TV Review: DRACULA – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Jonathan Rhys Meyers in DRACULA - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Nino Munoz

Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann, Victoria Smurfit, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Nonso Anozie, Katie McGrath Writer: Cole Haddon, created by Cole Haddon Director: Steve Shill Network: NBC, Fridays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: October 25, 2013 By now, so many writers, directors, actors et al have had a go at Bram Stoker’s creation that saying something is about Dracula is about as helpful as saying the characters wear shoes. In what is being billed as a limited series, NBC’s new DRACULA, developed by Cole Haddon – who also scripted the premiere – takes a number of elements from […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 8 – “Remember the Monsters?” – Series Finale

Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan and Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan in DEXTER - Season 8 - Series Finale - "Remember the Monsters?" | ©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 Writers: Scott Buck & Manny Coto, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Steve Shill Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: September 22, 2013 What’s perhaps most surprising about DEXTER’s series finale, “Remember the Monsters?,” which wraps up eight years of the show, is the huge question left unanswered – after dealing for all this time with why Dexter (Michael […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 8 – “Goodbye Miami”

James Remar and Michael C Hall in DEXTER - Season 8 - "Goodbye Miami" | ©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,  Charlotte Rampling, Geoff Pierson, Sean Patrick Flaherty, Darri Ingolfsson, Jadon Wells Writers: Jace Richdale & Scott Reynolds, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Steve Shill Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: September 8, 2013 In another season of DEXTER, the events of “Goodbye Miami” might not seem so ominous, but two episodes from the series finale, we have to hope that the climax will be built on something […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 7 – “Surprise, Motherf****r!” – Season Finale

Michael C. Hall and Lauren Velez in DEXTER - Season 7 - "Surprise, Motherf****r" | ©2012 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, Lauren Velez, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Yvonne Strahovski, Geoff Pierson, Erik King, Nestor Serrano, Nicole LaLiberte Writers: Scott Buck & Tim Schlattmann, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Steve Shill Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: December 16, 2012 After a year that’s been intense even by DEXTER’s fierce standards, the Season 7 finale “Surprise, Motherf****r!” lives up to its title. The climax is practically Shakespearean tragedy, though if you guessed exactly what would happen, you […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 7 – “Sunshine and Frosty Swirl”

Ray Stevenson in DEXTER - Season 7 - "Sunshine and Frosty Swirl" | ©2012 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Josh Cooke, Ray Stevenson, Jason Gedrick, Katia Winter, Daniel Buran Writer: Manny Coto, series developed for television by James Manos, based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Steve Shilll Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: October 7, 2012 “Sunshine and Frosty Swirl” picks up where DEXTER’s previous episode “Are You …?” left off, with Dexter (Michael C. Hall) at last admitting to his sister, Miami Metro Police Lieutenant Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter), after she confronts him that, yes, he […]Read On »

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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 – ‘My Bad’ – Season Premiere

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

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar Writer: Chip Johannessen Director: Steve Shill Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: September 26, 2010 Sometimes when a show does an episode that veers from the basics of that particular series, the audience has to exhale a collective deep, patient breath and wait for the show runners to get whatever it is out of their systems. Then again, sometimes there’s an episode like DEXTER’s fifth-season premiere, “My Bad,” that has no mystery running through it, yet is a stunningly effective hour of […]Read On »

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