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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Dexter 7.7: Shakespearean Serial Killer Story

Dexter's enemies are getting more dangerous in Dexter 7.7.  Isaac is out of prison, admiring Dexter, but ever more determined to kill him.  LaGuerta is beginning to get closer to Dexter as the Bay Harbor Butcher.  And Hannah-

But she's not Dexter's enemy, she's his lover.  The episode begins with her having a knife to Dexter's neck, but that's just prelude to another round of loving.   Last week, Dexter could have killed her but made love to her instead.  This week, Hannah turns the tables.

Dexter, ever perceptive about his own condition, is now more aware of how right Hannah is for him.  Better than Lila, who had a pathological thirst for his murderous ways.  Better than Rita, who turned a blind eye towards those ways.  And better than Lumen, who needed Dexter to come to terms with the violence that had been done to her.

Hannah, in contrast, could be just old-fashioned love.  Except, not old-fashioned, nothing is old-fashioned in Dexter.   This is a love between two killers, each beyond the pale in their own ways, brought together by a natural, even beautiful erotic and deeper attraction.  What could get in the way of this?

Deb.  She likes Price.  And she knows that Hannah killed him - before Dexter could act in a less violent way to get Price out of the way.   But Hannah has done such a good job of dispatching Price that there's no way Deb and the police can bring her to justice.  I'm glad of that, because I like Hannah and Dexter - they're a great couple.

But Deb, who has figured out that Dex at some point wanted to get Hannah on "his table," but has no idea he got her in bed instead, finally calls upon Dexter to "make it right, do what you do".  So the guardian of Dexter's humanity, the devoted sister who made an heroic attempt earlier this season to "cure" Dexter, the sister who also began to understand the merit of what Dexter does - is now so furious at the brilliant serial killer Hannah that she's calling upon her serial killer brother to do his thing.

This story is the best in all the years of Dexter - a Shakespearean serial killer story.

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 Five Sneak Preview Review ... Dexter 5.4: Dexter's Conscience ...Dexter 5.8 and Lumen ... Dexter 5.9: He's Getting Healthier ... Dexter 5.10: Monsters -Worse and Better ... Dexter 5.11: Sneak Preview with Spoilers  ... Dexter Season 5 Finale: Behind the Curtain

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

And reviews of Season 2Dexter's Back: A Preview and Dexter Meets Heroes and 6. Dexter and De-Lila-h and 7. Best Line About Dexter - from Lila and 8. How Will Dexter Get Out of This? and The Plot Gets Tighter and Sharper and Dex, Doakes, and Harry and Deb's Belief Saves Dex and All's ... Well

See also about Season 1First Place to Dexter 

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