WARNING: Spoilers for “Dexter” up to season 6, episode 6
I’ve fallen a long way behind in watching Dexter. The show used to be on NRK over here in Norway, but in recent years it’s been snapped up by the premium channels and I haven’t had a chance to watch it. Recently, Netflix added season 6 in Norway, so I’ve had a chance to catch up a little.
I have heard, however, that this season wasn’t very good. People didn’t seem to like the previous season, or the religious killers in this one, after the Trinity killer of season 4. So I didn’t go into this season with high hopes, but I was pleasantly surprised.
My opinion of this season may well be coloured by not having seen Dexter in a few years. I almost stopped watching the show in season 3, after having watched three seasons in a row. So it may well be that a gap in watching keeps the show fresher.
I also like Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos. I loved Battlestar Galactica, so of course I like Olmos. I haven’t seen Colin Hanks in much, but he just seems to have the same charisma that his father has. Tom Hanks has done a lot of more serious roles recently, but in the 80s and 90s he was the charismatic lead in a lot of romantic comedies. Colin Hanks seems to have inherited this personability from his father.
The story is a lot smaller than previous seasons. Where Trinity and the Ice-Truck Killer drew the attention of the FBI, the Revelations killers seem to have drawn little attention. There at least aren’t the scenes of press attention. I guess if you have a major serial killer in your city every year, eventually it gets old.
Debra has taken over as lieutenant of the department. She seems to be the person least suited for the role, which has made for some interesting situations. I remember her as the uniformed cop in the first season, and wonder if she’s allowed herself to be promoted out of the one job she loves. That’s certainly something I’ve seen happen in real life.
Dexter, meanwhile, has slipped into a routine. He tracks down people worth killing and ends them in his usual way. He befriends Brother Sam and sees that there may be another way. That sometimes a killer can stop killing. That ended in this episode, with Dexter dramatically rejecting that idea and slipping further onto the dark side. There was a very nice twist at the end, with Dexter no longer seeing his father and instead seeing his brother, the Ice-Truck killer.
Quinn has been going into a tailspin this season. Since he’s been the villain in previous seasons, it’s difficult to have much sympathy for him. He seems to think that he’ll find the answers to his pain in the bottom of a bottle or under a skirt, but it doesn’t seem to be helping.
Masuka, meanwhile, is going through a series of lab assistants, ending with Louis Green, played by Josh Cooke. Cooke has been cropping up in just about every show on TV, so it’s good to seem him here too. He plays a very personable assistant and obvious admirer of Dexter. Knowing this show, he’ll be killed in some horrific manner or be a serial killer himself.
Lastly, Mike Anderson has joined the department as Debra’s replacement. While we haven’t seen much of him so far, he seems like the kind of detective that could easily get on Dexter’s trail later.
So far, this season has been interesting and competently made. It’s by no means the level of the first couple of seasons, but it’s very watchable.
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