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  • Episode: This Little Piggie (Season 8, Episode 5)
  • Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
  • Written By: James Manos Jr. (developer), Jeff Lindsay (novel)
  • Directed By: Romeo Tirone
  • Network: SHOWTIME
  • Studio: Showtime Networks, John Goldwyn Productions,
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DEXTER: This Little Piggie Review

Where the mess continues

By Jarrett Kruse     July 31, 2013

Dexter Review
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After last week’s episode that ended in a car disaster we move back onto dry land where the mess continues. I am just not getting the narrative of this season’s DEXTER and to be honest I am filled with disappointment. After Dexter’s vow that he and Dr. Vogel’s relationship would be severed once they caught the alleged “Brain Surgeon” killer. He swore that as soon as Yates is in custody, that their relationship will most definitely be over. It felt real when he said it but now less than a full episode later (and a car crash to be fair), he is back on Vogel’s couch. We quickly cut to a family therapy opening with Dexter, Debra and Dr. Vogel running the session which forced me to just say, “What??” It was an odd twist that I really did not get and nor did it feel organic and natural and was more like a forced plot device to keep Vogel in the storyline. 

It was odd and a little strange to suddenly see Dex and Deb sitting there like two petulant siblings taking their cues from Dr. Vogel. I am sure she is a terrific therapist but I did not buy the good doctor as “family counselor.” Granted these are extenuating circumstances and the Morgans’ only option in their hour of need but it just seemed a far cry from Vogel’s real agenda. Watching Deb and Dexter sit there working out their serious problems with a seriously biased therapist was a huge oversight. They were discussing these massive issues as if they were talking about banal couple issues like “he doesn’t put the seat down,” “She’s withholding sex,” “She never makes me dinner,” etc. It certainly did not have a life or death weight that the scene demanded to elevate the session to dire heights. Instead it just collapses in on itself despite Vogel being able to extrapolate what she could out of the session for her own selfish gain. Her fascination with the mind of Dexter is borderline obsession.  It was odd because between last week’s Deb driving off the road but this week’s Deb is the pro-therapy and sister of the year so it all just did not fit well.

The man that is suspected to be the Miami “Brain Surgeon” is an ex-client of Vogel’s named Yates and he is nowhere near the level of villains that we have dealt with in the DEXTER canon. Upon Yates kidnapping Dr. Vogel in a violent home invasion, Deb and Dex leap into action and for the first time little sis sees her brother do what he does best. After saving the day and killing Yates, there is nary a reaction from Deb making me scratch my head again thinking that he could have told his sister his secret years ago and had her as his plucky sidekick all this time. Now between Dr. Vogel, Dexter and Deb it all seems like some kind of twisted “Brady Bunch” of total and complete lunacy. Dexter even goes so far as taking Deb and Vogel on the “Slice of Life” to proudly show his post-kill tradition. They stand calmly with the sweet Miami breeze blowing and none of them seem to be showing an ounce of emotion. If anything Deb and Vogel are now full-time players in this game that Dexter has been playing for years.

While I believe that the Brain Surgeon is now extricated with seven full episodes left we are left to wonder just who will be the final challenger to Dexter. The puzzle is intriguing to be fair but the layers are getting stuck together like when you are reading a really good book and your fingers can’t seem to flip the page unless you moisten your fingers. It becomes an exercise where you begin to imagine just exactly why we have invested such a massive amount of time in the Dexter mythos. It is still entertaining but when I look at the whole I can’t help but feel disappointed this season thus far. The subplots are tediously boring with Masuka having possibly fathered a daughter when he donated his essence back in college. Quinn and Miller have both passed their Sergeant’s exam and just seem to be waiting for Batista to make his new choice for the position.

The other underbelly of the what looks to be the new and final arc lies within a wealthy Miami family and a murder that shrouds Matthews and Metro PD. I honestly hope that it is not the final phase simply because these “society murders” in modern TV history prove to be so cliché with wealthy killers lawyering up and getting nothing but a slap on the wrist. I am hopeful that Dexter ends begins by building some momentum as we near the halfway point of the final season. I do sincerely find that the brother-sister dyad is interesting now that they are working through their issues. But man, talk about issues! It is a tough sell now that everything is already “OK” with the Morgan’s. It is difficult for me to think of a shocker storyline short of Harry being alive all of these years that would l have my jaw on the floor. Pretty doubtful that that will happen but I am in it for the long haul and sincerely want the final season’s ship to be righted. Soon. Yes, soon would be good.


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blankczech 7/31/2013 8:17:05 AM

 A story is only as good as it's ending and so far Dexter is ending very poorly.  I can't remember back to when TV series stopped telling an entire story in each episode (sometimes a story would be continued in a second episode) and instead became continuous story arcs but I'm starting to appreciate the old style more and more as these neverending rambling tales go no where (never reaching a climax) and ending in ridiculous fashion (like Lost or the Sopranos).  I'm wondering how many seasons it will take before I start to grow sick of the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.

I was sad when HBO's Deadwood and Rome series ended.  I enjoyed those shows and wanted more, but looking back I'm a little glad now that they ended when they did instead of going on and on until they became something that was almost unwatchable like this show (Dexter).  

The Dr. Vogel character (the psyco analyst who loves psycho-killers) is like something out of a comic book (she's not a real person).  I cringe evey time she talks.  I was really enjoying Jennifer Carpenter's acting in the first few episodes until she started hanging with Vogel who has had no trouble convincing her that cop killers aren't  bad people.  Given the fact that many of Vogel's former patients are running around south florida slicing, dicing and eating people I'm surprised someone hasn't suggested that she's not very good at her job.  Putting little Dex in an institution would have been a much better solution than the code.  I'm still thinking that in the end we'll learn that Vogel is the worst villain of all for creating these monsters and unleashing them on society (but I don't know if I care much how it plays out).

redhairs99 7/31/2013 9:31:45 AM

blankczech, most dramas on TV have adopted the soap opera story structure of season-long arcs and episodic tv.  Most sitcoms don't do this.  Although, some may do it now.  I don't really watch too many sitcoms.  The only one I watch with any regularity is Big Bang Theory and while their are some arcs that stretch out over the course of a few episodes, the season or multiple seasons, it's mostly something different each week.  The only drama I can think of that didn't do the soap opera style story arcs was maybe Law and Order.  There may be a storyline here or there but from the ones I recall watching, you really didn't have to know anything about what happened last week or last month or last year to follow the story.

hfc7036 7/31/2013 7:06:23 PM

This is the calm before the storm.  The writer's are setting us up for a big bang.  I don't know if that bang will be big, but I think it's too early to call this a disaster.  I see the biggest set up with our newest Sergent on the beat, who now has incentive to solve a case that could, and probably will lead to Dexter, and who he really is.  Imagine what would happen if Dexter had to kill him.  OUCH!  Just wait for it guys.  I don't think we'll be let down at all.



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