Dexter Review: Being Human

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Dexter may have taken the easy way to get there, but I very much like where the show ended up at the conclusion of "Run."

First, the quasi cheat: Ray Speltzer was a cartoon killer. He chased women through elaborate mazes? He wore bull masks? He stalked their funerals and mocked both the police and his victims' deaths?

Of course Deb would be on board with his demise. He wasn't written as any kind of believable human being.

Down with Ray Speltzer!

If the show wanted to create a true moral dilemma for Deb and viewers, it would have painted the murderer that came between Dexter and his sister with more of a grey stroke. Imagine if this were Trinity instead of Speltzer.

A despicable human being, of course, but Trinity had a family. He organized Habitat for Humanity-type trips. He actually contributed to society in ways that would have likely given Deb far more pause in response to Dexter's actions than someone who callously and mindlessly kills at every opportunity.

Still. Here we are. Deb is on on Dexter's secret and now she sort of understands it. The exchanges between these two have been nothing short of mesmerizing throughout Season 7.

In this case, Deb called Dex on EVERYthing. Why does he keep blood slides? Isn't he responsible for Rita's murder? How can he place Harrison in such constant danger? Yes, yes and yes! These are the exact questions that need to be asked of the show's protagonist. Dexter is written as a very dark comedy and we're meant to sympathize with the blood spatter (yes, it's spatter) expert - but Deb hit every nail on the hypocritical head this week.

You cannot call yourself a good father while you go around getting deeply involved in the lives of serial killers. Kudos to the series for not holding anything back in this storyline.

As has been the case at the end of every episode so far, I have no idea where things go next. And that's almost all you can ask for when it comes to a drama such as this.

In other developments...

  • Ray Stevenson's Isaak is one sick dude. That forced suicide scene was disturbing and fascinating.
  • He's also one sad dude, having lost his lover, Victor. I appreciate how this arc is being slow-played, with the writers properly placing Deb and Dexter at the forefront and methodically working the mob angle into their lives.
  • What else is there to Hannah McKay? Is she simply crushing on Dexter? Is she hiding something? Planning to use him for some reason?
  • Is Jaime the world's greatest baby sitter or what?!?

As detailed above, I had a few nits to pick over the portrayal of Speltzer and how relatively easy it made for Deb to come around. But this was another terrific episode of Dexter. The series has successfully pushed Season 6 out of my mind and is fulfilling every expectation I had for what would happen once Deb learned of the Dark Passenger.

Great stuff. What did everyone else think?


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Why wasn't Isaak more upset that Viktor was cheating on him (with the dead stripper)? Because it wasn't with another man?


I say Issac is gay. The way his lover Victor framed the picture. How would he know where it was if it was his son's apt? The next episode he also called dexter hey handsome. He was in a strip bar but he rather be reading newspaper than looking female fake breasts.
He doesn't have girls running around him while he is in his office, which most playboy mansions would have. The way he dresses so beautifully. All point to him as gay. Love it!


Just when you think the writing and performances can't get any more does! Ray Stevenson's chilling portrayal of Isaak is proper old-school crime boss, Godfather-style. He'll prove to be more dangerous than most of Dexter's serial killers', shouldn't have killed his son Dexter. Hannah is searching for her next 'soulmate'to 'play with', sees something in Dexter that makes him a candidate and that will be interesting to see play out. Michael C. Hall, I doff my cap to you sir, you rock!


I too thought that Victor was Isaac's son and not his lover. Both thoughts crossed my mind when they intentionally didnt identify the relationship, but my initial thought was that it was his son. The picture gives the impression of a father and son, it seems it would have been a perhaps more intimate embrace if they were gay lovers. But who knows, I dont think in the long run it will be a relevant issue.


I really liked this episode, but Trinity/Lundy/Rita argument does not fly with me, as in; Dexter should have killed him quicker? The minotaur theme is a great spot by Susan. Totally comes together, thanks. I usually catch those. If Deb wants to analyze all of Dexters motives/thoughts, she should really look at results and her own feelings and actions; afterall she was dating the ice truck killer. The show is great.


It didnt cross my mind about the russian mobster being gay, maybe because i'm from the balkans, and the whole thing here is different. Heterosexuals are more at ease with each other, :)...anyway, i guess since the show is done by Americans :P, the pink shirt, and greece vacation would mean gay.


I realize my comment may sound racist or prejudice or whatever the word is. That was not my intention. I apologize if anyone was offended, but I was actually referring to the age difference between lovers that could be father and son.


C'mon! Victor is his son, not his lover! Victor hid the picture because it would make him vulnerable like SperoMeliora said. If it was his son it would follow the stereotypical Russian father/son deep love or whatever. And it's way less creepy. Besides, it would make a great storyline if Isaac found out about Harrison. I'm shocked so many people thought about them being lovers before father/son just because the picture was hidden. Is gay love (or just love in mobs) the only reason to hid a picture now?

Anna maria

PS: Speltzer really did make it easy for Deb to understand, but I liked it though! I would have definitely wanted to kill him too! And what was that maze with all the dolls? Really scary!
Oh and one last thing, what happened to Quinn? He used to be hot, now he looks like he has Aids or something!

Anna maria

I'm really loving this season! Deb should have found out ages ago seriously! She's such a good actress and I love their interaction! I love that she called him on all his shit! I just keep thinking if they're going to bring up that Deb loving Dexter as more than a brother that came up last season..when it started I thought it was all kins of gross and sick but now I'm maybe on board.. but of course, it seems like he's have something with the blond first. Talking about blonds, I have a feeling something bad will happen to Quinn's pretty stripper if that sexy gay russian/english guy finds out what she's telling him! I knew he was probably gay btw, he was way too upset and protective about Viktor! That suicide scene was so twisted and I felt SO bad for the guy, yet it made me excited to see what he'll have in plan for Dexter!

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