While last week’s final season opener was not big on the “Wow Factor” save for the last scene, the DEXTER gang make up for a so-so beginning with a rebound second episode. I think that the two episodes actually can be considered a two-parter because it takes that long to really have the characters seep into to Dex’s psyche and just how the people close on his radar are acting in Season 8. While I was not thrilled the reveal of Dr. Vogel last week, I was floored at what was next. You can outrun the past for a good long while and Dexter realizes what he as by episode two’s finale—a mother figure is now on the scene filling a void that not even Harry could fill.
The Dr. Vogel spin on just exactly who she is a big sucker punch that I really did not see or even ponder as a possibility. Vogel has known Dexter, or known of Dexter I should say for over 30 years. It turns out that the late Harry turned to the creepy doctor’s guidance when it came to his concern over his son’s morbid obsession from an early age. So in retrospect Harry was not the only architect of “Harry’s Code,” he was the co-writer. The “co” belongs to his doctor counterpart and all of the unnerving sessions that Harry approved all those years ago. If Harry was the father then Vogel was most definitely the mother that created the monster; albeit with rules. It is odd to watch Dexter’s comfort level with the doctor and it only lends to lighten the mood a bit as she tries to rationalize her way out of being responsible for any of Dex’s victims. It is odd to see someone as intrigued with psychopathic methodologies as Dexter and he finds a creepy if not kindred spirit in Doctor Vogel. It seems that the viewing sessions that Dexter and Vogel are having an effect on the new “Brain Surgeon” killer that is tearing a part of brain out of their victims. It is truly chilling when in the final scenes that her Dexter share a DVD of this new killer and his “style” of sickness. It’s not the video that was so disturbing (nothing for Dexter) but the touchy feely nature of Dr. Fogel and her new patient as the two embrace. Looks like Dexter will be a tandem deal as we sign off ten weeks from now.
Deb is doing her best to cover up Dexter’s murder of Briggs and returns to Miami with more weight than when she left. When the hitman El Sapo catches up to Deb, the overpowering thug takes Deb down but it looks like she went a little apeshit in retaliation by double-tapping Sapo at the wheel. And she got her own blood on a piece of glass in Sapo’s car. Naturally Miami Metro is investigating the crime Quinn is quick to investigate her last skip-trace. Before she can spill, Dex saves her from any further unraveling. When the two Morgan’s are outside of the station Dexter sees how unraveled his sis has become making an idle threat to him that if she goes down it will be nothing to compared to the demise of a criminal like Dexter. Jennifer Carpenter continues to get some top notch material in the final season and her tailspin makes for great TV.
Again in the background this week are Quinn and Batista who are sizing up each other about the former dating his kid sister. Everybody seems to want to do right by Quinn and it is high time he listen to someone else besides concentrating his efforts on which new Miami babe to bag. I do like that Angel and Quinn are given their due and there was a moment when I really thought that she was getting under Joey’s skin as looking good for the murder of El Sapo. I like that Deb is now involved by default in a major homicide case that she didn’t even ask for. I think it is a good vehicle to get her back on the beat. But she will still have to make good being a cop with a brother on the force that is a monster. Vogel continues to remind us that there are worse monsters in the world and I guess she would know it. The fact that she was seeing Harry for such an extended period of time during Dexter’s indoctrination is puzzling and I have to think that she somehow she played a bigger part in what made him so unique. I think it’s safe to say that we are back on track into the gist of what the season will be about and that it is about reaping what we sow.