WELCOME BACK HANNAH doormat ready for next week, just in case...
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so excited that it's already here!! I hope hannah doesn't come again, and dexter and deb work out their issues. loved the password thing
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I love Vogel already, but the thing that kills me is the show is STILL clearly trying to reaffirm that Dex is a psychopath, which he is so clearly not. Seriously, have we not established this over the course of his multiple love interests who had genuine emotions for? Not to mention Deb? Dex is no Patrick Bateman and they need to stop pretending he is. Have none of the writers actually researched a psychopath before?

What I do love that they're setting up, however, is Dexter's disintegration, how off the bat he snaps and kills the guy. I think it makes up for the character they've established, that as he is NOT a psychopath, he is likely to go off the rails a bit. And hopefully that means he ditches the code once and for all as well and it leads to his demise.

I'm so done with Quinn and co. And that blonde at the beginning? So tacky.

F---ingpassword was perfect though. So spot-on for Deb. That made up for everything.

After last year, I think it'll get better. I'm optimistic.
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I agree. Dexter is not a psychopath. In the beginning of the show he would often talk about faking emotions and interest in conversations. But when he confronted Deb in the mini mart, that was legitimate concern. The guy isn't the psychopath he thinks he is. If he really was a psychopath, he wouldn't have gone to the mini mart, been upset, tracked Deb down to the motel, and angrily attacked the guy in defense of his sister.
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Intense!
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This episode was a glimpse at Dexter daytime tv. And I, for one, HATE daytime tv.
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Every year I have hope and every year they disapoint me straight away.I loved the show at the beginning because Dexter was a fascinating character , and the writing was really good so it made me care about him , about his struggles , his personnality , his loneliness ...
But the last 3 years were so awful that now I just hate everyone , except Deb who is still interesting somehow.
Every episode is like torture , nothing really make sense anymore , the miami metro police station is really a joke , they might be the worst cops ever on TV , even Frank Drebin would be better !!!
I am gonna watch the last season , I have come too far to just abandon the show now , but I don't really care how it will end , who will die , and for me it's sad , to see a show I really loved finish like that , it makes me appreciate even more other shows like the sopranos or six feet under , shows with a really high quality all seasons long , and with a great end.
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The FBI folks on the following are the worse police on TV. Miami PD is slightly better. Most of the time they just trusted Dexter too much. Those who don't got killed off :-)
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Very disappointing. They really needed to devote an episode, or half an episode, or hell, ten minutes would have done, to just clearing up how Dex and Debs covered up LaGuerta's murder and got away with it. Not mentioning it suggests the writers had no clear idea how to get out of this narrative black hole and so magicked it away by not mentioning it which immediately weakens the narrative. I mean how the hell did the Captain get to take over back at Miami Metro (having been blackmailed out of the service) - knowing everything that LaGuerta had told him, having a bullet from Debs gun in LaGuerta - and still failed to suspect Dexter.

I absolutely love Dexter. But it really does take liberties. it could be a show that rivals The Sopranos or The Wire. But it always cops out at the last minute.
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yeah, how did they get away with it??
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Deb's still annoying, I've always always found her annoying, at least whenever she's in a relationship, so there's nothing new there.
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Please never leave me. Bc there is only a few of us "not here" for Deb. JC acting has been stellar... but UGH bitch gone somewhere.
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Agreed, she's a great actress, but the character she's playing is just so irritating.
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watched with baited breath....looks like Deb could get Dexter into a lot of hot water if she doesn't pull herself together....Dr. Vogel surprised me! as did the preview for the next episode about her knowing everything and needing Dexter's help.... Yes there was way too much Quinn and Jaime sex going on eewww!! Frankly I just care about Dex and I don't want anything to happen to him!!!! I wonder if Hannah will try to kill him or somehow help him??
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Fuckingpassword...... Nuff said !!! :D :D :D
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how many people will change their passwords to that I wonder..
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Such a jumbled mess of an episode. This show really has turned into Jekyll and Hyde the last few seasons. You'll have one fantastic scene on par with anything on TV (usually involving Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter) and then you'll just have some terrible, inconsequential filler scene that no one cares about.

