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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Bridge 2.2: First Class Serial Killer

The second season of The Bridge is already coalescing - nice and darkly - with its second episode last night.  Sonya and Marco are now working together on the case, and the case entails a piece-of-work lady psycho serial killer.   Can't ask for much more than that.

More specifically, Sonya continues to be a little smoother - less quirky - than last year, which I like. She stands up better to Hank, who's right to still be concerned about her, but I think perceives that she's less the basket case than she once was.   Even Marco and Sonya in bed together, which would have been flatly impossible last season without Marco seeming to take advantage of her, seems a less impossible possibility now.   Not it that it will necessarily happen.   But when Marco showed up at her door late at night last night, to go over the new case, there seemed just a sliver of that possibility.  We'll see.

Meanwhile, Eleanor Nacht's soul and metier indeed seem dark as her last name.  She's one of the creepiest psychos to come down the television pike - in a non-horror, non-fantasy show - in a while. Already in two episodes she's equalled or exceeded some of the worst monsters in Criminal Minds, and in Dexter as well - indeed, she would have made a worthy target for Dexter in his prime.   Her specialty is apparently young teenage boys, whom sure lures with the promise of a little sex (just touching), then kills so she can see the "light," and keeps a record of all of this in her ledger.   Fausto Galvan - a primo mob boss in his own right - has Eleanor on his radar, Sonya has her on the video she swiped from the DEA, so sooner or later Sonya and Marco will come face to face with her.

About the only part of the second season I've seen enough of, in fact, is the DEA, whose lording it over the local police is a theme we've seen a hundred times on television.   Abraham Benrubi, who was just great in ER, is excellent in the DEA lead agent role on The Bridge, but we'll just have to see how this develops.

See also The Bridge 2.1: What Motivates Sonya?

And see also The Bridge Opens Brooding and Valent ... The Bridge 1.2: A Tale of Two Beds ... The Bridge 1.6: Revelations ... The Bridge 1.7: A Killer and a Reluctant Professor ... The Bridge 1.8: Some Dark Poetic Justice ... The Bridge 1.9: Trade-Off ... The Bridge 1.10: Charlotte's Evolution ... The Bridge 1.11: Put to the Test ... The Bridge Season 1 Finale: Marco Joins Mackey and Agnew

 
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Following 2.5: Turning Tides

One way I like to keep track of what's happening on The Following is noting, in each episode, how many of the following Ryan and any of the good guys are able to bring down.  Often the only killings in the show are victims and law-enforcement.  In fact, nearly an episode goes by without some innocent being killed by one of the psychos, or a cop or FBI agent wiped out by one of them.

Tonight, in episode 2.5, we get a refreshing reversal.  Although the young woman that Lily kidnapped to serve to Joe is indeed slaughtered by him, Dexter style, Ryan at the end of episode has taken out two of the following, including Gillian, one of the worst psychos of all.  That's a pretty good tally for the agents of good, and one which we didn't see too often last season, and only one other time this season, when all of Emma's group were eliminated.  But they were already sidelined, and didn't pose much of a threat.

Also a development for the better tonight is Mike finally realizing that Joe is alive, which Ryan's niece Max is starting to acknowledge, too.  The only chance of getting Joe and his new band is all law enforcement working with Ryan.

But the forces of bad are coalescing, too.  Joe may be accepting Lily as a benefactor, and certainly as a lover.   The twins are still alive and very much kicking.   And Emma, while not forgiving Joe for abandoning her, is at least on the premises, and will be a force to reckon with as Ryan and the FBI close in.

But the most deadly weapon Joe may have at his disposal may be Mandy.   She has already demonstrated her attachment to Joe and willingness to kill for him, and as powerful a force as Lily may be, Mandy may be more so.  A lover of his own age and stature in Lily, and a surrogate daughter in Mandy, will be formidable allies indeed.


