Dexter Review: A Storm of F@%k

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As Deb might say in an elevator-based rant: holy $hit balls, mother effing f-ck, that was another very strong Dexter Season 7 episode.

On "Swim Deep," we were once again deprived of any serial killings or any real action, but that didn't mean the episode wasn't oozing with tension and suspense.

Dexter and Hannah Scene

That's been the most impressive aspect of these opening episodes so far. There's been little chasing, few deaths, not a great deal of twists or turns or shocks. Instead, there have simply been conversations. Fascinating, revealing, stress-filled conversations that continue to build on one another, leaving the viewer dying to know how various relationships will shape what comes next.

The most obvious example is Dexter and Deb. The siblings were at it once again here, with Deb throwing everything she could think of at her brother. As I emphasized last Sunday, the writers have held nothing back when it comes to Deb's anger and accusations.

She's tossed Trinity Dexter's way, Rita, Harrison, the blood slides. In this case, we returned to the Bay Harbor Butcher and also to how Dexter hasn't just gone after the guilty who slipped through the justice system cracks, but he's actually interfered in cases.

Deb finally made Dexter understand that he's been more sloppy than he previously believed. And he owes his sister some serious gratitude now after she swiped that photo of him at the wedding.

Whether she wants to be or not (note: she does NOT want to be), Deb is in it all the way now. She's being forced to cover up Dexter's crimes, even lying to right-hand man Batista, and one has to wonder how long she can continue this way. At what point will her love for Dexter be outweighed by the guilt she's feeling at work?

The hard time Dexter is receiving from his sister is clearly affecting his interactions with Hannah. Deb is so turned off, as most human beings would be, by Dexter's Dark Passenger - but has he found a kindred spirit the lovely Ms. McKay? He isn't keeping her murderous lies a secret because he wants her on his table.

He's doing so because perhaps this is someone who understands, who also gets off on death and actually misses the high from her past life. Will Dexter incorporate her into his current one?

Finally, we were treated to Dexter's multiple one-on-ones with Isaak. No pretenses here, no beating around any violent bushes. These two are coming right after each other. It's similar to many past cat-and-mouse games Dexter played with a season's Big Bad, but each is already on to the other in this case. It was riveting to simply watch the two killers threaten and attempt to one-up one another.

Call me crazy, but I doubt Isaak's incarceration means this is the last we'll see of the mobster.

So another impressive episode overall. The show is managing to juggle a trio of storylines - Deb vs. Dexter, the presence of Hannah, the threat of Isaak - very well, keeping its foot on the suspenseful pedal without even including any major bloodshed.

I'm rather confident some of that is coming, though. It's only a matter of who and when and how the relationships already established on Season 7 are affected by it.


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great ep. really excited about Hannah's Character, not sure still if she is evil or not. I think Dex and hannah might get together. What I would love is to see Dexter on the run with Hannah. That would be fun.


I thought this whole Deb thing was stupid. She just found out, that Dexter is holding back DNA etc. so he can kill people.. a lot of times. so he doesnt even give the system a chance - and deb doesnt freak out? just oh promise me you will never do it again??? thats bullshit


So we're looking for the fucking Terminator?! THAT LINE KILLED ME. =)) This is a fearsome opponent for Dexter, this Isaac guy. He knows Dex. He has money. He has people. Even behind bars, Dexter should be afraid. I've never feared for Dexter's life this much! Although knowing that there will still be a Season 8 lends me a bit of reprieve.


I'm still a little grossed out by Deb's feelings. The "this is not how I imagined this night" (I'm paraphrasing), really creeped me out. I know that it's not actual incest, but I actually prefer Jamie and Cersei to this. We didn't see them as siblings, we saw them as lovers. I watched Deb and Dex interact as siblings this whole time, and now all of a sudden...*shudder*
As for the episode, Isaac's my favourite Dexter villain EVER. I see a romance between Dexter and Hannah, although I don't think he sees her romantically for now, more like..intrigue.
Totally agree with Dexter being sloppy. What if somebody had seen him?


I agree with Strawberry Fields. Dex DEFINITELY wants Hannah on his table. She is the perfect target for him because, even if he told Deb about her crime, there's nothing she or the justice system can do about it. Also, I'm not sure Hannah wasn't the real leader of that duo.


Another case of Dexter being sloppy was the whole scene in the Prison. How does he know the phones are not tapped and being recorded? Unlike a Prisoner/Lawyer conference, I do not think that the calls are not subject to being private.


great season so far, also the Laguerta threat being tossed in.

Strawberry fields

Once again, great episode. Season 7 of "Dexter" is really freaking awesome. Obviously Isaak will be back. Ray Stevenson was cast perfectly, he blows my mind. The scene in prison was amazing! As for Hannah - I think Dex just wants her on his table. He didn't tell Deb, because there's nothing she can do about it. Hannah has immunity, police can't get her. And Deb just told Dexter that she doesn't want to know anything about his night job. I think suspecting he has some other motive would be reading too much into it at this point. I love Deb, I love how she's dealing with everything, I love her talks with Dexter this season, I just totally love the two of them.


You are crazy......if you think we have seen the last of Isaak

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