Seriously, it's been 7 years now, have the showrunner's really not figured out that we don't care about Batista's or Quinn's stupid little subplots. They are effective enough when used as a backdrop for Dexter, but whether it's the writing or the acting or both, they are just terrible when the show tries to do too much with them.

Glad this is the last season now. I almost stopped watching before Season 7 came back very strong and made me hope the show could get back to the glory of the first couple seasons. Now we're back to mediocrity. Not as bad as the Jimmy Smits year or Invisible Adama, but not nearly as good as we know Dexter can be.
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O I do know very well that is why I said another...
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that lady apparently doesn't know how many people dexter has killed that didn't meet harry's code :P
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How many didn't fit? 2-4?
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i think somewhere around that
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This was pure perfect for me! Someone is picking brains. Vogel shows up explaining psychopaths while looking at Dexter...Dex snapped at his son and later left him in the car to save Deb... After that killing another person who doesn't fit the code while Deb was there... Deb doing drugs, beer,cigarettes and sex in the same time while Dex is trying to reach her on the phone. Vogel gives him his early diagnose drawings. OMG do I need to see more? Do I care for Quinn or someone else...No I don't. This is messed up on a hole new level and I can't wait till the next episode. Do I need to mention the f***ing password?
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Ive always had a suspicion that Matthews and Harry had been using Dexter and The Passenger all along for their own means, i might be wrong...but wither way the Vogel reveal at the end stil blew my dam mind! Very good opener! i liked the scene when Harrison asked where they were and his inside head admitted "lost".
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guess what harrison learned today ? the word " fuck " a lot !
i am little disappointed that Hannah isn't in the show , but from what i saw in the preview it looks like she will reappear again .

i really surprised that Vogel knows about Dexter yet she didn't appear until now , its like she have ulterior motive to show up like that , and use dexter to her advantage .



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Hahahahahaha,LaGuerta got a bench...this and 6 month later thing really rubbed me wrong way. Kinda all over the place in this episode,since they went 6 months thing.
11 episodes to go...
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I thought it was an excellent start with both Morgans more out of control than they've ever been... Deb hunting (and sexing) bounty in between coke and other drugs... Daring move but a good one... For all of Dexter's f*** ups this episode, what stayed with me the most was when he left Harrison alone in the car in a shady motel that could be surveyed by a hitman. Seriously? Someone call Social Services right away

I wonder if Dr. Vogel was Harry's shrink? Can't figure out how she can know so much about Dexter otherwise... She is strangely similar to Hannibal's shrink in Hannibal...

I never Laguerta at all (did anyone except Battista and only briefly) but I thought the bench dedication felt sort of insulting and the subsequent scene felt like she was being mocked... It was kind of offensive
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A solid start.I think it will improve over the course of the season.Loved the Dex/Deb scenes and i'm intrigued by Dr Vogel. Other than that,i'm just looking forward to seeing what comes next!I'm also wondering what they are planning to do with Harrison..
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Well, Dexter WAS losing his s**t during the episode... almost killing a guy that cut him off, snapping at Batista AND almost giving himself away, etc. Though I imagine that's mostly because of what's happening to Deb than anything else.

Also, the new character is cool. I'd heard a line in a trailer that sounded like Dexter suspected that she was on to him... so I was surprised when she both flat out said she couldn't kill her because of Harry's code.

WOW. That was cool. I thought they were going to pussy-foot around the issue with her passively hinting that she knew and that she "found" those pictures in some file somewhere. But nice.
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Sorry Dexter diehards, I was thoroughly underwhelmed by this episode. Which I fully expected to happen after watching the promos, but that doesn't make it any less underwhelming.

The Dexter and Deb drama aside, this was a bad episode bordering on boring. I am TOTALLY with Cory on the side characters. I hate Quinn! Just straight-up, vile, unabashed hatred! Ever since he stopped sleeping with Deb, he's been absolutely worthless as a character. Every time he comes onto the screen I audibly sigh, and now I hate Jamie a little bit for lowering her standards to manwhore levels.

As for Bautsita and Masuka, a once genial amusement has turned into an almost complete apathy. (Real solid character motivations for bringing Bautista back, writers! What a rewarding and sensical storyline that restaurant venture was.)