Monday, January 20, 2014

The Following Is Back for Its Second Season

Season 2 of The Following premiered tonight.   It's been advertised as even more graphic and brutal than the first season - a little hard to imagine, especially for a series shown on the still suppressed networks in comparison to cable - but in some ways it was.  Not just because of the slash killing of five on the NYC subway by two guys wearing Joe Carroll masks, but even more because of the slow dancing by one of the Following with an actress he recently killed, clad now in a black bikini.  Scenes like this indeed put The Following in a class of its own, going further than, say, Dexter in being psychologically unnerving.

Speaking of Dexter, the actor who played Dexter's apprentice Zach Hamilton in its final season - Sam Underwood - plays a killer who has become Ryan Hardy's problem in duplicate on The Following.   One of the twins does the dance with the limp bikini, and together they promise a wave on horror in the weeks ahead. Emma, one of the most intelligent and disconcerting psychos from the first season, is back, too.  And by the end of the premiere, it's established that Joe is, too.

On the side of the angels aka law enforcement most of the time, Mike is back, and Ryan's niece is introduced as an NYPD intel expert.  James McDaniel - who played one of my favorite characters on NYPD Blue - is back with the police, and it's good to see him in a more commanding role than he had in the short-lived Detroit 1-8-7.

The gist of the plot so far is that Ryan is resisting requests to help the formal police investigation of the subway and bikini killings, because - as we shortly learn - he and his niece are secretly investigating Joe on their own.   I at first thought Ryan was doing this to protect Mike from further harm - feeling guilty about the death of Debra last season - but if that's what's motivating him, why would he let his niece get involved?  And the meaning of Ryan putting on the Joe Carroll mask at the end is, what, not that Ryan is willing to kill an innocent to get Joe, but that he's certainly up for infiltrating the Following to get at Joe.

Otherwise, it's worthy noting that Claire presumably died of the injuries she sustained in the season one finale - but, as I always say, it's "presumably" because unless you see a head point blank blown to bits on television, there's always a chance that the person you think was killed, or have told was killed, is still alive.  After all, this is exactly what happened with Joe ...

See also The Following Begins ... The Following 1.2: Joe, Poe, and the Plan ... The Following 1.3: Bug in the Sun ... The Following 1.4: Off the Leash ... The Following 1.5:  The Lawyer and the Swap ... The Following 1.7: At Large ... The Following 1.9: All in a Name, Or, Metaphor in the Service of Murder ... The Following 1.13: At Last Something of a Day for the Good Guys ... The Following Season 1 Finale: Doing Dead




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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Dexter Series Finale: Solitude, Style, a Modicum of Hope

One of the first reviews I ever wrote about any television show on Infinite Regress was First Place to Dexter in December 2006, where I said Dexter was the best show on television that Fall.  And it's never disappointed since.

This last season and very last episode in particular was graced by brilliant, darkly logical plot development, as has been the entire series.  A hurricane is hitting Miami, which gives Dexter cover to do all kinds of things.

I hated to see him take Debra off life-support, but I can understand how he couldn't bear to leave her in Miami in that vegetative state.  And I hated to see Dexter make Hannah and everyone think he was lost in the storm, but that made sense, too.

And, for those who think Dexter at long last deserved at least a modicum of happiness, there's hope for that, too.   Dexter's alive.  He can find Hannah and Harrison whenever he wants to, and Hannah can do the same, too.  He may come to rethink his driving motivation - that he deserves no happiness, because he always endangers those who give him happiness, like Debra.

Hannah's exit was great, getting the jump on Elway.   She, like Dexter, is not a person to be trifled with.   The tender moments between Quinn and Deb - and Dexter and Deb - were wonderful, too.   Dexter needed to be thought of as dead if only to not be hunted by Quinn, who won't accept Deb's disappearance lightly.

And Dexter didn't miss a beat, outsmarting Elway at the airport and Daniel in the police room.  To the very end, he's one of the quickest thinking geniuses we've ever seen on television.

