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  • 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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DEXTER: Make Your Own Kind of Music Review

Getting closer to the very end

By Jarrett Kruse     August 27, 2013

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.


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blankczech 8/27/2013 8:38:44 AM

  Dialog from this episode-

Dexter: Deb can Hannah hide out in your home. Deb: Sure Dexter. I don't mind that she murdered the journalist I was dating and tried to kill me. I'll even let her prepare my dinner, despite the fact that she poisons people and has drugged me on more than one occasion.

Angel Batista: Deb we'd love to have you back on the force. Deb: Let me think about it. I'm not sure if the person who murdered your ex-wife and is aiding and abetting a couple of serial killers would make a good cop.

This is the kind of ridiculous writing we are getting on Dexter this season. Jarrett gives it an A- but I give it an F.

By the real life (I'll grant you this show has nothing to do with real life)...if you discover that your son or brother is killing people it's your civic responsibility to turn him over to the police. That's how they caught Ted Kaczynski the Una-bomber. His brother tipped off the cops.

DarkXid 8/27/2013 2:18:13 PM

 I don't know, if I found out my brother was killing attorneys...and only attorneys, I think I'd probably let him. 

wish 8/27/2013 2:20:46 PM

blank: all good points, this show has taken a huge fall for it's final season.  Heartbreaking to see this show turn so shitty.

Ryodin 8/28/2013 6:03:33 AM

DarkXid makes a good point. If I found out my brother was only killing serial killers and criminals who skip incarceration due to technical errors in processing ... I would consider him damn near a superhero! At least give him a high five.

ddiaz28 8/28/2013 7:32:04 AM

It's obvious that Deb has blinders on when it comes to Dexter.  They've made it pretty damned clear that she loves him unconditionally.  She killed Laguerta for him, so letting Hannah stay at her house because Dexter asked her isn't out of the question at all.  And she acknowledges the ridiculousnes of her eating Hannah's food.  But Hannah knows at this point, harming Deb in any way will only harm her chances with Dex.  I love that they've decided to get out of Miami together with Harrison.  The question is will Dexter end with a "happy" ending or will Dexter's story end up in Shakespearean tragedy?  I'm enjoying the final season very much. 

swisshammer 8/29/2013 8:46:45 PM

All the episodes up to this point seemed aimless and confused. At least they seem like they're reigning it in for the final haul.

SmokingFrog77 9/9/2013 3:36:33 AM

I've enjoyed this season so far, they've taken some interesting plot routes, and the threads seem to be pulling together nicely. Civic responsibility or not, this show is about moral and ethical conflicts as much as anything else. Even if it'd be a more realistic plot element having Deb hand Dex in immediately (as would Dex setting of a BURGLAR ALARM once in a while), that's not what the story is about. This season hasn't grabbed my by the balls yet, but the buildup is pretty masterful - IF they bring it home with the finale. If they don't it'll all be pretty disappointing. I'm preparing myself for the dramatic comeuppance for Dexter's murderin' ways, but if Showtime can convince audiences to accept a protagonist who's a psychopath and a serial killer, maybe they'll get away with a 'happy ending' for Dex. Whatever it is, I just hope it's unexpected.



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