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Dexter: Sunshine & Frosty Swirl Review

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  • Episode: Sunshine & Frosty Swirl (Episode 2, Season 7)
  • Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas, James Remar
  • Written By: Manny Coto
  • Directed By: Steve Hill
  • Network: Showtime
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Dexter: Sunshine & Frosty Swirl Review

Episode 2, Season 7

By Jarrett Kruse     October 09, 2012

After a bang up job of a season premiere with a killer ending with Dexter revealing to Deb that yes indeed he is a serial killer; we are left with the fallout. After seeing last week’s closing sequence I had the notion that maybe the final scene was a dream sequence but fortunately it was all real. And now devoted sister Lieutenant Deb and her serial killer brother are now joined at the hip. Deb is reeling trying to understand the monster that is her brother while maintaining the most important relationship her life has ever known. All the while she is trying to comprehend “The Code of Harry” and how she was so blind. For all of Deb’s Detective acumen and her own police skills, she feels betrayed and downright stupid that this is something that she did not see in her meteoric rise in the Miami Metro Police Department.
It is Deb’s innate maternal instinct that overcomes her need to uphold the law when she decides to be the “big brother” (or sister in this case) that Dex has never had in his life. She requests that Dex moves in with her so that she can be the ominous eye that watches over her homicidal brother. Deb is intent on seeing that Dex’s “Dark Passenger” does not come to the surface again. However devoted DEXTER-ites know that no matter how trapped Dex may seem to be, he always finds a way. He is constantly a step ahead figuring out what he can do next to satiate his impulses. Forensics wunderkind intern Lewis Greene (Josh Cooke) has seemed a bit “off” since his debut last season and the picture is becoming clearer. Although not as nefarious as Dexter, he too leads a double life that has lead him down a path where he is clearly messing with the wrong blood spatter analyst. He has been on Dex’s radar for some time now and in a scene of “growth” since being caught by Deb, he merely knocks Lewis out with his hypodermic cocktail and leaves him on a bench rather than cut him up and go for a late evening jaunt on the SLICE OF LIFE. See, growth! And we are only in week two.

What I am enjoying from this abbreviated season so far is the masterful way things are being set up for what can be one of the mega-finales in cable history as we watch this arc descend into its final season in 2013. Not only are we dealing with the family dynamic of Deb & Dex having to deal with each other knowing what they know but the subplots are just as compelling. What is Lewis’ end game? How far is LaGuerta going to dig back into the BHB case? Is Dexter going to go all John McClane and take on the Ukranian Mob to satisfy his urges? It is all playing out in a grand operatic fashion that is exceeding my expectations. And that is something rare to say about a program that some consider being long in the tooth and less relevant than when the idea of a DEXTER-type show was so fresh. It is as if the producers have blanketed the narrative with a brand new coating of plastic wrap…if you catch my meaning.



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fatpantz 10/9/2012 12:42:08 AM

I am loving the season so far as it is new and fresh with the direction they are going with Deb and I am also curious as to the direction they are going to go with LaGuerta.

The only downside is it seems they are missing a strong villain.  Stevenson is fine, but Ukrainian mafia just doesnt seem a great fit for Dexter's world.  I will still give it the benefit of the doubt.

batkruse 10/9/2012 1:48:12 AM

Thanks for the comment fatpantz! I really am stoked at how it is going so far b/c I did not have high expectations going in to Season 7. I thought that Colin Hanks was grossly miscast last season as the DDK although I did like the "twist" w/ Edward James Olmos towards the end of the season. I dug the tableaux's very much but it wound up being a little too "SAW"-like. I agree w/ you on the Ukranian angle and I am not sure how they can make such a broad subplot line work. If I were a betting man, I would say that Quinn is already too close to the strippers & the Miami nightlife scene and will probably be early exit fodder (IMO). Lewis the PT-forensics geek is really poking the bear and I was floored that he had the balls to go back to Dex's apt....especially after Dex "Darth Vader'd" his ass by lifting him off the ground against the wall! It is rare that a series this late in its run can be revitalized and feel so fresh. Can't wait for next week...and thanks for reading.

wish 10/9/2012 10:36:15 AM

Even in the so-called low points of this series, I never stopped enjoying this show, because even if the main plots weren't exciting, there was always character development going on in the background and that's why this show is so enjoyable now that it has a refreshed feel, we already intimately know pretty much every character. 

It's such a bizarre story so far because it's really hard to tell if Dexter actually wants to reform or if he's just trying to spare Deb's life right now, not willing to accept that his only real way out of this is to kill Deb so he can continue his lifestyle.  Watching the convict kill himself was all the proof he needed that killers like him are no good existing in any other way if they can't be killers.  In the books he constantly reminds the readers that he has no emotions whatsoever but if he did feel something for someone, it would be Deb.  Killing her wouldn't hurt him in the same way it would a normal person, it would be inconvenient and it would absolutely go against Harry's code, but he wouldn't feel guilt over it for the same reasons.  This makes me really wonder what's going to happen, the way I see it there are only a coulple of ways it can play out to a successful conclusion:

1. Dexter dies, probably at the hands of Deb

2. Deb dies, probably at the hands of Dexter

3. Deb confesses her love for Dexter, the one where his parts enter her parts and they end up either killing together, or she turns a blind eye and allows him to keep taking out the trash.

The one way it can't end is for Dexter to reform and stop killing, that would be the absolute perfect way to ruin this show and ensure that all the fans walk away hating it.

I'm kinda hoping for Dexter to kill Deb and keep doing what he does, it would be a perfectly dark way to end it and they have been hinting at an increasingly darker Dexter for the last few seasons now, becoming more and more detached from the qualities that keep him human. 

TheSilentKiller 10/9/2012 2:21:55 PM

FWIW, in the books, Deb's known since book 1 (when Laguerta was murdered), and lives with it because his "insight" helps solve cases. 

Also, Laguerta wanted to bang Dexter. 

Doakes was an a$$hole in both.

TheSilentKiller 10/9/2012 2:22:49 PM

 Also - this season is excellent. And I am really looking forward to seeing what Mr Stevenson does... 



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