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Trauma Repetition

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Dear Natalie,

Perhaps I am the only person blogging season five of Dexter who didn’t know until this week that Julia Stiles was guest starring. Which means I wasn’t waiting through the last two episodes for her to appear, but I was watching pretty furiously for her appearance this episode after her name popped out of the opening credits. I suppose it is a good sign that I found the whole cat-and-mouse showdown with Boyd compelling enough that I had sort of forgotten about dear Julia, until she appeared scrambling up the secret staircase of her god-forsaken prison. More about which in a moment. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 11, 2010 at 9:14 am

My Bad

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Hello Dexter Morgan! And goodbye Dexter, too, in some ways. For those of you who have been around for the full year of Moth Chasing, you might remember how much Natalie and I loved season 4 of Dexter. After the jaw-dropping finale, we both wondered where the show could go from here and more specifically, just how dark it would get. How close to the edge of Dexter’s insanity would it walk? How close to the edge of blowing his cover? Last night’s season premier is certainly not conclusive in either regard, but I’d say Dexter has farther to fall before he hits bottom. But oh how I’ve missed the one liners, the silent pauses, the high pitched cue music. How I’ve missed Dexter and his carefully crafted facade of human emotion. If Dexter has always been about the violence of everyday life and the pressure to conform and the power of society to conform us, then this season promises to dive deeper and give us more of what makes it great. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm

The Getaway – or so we thought

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Dear Kathryn,

Oh my, well let’s start at the beginning before we hit that twist ending.  This was a great episode and, for me, a great ending to the season.  First of all, I really thought Trinity was going to get away, and I thought that I would be disappointed if he didn’t.  But they played it brilliantly, with Dexter catching him, losing him and then catching him again.  This was an insanely fast-paced episode, and so as Trinity seemed to escape in his Mustang I couldn’t figure out why they were lingering on him for so long (i.e. why not take time telling the story of asking little Scott a follow up question like, ‘what did the guy who kidnapped you look like?’ but spend ample camera shots on Lithgow driving through downtown Miami?!?). Read the rest of this entry »

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December 14, 2009 at 8:40 am

Hello Dexter Morgan

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Hey Kathryn

Ok, I swear that about half way through this episode I started plotting out my note to you thinking I would write all about how Christ(ine) was going to sacrifice her life for her father, the Trinity.  I was so proud of how smart and prescient my comments would be, and then she had to go and shoot herself before the episode was through – damn it!  But if they’re going to be so theologically obvious with their character naming (maybe there’s another daughter named Sophia lurking somewhere so we can round out a Holy Spirit figure too), how are they going to follow through on these religious references? Will the shocking twist endings they keep promising involve some version of a resurrection for our Christ(ine) Christ-figure?   Read the rest of this entry »

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December 7, 2009 at 10:56 am

The Sins of the Father Will be Borne by His Sons…and Daughters

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Again Dexter is playing around with this father theme, developing a very Old Testament type of idea that the sons will pay for the sins of the father…that sin is passed down generationally.  But as we saw last night, it’s not Arthur’s son who pays for his sins, but rather it’s his daughter.  Dexter convinces Jonah to help put an end to Trinity’s sins, whereas Christine can’t avoid carrying her father’s torch as she seeks so desperately to secure his love.  She’s right – Arthur’s kids who have to live with him aren’t nearly so loyal to him as she, but I had to wonder last night what it was that made her so loyal to a man who manipulates her so? Read the rest of this entry »

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November 30, 2009 at 12:26 pm

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Dexter’s Thanksgiving Special

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Dear N,

What an amazing episode last night! This season is turning into one of my favorite yet. What with all the holiday hoopla to come, you don’t get that many Thanksgiving themed shows, and I loved that Dexter took on Turkey Day with a further exploration of family togetherness, and all the dysfunction and trauma that it can breed. Trinity/Arthur has creeped me out plenty in this season so far, but the intimate violence within his own home scared me almost more than anything else this season. The slight lingering shot of the locks on Rebecca’s doors and windows, Read the rest of this entry »

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November 23, 2009 at 8:32 am

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned

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Hey Kathryn,

What a great episode last night!  I don’t even know what to do with Lithgow’s weird and wonderful performance.  Are we to think he’s had a real ecstatic sort of religious experience of conversion and, dare I say it, been born-again? Or is this an act because he realizes Dexter is on to him?  Does he really believe in a God who judges his actions? Does he really believe in the power of confession? Read the rest of this entry »

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November 16, 2009 at 2:19 pm

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Dexter’s Washed in the Blood

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Dexter and Rita in therapy

Dear Natalie,

I really like where this season is going, even if it is kind of creeping me out. Starting with the magnificent opening scene with Arthur Mitchell/Trinity Killer leading his unspecified Christian congregation in a rousing verion of “Washed in the Blood.” One doesn’t have to be a theologian to see the overlapping layers of irony in that choice of hymn, Read the rest of this entry »

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November 2, 2009 at 9:51 am

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An Enigma Wrapped in Plastic

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Two real gasp-worthy moments in this episode: first, Deb’s breakdown in the parking lot.  Never have I seen that type of crying performed so perfectly on screen; that deep in the chest, hysterical sobbing that most of us only manage once or twice in a lifetime outside of our hormonal teenage years. My chest actually ached just watching her, and I was reminded of how deeply scarred both Dexter and Deb are by their father’s attention and lack thereof. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 26, 2009 at 9:30 am

Refocusing the Priorities

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DEXTER (Season 4)

How can one write about this episode without starting at the end? The look on Frank Lundy’s face as he catches sight of Trinity over his shoulder just before the bullet hits Deb’s gut was as surprised and horrified as I felt. As much as Lundy could sometimes annoy me and as much as I did not want a repeat of season 2′s cat-and-mouse with the resident serial killer and serial killer catcher, I did not want to see Lundy go, especially not helpless on the pavement, the supposed victim of some random robbery. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 19, 2009 at 8:39 pm

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