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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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