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Dexter: New Blood – Season Finale Review

Tell your dark passengers to look away if you don’t want SPOILERS, 3.5 readers.

I REPEAT: SPOILERS! BIG ONES!

OK, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Is everyone here who wants to be here? Is everyone here OK with SPOILERS?

Alright. Here goes.

Dexter is dead. No, seriously. The Dex man is no more. Shot by son Harrison who realized his old man, much like a rabid dog, had to be put down before he bites another innocent person.

I didn’t see it coming. It felt like Showtime had put too much effort and money into this project to not get a few more seasons out of it. There were some brief, fleeting hints that Dexter and Harrison might lam it to LA, perhaps they’d become a dynamic duo of father and son vigilante killers, dismembering the trash in a new city each season.

But alas, the D-Man is dead. We see he has a red wound in his chest, dead center where his heart is. I mean, the dude drove his boat into an oncoming hurricane in the finale of the original series and still somehow made it out alive so anything is possible and perhaps given enough money and the right script, Dexter could be magically resurrected but even the showrunners are saying in interviews that nope, Dexter is officially dead. He will not be brought back to life and they realize their sin in the original finality was leaving things too open so they made sure to close those doors with great certainty this go around.

If this limited series does indeed mark the official end of Dexter Morgan, then I’d say it certainly brings more closure than the original. Dex aka Jim Linday’s girlfriend Chief Bishop (Julia Jones) collaborates with Angel Batista (David Zayas) the one cop on the original show with a heart of gold. Batista loved ex wife Laguerta but assumed she was loco when she arrested Dexter on Bay Harbor Butcher charges. He finally gets clued into the fact that Maria was right all along, though we’ll never see the devastation he’ll go through when he realizes his old good friends Dex and Deb Morgan had done despicable things behind his back and even killed his ex only to keep lying to him and pretending to be his friend. Perhaps it would be too much to see him go through that pain. In any event, the look on Zayas’ face when Angel sees a recent photo of an alive Dexter reveals all the pain we need to know about.

In Dexter’s final moments, all the innocents who got caught up in his carnage pass through his mind and this was always the hard part of the show. What made us initially root for Dexter was that he had a code – he only killed bad people. However, it was inevitable that good would be caught in the crossfire, be they framed and conveniently murdered by D’s crazy gf (Sgt Doakes) or killed by his sister as part of a cover up (Laguerta) or killed by the serial killer he took to long to kill (Rita) or driven mad (Deb) or again killed by the serial killer he took too long to kill (Lundy.)

I’ll admit, when Dexter started to push Harrison toward a life of serial killing (only bad guys) it made me think the character never learned anything. Hasn’t he learned Harry was wrong to turn him into a murderous vigilante? Wouldn’t psychiatric treatment, even institutionalization, though a bad life, be better than killing? Doesn’t he realize its impossible to do all that killing without killing or otherwise destroying innocents? Why would he put Harrison through that?

In the end, Dexter has learned. He can’t go on like this, but he can’t stop, and if he lives, he’ll bring his son down so he urges the lad to help him end it.

STATUS: Shelf-worthy. Disappointed there won’t be new seasons, unless Harrison takes his show on the road, perhaps with Dexter filling in the Harry imaginary advisor role but I’m not sure a Harrison the serial killer show would be as interesting as Dexter. If they wanted to drag it on a few seasons it would have been interesting to see his old Miami colleagues go after him but otherwise, this was a good end.

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More Thoughts On How Dexter Screwed the Pooch

My Dexter binge watch is at the end as I’m wrapping up Season 8. Here are some more thoughts.

#1 – Making Deb an Accomplice was Just Plain Stupid

Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) was always a weird yet interesting character. She says “fuck” constantly to a ridiculous degree, sometimes as a crutch the writers used to give her character development. Her main arc was always that she has spent her life trying to impress her late father Harry (James Remar) and alive brother Dexter (Michael C. Hall), often to her detriment as she suffers from self-confidence problems in that she feels like she can never match up.

