Dexter: Argentina Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
In last week’s pivotal moment, Kid sis Deb had her heart set on Dexter acting as her personal avenging angel and gave him a Corleone-type order (more permission) to take out Hannah McKay. Naturally Deb did not realize that Dex did plan an elaborate kill for Hannah but wound up boinking her instead. And that carries over to this week’s episode as a key theme leaving Deb more upset than I expected when Dexter did not acquiesce to her requests. In fact, Deb was so upset with Dexter upon finding out his new upgraded relationship status with Hannah that she told him her big secret—that she’s kind of in love with him herself. It was as awkward a moment as you can expect from the emotionally stunted Morgan kids and Deb manages to make it stick with an incestuous “ick” factor. Dexter as always stores this type of information deep down in the recesses of his brain that can process these types of things. Without making her feel that embarrassed he does what he does best and walks away.
The Kiev Connection is looming with Boss Isaak Sirko still in Miami wanting revenge for his dead lover Victor. Although the Ukrainian’s do not know Isaak’s big secret of who really was to him, they try and distance themselves from the situation by sending in their own man to take out the deposed boss. In a funny scene (for DEXTER I mean), a rival assassin is lurking around Isaak’s apartment just as Dex shows up to off him as well. Halfsies on the kill of Isaak are not agreed upon and the assassin is taken out with a fast and furious slice of the carotid by Dexter’s experienced hand. Ironically Dexter is called in to investigate the very murder that he just committed and it is in scenes like this that Michael C. Hall is at his detached best. While Dexter and Isaak seemingly make peace near the end of the episode in a HEAT-like sitdown in a Miami gay bar, the trailer for the remaining episodes show that Isaak is not just going to leave Miami without a fight.
It was pleasant to see Dexter’s kids return for an episode and see their developmental growth since they left Miami. I always find it interesting the way Dexter can turn the switch on and off with such precision; how he can separate his lives with such fastidious compartmentalization. In the shadows, Captain LaGuerta is putting the pieces together that are slowly tracing Dexter to having a major role in the Bay Harbor Butcher case. But even the seasoned cop that has always had a soft spot for Dexter does not seem to believe what she is finding about her favorite blood spatter analyst. Could she have been so blind? I do not like her odds of getting out of this whole thing alive. The death pool for the remainder of the series for me starts with the easy to kill off Quinn to the “will she survive” LaGuerta. As far as Dexter’s relationship with Hannah, it seems to be one of mutual admiration and one that suits his lifestyle. Although there is a large line of bodies lined up from his previous long-term relationships, this is one girl that he does not have to hide a single thing from. And if it does not work out, his sister is technically not blood-related. No, I take that back. That’s too freaky…
Mania Grade: B+
Episode: Argentina (Season 7, Episode 8)
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter and Desmond Harrington
Written By: James Manos Jr. (developer), Jeff Lindsay (novel)
Directed By: Romeo Tirone