Also, I really hope that Dr. Vogel is not some sort of serial killer herself. That would be soooooooo lame. My guess is she was Harry's expert psychologist friend back in the day, and he may have consulted with her on what avenues he could take to mould Dexter's darkness as means for good. She may even be the architect behind his discarded code. Which is all cool and could lead to some interesting stuff, but if we eventually learn she's a killer herself, I'm going to be disappointed.

If you would have asked me how I wanted Dexter to end going into the 6th season, it's crazy to say now but I probably would have hoped for a happy ending. I really liked Lumen. She was a compelling character that brought out the best in Dexter. Now all of his redeeming qualities have been washed away in a sea of blood spatter. He's a serial killer with a compromised code and no empathy. He's a bad father, a worse brother and he got his wife killed.

I cheered for vigilante Dexter. I cheered for the Dexter who had a moral guideline and upheld that belief system in his own conflicted way. I cheered for that little boy, covered and sitting in a pool of his mothers blood, and the man who tried to control the darkness born from that tragedy. He was the caped crusader. A force for good. I liked him. Now I don't care if he lives or dies.

Which just might be the point of all this. Dexter crossed a line with LaGuerta. If he had killed her himself then his code would count for shit (and it still kinda does), but as it happens he corrupted the one person who truly cared for and loved him. He forced his sister to make an impossible choice, to kill an innocent-ish person (it *IS* LaGuerta we're talking about), and is responsible for the dark place she's in right now.

I hated LaGuerta just as much as the next psychopath and had been hoping for her death since season 1 (the adjectives "bitchy", "nosy" and "annoying" come to mind), but with her death comes the TV consequences. Dexter is no longer the caped crusader, killing bad guys as an unorthodox force for justice. He's BECOME the bad guy, the bad father, the bad brother, the bad person. He's selfish, conceited and egomaniacal, and maybe he's always been these things, but the code softened them. He resisted his nature, was conflicted and tortured by it, and strove to not be defined by his demons. But once he accepted the dark passenger as nothing more than a shadow of his own psyche, he was lost.

Dexter deserves to die or be in prison. He's probably deserved it for a long time, but I never wanted it, which of course was by design. He was the anti-hero. Now after 8 years and a psychological smorgasbord of laughable inconsistencies (you'd really think they would consult with a profiler or something), I WANT Dexter to meet his deserved death or dungeon.

(As opposed to Walt from Breaking Bad, whom I'll still be cheering for going into the 2nd half of the 5th season.)

And I would love it if Deb is responsible for his downfall. MightyMad brought up an interesting (albeit already postulated) theory about Dex/Deb's weird, co-dependant relationship, and I agree it's still definitely a possibility. But unlike him I welcome it. The reactions to such a storyline would alone justify the creative decision. It would be shocking, it would be disgusting, it would be twisted, and it would be glorious. And judging by everything I've seen in their fucked up relationship, it would not be outside the realm of justifiability. I think the only reason most of are still watching this show is because of their fucked up relationship. It's the only compelling thing left. So why not make it even more fucked up? That would certainly be a memorable way to go out.

Dexter was one of my favourite shows once upon a time. I still say the first and second seasons were two of the best and most complete seasons of television I've ever seen. The freshly delivered internal monologues, the haunting scores, the sweet thrill of something truly elegant in its stark, vicarious originality. All the while deftly exploring the depths of Dexter's darkness. I still very clearly remember Dexter's reaction to that first bloodless crime scene (arranged by his brother Brian). The way it made him feel clean and whole. Like he was searching for that beautifully bloodless corpse his entire life, but didn't know why. Like he was being given the answer to a question he didn't even realize he was asking. That scene captivated me in a way I'll always remember. I, like Dexter, was entranced and excited by the spectacle of something so new and different, but oddly familiar at the same time. Spine-tingling awesomeness is the only way to describe the sensation.

Now, after 8 long seasons, I'm simply hoping to be surprised. The Dexter of old is dead. I don't know if it's the writing, the story, the inherent shelf-life of every show, or all of the above, but the magic that once made Dexter one of the best shows on television is gone.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a BAD show (last year was a solid resurgence after the depths of the Travis travesty), and I will give it time to flesh out this final season. But my already lowered expectations descended even more after this premiere. Surprise me, Dexter. Goout with a bang. Make this journey worth it.

