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  • Episode: What's Eating Dexter Morgan? (Season 8, Episode 3)
  • Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington
  • Written By: James Manos Jr. (developer), Jeff Lindsay (novel)
  • Directed By: Ernest R. Dickerson
  • Network: Showtime
  • Studio: Showtime Networks, John Goldwyn Productions, Colleton Company
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DEXTER: Whats Eating Dexter Morgan? Review

A boilerplate thud

By Jarrett Kruse     July 16, 2013

Dexter Review
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The third episode of Season 8 arrives with a boilerplate thud as the main cast tries to keep things afloat as Dexter continues to investigate the “Brain Surgeon” killer. It just seems that the narrative is being pushed along by a relatively boring bad guy and the machinations that he is bringing to the table. With the help of the creepy Dr. Vogel, Dexter is attempting to find just who is after the good doctor (and him) and how it ties into the current narrative. Vogel continues to be surprised by Dexter’s code and how he does not seem to fit the cookie cutter code of just what a psychopath is. The doctor marvels at how Dexter is perfect as a psychopath despite his abandoning what is the classic M.O. for his personality type. With the help of one of Vogel’s books, Dexter is attempting to investigate just who is after the two of them. Is it the Brain Surgeon or one of Vogel’s old clients that has fallen off the wagon and is killing again. It is intriguing at best but a little hokey for an eighth season villain. The baddie leaves pieces of brain for Vogel and Dexter so obviously he knows that the two are working together. Still it is a mystery if the Brain Surgeon killer that Miami Metro is looking for is the same lunatic that is after Vogel and Dex. Problem is I don’t really care a heck of a lot that the former patient of Vogel’s and self-professed exercise guru is the man they are after. I know that when push comes to shove that Dexter can easily take out the stalker that is leaving pieces of brain as clues. My first guess is that the stalker is leaving similar clues as the Brain Surgeon to throw off Dexter and Vogel. When Dexter investigates a former client of Vogel’s he finds that he is a cannibal that is marinating body parts in his neat Miami home. Pretty nauseating but definitely not the killer that is leaving the clues for Dexter and Vogel. Soon the exercise guru is up on Dexter’s table and taken care of without much fanfare. All it felt like was just a regular old kill for Dexter and that it was easy to call what was going to happen.

Debra continues to slide down the rabbit hole as she is picked up on a DUI and is helped by former boyfriend Quinn. She seems to be getting worse and worse as the post-traumatic stress disorder heightens as her world begins to collapse in on itself. Jennifer Carpenter is wonderful playing Deb as she continues to deteriorate and desperately tries to get a toe hold on her life. When she tries to come clean to Quinn at Miami Metro, she begins to write a confession that she in fact killed LaGuerta and is responsible for what happened in that trailer in last year’s finale. Quinn, knowing that Deb is falling apart calls Dexter who comes to the station with Vogel in tow and doses his kid sister and escapes with her out the back exit of Miami Metro. If there is one thing that Dexter is good at it is self-preservation above all else. 

Vogel is proving to be an excellent partner to Dexter but there is something stirring underneath that is just plain creepy. The doctor marvels as Dexter and just how he goes against the grain of what a classic psychopath does and how they act. As co-creator of Harry’s Code, Vogel feels an innate responsibility to Dexter and continues to be fascinated at her pupil’s code and she is desperate to learn more about the anomaly that is Dexter. While there is plenty of shock value (garlic sauced brain anyone?), the episode falls flat as an overall stepping stone to the next part of the narrative. Dexter is always a solid sleuth on his own but with the tandem of Vogel he seems to be more on edge making sure that he can maintain the control that he is so used to. 

Dr. Vogel seems to be enjoying her role as she falls deeper into the underbelly of her field. It is the ultimate rush to be working with Dexter in trying to capture a killer. She is getting a high by being involved in the game of cat and mouse but I do not think that she knows what she is getting into. While it is watchable TV, I have not really cared yet about the hokey “Brain Surgeon” killer and it seems to be acting as the only thing that is keeping Vogel and Dex together. Deb really seems to steal the episode as she continues to do her best to live with herself after shooting LaGuerta last season. Even when she tries to confess, it falls apart at the hands of Dexter and Vogel. I am not really sure what the movie-related episode title has to do with anything but it just seems to fall short of the runway while trying to stick the landing. The narrative is moved along but with a quarter of the season already being in the can, I was just hoping for more closure than we have seen thus far. Maybe next week…


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blankczech 7/16/2013 10:40:05 AM

 The Dexter thread used to get multiple web pages full of Maniac comments...and now gets very few.  I'm not sure why...could it be the skyrocketing costs of premium channels like Showtime.

