Dexter

Season 6 Episode 5

The Angel of Death

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 30, 2011 on Showtime
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With the help of his newfound friend Brother Sam, Dexter wonders if there is light within him to counter the darkness, while the search for the Doomsday Killers takes him in a new direction; Batista and Quinn pay a visit to the university where Professor Gellar taught; due to departmental regulations following the shooting, Debra is forced to begin therapy.

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  • I really loved this episode. In fact Dexter is coming back to its original rails (last season was not so great, although good enough in my POV). Following are my personal assumptions and have nothing to do with what have been shown so far:moreless

    9.0
    I think Gellar is already dead and he is the result of Travis's sick mind.

    Travis, as Gellar's student, became a fan of the professor/writer and, additionally, the "source of inspiration" to his sick ideas.

    Very probably, after having haressed Gellar as an unconditional fan he is, Travis shared his thoughts with the teacher who, obviously would not sponsor his ideas.

    He was then, mostly obliged to get rid of Gellar. However, he could not accept to be apart from the one who was his sole inspiration. So, today he's guided by visions of the chosen one (Gellar's phantom, the one who talks with God).

    On top of all that, Travis (by using the image of the professor)feels redeemed by his sins and reduces his own culpability level/participation in the murders (he's a believer after all).

    He's somewhat like Dex (himself with his inexistent father figure is always validating his misguided actions and choices). Dex builds a "mature" and "reasonable" argument explaining why he needs to get rid of serial/sick killers.

    Travis do the same (with his invisible gourou). He must get rid of sinners, thus must prepare the world to the coming apocalypse. He's a minor servant for making good to humanity.

    So, I'm looking forward to seeing how Dex will deal w/ this killer. I mean if above exposition is "confirmed", Travis is the only Doomsday killer to be blamed and NOT a simple puppet.

    Dexter will be obliged to kill a character who's a bit like himself (guilty but "not guilty?").

    About the story itself, hope that Brother Sam survives and that Quinn be less idiot and more professional.





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  • Predictable and careless writing, anecdotic angel, sloppy editing, Baby Must Die but inspiring friendship, thoughtful duality, pivotal encounter, promising brunette fetishism (Spoilers)

    7.0
    If only season 5 had been the last ! Dex and Lumen could have lived happily ever after and in my opinion it would have made sense even if optimism isn't what defines the show the most. My complain is about the relative predictability and lack of attention to details. After all these years how is it possible not to be picky ? Our favorite serial killer should know better than cutting a papersheet in a book Travis probably knows from beginning to end. Moreover bringing it to his lab in order to match it with the numbers was silly. Considering the episode title I was also expecting some references to comics but beside a split second shot featuring angel wings behind Dex its spirit was nothing like The Dark Defender from season 2. An other issue was how Brother Sam's shooting was rushed when it could have happened right after his bro session with Dex. In general the editing isn't continuous enough. One minute you wonder what Deb and the new detective are doing at the beach house and the next our favorite worshiper prays in a pool of blood. Last but not least most scenes featuring Harrison are enduring and reminiscent of what we had to digest during True Blood's season 4. The only enlightenment concerned the baby stumbling upon Deb's crime photos because it was an obvious reference to Dex's own childhood and of course their birth in blood. But Dexter is far from jumping the shark because its controversial monster has still plenty to offer. First his friendship with Brother Sam quickly grew on us thanks to some crafty character development. Second their discussion reminded me of season 3 as Miguel was Dex's first true best friend. The dual theme of light and darkness is also thoughtful because it binds the story to his Dark Passenger and of course Lumen. An other great thing about this season is Travis because I'm now convinced they were right to cast Colin Hanks. For the moment his role isn't really special but it's easy to relate to his character as we all need to believe in something. It seems Gellar gives sense to his life and until he met Dex he was apparently convinced to work for the greater good. However I'm not satisfied with the fact that his sister has vanished into thin air. Still the introduction of Clarissa Porter (Mariana Klaveno) helped me forget about her because when Batista came for Quinn I really thought she was working for Gellar ! That part was really well staged and quite intense on my side. Will Klaveno be the Courtney Ford of season 666 ? I doubt she's as disturbed as Christine Hill was but she's definitely an interesting addition to the cast. However all these brunettes make things a little too predictable because it's obvious Deb will be involved. Also the fact that Quinn is still enslaved by his libido wasn't entertaining and like Batista we all already know that it will inevitably backfire. To sum things up these impressions of déjà vu and the cons listed prove that the show isn't as fascinating as it used to be. It's still good but when it comes to Dexter I expect to be challenged and shattered !

