Season 6 Episode 2

Once Upon a Time...

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 09, 2011 on Showtime

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  • Dexter in his sixth season incarnation is still reinvigorated to do his work. As planted in the first episode he is searching as to how he might balance being a worthy father to Harrison. Dexter wants to find balance switching victims suddenly.


    Dexter isn'tinfallible, we see,yet his new control allows him to save a marked victim while realizing another is actually worthy for his dark passenger to snuff. By being more flexible we see more evidence of the newly self-assured Dexter introduced in the season opener. He aborts his initial prey by heroically saving him, standing up against a small gang of thugs. He plays it perfectly and is rewarded by a unquestionably worthy kill.

    Deb is quite central in episode two as turns down Quinn's marriage proposal while being elevated to the department's newLieutenancy;a left field promotion snatching the position from the obvious heir apparent, Batista. A promotion which also could be tainted by mysterious inter-office politics and her youthful inexperience. Viewers just naturally know this will have many future repercussions, not the least of which may be foisted upon Dexter.

    The new serial killers, played by Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks, are not yet clearly in Dexter's, or Miami PD's sights , but a confrontation is certain. Olmos questions Hank's sincerity which propels him to deliver their next victim who we are, as of this episode, not sure how he fits with whatever agenda they're on.

    All of the above mentionedoccurrences serve as transitions, if you will, ones which cast shadows over how Dexter moves forward. The large questions they introduce provide endless possibilities: Episode two certainly presents more questions than answers. Dexter is still transitioning himself as well, as a father, figuring out how to give Harrison a proper raising. Though this episode is a bit slow, it isimmeasurably important in raising so many potential conflicts and questions. Yes, there is one more dark murder notched, but the real action lies in the future episodes. As such,it is a solid episode and a more excellent set-up by building more of the unknown. We are sure to stay tuned.