So far this may be my least favorite season of Dex (and that's saying something) but it's early and I'm hoping that changes.  

I'm following three dramatic series that air at 9 PM on Sunday evening (thanks to my DVR and On Demand), they are True Blood, The Killing and Dexter.  In my opinion Dexter is the weakest of the 3.

The Dr. Vogel character is pure slime and I don't like the way Dex kowtows to her.  You can go a lifetime without ever being called perfect... but when someone tells a relatively intelligent person that they are perfect the usual reaction is...What do you want?  When Vogel said that the prime directive of the code was self preservation and asked Dexter why he didn't kill his sister...he should have instantly split the scene...that hag is nothing but trouble.

Vogel also implied that a psycopath is incapable of love...a perfect spot for Dex to remember the love of his life from last season...but  strangely the writers continue to keep Hannah McKay out this seasons story.

ddiaz28 7/16/2013 11:42:26 AM

Hannah will show up at some point I'm sure.  I can't wait for that.  And I really enjoy Dexter's dynamic with Vogel.  He's always had Harry around in his head which is really himself technically so it's cool to see Dex's reaction to a mother figure in his life who seems to love him unconditianally just as she told Dex that Deb loved him that way.  Vogel seems like she's expects Dexter to fit the exact psycopath mold she's used to but she's starting to notice differences and I think Dex already knows he's a different kind of psycho and that has been his journey through this whole series.  He's discovering that he can truly love and have empathy for those he cares about.  I'm still waiting for a big baddy to emerge since this Brain Surgeon guy doesn't seem all that scary yet.  I'm assuming Vogel might turn around and be the antagonist.  And Jennifer Carpenter is just stellar as always.  The whole scene in the precinct was awesome.  I loved when Dex syringed her and Vogel was just like "Ooh, that's interesting".  That made me chuckle.

jdiggitty 7/16/2013 1:22:52 PM

 Is this the last season? 

ddiaz28 7/16/2013 6:22:29 PM

Yes it is.

rkngl 7/17/2013 12:15:27 AM

If you haven't noticed, this season is becoming a sort of "response" to Hannibal. This week's killer is a cannibal whose victims are eaten; even the relationship between Dexter and Vogel mirrors the relationship between Hannibal and Graham, or Hannibal and his psychiatrist. But, in the end, Dexter proves to be much worse and much more dangerous than the cannibal/Hannibal. LIke the writer's are saying, "Hannibal, eat my shorts! Dexter Rules! Pwned!"

TheSilentKiller 7/18/2013 12:56:20 AM

 So I think Vogel is the big bad, and the real villain here. Do I think she's the brain surgeon? Not at all.

I think she's a sociopath, who is working to morph Dexter to be a perfect psychopath. He'll end up killing Deb, or contemplating it, before recognizing what a monster he's become.

Season ends with Vogel on the table, but not sure what happens to Dex. I think he goes to prison, but I could see them giving him a "happy" ending.

redhairs99 7/18/2013 8:57:49 AM

I thought Vogel was just playing Dex at first with the phone calls about an intruder in her home and secret DVDs being left for her, then they had the supposed "Brain Surgeon" call her, so I'm guessing that's out the door.  Still I'm sure something else is up with Vogel.  I'm with SilentKiller that she's the "big bad" this season.  Just not sure exactly yet, what her end game is other than to maybe reveal Dexter to the public, have him put in the pyscho-ward where she can continue to study him and write a new book about "Creating The Perfect Pyschopath."

jd25u 7/20/2013 7:53:24 PM

 Put me in for the vote for Vogel as the big bad.  As far as the movie reference in the Title of this episode ... "What's Eating Dexter Morgan" ..... seriously, you can see no connection from this episode to that title.  Dexter is struggling with how to deal with Deb and Vogel, and this particular episode features a canibalist .... I get it.



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