    Note : This review was first posted on Kritikenstein, my weblog.moreless
  • 605

    7.5
    "The Angel of Death" very well could have been an episode of CSI with how much time was devoted to two cops, Batista and Quinn, following leads about a case, but that does not mean it was a bad episode of television. It was another solid Dexter and while this season has been a little shaky more often than not, the dialogue on this show is always so sharp that even a bit of a filler installment still thoroughly entertained me.moreless
  • Dexter figures out who Travis Marshall is.

    7.0
    I'm not really sure what to think of the final five minutes or so of this week's Dexter. Usually, it takes awhile for Dexter to confront or even discover the bad guy of the season. Season 4 was an exception in a way, except for most of the season, until the last few episodes, Arthur Mitchell has no clue that Dexter is a serial killer. Same goes for Jordan Chase last season. Dexter confronts him sort of early on, but Jordan doesn't know about Dexter until the end.

    Right now, the show is doing something risky by having Dexter directly addressing and attacking Travis Marshall. Travis is clearly a bad guy, and while it's not clear whether or not Geller is a real person or a figment of Travis' imagination yet, Dexter did an incredibly stupid thing by allowing Travis to get away.

    As I said before, I'm not sure how I feel about it. It feels like a really dumb move on Dexter's part, but I'm sure the writers will figure out a way, contrived or not, to get him out of the situation and give him the upper hand.

    More intriguing is the shooting of Brother Sam. Once again, Mos Def did a great job as Sam tonight, and Michael C. Hall was given a chance to give his own little monologue to Sam, this time discussing what he remembers about his mother. There's not too much that Michael C. Hall can lend to the character of Dexter now that we know so much about him, but this was a great scene between the two. Sam getting shot leaves Dexter wide open to get some revenge. I doubt they would kill off Mos Def so early, so it should be fun to see what happens with that.

    As for Travis and Geller's plot, it's still not 100% clear what's going on. We're getting closer and closer to discovering it (looks like it's going to be some sort of religious thing involving the Apocalypse), but right now, we're getting the typical "Batista goes out and looks for clues and finds a couple of things that will lead nowhere for awhile." This time, Quinn comes along and together, they visit an old student of Geller's who used to live with him. Quinn decides he wants to sleep with her, and as a result, him and Batista discover that Geller has been planning these attacks for years. It's a horribly stupid way for the writers to unveil to us new information, but whatever, I'll roll with it.

    I'm still enjoying Deb's new role as lieutenant, mostly because it makes her more of a character than any of the other supporting actors. I didn't care much about her argument with the babysitter, mostly because I don't think the babysitter has the right to get all irritated, but once again, it's something I'm willing to deal with mostly because it's not all that important.

    Also, somebody has to do something about Masuka. C.S Lee is a good actor and I like his character in small doses, but man... giving his character substantial amounts of scenes that take away from Michael C. Hall's is a mistake, regardless of how much of a fan favorite he is.

    I don't know... the episode was good, but I'm not really sure what to think about the direction the season will end up at. That's a good thing and a bad thing. Good because it creates more of a mystery and bad because the journey to get to the end will be that much more confusing.moreless
  • The Angel of Death

    9.0
    The Angel of Death was a superb and very entertaining episode of Dexter and I really enjoyed watching as Dexter and Brother Sam became more acquainted and had a touching moment. Deb continues to be stressed out and discovers a new place might help, which was a good idea but her location choice was kind of disturbing on some level. Dexter was awesome in this episode and I wonder if the newhomicide detective will catch on to him at some point as there was some minor groundwork to that possibility. The story was well written and the scenes of and about Gellar were awesome. Dexter catches his prey only to let him loose which I thought was risky, but I look forward to seeing how things play out in the next episode!!!!!!!

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Mariana Klaveno

Mariana Klaveno

Carissa Porter

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Maree Cheatham

Maree Cheatham

Docent

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Steve Stapenhorst

Steve Stapenhorst

Congenial Narrator

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Aimee Garcia

Aimee Garcia

Jamie Batista

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Billy Brown

Billy Brown

Detective Mike Anderson

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Josh Cooke

Josh Cooke

Louis Greene

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    • At 19 minutes into the episode Dexter is looking for information on Travis Marshall on his computer. The voice-over says he lives on 1742 Vanderan St. but the driver's license clearly visible on screen lists his address as 1026 Vanderan St.


      Also if you check the DOB in the driver licence is 11-24-1977 and was issued on 09-23-1990. That means that Florida's Department Of Motor Vehicles issued a driver licence to a 12 years old kid. Doesn't make sense.

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