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Dexter Review: "Everything is Illumenated"

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I'm still not a major fan of this season's overall storyline on Dexter. I don't buy Julia Stiles in the role of Lumen, I don't care much about that character and the circumstances surrounding her don't feel urgent enough.

But, for one episode at least, "Everything is Illumenated" picked up the pace. Big time.

Learning from the Best

For a very welcome change, Dexter didn't act merely as a babysitter, dispensing advice to his wayward child.

Instead, this action-packed hour centered around Dexter on the run, forced to make quick decisions and cover up the tracks of a killing before his co-workers arrive on the scene.

In other words: it was everything I love about the show. Michael C. Hall played the role of exasperated serial killer to perfection, as the part of him still tied to Rita and the innocent life of Lumen couldn't just turn his back on this woman. We understood his reasoning in the final scene, as Dexter does feel guilt over the death of his wife.

He just reacts to it in the only way he knows how: by helping another victim find peace... in the most violent way possible.

There was also the dark humor this show does so well, as I laughed the entire time Masuka acted out the supposed sexual fantasy that led to the unusual concluding crime scene. It was a far better use of a supporting character than anything involving Maria, Angel and their marriage.

I would have liked to see more from the narcotics cop now on Dexter's case, as that will add to the levels of suspense each week. But I won't spend any more time complaining about this season right now. We got to see Dexter reacting to a potentially life-altering, threatening dilemma for the first time in weeks, and that makes me a happy critic.


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (31 Votes)

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Julia Stiles is a great actress, I really like her in this series


How come you don't buy Julia Stiles as Luman ... C'mon she ahs been incredible so far... if they show the flash back scenes of her abduction and rape that wud be more Appealing and Gritty. Still she has done a great job who knows what she does neXxt... I love the whole new angle that she is Actually a RunAway Bride... WOwww that's something exciting to see if Owen The X-fiance comes to Miami in search of her.


This was a greatttt episode! I'm waiting for Dexter and Lumen to hook up


Agree Chrissie! Definitely a new pace for the show, and I love how everything turned out. How can Dexter keep doing this? Did anyone else notice that Vince kept looking at the hose like something was wrong? Thought he might see that it was dripping and maybe get some prints! I was so nervous for Dexter but he pulled through again.
What is he going to do when the sitter leaves because she has way too much responsibility?! Is Debra going to find Lumen staying at Dexter's old house and freak out?? SO much can happen this season i can't wait to see it unfold!


Totally agree! This was definitely the best episode so far this season. I'm happy with where this episode is taking the season. Loved the Masuka scene, loved Harrison's "die-die," and loved Deb's "What in the mother of ----?" Let's just hope they keep up the pace in the second half of the season now!