I think the show screwed up by making her Dex’s accomplice. There’s a part of me that gets it. While we have never covered up for serial killing, we all probably have stories of how are loved ones disappointed us in some way but we put up with it because hey, they’re family. So Deb discovers her bro is a serial killer and covers for him isn’t that far fetched.

But I think what would have completed Deb’s arc is that she eventually realizes that her Dad and bro weren’t so great after all, that she has to stop wasting time trying to live up to her fake idolization of them and be her own person…and take Dex down.

#2 – Dexter vs. LaGuerta

LaGuerta was always one of those love her/hate her characters. She was always less about the investigation and more about playing politics. Often, she put her career advancement over doing the right thing. However, there were many times when her political skills helped an investigation i.e. getting resources or convincing a higher up to give their support.

I always thought the better way would be for Dex’s homicide colleagues to slowly but surely, drip by drip, discover evidence that incriminates Dexter and shore up a case against him before confronting him and taking him down.

LaGuerta on the other hand, comes hard against him. In so doing she plays her cards early. Also, it kind of exposes major plot holes in the series. For example, all these cops working on the Bay Harbor Butcher case in season 2, none of them ever discovered before that Doakes was blown up inside a cabin rented by the guy who killed Dexter’s mother? How is that possible?

Dexter trapping Laguerta and about to kill her is outside of his code and maybe it was inevitable he’d kill an innocent to cover for his crimes but throughout the series he’s usually always found some other way to get around an innocent closing in on him without killing him because that’s his big thing – he only kills bad people.

It seems unlikely Deb would kill Laguerta. Again, who knows what a person might do for family until put to an extreme test but it seems unlikely.

But the big plot hole is Laguerta arrests Dexter and all her police colleagues immediately think she’s just a dumb asshole trying to frame Dexter. Angel Batista, the conscience of the show, and no one else for that matter – no one bothers to go to Laguerta and be all like, “OK this strange because Dex is our friend but show me the evidence you have against him.”

#3 – The Vogel Storyline is Just Dumb

Dr. Vogel advised Harry on how to teach Dexter to become a serial killer? Why weren’t we told this before in 7 seasons?

#4 – We Needed More Hannah

I said it before in another post but I’ll say it again. Dexter needed a killer wife. The trope of Rita and others in Dexter’s life wondering where he is when he goes out at all hours of the night and harping on him was natural but eventually got tedious. Hannah understood him and could have even join in on the murdering.

If they had kept Deb in the dark and not made her complicit, and had Dexter marry Hannah, they could have had a few more interesting seasons of Dex and Hannah living in suburban bliss, raising Harrison by day and wacking bad guys by night.

#5 – Aren’t Harry and Dr. Vogel psychos?

A plot device to explain how Dex became a killer i.e. he was guided to kill bad people rather than kill anyone but seems like the normal response for anyone who thinks a kid has homicidal tendencies would be to get them psychiatric treatment, maybe even institutionalization. True, this path has a lot of faults and may not even lead to a cure but I doubt any law abiding citizen would have taught Dex to become a vigilante – but I get it without that there wouldn’t have been a show.

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Why Dexter Needs a Killer Wife

Hey 3.5 Dark Passengers.

BQB here. (SPOILERS)

One more thought from my binge-watch.

We men want killer wives. Killer bods. Killer personality. Killer skills…but I’m not talking about us. I’m talking about Dexter.

I still think the show should have kept Rita alive longer. Though her death made for great shock value, Dexter having a family to lose if he screwed up his kills made for good TV watching.

But since she died, one thing the show flirted with but never committed to was the idea of Dexter having a girlfriend/wife who would join him in the killing.

We first saw this in season 2 with Lilah, who was an arsonist, crazy and really digged Dexter’s killing. Alas, she was also super crazy and wanted to kill everyone Dexter loved because she was that jealous (sigh no woman has ever gotten that jealous over me…yet!) whereas Dexter only wanted to kill bad people.

