Dexter Review: Choose Wisely

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We're racing toward the finish line with only two more episodes of Dexter. TWO! With a break last week and so few remaining, it seems like this week's episode would've had more forward momentum, but no. 

It's a marathon, not a sprint?

Save for a few key scenes, "Goodbye Miami" was a slow-moving, dialogue-heavy hour of television. Come on, Dexter, pick up the pace!

In the Killing Room

From the opening scene with Dr. Vogel and her son Daniel at the breakfast table, it was obvious that this installment would be action-light and kind of awkward - and it was. As the mother-son pair reminisced about their past, I found myself thinking "So what? Who cares? Where's Dexter?"

That's probably not what I was supposed to be thinking, you know? But there it is.

In the final season of what has been such a crazy emotional ride, I don't want to get invested in new characters, no matter how deeply their story is woven into that of the main characters. At the end of the final season? Those new faces matter even less.

Dexter was invested in Vogel and that should be enough for us as viewers, but for this viewer, it just wasn't. She filled in some of the history of his life. She was the surrogate mother he didn't know he needed. She created him. 

For all of those reasons, Vogel's death was inevitable, whether it came via Dexter's knife or someone else's. There wasn't really another end for someone whose life's work was built on the brains of serial killers she promised, and in many cases failed, to help. 

Does her death matter? Absolutely. To borrow from a favorite poem, her death will be the thing to force Dexter to his crisis. But am I sad that she's gone? Not at all.

She had to die because Dexter has to decide if he'll be able to walk away from killing people to be with Hannah and Harrison, assuming they ever make it out of the country... or if his need to be right is too great. He tried to make that choice tonight by hesitating before leaving Hannah and his inner voice, Harry, sent him on to Vogel's house. 

Was it the right call or the wrong one?

Because that's really what Dexter's killing is all about. He kills because it makes him "right," in the sense that it clears his head, that it proves he's better than those he kills and that he serves justice to those who slip through the cracks.

He thinks his love for Hannah and his desire for a life with her will be enough to overcome that urge to be right, but will it? 

One thing is clear and that's the fact that Hannah's love for Dexter is stronger than her love for herself, otherwise she never would've risked being seen to take Harrison to the hospital. (Gah! Kids! Always with the not listening!)

In the end, maybe love will be everyone's undoing. 

Hannah's love for Dexter and Harrison brought her out of hiding. Dexter's love for Hannah, Harrison and Debra will cause him to make an even more difficult choice than whether to protect Hannah and Harrison or Vogel. 

Debra's spurning of Elway's advances and his love for money will bring about the previewed airport mayhem with the Marshals and she'll have to choose between Dexter and Quinn and herself.

Maybe "Goodbye Miami" picked up just the right amount of speed to propel us across Dexter's finish line after all.

What did you think of tonight's episode of Dexter? Were you shocked by Vogel's death? What are your predictions for the remaining two episodes?


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I don't think it's that bad. I wasn't expecting Vogel's son to slit her throat. At least that was sort of a surprise. I don't know how it will end, but I've invested enough years in this to watch and find out! This isn't the best season, but the last two episodes could be epic, you never know!


I haven't seen an overreaction this extreme since Putin made gays illegal after his boyfriend wouldn't hold his hand.


Contrivances. New characters taking precedence over old ones they don't know what to do with. Established characters being ruined for the sake of a melodrama endgame. Dumb plot points. Dumb actions. No tension. No excitement. This final season of Dexter isn't just bad, it's ruinous. The legacy of this show is destroyed.


Is it only me but I was kinda pissed off when masuka daughter ran and said "hey dex" how dare she call him dex. The only people who can call him dex are the ones who been there since the pilot. She's a beg friend, bet it wasn't even on the script she jst wanted to say "hey dex" bitch


I have a feeling I am about to be disappointed with the end. Only 2 shows left(really only 1 hr40mins)and there isnt enough time to address everything that has built up the last few years. When will Miami metro realize they've been duped and go after Dexter? Will his buddy Masuka feel betrayed and will Quinn realize he was right all along? We wont know. Instead of giving us a thrilling cat and mouse chase for the final season, we got Evelyn Vogel. Loved how Harry told Dexter that he hasn't done a kill room or shown picures in forever. A nod to the viewer that the dull, introspective Dexter is not the same character we fell in love with in seasons 1-4.


Is it me or is the way Jaime reaction getting all fatal attraction. It's really getting worse and I have feeling she's going to loose it! I don't think things for Deb and Quinn are going to be sunshines and rainbows.


i think Dexter will have his happy ending with Hannah. i was surprised how Vogel died, sure Hannah going to the hospital was stupid and usually she thinks everything through. but it is love for Dex and Harrison that made Hannah think with her heart


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I'm not even watching it anymore. Loved it once but who knows what they're even trying to drive at with Dexter's character. Is he a psychopath? Is he just emotionally stunted? really cares at this point? This show didn't jump the shark, the cast, writers & producers are phoning it in to get it over with. I wish it would jump the shark with something like: the ghost of Harry possesses Quinn and he knocks up Deb with inbred Damien vampire baby triplets that grow at a fantastic rate and go on a murder spree that only Dexter can put an end to by mind-melding with Cody AND Astor while he drives "A Slice Of Life" through the canals of Miami killing the inbred Damien vampire triplets with the sword left by Travis. Now that I would watch. Deb dies, Dex dies, Quinn dies, Batista kills Matthews, Hannah kills LaGuerta's 3rd cousin...who would flipping care? Not I.

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