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DEXTER: Are you? Review

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  • Episode: Are You...? Episode 1, Season 7
  • Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas, James Remar
  • Written By: Scott Buck
  • Directed By: John Dahl
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DEXTER: Are you? Review

Episode 1, Season 7

By Jarrett Kruse     October 02, 2012

DEXTER is one of those rare shows that comes along with such an insane premise that you have to wonder what the pitch meeting was like. “It’s about a serial killer that kills serial killers…” But it hit and it took off and struck a chord with our voyeuristic 21st Century culture. Still, since 2006 Showtime has watched the success of DEXTER blow up and now it culminates in the series’ final arc starting wit Season 7. Some Dexter-ites were adamant that the show had run its course after Season 5 but I personally have continued to enjoy the exploits of everyone’s favorite Miami Metro blood spatter analyst that moonlights as a very dedicated serial killer. Perhaps it is the VERY dark humor that Michal C. Hall’s voice-overs brings or his detached manner playing the character. Maybe it is the constant threat of watching Dex be so close to getting caught all of these years. Either way, it is definitely time to wrap up the series after Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), Dex’s sister and closest confidante (and Lieutenant of Miami Metro) witnesses her older brother murder the Doomsday Killer in the Season 6 finale.
Whatever worries we had about the last two seasons, they are wiped away in as good an opener of a series finale year ever. Although adhering to “The Code of Harry” all this time, Dexter has gotten sloppy whether he cares to admit it or not. This is what led to Deb discovering his in process murder of DDK and the serious fallout it is creating. And Deb is not just letting this go; she is too good a cop for that and by the end of the episode we realize just how good. Dexter’s primary function in maintaining his extracurricular activities has been self-preservation and control. Clearly his grip on his Dark Passenger is loosening and judging by the Season 7 preview, this can only end badly. Or good depending on how you look at it.
I always believed that Dex’s day job as the affable blood-spatter analyst and his cop family is what kept him grounded in separating his job from his work. Now that Deb has opened the door into that world, it is a house of cards waiting to collapse. After getting Deb to aid him in the cover-up of his murder of DDK by burning down the site of the crime, Dexter goes back to business as usual. However, his ritual was interrupted leaving sloppy work and his coveted blood slide trophy behind. When Miami Metro descends on the scene, tough as nails top cop Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Velez—sometimes scarier than Dexter) locates a charred blood slide and begins her own investigation. What I thought worked best in the season premiere is that it looks that the relationships that Dexter has tried so hard to keep “normal” all of these years are starting to crumble. Realizing that the people he holds close are cops first and friends second would be a prudent decision to make—sooner than later. Still, it is making for great TV. From The Ice Truck Killer to Trinity to DDK, Dexter is finally going to have to deal with the most evil of all. His name is also Dexter…


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TheSilentKiller 10/2/2012 5:39:30 AM

 I've been waiting for this moment. In the books, his sister has known since the first one.

DaveFu50 10/2/2012 6:13:01 AM

Happy to help Jarrett! Screw the deep end, this season jumped out of a plane into the ocean with no parachute or life vest. I have no idea how this season is going to play out big picture for Dex and Deb. I LOVE IT!

DarkXid 10/2/2012 6:51:13 AM

* It's a Spoiler*

I was not happy with this episode to begin with.

In previous seasons, Dexter lies to keep something secret from others is always played up for drama in Dexter, often over the course of several episodes.

Yes, it would be boring if he always got away with his crimes with no chance of him ever being discovered, but it is something the producers of Dexter always seem to try and stretch out. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

The previews played up the "how will Dexter give a good explanation and keep Deb in the dark about who he truly is?"

I was not looking forward to that little game this season. It's been done before. It is getting old. I had a feeling I would hate the season if they strung Debra along over the season thinking Dexter’s killing at the end of the last season was an ‘error in judgement’ on Dexter’s part. Making Deb look like a total dumbass.

Deb questioning his story didn't play out over several episodes, or the season, it played out over an episode. Deb is a detective, she saw past Dexter's game, and asked him THE QUESTION.

"Are you a serial killer?"

And he said "Yes."

And to me, that is why I agree this episode deserves an "A."

InnerSanctum 10/2/2012 8:35:55 AM

 I honestly had grown so weary of this show that, as I was flipping channels, I just skipped over this season premier.  Just seemed to have lost its "umph" over the years and I couldn't help but sigh and move on.  I had the same feeling with Weeds two years ago.  I couldn't even bring myself to finish up that season.  Maybe I'll give Dexter another chance.  Never read the books, so maybe the next couple of seasons will wrap it up (no pun intended.)  

redhairs99 10/2/2012 9:27:17 AM

I really thought that ending of this week's episode was something in Dexter's mind at first, but I'm very glad that it appears to have actually happened.

Great episode, by far one of the best episodes of the series.  Finally, you have Maria and Deb actually thinking like cops and doing some detecting rather than just letting things slip right passed them.

As to the review, this isn't the final season from my understanding.  It was announced some time ago that this was the second to last season with Season 8 being the end next year.  With that said, I've also seen reports where the network or the producers said they could definitely see the show continuing passed next season.

Chopsaki 10/2/2012 12:11:14 PM

The more I think about it the more I think it dosen't really matter how much more Deb uncovers about Dex. Shes now an accessory to murder.  I guess the real question is what's her next move?

blankczech 10/3/2012 6:14:37 PM

 I've grown tired of Dexter.

I was hoping this would be the final season of the show.

I've invested too much time in the series to leave it before it ends, but I've grown tired of Dexter's pyscopathic behavior, so the show doesn't entertain me as it once did.

The original author hasn't stopped writing about his creation and while the TV series has veered away from the books I don't think Showtime can come up with it's own unauthorized ending / resolution to this tale.

So apparently I'm stuck with at least two more seasons of this series.



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