We saw it front and center in season 5 when Lumen (Julia Stiles) escaped from a gang of violent pervert sex fiends who kidnapped and raped women then killed them and stuffed them into barrels and dumped them in a swamp. (Not G rated family viewing!)

Lumen and Dexter had a brief romance over the fact that they had both been the victims of heinous crimes which turned them into killers, albeit those who kill for justice. Alas, once Lumen killed her last attacker, she felt the need to kill subside and thus could not be with Dexter because she could no longer support his killing.

Finally, the series gave us Hannah McKay (Yyvone Strahowski? Am I spelling that right?). She too was struck with the desire to kill, but she only killed bad people too. Sounds like a match made in heaven er hell er purgatory?

When this romance started, I thought maybe the show was going in an interesting direction where Dexter and Hannah would marry and become a suburban dwelling duo of husband/wife murderers who schedule their kills in between taking the kids to little league.

One of the show’s tropes, i.e. that Dex’s wife Rita, or other friends and fam, constantly dump on him for being so “busy” and going out at all hours of the night. It’s understandable. If someone in your life was constantly out at all hours, you’d wonder what they’re doing. However, it got kind of old. I started to agree with Ghost Harry i.e. Dexter you’re out so much that you literally can’t have a family and be a serial killer. Being a horrible murderer is just too time consuming.

Giving Dexter a killer wife who was in on the dismemberment and bloodshed would have revitalized the show and given it a new edge. Finally, Dexter could have had it all – being able to kill while having a wife who understands the need and why he’s out all the time and even joins in.

So in conclusion, if anyone from Showtime reads this fine blog, I hope you’ll give Dexter a murderous, killer wife and see how it goes. Thank you.

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When Did Dexter Jump the Shark?

Check your Dark Passenger, 3.5 readers.

Your old pal BQB here to talk about Dexter

I’ve been on a binge-watch of this show lately. In many ways it was great, unique and original. It did require suspension of disbelief, but what show doesn’t?

For those who haven’t watched it yet (and sidenote SPOILERS abound), it’s about Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) who, by day, works as a forensic analyst for Miami Metro Homicide. By night, he quells his “Dark Passenger,” the desire he has to kill foisted upon him at an early age when he saw his mother murdered by a drug dealer when he was a little boy.

Adopted by police detective Harry (James Remar in a plot device, appears throughout the show as a mental apparition, reminding him of how to evade police detection), Dexter was schooled by his now late father in how to kill and get away with it, but to only kill bad people. Thus, Dexter can feed his evil need while doing society a favor.

Crucial to the show is the bond he has with his coworkers, chief among them his sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) a police detective.

Alas, with each season, the show got dumber and more unlikely. So when did it go off the rails? Possibilities:

#1 – Season 2 with the discovery of the Bay Harbor Butcher

Deep sea diving treasure hunters come across the “trash” Dexter threw into the ocean, his preferred method of body disposal being to cut up the bad guys, throw them in hefties and toss them off the side of his boat.

While interesting to see how Dexter will evade the manhunt for the mysterious vigilante who is hacking baddies to pieces, it feels like the show may have played its hand too early. The show’s main draw is that Dexter and Miami Homicide are like a family and yet Dexter has betrayed them so many times behind their back, lying to their faces, hiding evidence, plotting and scheming, all the while everyone assuming he is a class act. That everyone learns someone is killing bad guys comes out too early.

Meanwhile, SPOILER – Sergeant James Doakes is the highlight of the show. The absolute highlight. He openly harasses Dexter the first two seasons, calling him a creep, weirdo, every name in the book. It feels like Doakes is just being mean to Dexter because he hates awkward nerds and yet we, the audience know that Doakes’ suspicions are justified.