Here's hoping there's a little magic left.

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Frankly,I would like to see him being bandaged by a facial plastic surgery and Batista with Masuka walking outside in the hospital 's hall visably looking for someone. Then in a couple of years, they would revive Dexter in another city with another actor than MCH but with Carpenter still playing Deb.Maybe with Lumen. Sigh.
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Man, i agree with 99% of what you said, not just agree agree or really agree, but like you are in my mind agree
I, like you cheered and loved the vigilante Dexter, but as soon as he killed LaGuerta he became as he said just a killer, who i believe may deserve to die("he may", because he may be criminally insane, the show shows the world from Dexter point of view so you can't really say if he is responsible for his acts or not, but sadly i think he is responsible for what he have done)
There is one possibility of how Dexter will end you didn't think of or didn't mention, which is Dexter redeeming and "UnPsychopathing" himself,
Why it seems possible to me is because of the title of series finale :"Remember the Monsters?" which i think indicates two possibilities:
1- Dexter dying thinking of himself as a monster
2- Dexter feeling guilt for what he have done and thinking of himself as a monster, or a mix of the two, but i would really hate it if he goes to prison because of the innocent people will suffer because of what he did(his sister(who already suffered enough), Harrison, his stepchildren, "friends")
but maybe that's just me reading too much in it
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Thanks! It's awesome to hear someone agrees so thoroughly with my opinion of the show. It's like validation or something.

I ALSO agree with what you wrote! We're of like mind, bro! (You're a guy, right?) But I think the number 2 option is more likely.
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You really summed it up, I am glad I'm not the only one who thinks - well, pretty much all you have stated.
Here's to a back to season one goodness finale! Or hoping for an out as great as its beginning.
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Thank you!

I'm also glad I'm not the only one who thinks what I think! ... Wait, did that make sense? What I'm trying to say is it's nice to know there are others out there with similar opinions and thoughts.

So, you were a "Yes!" on the comeuppance question, right?

(On an unrelated note: I see you're a fan of HIMYM. I have to ask, what's your opinion on the never-ending wedding weekend idea? Personally, I HATE IT! I always wanted to see Ted's courtship of the mother, and unless there are some serious flash forwards, we won't see much of that. I'm holding out hope the whole season won't be the wedding.)
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I was a total YES! on that, you're right. As much as I love Dexter (Character) I think he should be held responsible and suffer the consequences that he's indirectly making Deb suffer. That being said, I don't think prison is a proper punishment as I believe he should die (for the sake of a good story, not because I want the character's death) and the only way I think some redeeming qualities should be even considered for a character and a story like his that is clearly not about sunshines and rainbows, should be sacrificing himself to save Deb in some way (physically, emotionally, whatever), not for him to suddenly realize he's a serial killer and not be okay with it and want to change and be find a religion and pray and be forgiven. He should not be forgiven by anyone but Deb and therefore, himself. (I do love the show and Dex but what I've always loved the most is the complexity of these characters, and I think that should be the story's strong point, and if he was to suddenly redeem himself, it would be very out of character...)

As for HIMYM, honestly, I'm not thrilled that the whole season will be the wedding weekend because I too wanted to see SOME of the courtship, (give me a reason for Ted to believe she's the one) even though I know the show is called How I MET your mother and not How I FELL IN LOVE with your mother.
I think it's quite a bold move that could go both ways: If its really well thought and well written the entire season (which btw, should be shorter) it could have us all on the edge of our seats, whereas if it's sloppy, we can all get too tired too easily of the backs and forths of having one weekend in a 22 episode period. I wanna hope for the former. HIMYM's writers have outdone themselves before with some serious amazing episodes, monologues and a lot of stuff, so I'm hoping they'll be bringing out the big guns this last season to give the show a proper end.
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My guess is it'll be more present- focus, given the short time lapse the events are happening in, probably some cuts to Future Ted and his kids on 2030, but I doubt it'll have many flash forwards. If anything, I'd say flashbacks but somehow I think this season'll be more lineal...
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I think redemption at this point is impossible, but I really like the sacrifice idea. That would be an excellent way to give Dexter (the character and show) some positive and decisive closure.

