TV Review: SLEEPY HOLLOW – Season 1 – “John Doe”

Katia Winters, Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie and Orlando Jones in SLEEPY HOLLOW - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Michael Lavine

Stars: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, Nicholas Gonzalez, Charles Malik Whitfield, Matthew Lintz Writer: Melissa Blake, series created by Phillip Iscove & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Len Wiseman Director: Ernest Dickerson Network: Fox, Mondays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: October 14, 2013 One of the genuine charms of SLEEPY HOLLOW as a series is that the episodes are unafraid to cram in whatever may work, and accelerates past the potentially dull stuff by having characters facilitate whatever needs to be done. However, in “John Doe,” the show overdoes this a bit. When Abbie (Nicole Beharie) […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 8 – “Monkey in a Box”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 8 - "Monkey in a Box" | ©2013 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Yvonne Strahovski, Geoff Pierson, Sean Patrick Flaherty, Darri Ingolfsson, Jadon Wells, Kenny Johnson Writers: Tim Schlattmann & Wendy West, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Ernest Dickerson Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: September 15, 2013 With only one episode left, it’s hard to assess DEXTER’s penultimate hour, “Monkey in a Box.” Are the changes in characters evolution, or just ways to get our people to screw up in order […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 8 – “What’s Eating Dexter Morgan?”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 8 - "What's Eating Dexter Morgan" | ©2013 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Charlotte Rampling, Geoff Pierson, Sean Patrick Flaherty Writer: Lauren Gussis, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Ernest Dickerson Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: July 14, 2013 “What’s Eating Dexter Morgan?” shows us a side of Dexter (Michael C. Hall) that we don’t often see – namely, the grossed-out side. Dex is a serial killer, but when he encounters the contents of a refrigerator belonging to a cannibalistic workout equipment […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 7 – “Swim Deep”

Jason Gedrick in DEXTER - Season 7 - "Swim Deep" | ©2012 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, Lauren Velez, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Ray Stevenson, Yvonne Strahovski, Jason Gedrick, Katia Winter Writer: Scott Reynolds, series developed for television by James Manos, based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Ernest Dickerson Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: October 28, 2012 There are circles upon circles within the DEXTER episode “Swim Deep,” as Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and visiting Ukrainian mobster Isaak Sirko (Ray Stevenson) try to suss each other out, or kill each other, or both. Meanwhile, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) is scrambling to […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Talk to the Hand”

Colin Hanks in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Talk To The Hand" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Josh Cooke, Jordana Spiro, Rya Kihlstedt Writers: Manny Coto & Tim Schlattman, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Ernest Dickerson Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: December 11, 2011 DEXTER has been known for its intriguing twists, and “Talk to the Hand” has a few, starting with Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) notion to call out the annoying religious maniac Travis (Colin Hanks) by playing his game. SPOILER ALERT Deborah (Jennifer Carpenter), […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Sins of Omission”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Sins of Omission" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Josh Cooke, Molly Parker, W. Morgan Sheppard Writer: Anika Lisette Mittman, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Ernest Dickerson Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: November 20, 2011 In DEXTER, it’s rare for the title character (Michael C. Hall) to be brought up totally short, but that’s what happens in a scene in “Sins of Omission,” which provides an unexpected grace note. Dexter is searching for the whereabouts […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – “Teenage Wasteland”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 5 - "Teenage Wasteland" | ©2010 Showtime

A lot of things get blown open in the latest episode of DEXTER called “Teenage Wasteland” and all of them matter. Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), confined to file room duty, finds DNA evidence that there’s more than one perpetrator in the barrel girls” case. Deb convinces a reluctant Lt. Laguerta (Lauren Velez) to reopen the case, previously considered closed. Deb is shocked when her boyfriend Quinn (Desmond Harrington) says he loves her – and shocked again when Quinn admits that he suspected Deb’s brother Dexter (Michael C. Hall) might be Trinity Killer associate Kyle Butler, though he now wants to leave it alone. Liddy (Peter Weller), the disgraced cop Quinn hired as a private investigator, doesn’t want to leave it alone, and has pictures of Dexter and Lumen (Julia Stiles) doing something late at night on Dexter’s boat with big plastic bags.

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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – ‘Practically Perfect’

Julia Stiles in DEXTER - Season 5 - "Practically Perfect" | ©2010 Showtime/Cliff Lipson

Bless DEXTER. Five seasons in, it still has the ability to surprise us with twists small and large. In “Practically Perfect,” the show is paying off so many threads already that we aren’t missing the one huge arc of a season-long villain. The show runners have said essentially they can’t attempt to top John Lithgow’s Trinity Killer right away, and that seems a sensible assessment. Instead, they give Dexter (Michael C. Hall) a whole new kind of problem.

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