Doakes takes the fall for the Bay Harbor Butcher rap and dies, not by Dexter’s hand but by a psycho Dex paramour with a penchant for setting fires. This begins the shows way of getting rid of witnesses to Dexter’s chicanery who don’t fit his code – i.e. Dexter has vowed to never kill someone who hasn’t killed but somehow, miraculous coincidences have a way of taking witnesses out so Dexter can keep on Dexing.

At any rate, Doakes was awesome and we could have used him in more seasons. Then again, he was that good of a cop that had he lived he surely would have taken that creepy nerd down by the end of Season 3.

Speaking of…

#2 – Season 3

People often consider this a good season. It is but my main complaint is it begins the foray into people finding out about Dexter’s true self whereas the allure of the first two seasons was that Dexter was doing something awful, really awful, but getting away with it and fooling everyone around him that he was a wonderful guy. Secrets are rarely kept when two or more people are involved, so when Dex’s new BFF Miguel Prado finds out (Jimmy Smitts) and they start becoming killing buddies, it’s just like…if everyone knows then it is less exciting for the audience. We’re the only ones who are supposed to know.

#3 – Ending of Season 4

Season 4 ending is a surprising shock. Look away. SPOILER! OK, you had your chance. Dexter marries Rita and spends most of season 4 playing house, becoming a Dad to step kids Astor and Cody while welcoming a newborn of his own with his wife. It becomes a challenge for Dexter to balance work, family and his time consuming murder hobby. Actually, this season begins the ongoing trope of everyone in Dex’s personal life hating his guts because he’s always off somewhere. He’s falsely accused of having affairs and Rita even falsely accuses him of doing drugs, which in a humorous manner, he just cops to because its easier than admitting he is a murderer.

Here, the big bad, perhaps the scariest of the series, is “The Trinity Killer” aptly played by John Lithgow – Arthur Mitchel, a man who as a boy, accidentally killed his sister, which led to his mother’s suicide, which led to a violent argument with his father who blamed him that ended in the father’s bludgeoning. Arthur spends the rest of his life recreating this twisted series of events by killing people who fit the profiles of his late family.

Dex toys with Trinity way too much, having many opportunities to kill him before others are killed but drags the process out, letting the hunt go on too long. Maybe this is a flaw of the series or maybe it is character development i.e. Dexter thinks he performs a valuable public service by taking out the trash but maybe, just maybe, he interferes with the official trash collectors i.e. the police by getting between them and a suspect. Dex often hides evidence to point the cops in the wrong direction so he can murder the bad guy himself and this often blows up in his face.

Long story short, while the surprise ending is a big shocker (Dex kills Trinity and we are led to believe all is right in the world until Dex realizes Trinity killed Rita earlier in the evening before Dex got to him), I think maybe this is another example of when the show spent its wad too early.

Who knows? On one hand, it was a shocker that kept us on our seats. On the other hand, Rita and the kids humanized Dex and added an extra layer of suspense. Before it was just “OMG what if Dex’s work family finds out about his true side?” but now Dex really has something to lose with a family.

#4 – Seasons 5 and 6

I used to think this is the point where the show declined. Without Rita and the family, the show changed too much and a sad, weepy, emotional Dexter wasn’t fun. But as I look back in a binge watch, the barrel murder case of season 5 where Dex takes on an accomplice/protege Lumen is interesting and Season 6 with the Doomsday Killers have some of the most shocking crime scenes of the series.

So when did it jump the shark?

#4 – Deb Discovers Dexter – End of Season 6

I just didn’t like it – then or now. The show was always building to an inevitable conclusion – that somehow, Dex’s Miami Metro Fam would find out about his killer hobby, be shocked and surprised and betrayed as the evidence becomes clear that Dex is a killer, and then they’d hunt him down. Maybe they’d be successful. Maybe they’d fail and Dex would get away. Either that or maybe would face off with one last horror of horror serial killer.

