DEXTER: Are you? Review (

By:Jarrett Kruse
Review Date: Tuesday, October 02, 2012

DEXTER is one of those rare shows that comes along with such an insane premise that you have to wonder what the pitch meeting was like. “It’s about a serial killer that kills serial killers…” But it hit and it took off and struck a chord with our voyeuristic 21st Century culture. Still, since 2006 Showtime has watched the success of DEXTER blow up and now it culminates in the series’ final arc starting wit Season 7. Some Dexter-ites were adamant that the show had run its course after Season 5 but I personally have continued to enjoy the exploits of everyone’s favorite Miami Metro blood spatter analyst that moonlights as a very dedicated serial killer. Perhaps it is the VERY dark humor that Michal C. Hall’s voice-overs brings or his detached manner playing the character. Maybe it is the constant threat of watching Dex be so close to getting caught all of these years. Either way, it is definitely time to wrap up the series after Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), Dex’s sister and closest confidante (and Lieutenant of Miami Metro) witnesses her older brother murder the Doomsday Killer in the Season 6 finale.
Whatever worries we had about the last two seasons, they are wiped away in as good an opener of a series finale year ever. Although adhering to “The Code of Harry” all this time, Dexter has gotten sloppy whether he cares to admit it or not. This is what led to Deb discovering his in process murder of DDK and the serious fallout it is creating. And Deb is not just letting this go; she is too good a cop for that and by the end of the episode we realize just how good. Dexter’s primary function in maintaining his extracurricular activities has been self-preservation and control. Clearly his grip on his Dark Passenger is loosening and judging by the Season 7 preview, this can only end badly. Or good depending on how you look at it.
I always believed that Dex’s day job as the affable blood-spatter analyst and his cop family is what kept him grounded in separating his job from his work. Now that Deb has opened the door into that world, it is a house of cards waiting to collapse. After getting Deb to aid him in the cover-up of his murder of DDK by burning down the site of the crime, Dexter goes back to business as usual. However, his ritual was interrupted leaving sloppy work and his coveted blood slide trophy behind. When Miami Metro descends on the scene, tough as nails top cop Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Velez—sometimes scarier than Dexter) locates a charred blood slide and begins her own investigation. What I thought worked best in the season premiere is that it looks that the relationships that Dexter has tried so hard to keep “normal” all of these years are starting to crumble. Realizing that the people he holds close are cops first and friends second would be a prudent decision to make—sooner than later. Still, it is making for great TV. From The Ice Truck Killer to Trinity to DDK, Dexter is finally going to have to deal with the most evil of all. His name is also Dexter…

Mania Grade: A
Episode: Are You...? Episode 1, Season 7
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren VĂ©lez, David Zayas, James Remar
Written By: Scott Buck
Directed By: John Dahl
Network: Showtime