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- Episode: Are We There Yet? (Season 8, Episode 8)
- Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington
- Written By: James Manos Jr. (developer), Jeff Lindsay (novel)
- Directed By: Holly Dale
- Network: Showtime
- Studio: Showtime Networks
Dexter: Are We There Yet? Review
I am officially bored
By Jarrett Kruse
August 20, 2013
© Showtime/Bob Trate
I am officially bored with this final season of DEXTER in what I had hoped was going to be a top quality ending to the original program that made SHOWTIME a big time player. Now I feel betrayed by the show that I put so much faith back into after ridiculous plot lines like having Colin Hanks being the bad guy. I have stuck with the show in the good times and the bad times and with just five episodes left, I can honestly say “WTF is going on??” The show has somehow fallen into self-parody and it steals its one clever line from the episode by Zach Hamilton sitting in the back seat of Dexter and Hannah driving as he mutters the call of all kids that have suffered through a long trip with their parents--”are we there yet?” It is the monotonous drone from a spoiled kid from today's search yourself by Googling your own name society to see what comes up and going nuts when you see your name in print.
We are left with none other than Dexter's would be paramour and neighbor Cassie having been killed in very similar fashion to Zach's maiden kill: bludgeoning from behind. Too easy; its just gotta be. Or is it the one zillionth red herring in the Dexter canon? I'm going with the zillionth red herring and the questioning killed as by....The Brain Surgeon? I know what you're thinking: the Brain Surgeon is dead already, right? Well apparently not because not only is he (or she) alive, he is still killing because Dexter just walked in to his apartment with Zach's dead body left on his desk chair with a and almost quarter from his brain. The last person to see Zach was Vogel but she was dropping Zach off at his home. Despite the cheesy sounding name of Miami's newest serial, the funny sounding moniker is prescient again as Zach Hamilton's brains have been scooped out of his skull in mad scientist fashion. It seems like the only interesting character of the season has been killed pushing Doc Vogel back into the limelight and me scratching my head.
If only for a moment I thought that the bigger picture narrative was finally getting back on track with this odd foursome poised to somehow indulge their sickness and lust for for blood by getting the real bad guy. However now I have no idea just who the bad guy is at this point. Or should I say I have no idea who the writers want us to believe is the killer this week. It has become a tedious and boring exercise and an exercise in futility already. Anytime there is something that is moving the narrative in the right direction it seems to take an unneeded step back with barely any time left in the show. Five episodes does not seem like a lot of time to wrap up more what seems like a hell of a lot ground to cover.
I think that last weeks final sequence that leaves Zach banging on Dexter's door with the now deceased Cassie and her boyfriend letting him know that everyone's favorite blood spatter analyst was not home. Zach leave's a simple message for the young couple to leave and it includes the U.S.A.'s favorite four-letter word moniker. Maybe they were just setting us up to just think that Zach was behind Cassie's murder especially considering they were both killed with blunt force trauma to the head. Still they are making it awfully tough to figure out what seems to be a front that Dexter has never had to wade into: boredom. Whoever is the Brain Surgeon, they can also arrest them boredom of a mass audience.. They've got five episodes to prove us wrong...