Sidenote- I heard in the books, the series concludes with Dex’s Miami Metro fam being pissed by his evildoings but alas, they can’t make the evidence of his real killings stick, so they come together to frame him and imprison him for life for a crime he didn’t commit. That actually kind of seems like an awesome ending, doesn’t it?

Instead, in the series Debra walks in on Dexter killing by accident and then for the next two seasons, the show tries to slowly turn Debra from a disgusted sister who stands by her brother, tries to cure him only to become an accomplice by covering for him rather than turn him in. As Debra sinks deeper into Dex’s true world, she becomes an emotional wreck and I just feel like the character was always too strong and law abiding to allow herself to be sucked into and ruined by Dexter’s world.

The finale is garbage – Dexter pulls the comatose Deb from her hospital bed, puts her on a boat and sails into a hurricane only for Dex to emerge as a lumberjack is horribly stupid and bad and I submit Debra finding out by walking in on a murder rather than through her detective work put the show on a bad path.

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TV Review – Dexter: Next Blood (2021) – Season 1, Episode 1

He’s baaaack.

BQB here with a review of the sequel series about America’s favorite serial killer with a code.

I’ve often said being a fan of a cable TV show is a lot like being the long suffering wife of a husband going through a bad mid-life crisis. There we stand at the doorway in our bathrobe and hair curlers, begging him to stay. We tell him we have so many more years together, we’ll be more loyal to him that that hot new young blonde will, but nothing we can do or say will stop him from driving off in his new impulse by Ferrari as he chases new projects, i.e. new movies and shows that literally no one will remember and thus we are left all alone, baffled at how we could have invested so many years in a show that was ground to a screeching, unsatisfying halt.

Those shitty husbands have been returning in droves lately, all with shitty store bought bouquets in the form of tangential prequels and sequels. The Sopranos wants us back. They’re sorry for giving us a do it yourself ending where Tony may or may not have been whacked and want to make it up to us with a prequel about Tony’s uncle in the 1960s. Saw it. Doesn’t make up for the lousy ending.

Game of Thrones is back too. They’re sorry they left us with a bizarre ending where the kind and just Khaleesi suddenly orders her dragon to turn King’s Landing into a barbecue, followed by the kid we were told for a decade could never be king becoming king with no explanation as to why the rule against him being king no longer applies. They want to make it up to us with a prequel show about Khaleesi’s ancestors from 10000 years ago. I’ll probably watch it because I have no respect for myself.

And finally, Dexter’s back. He’s sorry about that whole shitty finale where his tough cop sister Deb gets turned into a whimpering simpleton who inexplicably backs him rather than, I don’t know, vows to take him down in the bro vs sis showdown we were long promised…and then somehow Dex drives his boat to the only hospital that has a boat ramp, absconds with his dying sister in his arms (nary a single doctor, nurse or guard notices or cares) and drives his boat into a hurricane to end his murder spree once and for all and for a second we think this is a shitty ending but at least it is and ending, only for the final scene where we see Dexter has moved to the Pacific Northwest to become a lumberjack. WTF?

If I had any dignity, I’d tell all these returning franchises to go to hell. I’m seeing Squid Game now and I know in my heart that they’ll wrap up my new favorite show with a decent conclusion and won’t just give me a lame ending followed by a Squid Game prequel in ten years that no one will want (sigh they will probably do just that.)

But I am sans dignity so I watched the first episode. I’ll say at the outset, its far from what I wanted yet interesting enough that I’ll give it a try.

Here, we see Dexter ten years into his new life under an assumed identity. Posing as Jim, an employee of Fred’s Fish and Game Store, he has invented an entirely new life, yet fans will see old habits die hard. He brings cheesecake bars to work, not unlike how he used to bring donuts so everyone would like him.

He’s dating a cop, which we can assume will give him access to data on baddies who buck the system, and perhaps set up a showdown with his girlfriend (that the writers will no doubt botch).

Deb now serves as Harry, the voice that advises him on what to do.