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HIMYM was the master of Tarantino-esque storytelling in its early seasons, so I do have hope and a modicum of belief they might be able to pull such an ambitious and risky concept off. But if it's not executed well (and let's face it, the past few seasons have not been the shows best by any stretch of the imagination), it could be terrible. Either way, there better be some g-damn flash forwards!
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Way to hit the nail on the head. Great post. I suspected Vogel could be a serial killer; I'm really getting that vibe. I just don't think it'd be a good fit for the story though.

I'm glad to see someone else liked Lumen. I'd have to say season 5 would be my second favorite season next to 1. Lumen was a complex character and Dexter seemed like he went through some serious positive character development through that season. Other than that, season 1 is the most solid in my opinion. When I recommend it to people, I say watch season 1 as a standalone but if you want to keep watching go for it. Certain elements of Dexter became really lose over the years. But hey, I'm all in to see the show hopefully have a conclusive and successful ending.
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Thanks!

In my opinion Lumen was the best and most compelling love interest Dexter has ever had on the show. She brought out the best of him, and he was her guide through her own personal darkness. And in the process she helped Dexter understand he was not a monster. Of course, the psychology of Dexter changes on a whim to suit the writers needs, but I thought his relationship with Lumen was rather poignant and beautiful. And like most beautiful things, it was fleeting.

I would say Dexter (the show and the man) has been on a downward spiral since the 5th season. But I, too am hopeful for a successful ending.

As for Vogel, the first time a saw her I said to myself "she better not be this new serial killer or any serial killer for that matter". Been there and done that, Dexter. Her sudden and convenient knowledge also didn't sit well with me. The whole thing felt terribly unnatural.

Now, just for kicks, here's my Dexter season rankings:

1. Season #1.
2. Season #2.
3. Season #5.
4. Season #4.
5. Season #7.
6. Season #3.
7. Season #6!!!

(Season #8 still pending)
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This pretty much sums up my thoughts. I agree with Cory in that Deb was off in this episode, so even the Dex/Deb drama was somewhat underwhelming too. The only semi-interesting parts were with Vogel.
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About halfway through I actually found myself missing the stupid insanity of True Blood. It may not be very good, but it's certainly not boring.
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interesting read. I never thought that it might have been calculated by the writers to make us see Dex completely differently after he sort of made Deb make the choice to kill. it puts everything else he has done before in a different perspective. I think as writers you should be able to go where the hell you like and then if people watch they watch. I know you cant be that blase about a tv show, ratings etc, but there should be freedom. yeah the first ep was ok, a definite scene setter, having Batista back is something that dosent really sit well with me, unless we find out he is going the extra mile to see what happened to LG. Vogel at the end was excellent though, i really liked the directness of it. no messing around, and Charlotte Rampling is excellent as usual.
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That was a pretty fun premiere.

When Evelyn Vogel first started looking at Dexter, I rolled my eyes a bit, thinking "ANOTHER person just comes on in and immediately takes an interest in Dexter. Original." I know it's technically necessary -- Dexter is about Dexter (and frankly, everybody else in that department is fucking stupid) -- but I'm bored with how repetitively the writers keep making these relationships form almost every season. So I rolled my eyes again when that suspicion came true and Vogel called Dexter down to the morgue. Then Bam! She confronts Dexter, knowing about his psychopathy (probably from Harry). So that left me pretty happy, surprising me the way it did.

Oh, was anyone else a little bothered at the way Jamie was holding onto one of her breasts as she was straddling Quinn? It seemed a little unnatural for her to be cupping one boob. I assume it's because Aimee Garcia probably didn't wanna go completely topless, but if she were rubbing it, or holding both, or if Quinn was holding on, I probably wouldn't think anything of it... but covering one? I dunno, maybe I'm just disappointed that I didn't get to see it all even in that dimly lit setting. *shrugs* Aaaaand I've officially gone on too long about that and probably seem creepy to whoever's reading this. -_-
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I'm with you on Aimee Garcia, if the shows wants to include topless scenes with her that's fine by me. But if they are going to do it, at least do it properly and not do a half- ,I want to say assed but boobed is probably more accurate, job
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