Dexter

Season 5 Episode 10

In The Beginning

12
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 28, 2010 on Showtime
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Miami Metro uncovers more evidence in their ongoing investigations, and Debra names two suspects. Dexter, meanwhile, comes across a possible ally.

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  • Is this the beginning of a second monster? An apprentice to the master?

    10
    What makes Dexter as good as it is, is how the show builds up the tension throughout the season. Part of it comes from Dexter avoiding to be detected, part of it comes from the tension between him and the (other) bad guys. This episode was a great example of both. A top moment was at the police station where Jordan and Dexter, both psychopaths in their own way, exchanged veiled threats under a mask of ordinary pleasantries. This just makes you wonder what will happen next. And because the show does not shy away from dramatic plot twists, this episode just raises more questions we all desperately want to see

    answers to during the last two episodes of the season. What is for example the true relationship between Emily Birch and Jordan Chase? And what will happen to Lumen? Many sure want her to survive, but wouldn't that go against everything the show is about? Doesn't central characters in Dexter's life, both good and bad ones, always die? It would fit the plot if Lumen died at the end. She had the chance to end this hunt. She could have gone back home, or on a trip with her fiancé. But she decided to get vengeance. Managing to avoid a horrible fate thanks to Dexter, only to be killed getting her revenge with him would be quite poetic. When Jordan told Dexter that some might get involved with people who are toxic, unstable and dangerous, Dexter assumed he meant that's what Lumen is. But maybe it could also be a reference to Dexter's life in general! Maybe that's what Dexter is to other people. Often he just realizes others gave him clues and advice when it's too late. How often has he ignored Harry's advice only to admit later that he should have listened to Harry? Maybe we will see a dramatic ending to the season with Dexter's voice-over saying something like: "Jordan was right, some people are toxic, unstable and dangerous. But he didn't mean Lumen. He meant me."



    The episode also showcased the humorous side of the show. Dexter giving Lumen the gloves was certainly one of the funniest moments in the show's history. The awkwardness of the whole situation when Dexter gave her gloves to be used in a murder, while smiling like a proud father, was priceless. All in all this was again a solid episode of Dexter. Great acting and the plot thickened just in time for the last episodes. The only thing missing were a few jokes by Masuka. But I guess we can go one episode without them.moreless
  • 5x10

    10
    another brilliant episode, this is a very very good chapter, i loved almost of the scenes here, but the best part was the ending scene when dexter seeing lumen thought "but in her eyes, i´m not a monster at all", that was so emotive and i really liked that phrase, in general this chapter was very entertaining and probally the last two chapters are going to be very good too, i think dexter´s secret is going to be revealled soon and this capter in some way proves my theory.



    P.D: I´m from venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in English, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
  • beginning

    10
    Excellent episode! Deb is so smart. I love how she's figuring out all the things that Dexter wants to be kept a secret from everyone. It's so interesting how Quinn's private investigator is following Dexter and Luman and filming everything they do. I am so confused about Emily Birch. It seems like she's under Jordan spell but at one point it almost seem as if he was under her spell. Luman's first kill was cool. I love how Dexter and Luman bonded over it. I really like the character Luman and if things get serious between Dexter and Luman, I wouldn't mind itmoreless
  • In The Beginning

    10
    In The Beginning was a perfect episode of Dexter. I really enjoyed watching this episode which had a lot of suspense, action, drama, intrigue, and touching moments. There was a really great story. Dexter really connected and bonded with Lumen in this episode. I think for the first time he felt totally free being himself around her and sharing intamacy. I am surprised he hasn't picked up on the surveilance yet. This episode was full of shocking moments which played out well. I can't wait to see what happens in the next episode. I have a feeling there are more surprises to come!!!!!!!moreless
  • when i thought dexter couldn't get any worst...

    2.0
    worst episode so far! i don't believe there's so much people rating this a 10! dexter simply isn't him anymore... hunting in pairs? that's not the kind of thing old dexter would do. so why did he kill lila and miguel for? it's okay to kill characters when it's convenient to the writers... and it's okay to create a partner to dexter when it's convenient too! that's just lazy writing. besides... a girl raped and tortured by FIVE guys would still be horny as a freaking teenager? i don't think so. and dexter saying "people can be stronger than you think" didn't convince me at all. nor when he said hunting in pairs feels natural. even dexter's thoughts are lazy now and totally predictable. it seems very improbable too that to kill and cut a man into pieces would be so easy to someone who is not used to that. even if that person went to hell, even if it's a revenge. i imagine that killing someone with a knife and cutting their head and members off and seeing all that blood is something a 'normal' person would not do - or at least would esitate a bit. so is that easy to become a cold killer psychopath? cause they make it look like it is. and i don't believe it a bit. actually it's the first time i'm hoping the 'bad guys' get dexter and annoying lumen and put them in jail (quinn) or simply kill them (jordan chase). the only reason why i didn't rate this episode abysmal is again because of wonderful Jonny Lee Miller. despite his uninspired catch phrase (tic tic tic etc) the only moments this show remembers its greatness of other times is when miller is on screen. i love him and i hope his character kills dexter and annoying lumen! go jordan, go! (can't wait to see miller in danny boyle's new movie!)moreless
Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Alex Tilden

Guest Star

Angela Bettis

Angela Bettis

Emily Birch

Guest Star

Michael Durrell

Michael Durrell

Stuart Frank

Guest Star

Jonny Lee Miller

Jonny Lee Miller

Jordan Chase

Recurring Role

Peter Weller

Peter Weller

Stan Liddy

Recurring Role

Maria Doyle Kennedy

Maria Doyle Kennedy

Sonya

Recurring Role

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