Dexter has kept his need to kill at bay for ten years but it all comes out when a rich young douche who openly brags about all the people he’s hurt crosses his path.

Oh, and obviously it’s hella woke. Everyone is gay and his arch-nemesis will be a rich oil baron who is hurting the environment.

STATUS: So far, shelf-worthy, but it feels like I’ve lowered myself to take that long lost love back. I’ll trust it for now, but I know inevitably, it will do something stupid…or, will it learn from its mistakes and make it up to us? Time will tell.

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Top Ten Worst TV Show Endings/Series Finales Ever #9 – Dexter (2006-2013)

It’s been a year since I began this list but I always knew I’d get back to it sooner or later.

Dexter.  It raised us up so high only to bring us crashing so far down.

Needless to say, we’re talking about how the series ended, so if you haven’t watched it yet, beware of SPOILERS.

In a world of sequels to sequels and reboots of reboots, Showtime’s Dexter had a rather unique premise: a serial killer who you could actually root for.

Michael C. Hall starred as Dexter Morgan, the Miami Homicide forensic analyst who, in his spare time, feeds his twisted inner need to kill (which he refers to as his “dark passenger”) by murdering bad people.

The series starts off strong.  Seasons 1 and 2 are particularly great.  Season 4 Dexter meets his match in the Trinity Killer (John Lithgow) and then after that, the whole shebang just begins to unravel.

At the heart of the show was the fact that Dexter, believe it or not, was relatable.  Sure, you don’t kidnap evildoers, take them to a secluded area, wrap them in plastic wrap and then stab them, but at some point in your life, maybe you’ve felt like you don’t fit in.

Dexter suffers from that same anxiety.  He has a hard time making friends.  He has a hard time sharing his feelings because he doesn’t have any, yet he’d like to have some.  He brings a box of donuts to work everyday to use as a social crutch/ice breaker (i.e. he can’t really strike up a conversation with someone without the excuse of, ‘Hey, would you like a donut?'”)

We’ve all been there and yet, we all (hopefully) see improvement in our social circles as long as we keep trying.  Over the course of the show, the Miami Homicide Division becomes Dexter’s family.  The various detectives become his brothers and sisters.  Hell, one of them even is his sister in the form of foul mouthed Debra (Jennifer Carpenter).

Throughout the series, we see the toll Dexter’s double life takes on him.  His job is to help the police department uphold the law.  Yet all too often, he uses department resources (databases, crime lab, etc.) to track down bad guys and kill them before his colleagues can collar them.

Moral issues arise.  Is it right to do something evil, even if it is against someone evil?  Is it wrong to be a vigilante?  Doesn’t allegiance to the legal system mean that we take the good with the bad, that sometimes a bad guy gets off on a technicality in order to make sure good people aren’t railroaded?

In the beginning of the series, Dexter operates with a moral code (passed down to him by his police officer father) that serves him well.  Be thorough and don’t make a mistake (i.e. don’t kill someone who didn’t do something wrong).  Don’t share this secret life with others.  Don’t get caught.

In the first two seasons, Dexter’s murderous craft is an art form to behold.  He uses intelligence, trickery, deception, science and skill to catch his victims, kill them and make them disappear without leaving behind so much as a single trace.

Alas, in season three the writing starts to get sloppy and Dexter begins going from methodical mad man who thinks of everything to guy who wants to be everyone’s friend.  Dexter shares his secret with a district attorney played by Jimmy Smitts, and from thereon, starts sharing his double life with others throughout the series.

That seemed dumb to me.  I remember thinking, “Yeah right.  No one can keep a secret like that for long.”  The whole point of why this character was interesting is because he does so much evil in his personal life and yet still manages to show up to work everyday and beguile a group of colleagues who treat him like a member of the family, fool his sister, his girlfriend, even the step-kids that he takes on as a step-father figure.

