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 – “Are We There Yet?”

Yvonne Strahovski in DEXTER - Season 8 - "Are We There Yet" | ©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, Sam Underwood Writer: Wendy West, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Holly Dale Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: August 18, 2013 As a series, DEXTER is very good with misdirection, getting the audience to focus so intently on one set of looming perils that we forget all about another menace poised to smack the characters (and us) in the head. So […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 7 – “Do You See What I See?”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 7 - "Do You See What I See?" | ©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 Writers: Manny Coto & Wendy West, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: John Dahl Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: December 9, 2012 Reviewing and recapping this season of DEXTER, a person runs the risk of being redundant: There’s so much going on! They went there! The actors are brilliant! What can possibly happen next? Yada-yada-yada. Well, “Do You See What I See?” elicits more of […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 7 – “Run”

Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 7 - "Run" | ©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 Stehovski, Jason Gedrick, Katia Winter, Matt Gerald Writer: Wendy West, series developed for television by James Manos, based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: John Dahl Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: October 21, 2012 DEXTER doesn’t often resemble a slasher movie, but the plot thread with Louis Speltzer (Matt Gerald) veers into that territory, though in “Run,” we have the satisfaction of knowing the smug sadist has made the absolute worst choice of victim ever: […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 finale – “This Is the Way the World Ends”

Jennifer Carpenter in DEXTER - Season 6 - "This is the Way The World Ends" | ©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: Scott Buck & Wendy West, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: John Dahl Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: December 18, 2011 Season Six of DEXTER hasn’t been one of its best, but it largely makes up for this with its biggest cliffhanger ever. Wait, we have to wait until September to see what happens next? Say it ain’t so! SPOILER ALERT In “This […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Nebraska”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Nebraska" | ©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, Christian Camargo, Molly Parker, Brando Eaton Writer: Wendy West, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Romeo Tirone Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: November 13, 2011 Thanks to a mixture of facts and mythology, including a Bruce Springsteen album using the state as a title, Nebraska has become famed for its bleakness and its production of serial killers. It therefore makes sense that DEXTER the show and Dexter […]Read On »

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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 – ‘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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