So this remarkable show about a serial killer we can admire and even love comes to a close.  Dexter did manage to grow out of his psycho path and achieve a better state of mind and life.   And that life still exists.   Let's hope that someday in the future we'll see perhaps a movie that tells us the next chapter in this one-of-a-kind anti-hero's life.  Because, for all his talking to himself in the form of Harry all of these years, Dexter is not a loner.  He thrives in the intensity of give and take with people.   First place to Dexter indeed.


And see also Dexter Season 6 Sneak Preview Review ... Dexter 6.4: Two Numbers and Two Killers Equals? ... Dexter 6.5 and 6.6: Decisive Sam ... Dexter 6.7: The State of Nebraska ... Dexter 6.8: Is Gellar Really Real? .... Dexter 6.9: And Gellar Is ... ... Dexter's Take on Videogames in 6.10 ...Dexter and Debra:  Dexter 6.11 ... Dexter Season 6 Finale: Through the Eyes of a Different Love


And see also
 Dexter Season 4: Sneak Preview Review ... The Family Man on Dexter 4.5 ...Dexter on the Couch in 4.6 ... Dexter 4.7: 'He Can't Kill Bambi' ... Dexter 4.8: Great Mistakes ...4.9: Trinity's Surprising Daughter ... 4.10: More than Trinity ... 4.11: The "Soulless, Anti-Family Schmuck" ... 4.12: Revenges and Recapitulations

And see also reviews of Season 3Season's Happy Endings? ... Double Surprise ... Psychotic Law vs. Sociopath Science ... The Bright, Elusive Butterfly of Dexter ... The True Nature of Miguel ...Si Se Puede on Dexter ... and Dexter 3: Sneak Preview Review



 


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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Dexter 8.11: "Not the Old Dexter"

"Maybe I'm not the old Dexter," Dexter says is this fabulously harrowing and satisfying penultimate episode 8.11 of the series, and he's right.  And that may prove the undoing of all of his plans.

Because Dexter has the psycho Daniel Vogel on his table, in a perfect last kill, all set for Dex and Hannah and Harrison to make way to Argentina, and Dex instead calls in Deb to arrest Daniel all legal-like.  That's not a bad plan, since Daniel can also be credited with all Dex's killings, but it's not as good as the original plan.

Because Marshall Cooper - having been tailing Dexter - walks in on the bound Daniel, as Dex and Debbie are saying goodbye outside, and Cooper cuts him the loose.  The immediate result is Cooper looks like he was stabbed to death by Daniel, a very good thing.  But the next result is Deb is shot by Daniel - using Cooper's gun - and she looks to be very seriously wounded.

Once again, unneeded coming attractions tell us Deb will at least make it to the finale, and I sure hope she survives, but that looks far from definite.  She has totally come to terms with and accepted her relationship with Dexter, she's getting back with Quinn, so her not surviving would be especially terrible.

Other than Dexter not being his old, savoring-of-righteous-murder self putting Deb in this position - and everyone else that Dex cares about, with Daniel on the loose - this episode has a brilliant collection of scenes with the new Dexter saying goodbye to his old friends.

This includes Quinn, Batista, and, in some ways most touchingly and significantly, Harry, who realizes Dexter doesn't need him any more.  And since Harry is a part of Dexter, that was certainly the most eloquent way of Dexter leaving his old self, saying goodbye to the inner Harry that was essential to the survival of the old Dexter.

Will this new Dexter - lovable and loving - survive the finale?  I'll be on tenterhooks until next Sunday.  It's asking a lot of I don't who for both Dex and Deb to survive - and Dex to live dangerously ever after with Hannah - but I'm hoping.


