DEXTER: Run Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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As the season of truth continues, the layers of what Dexter will do to protect himself become thicker. As Deb continues to process what she knows about her big brother she seems to becoming more unchained. Her own moral code, far from the “Code of Harry” is weighing her down. She is becoming cynical and jaded at the system she is an integral part of and although not yet on Team Dexter, Deb is unraveling. It is in this core relationship that continues to be examined with such scrutiny as the narrative puts the viewer in a “what would you do to uphold justice” position. It is becoming clearer that Deb is starting to not just understand Dexter better but sees that his way of expediting the bad guys can cut through the bureaucratic red tape.
The Ukranian connection continues to get more serious but is playing out as an almost separate and much less important storyline. Dexter can take on many but an entire crime syndicate seems unlikely. Slowly they are molding this part of the narrative into something that is workable. Right now it just seems to be a malaise of clichés of what we see about foreign mobs on most crime shows. Until they settle on where they are taking it, the subplot is detracting from the Dexter-centric stories that are more appealing for die-hard fans.
I do think that while it is in an interesting angle to involve a foreign crime organization especially in a port city like Miami, I cannot help but think that it is a little hacky and unnecessary for Dexter’s pedigree. It always seems that there is a “mob du jour” in the pop culture lexicon and this week it happens to be the Ukranian & Kiev connection. It may start to take shape in the bigger picture but right now it just feels like filler despite the superb acting of Ray Stevenson.
The episode entitled “Run” is an ominous choice for the name of this segment. Not only is Deb running from her solemn oath to uphold the law, Dexter is seeing that after an entanglement with Speltzer he is not as in control as he prefers. When a police dash video of Speltzer’s arrest exonerates him putting him back on the streets, Deb is at her boiling point. The “Maze Monster” is free to kill again but in a second encounter with him, the steroid infused monster is not so lucky. Although Dexter expedites him in his usual fashion with a through the heart kill, he also sends him into an incinerator along with his beloved blood slides. In a way he is letting go of the past and starting fresh. After the kill, Deb confides to Dex that the smoke pluming out makes her feel glad. Glad that justice was done. It looks like the family business is slowly growing.
Mania Grade: B-
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas, James Remar
Written By: Wendy West
Directed By: John Dahl