Dexter: Sunshine & Frosty Swirl Review (

By:Jarrett Kruse
Review Date: Tuesday, October 09, 2012

After a bang up job of a season premiere with a killer ending with Dexter revealing to Deb that yes indeed he is a serial killer; we are left with the fallout. After seeing last week’s closing sequence I had the notion that maybe the final scene was a dream sequence but fortunately it was all real. And now devoted sister Lieutenant Deb and her serial killer brother are now joined at the hip. Deb is reeling trying to understand the monster that is her brother while maintaining the most important relationship her life has ever known. All the while she is trying to comprehend “The Code of Harry” and how she was so blind. For all of Deb’s Detective acumen and her own police skills, she feels betrayed and downright stupid that this is something that she did not see in her meteoric rise in the Miami Metro Police Department.
It is Deb’s innate maternal instinct that overcomes her need to uphold the law when she decides to be the “big brother” (or sister in this case) that Dex has never had in his life. She requests that Dex moves in with her so that she can be the ominous eye that watches over her homicidal brother. Deb is intent on seeing that Dex’s “Dark Passenger” does not come to the surface again. However devoted DEXTER-ites know that no matter how trapped Dex may seem to be, he always finds a way. He is constantly a step ahead figuring out what he can do next to satiate his impulses. Forensics wunderkind intern Lewis Greene (Josh Cooke) has seemed a bit “off” since his debut last season and the picture is becoming clearer. Although not as nefarious as Dexter, he too leads a double life that has lead him down a path where he is clearly messing with the wrong blood spatter analyst. He has been on Dex’s radar for some time now and in a scene of “growth” since being caught by Deb, he merely knocks Lewis out with his hypodermic cocktail and leaves him on a bench rather than cut him up and go for a late evening jaunt on the SLICE OF LIFE. See, growth! And we are only in week two.

What I am enjoying from this abbreviated season so far is the masterful way things are being set up for what can be one of the mega-finales in cable history as we watch this arc descend into its final season in 2013. Not only are we dealing with the family dynamic of Deb & Dex having to deal with each other knowing what they know but the subplots are just as compelling. What is Lewis’ end game? How far is LaGuerta going to dig back into the BHB case? Is Dexter going to go all John McClane and take on the Ukranian Mob to satisfy his urges? It is all playing out in a grand operatic fashion that is exceeding my expectations. And that is something rare to say about a program that some consider being long in the tooth and less relevant than when the idea of a DEXTER-type show was so fresh. It is as if the producers have blanketed the narrative with a brand new coating of plastic wrap…if you catch my meaning.


Mania Grade: A
Episode: Sunshine & Frosty Swirl (Episode 2, Season 7)
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren VĂ©lez, David Zayas, James Remar
Written By: Manny Coto
Directed By: Steve Hill
Network: Showtime