Dexter

Season 4 Episode 10

Lost Boys

10
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 29, 2009 on Showtime
9.1
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Episode Summary

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Dexter thinks he knows the ins and outs of the Trinity Killer until a 10-year-old boy goes missing.

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  • A particurlarly unnerving episode after the shock revelation at the end of the last one.

    9.5
    To find that the Trinity Kiler is in fact the Quadrisect killer and the fourth victim (or rather first in the pattern) is a kid is unnerving to me. As is in the episode Dexter questioning who he is and whether he is in fact or will be the same as Arthur. Of course he isn't but you even question the fact that he could become in years like him. Luckily at the moment he isn't and doesn't seem to be.



    The biggest downside to this episode is that the kidnapped kid is quite annoying one minute and quite caring the other even if it is to save his own hide. The kid never seems scared which feels a little odd especially after being snatched.



    With Dexter now having broken Trinity's kill cycle It sets up the final confrontation. I couldn't watch it the next episodes straight after though as I was unnerved by the end (Dexter has never got me like that the last thing was Battlestar Galactica), so will watch that another night.moreless
  • Dexter's hunt for Trinity is hindered when Trinity takes an unexpected victim, leaving Dexter in a frantic race against time to save them.

    10
    Last week's outstanding episode was the previous holder of the "Best Episode of the Season" crown. Now "Lost Boys" has delivered this season's best episode (and possibly the best of the entire series) yet, with thrilling, brilliant storytelling loaded with tension, mesmerising performances and revealing more about Trinity's backstory.



    By employing the classic race against time formula, this episode was able to keep the momentum the from the jaw-dropping close of the last episode going and even kick it up about 10 notches.



    The new dynamic established between Kyle and Arthur post-Thanksgiving is Dexter at its best: when Dexter reveals part of his Dark Passenger to someone else and the dance that inevitably ensues. With full knowledge that Kyle suspects something, Arthur is now even more dangerous. He's more determined than ever to continue his ritual and not let anything or anyone stand in his way, leading to a brazen openness of his true character to Kyle, heedless of consequence. The subtleties of John Lithgow's performance in this episode and throughout the season has both captivated and chilled me. He is simply the darkest and terrifying character put to television. If John Lithgow doesn't win Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series at next year's Emmy Awards, I'd be bitterly disappointed. He truly deserves it for what I believe is without a doubt the best performance of his impressive career.



    Bring on the final two episodes!moreless
  • not great

    6.0
    this show is struggling in my opinion, the lame twist at the end of Hungry Man, now this episode. Arthur is a great and creepy character, but I'm having a hard time seeing how Dexter could kill him given that Arthurs whole family knows Dexter, is not in name then at least what he looks like and what he did at Thanksgiving... Now.. I would like someone to explain to me how Dexter, who in an earlier season was able to fight Doakes, an ex special forces soldier, then cop, to a standstill, but he struggles to disarm a flabby 60 year old man wielding a shovel. Strange also, that Dexter did not think to maybe bring a syringe of his knockout drug with him... what exactly was he planning to do when he found Arther and the boy? I guess the cops won't be looking up Christines birth records and then immediately securing a warrant for her fathers arrest? I would have thought they would have done that the second they matched the DNA of Christine to Trinity... guess not. I don't like the inconsistency of the cops be alternately clever (Trinity works in the school system) and then incredibly stupid (Christine is related to Trinity, lets NOT look into her birth records NOR should we secure a warrant to arrest her father, who is 50- 60 years old and works in the school system and try to apprehend him at his house where we could also get a pic of him, or at his job... and do all this maybe BEFORE we arrest her, so he won't have any warning) thats a hard sell.moreless
  • Another killer episode as Dexter tries to track down Arthur

    9.0
    Deb has a hunch, that hunch is she thinks she knows her shooter; she may be right. Christine gets the interview she wanted with Deb at the station, Deb asks Batista to watch on the monitor. Deb starts asking her questions on the Lundy shooting, she gets all nervous and leaves. Batista and Deb knows something's not right so they let Quinn on it and ask him to get something with her DNA. Dexter is following Arthur; Dexter witnesses Arthur abduct a young boy at an arcade. Arthur sees Dexter, but easily escapes. Dexter tries to figure out where Arthur may have taken the child, he discovers that Arthur has been killing in groupings of four, not three, and the cycle always starts with the abduction of a ten-year-old boy who is never seen again. Arthur is keeping the kid underground where as Dexter frantically searches for him. He starts by looking for him in empty houses. Christine thinks the game is up for her and begs daddy dearest to meet her, Arthur meets her and Christine tells him that she knows he's behind these murders and the fact that she killed Lundy to protect him. Dexter finds Arthur and stops him from killing the boy, Christine's game also up. She gets arrested on DNA evidence after they find out that she is related to Trinity.moreless
  • It Just Keeps Getting Better and Better

    10
    OMG !! Well this was my reaction after watching this episode. This just keeps on getting better and better. I hope they let Dexter go this time and have him come back for another season :-D. And I am sure they wud luv to hv him back next season. But the Twists and Turns are just AWESOME !! Anyone who is not watching this series now.. Should go and get the DVDs for all the seasons and start it today. I am sure you will get hooked to it and will not stop watching it until its over. Dont give it up if you think that the middle episodes are a little boring or a little side tracked.. Its all a Build-up for the grand Finale.. My Advice.. Start Watching this series today.moreless
C.S. Lee

C.S. Lee

Vince Masuka (Season 2+)

Lauren Velez

Lauren Velez

Lt. Maria LaGuerta

David Zayas

David Zayas

Angel Batista

James Remar

James Remar

Harry Morgan

Jennifer Carpenter

Jennifer Carpenter

Debra Morgan

Julie Benz

Julie Benz

Rita Bennett

Sarah Grant Brendecke

Sarah Grant Brendecke

Nanny

Guest Star

J.R. Cacia

J.R. Cacia

Officer Gordon

Guest Star

Kathy Christopherson

Kathy Christopherson

Jill

Guest Star

Brando Eaton

Brando Eaton

Jonah Mitchell

Recurring Role

Courtney Ford

Courtney Ford

Christine Hill

Recurring Role

Preston Bailey

Preston Bailey

Cody

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Ms. Lippys car, is green.

    • When Dexter discovers that Trinity is in fact killing four people in a row each time, his dad says it means that 5 days before Lisa Bell was murdered a boy must have been killed in Miami. Dexter searches the missing children archive and comes up with Christopher Kavanaugh who "disappeared late Tuesday". The posting is dated Sunday 27th November 2009. The Lisa Bell murder occurred way back in episode one of season four "Living The Dream", while this episode itself played on Sunday 29th November 2009. So based on this information the current actions of Dexter in this episode would have to be happening many weeks in the viewers actual future. They also are happening on days that do not actually exist since there is 27th November 2009 was actually a Friday. The other two post dates are also wrong: November 4th was actually a Wednesday and November 5th was actually a Thursday, with these dates somehow only two days out while the later post was incorrect by three days.

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