DEXTER: Make Your Own Kind of Music Review (Mania.com)

By:Jarrett Kruse
Review Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Source: Mania.com

Maybe it is that we are getting closer to the very end of DEXTER that they have saved the best arc for last. The last few episodes, in this critics opinion have been shy of the quality we are used to. Things seemed muddled and messy last week when DEXTER was SHOWTIME's only only big original show of ratings clout to deal with. Now there is Californication, Shameless and even Ray Donovan on Dex's tail, it might be a good time to put the nail in the proverbial coffin but not without some signature DEXTER panache.

As if the late Mama Cass's opus “Make Your Own Kind of Music” was not eerie enough on its own, it falls into the super creepy category as it mosses itself over the episode. A far cry from last week's lightweight and ho-hum“Are We There Yet?”, this episode is a viscous game of cat and mouse. After the major brain-ectomy of the young apprentice Zach Hamilon (a character that was really growing on me) at the end of last week, it is fascinating to watch Vogel and Dex work a crime scene together. But wait, Zach learned a bit in his short tenure as Dex's padawan. In his struggle for life, Zach left a final clue, an homage to his master. What he pulls from the crime scene is a bloodied hair that Dexter does not realize the gravity of the bloodied remains he has found.

When Dexter does his Mitochondrial analysis, he finds that the killers mother was none other than...wait for it, wait for it—none other than good old Dr. Evelyn Vogel. Dexter approaches the good doctor that she is the familial match, Vogel is startled...or is she? I will say this, Charlotte Rampling is one spooky actress. She embodies the part of Vogel and she genuinely brings it home every episode. . After disclosing that the match was familial she was startled (or at least seems to be) In a different life, she had two boys and a husband and after losing one son to an alleged drowning in the family pool, Vogel knew better and that her eldest, Daniel was a psychopathic killer even as young kid. His lack of empathy and sense of right and wrong were warped and Vogel always suspected something was “off” with the drowning of her youngest.

After the authorities believe there to be no foul play involved, Daniel was admitted to a full time institution in England. Dr. Vogel went on and flourished in her career with Daniel being the catalyst that got her intrigued in psychopathy and an obsession with serial killers. Dexter's neighbor Cassie that was killed mysteriously by bludgeoning is still on the loose but one of the first people that arrived at the police scene and grief-stricken was the doting boyfriend Oliver Saxon. Seemingly harmless guy except his hair matches that of his mothers: his mom being Dr. Evelyn Vogel. Whoa. 

In a heart to heart with Vogel, she regales in a wanton story of sadness, the doctor speaks of her past and that the mental institution where Daniel was admitted died in a gleaming blaze of fire set on the hospital. It is so interesting to see Vogel's reactions as she and Dex plan to go find him, drug him and take him to a facility. First they sit and have some tea and you just know whats next. With a little Hannah help with one of her magic potions, Dex doses the good doctor's tea. Dex tails Oliver to the diner she used to take young Daniel. Since the psycho has spyware on Vogel's computer, he knows Vogel's every move. I think he knew that this was a setup. But this kid is smart and doesn't fall for Dex's act and know he was being tailed--cutting Dexter's tires for good measure.

What I thought was so interesting in this particular episode is that Hannah since killing her gazillionaire abusive husband, she has taken refuge in the arms of Dexter. A couple of strikes against Hannah are working against her but Dex finds it in his heart to assist the damsel in distress. After all, we do crazy things for love. She is being hunted all over Florida but with the help of Dexter eludes both Miami Metro and the U.S. Marshals. The funniest and kind of ridiculous scene is when Deb gets home from work and sees Dex & Hannah waiting there. In perfect Deb fashion she spews her signature expletives as Dex asks his kid sis if his ex-gf that tried to kill them both can bunk at her place for a few nights. Hysterical. Later, Deb and Hannah actually have dinner made by the latter which is funny in all sorts of ways.

When Dexter goes back to an angry Vogel for being drugged, she wants nothing to do with him. The finale is too good to give away but Vogel's maternal skills marvel me. I don't know whats real and whats not, who's on who's side, etc. I feel like Nice Guy Eddie after the robbery in RESERVOIR DOGS. It is an awesome feeling and something as a writer we hope for in every review we put on paper. Tick-Tock goes the clock and we all make our own kind of music.


Mania Grade: A-
Episode: Make Your Own Kind of Music (Season 8, Episode 9)
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington
Written By: James Manos Jr. (developer), Jeff Lindsay (novel)
Directed By: Not listed
Network: Showtime
Studio: Showtime Networks, John Goldwyn Productions, Colleton Company
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