Every TV show raises a question.  Here, the question is, “Will Dexter ever get caught?”

That’s the question that kept us on the edge of our seats, season after season.  Will Dexter slip up and be discovered?  Will the people he works with in Miami Homicide end up looking like and feeling like fools when it comes out that one of their own was a murderer?  Will one of the detectives end up taking Dexter in?  Will Debra and Dexter square off?

Alas, the show jumps the shark when Debra discover Dexter’s secret life.  Despite her character being presented as a strong law woman, she goes nuts, quits the force and starts helping Dexter cover up his shit.  Just never seemed like something she would ever do.

Personally, I was waiting for years for that moment when Debra makes a difficult choice to haul her own brother in but I never got it.

The show sort of redeems itself when Deb, faced with the decision of whether or not to back up Detective LaGuerta (Lauren Luna Velez) or side with her brother, chooses her brother and shoots LaGuerta.  Not really an outcome I was rooting for but OK, I get it.  Family bonds are strong and sometimes people do shitty things they don’t want to do in the name of saving a family member’s hide.

To me, the obvious storyline would have been for Sgt. Angel Bautista (David Zayas) to end up in some kind of showdown vs. Dexter and Deb.  Bautista and LaGuerta were married and though divorced, he still loved her.  He looked at Dexter and Deb as his own brother and sister, even including Dexter in on his bowling league.  Surely he could have discovered this and felt betrayed and there could have been some awesome final season long manhunt where he tracks him down but no…nope…Bautista just remains a clueless dummy to the end.

Where was I?

Right.  The finale sucked not just because it sucked because it was just one long arc of suck that began in season five and culminated in the disastrous finale.

Deb dies off screen.  We don’t see it.  We’re just told it as a side note, as if it is an afterthought.

Dexter motors his boat to the hospital and pulls up to a ramp and you’re supposed to just nod like an asshole and be like, “OK.  I guess hospitals have boat ramps.”

Dexter then picks his dead sister up out of her hospital bed and walks out the front door with her, past nurses and doctors and security and yeah, I get that they were all dealing with the complications of a hurricane but still, someone would have noticed this.

Dexter then leaves with Debra, again from the hospital boat ramp, and deposits her in a watery grave in a part of the bay where he dumped all of his chopped up victims.

For a brief second you think this is interesting symbolism.  Dexter feels like shit that his double life caused his sister so much pain that it essentially killed her so he dispatches her as if she’s one last victim.

But then you just end up thinking that Dexter is a sack of shit and maybe his sister deserved a nice police department funeral with the flag draped over the casket and the twenty one gun salute and a head stone for people to put flowers on but no, he drops her carcass off in a part of the ocean filled with chopped up bodies.

Dexter, you asshole.

Oh, so then Dexter leaves his young son to be raised by Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski), a murderous wench that he hasn’t even known for that long.

I always felt the writers missed out a potentially awesome story line.  There really should have been a season where Dexter and Hannah get married, go to jobs by day, then serially kill together at night.  Showtime really should have hired me.

So then Dexter points his boat at the hurricane and sails towards it.  And you’re like, “OK…well this is all shit but at least there’s a resolution.  There’s an answer.  Dexter finally feels like such a shit heel for his life of crime that he kills himself.”

But nope.  The writers wouldn’t commit.  In one last brief scene, Dexter has taken a job in the great Northwest as a lumberjack.

So that’s pretty much it.  We watched this show for years only to find out that he becomes a chopper of wood in the end.

Truly, one of the worst TV show finales ever.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you shouldn’t have read any of this.  But at any rate, seasons one through four are great and then it probably should have just stopped at four if the writers weren’t going to take it seriously.

That showdown where Dexter’s friends/family finally take him down…or that big final case where Dexter beats all the odds and walks away a free man one last time never materializes.  It just fizzles out and then leaves you with a promise that one day a show might be developed about a murderous lumberjack that, let’s face it, you won’t really want to see.

 

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