Dexter Review: A Fatal One Night Stand

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Dexter took a rather big leap in logic to close out "A Horse of a Different Color" this week.

Considering his tutelage at the warped hands of Professor Gellar, along with the fear that man clearly instills in him, it seems hard to believe that Travis would just stand admiringly outside of his most recent crime scene. He might as well have sent the Miami PD a text message with his name and address.

Unusual Crime Scene

Moreover... he has sex with the door open in the house he shares with Gellar? And these two are somehow able to construct such an elaborate, booby-trapped crime scene on public property?!?

I know, I know: it's no fun to question developments in such a manner. Dexter tells the story of a serial killer masquerading as a blood splatter specialist; it's not exactly aiming for realism. Still, it shouldn't be too much to ask for rational storytelling within the contexts of that world - and this episode stretched those limits a lot in order to bring the Doomsday Killer(s) into contact with the Miami PD.

Still, at least that contact has been made.

As I wrote about last week, the early parts of season six have felt like multiple shows in one. Deb has been adjusting to life as the boss, Dexter has been tacking the topic of religion with his new, car/soul-fixing pal Brother Sam, Gellar and Travis have been up to no good. There hasn't been a lot of flow or overlap to these storylines.

So I'm at least hopeful this conclusion, along with Batista and Quinn's (high) detective work that identified Gellar for the nut job that he is, brings various characters into contact with each other and ratchets up the action. I'm pretty sick of Dexter just pondering life. Give me some suspense!

A reflective Dexter Morgan is a boring Dexter Morgan, especially when he's making observations that just seem silly. Upon arriving at the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse crime scene - sorry, Anderson, tableau - his narration voiced shock that a killer could also have faith. But in what world is Dexter residing?!? There have been countless killers with faith through the years, as religion has been abused or misunderstood in endless ways.

The show is doing all it can to bludgeon home the fact that Dexter is at a crossroads as a father, but I don't care very much. I'm excited for him to pursue Travis. I want him to spring into action. He might as well bed Jamie, too. She's very attractive and clearly very into him. Sorry, but no nanny is that attentive.

Is Dexter also setting up sparks between Deb and her new detective? I hope not. I'm enjoying her role as a fouled-mouth Lieutenant and don't need to see yet another failed romantic escapade involving this character. There's plenty to do behind that desk, Debra. Keep your pants on. Or your fancy suit on, I should say.

What did everyone else think of "A Horse of a Different Color?"

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