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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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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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Vogel? Easy come; easy go. She wasn't around long enough to make much of a mark.

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I've always watched Dexter thinking that tne last season of the series would be about the big revelation of all he did over the years and Miami metro employees being shocked and trying to locate and arrest a long gone Dexter. The season's serial killer to track down being Dexter himself. But that's apparently only happening in the 2 last episodes. How could Hannah be stupid enough to go to the hospital with Harrison and signing Debra's name? What a terrible plot device! Hope Debra survive to take care of little Harrison.

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Have you ever noticed that good shows often have a poor last season? It seems as though the good writers have already jumped ship. I still think Vogel killed Dexter's father to stop him from going to the police, he did not commit suicide. I cheered when she was killed off. She has been such a boring part of the show. Surely, Dexter won't ride off into the Argentine sunset with Hannah, unless the Harrison actor really is the only writer left.

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My biggest problem with Dexter goes back to "the Code". Harry spends all of Dexter's life training him, guiding him to follow a set of rules. Finally, in flashback- Dexter kills someone and days later Harry commits suicide? It just never made any sense. I'd always hoped they'd re-visit that- that somehow Matthews was involved in a big conspiracy and they never did. With regard to how it's ending, again I go back to almost the first episode of the whole series. Dexter says something to the effect (RE: Debra) "If I had any feelings they would be for my sister Deb" Over the course of Dexter's evolving- he now does have real feelings, for his son, for Hannah, for Deb. He is not the same man we met 8 seasons ago. I hope he does choose that new life, but have a feeling he won't, or it just won't choose him.

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Now they could have it end in a way where we think he's dead, and then a little seed of doubt gets sown at the end that makes us wonder if he somehow did manage to escape, something like the end of the "Dark Knight" Batman movie series, but we don't really know for sure. That I could live with. I would like to see Deb survive.

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This season has certainly been slow on action. It's not at all the usual Dexter as serial killer, and internal droll and witty Dexter commentary as a side commentary. That has probably been the most disappointing aspect of the season. I figured that it would be more action-oriented, and I agree that I don't particularly care for the centering activity on Vogel and her son, Saxon. It seems like Dexter has kind of gotten lost in the shuffle. I wonder if they are trying too hard to imply that Dexter has changed and can go off into the sunset with Hannah and Harrison and be free of his inner demons and just live a normal life. I never expected that Dexter would end in any other way than with Dexter's capture or death. I don't see how they can end it in any other way. Now they could have it end in a way where we think he's dead, and then a little seed of doubt gets sown at the end that makes us wonder if he somehow did manage to escape, something like the end of the "Dark Knight" Batman movie series, but we don't really know for sure. That I could live with. I would like to see Deb survive.

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This season is going out with a whimper. Too bad, because up until lately the writing has been fairly decent. The character of Vogel hasn't been consistent at all: the contrived conflict with her son, where she at first offers to send him for treatment contradicts her belief that psychopaths can't be cured. It's who they are. I was surprised that she didn't offer to manage him the same way she wanted to manage Dexter (and other assorted psychopaths). That dichotomy broke the fourth wall for me, and I stopped caring. Dexter escapes; Dexter gets caught and jailed or Dexter gets killed. Who cares? End it.

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Yikes. This show was clearly written by the actor who plays Harrison. I think this show will go down in history as the most amazing spectacle of lost potential. To go from the best to the absolute worst show on television over the course of 8 seasons is truly a commendable feat. The writing is so scatterbrained and nonsensical that I literally nothing could surprise me at this point. Deb is probably next on the chopping block. Then maybe Saxon is killed by... Matthews? No, Masuka's daughter. No Matthews. Yeah. Then Matthews kills Dexter too and we learn that he knew about Dexter the whole time. Or maybe Quinn becomes the new Dexter. Or maybe Astor and Cody are the REAL brain surgeons. It'd all make just about as much sense.

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Yeah... This season has been very slow. I expected much more from it's final season from the get go, but it feels like they've wasted nearly an entire season on a story arch that has so little suspense to it. I'm glad though that Quinn and deb got back together. If (and it's a very but if!) anyone gets to be happy, I hope it's them.

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I wish I cared more. I'm just waiting for it to end at this point. Such a majorly disappointing season especially when you look at the constant cliffhangers and moments you didn't see coming from a show like Breaking Bad.
I used to be such a huge fan but it seems that they've just gotten lazy the last few seasons. Breaks my heart a little bit. I like walking away from a series missing it not being relieved that the season is over or saying to myself how good it used to be.

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