And see also Dexter Season 6 Sneak Preview Review ... Dexter 6.4: Two Numbers and Two Killers Equals? ... Dexter 6.5 and 6.6: Decisive Sam ... Dexter 6.7: The State of Nebraska ... Dexter 6.8: Is Gellar Really Real? .... Dexter 6.9: And Gellar Is ... ... Dexter's Take on Videogames in 6.10 ...Dexter and Debra:  Dexter 6.11 ... Dexter Season 6 Finale: Through the Eyes of a Different Love


And see also
 Dexter Season 4: Sneak Preview Review ... The Family Man on Dexter 4.5 ...Dexter on the Couch in 4.6 ... Dexter 4.7: 'He Can't Kill Bambi' ... Dexter 4.8: Great Mistakes ...4.9: Trinity's Surprising Daughter ... 4.10: More than Trinity ... 4.11: The "Soulless, Anti-Family Schmuck" ... 4.12: Revenges and Recapitulations

And see also reviews of Season 3Season's Happy Endings? ... Double Surprise ... Psychotic Law vs. Sociopath Science ... The Bright, Elusive Butterfly of Dexter ... The True Nature of Miguel ...Si Se Puede on Dexter ... and Dexter 3: Sneak Preview Review



 

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Dexter 8.10: Watch Out, Buenos Aires



Just two more episodes of Dexter left after tonight's 8.10, and we learned all kinds of things -



  • Dexter wants to go to Argentina with Harrison and Hannah.   This is indicative not only of Dexter wanting to save Hannah, but wanting to be with her, and live the semblance of a normal life.  But it won't be easy - with Daniel Vogel a danger on the one hand, and Marshall Cooper, who doesn't miss a beat, hunting Hannah on the other.
  • One person who won't be a threat to Dexter's plans for a happier future is Deb - not only has she thoroughly bought into the idea of Dexter and Hannah being together, she's lying her best - to Cooper - to make it happen.  Believable?  I think so -  Deb is coming to realize that Dexter far away is the best way she can move to a more normal life.
  • Good to see Deb and Quinn getting together.  The only reason Deb broke it off with him in the first place is she knew that Quinn would learn about Dexter sooner or later if Deb and Quinn continued together. But with Dexter in Argentina, that would no longer be a problem.
  • Angel, though one of my favorite supporting characters on this show, talks too much.  He talks too much to Cooper, and talks too much to Dr. Vogel.  Just saying.
  • And here I've got to admit I was wrong about Vogel - including right up until the time that Daniel slits her throat and kills her.  I was pretty sure that Vogel was luring Dexter to where she was so Daniel could get the drop on Dexter.   It's a measure of how well this season has been plotted that this is at least the second time a person who was acting suspiciously turns out to be a victim - and, in both cases, killed by the same person, Daniel.  My apologies, Dr. Vogel.  RIP.
So where does this leave us?  The coming attractions tell us Dexter and Hannah make it to the airport. Will they board the plane with Harrison and make it to Argentina?

My guess is we won't find out until the very last moment of the series.


And see also Dexter Season 6 Sneak Preview Review ... Dexter 6.4: Two Numbers and Two Killers Equals? ... Dexter 6.5 and 6.6: Decisive Sam ... Dexter 6.7: The State of Nebraska ... Dexter 6.8: Is Gellar Really Real? .... Dexter 6.9: And Gellar Is ... ... Dexter's Take on Videogames in 6.10 ...Dexter and Debra:  Dexter 6.11 ... Dexter Season 6 Finale: Through the Eyes of a Different Love


And see also
 Dexter Season 4: Sneak Preview Review ... The Family Man on Dexter 4.5 ...Dexter on the Couch in 4.6 ... Dexter 4.7: 'He Can't Kill Bambi' ... Dexter 4.8: Great Mistakes ...4.9: Trinity's Surprising Daughter ... 4.10: More than Trinity ... 4.11: The "Soulless, Anti-Family Schmuck" ... 4.12: Revenges and Recapitulations

And see also reviews of Season 3Season's Happy Endings? ... Double Surprise ... Psychotic Law vs. Sociopath Science ... The Bright, Elusive Butterfly of Dexter ... The True Nature of Miguel ...Si Se Puede on Dexter ... and Dexter 3: Sneak Preview Review



 

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