TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Once Upon a Time …”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 | ©2011 Showtime

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, Molly Parker, Brea Grant, Geoff Pierson, Mos Def Writer: Tim Schlattmann Director: SJ Clarkson Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: October 9, 2011 No DEXTER episode is ever less than good, and “Once Upon a Time …” has plenty to recommend it: big changes for Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), Dexter’s relationship with (and concerns about) his two-year-old son Harrison and a very solid guest performance by Mos Def as an ex-con […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Those Kinds of Things” – Season Premiere

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 | ©2011 Showtime

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks Writer: Scott Buck Director: John Dahl Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: October 2, 2011 In real time, it’s only been a TV season, but on DEXTER, about two years have passed since we last saw Miami’s most prolific serial killer, blood spatter expert, widower and father Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall). Dexter begins Season Six loving his young son Harrison and fond of his police detective sister Deborah (Jennifer Carpenter), but otherwise […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – “Hop a Freighter”

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

In “Hop a Freighter,” things come to a head, with Dexter (Michael C. Hall) discovering the surveillance equipment ex-cop Liddy (Peter Weller) has planted in his apartment. Wrongly believing the spy cameras were planted by Deb’s (Jennifer Carpenter) current partner/love interest Quinn (Desmond Harrington), Dexter tries to catch him in the act. Instead, Liddy catches Dexter, but of course Liddy seriously underestimates the table-turning abilities of our guy.

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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – ‘In the Beginning’

Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter in DEXTER - Season 5- "In the Beginning" | © 2010 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, Julia Stiles, Jonny Lee Miller, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Scott Grimes, Peter Weller, Angela Bettis Writer: Scott Reynolds Director: Keith Gordon Network: Showtime, Sunday nights Airdate: November 28, 2010 There is at least one jaw-dropper of a moment in “In the Beginning,” and it’s not the finale where Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and Lumen (Julia Stiles) finally get together and Dexter reaches the realization that he’s found someone who neither sees him as nor needs him to be a monster. It’s satisfying, but we’ve seen this coming […]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 – ‘Take It!’

Desmond Harrington in DEXTER - Season 5 - "Take It!" | ©2010 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Over its five seasons, DEXTER has come close to what happens in “Take It” a few times. Dexter (Michael C. Hall) found a measure of mutual understanding with fellow killers Lila (Jaime Murray) in Season Two and Miguel (Jimmy Smits) in Season Three, but neither of them had a code and both eventually became his deadly nemeses due to their differences. Now, however, Dexter has Lumen (Julia Stiles), whose motivations are sympathetic – she feels an urgent need to avenge her rape, torture and captivity at the hands of a ring of serial killers, the kind of men who are Dexter’s natural prey.

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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – ‘Circle Us’

Jonny Lee Miller in DEXTER - Season 5 - "Circle Us" | ©2010 Showtime/Randy Tepper

The DEXTER episode “Circle Us” may be a good indicator that when Dexter (Michael C. Hall) is mulling things over rather than reaching epiphanies, the episode tends to feel like its holding back, even when its action lunges forward. Such is the case here.

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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – ‘Everything is Illumenated’

Julia Stiles in DEXTER - Season 5 - "Everything is Illumenated" | ©2010 Showtime/Randy Tepper

“Everything is Illumenated” (the idiosyncratic spelling refers to both the character and the blood-illuminated substance) is a DEXTER episode in which a great deal, albeit not everything, is in fact illuminated. We see what gets under Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) skin, we learn a lot about Lumen (Julia Stiles), we see the dangerous double game Quinn (Desmond Harrington) is playing and Batista (David Zayas) and LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) start communicating. All this plus two murders and baby Harrison’s first words make for quite a show.

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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – ‘First Blood’

Julia Stiles in DEXTER - Season 5 - "First Blood " | ©2010 Showtime/Cliff Lipson

Before baby Harrison was even conceived on DEXTER, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) worried that any child of his might inherit his homicidal tendencies. It appears that Harrison, now ten months old, may have scratched the cheek of a playmate, drawing blood, which sends Dexter spiraling into anxiety. Not that he’s all that calm anyway, what with assault/kidnap victim Lumen (Julia Stiles) wanting Dexter to help her kill her remaining assailants, a desire that almost leads Dexter to mistakenly taking out the wrong man. Meanwhile, Quinn (Desmond Harrington) persists in his quest to tie Dexter to the mysterious Kyle Butler (the alias Dexter used to get close to the Trinity killer) and Batista (David Zayas) almost screws up a sting operation in his jealousy over what his wife/boss LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) may be doing to save her husband’s job. Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), continuing to investigate the Santa Muerte murders, finds clues in a very messy, maggot-infested murder scene.

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