I have been waiting a very long time for this. Never before have I felt such a huge hatred for a color, like when a serial killer’s secret was revealed and my TV screen went blank, followed by credits. But I was also extremely excited about the final cliffhanger that the sixth season of Dexter granted us all. The entire foundation of the current six seasons was shaken, and the curse was to take a serious turn.
But wait, what is this? A television series about a charismatic serial killer? A television series that revolves around a cold-blooded killer who gratifying mutilate his fellow man, and who only a few minutes into the first section of its first season confirms that he “has no feelings?” It sounds insane, and that is what “Dexter” is. Insanely good. “Dexter” is one of those series that reward repeating viewers, and it has been a fascinating pleasure to follow Dexter’s development through the series’ current six seasons, where he is repeatedly confronted with his own inhumanity and the outside world humanity, or lack of same, and how he slowly transform. We have been following Dexter Morgan as he has slowly been putting together a more empathetic relationship with his own nature, and where he in the first season declared that he has no feelings had, he has developed into such an extent that although Dexter Morgan is a complicated and very damaged man, he also contains many very likeable qualities, and very real and present feelings toward those who are close to him.
Dexter Morgan was began as a gray zone for the viewers. He was a serial killer who won his points with the audience by his choice of victims, who had evil deeds on their conscience, and it was this moral dilemma that made the series so interesting and fascinating to follow. Over the curse of six seasons, we have seen Dexter as more than just a serial killer. We have seen him as a good friend, a good lover to a woman who needed someone like him to heal her wounded soul. He’s been a good husband, a great father to his own and his stepchildren, and, not least, a great support and brother to his sister Debra, who several times have declared that Dexter is the only thing in her life, who has been her constant support and the only one where she never felt a burst of love and affection. Dexter has consistently shown us that he himself provides higher morale and more humanity than many of his victims. Therefore, it has never been possible for us to regard him as a true monster. He IS our gray zone. He fascinates us. The series has captured so many of us through the series sympathetic feeling circumstances where the characters have shown us more depth, more emotion, and more introspection than we typically see in a TV series, and for that reason was many of us rocked back when screen went blank after the last paragraph of the sixth season, and left a heartless cliffhanger that was to shake the entire foundation of the series so far has built.
But the wait is finally over and the first episode of the new seventh season has kicked off, in what seems to be a potential excellent season. Taking a series, running in its seventh season, and turning the plot in a complete unpredictable direction by leaving Dexter open, uncovered and exposed to his sister, is both brilliant and extremely courageous. You would think that after six seasons, so we should know and be able to guess at how the various characters will act in most situations. But what awaits us all, is a season where none of us can really know what will happen. Both Dexter and Debra is, in a way, in a “fish out of water” situation, and this provides a completely innovative and constructive breath of fresh air to a series that were already complete and perfectly designed.
Dexter is revealed. His sister and lieutenant at the Miami Metro Police Department, Debra Morgan, witnessed Dexter’s kill of Travis Marshall. It was not to know how Debra would react, but her help toward her brother, by destroying the crime scene in a sea of flames, is perfectly plausible. We can easily understand why Debra helps her brother, who claims to have had a mental breakdown, and broke when Travis attacked him. The interesting thing about Debra is that we can also sense that, despite the fact that she helps her brother, she’s in no way satisfied with Dexter’s explanations. Debra has always been an emotional mess head, but also a stubborn person who is not satisfied with an answer she cannot accept, due to lack of the full picture, and the truth. Dexter’s attempt to dismiss her questions, only helps him in the given situations, and he managed to turn their conversations over other issues, but this only it builds up a growing need for knowledge for Debra, who finally explodes in the episode chilling end. I cannot wait to follow the development of Dexter and Debra’s relationship.
It also seems that we get to see more Lt. Maria LaGuerta in this season. LaGuerta’s promotion in the last season made her a more anonymous character who didn’t had a lot visibility. But with the discovery of Dexter’s surviving blood slide, and the opportunity to prove the innocence of sgt. Doakes as “The Bay Harbor Butcher” is a path for a passionate and personal exploration that might prove what LaGuerta has always secretly felt was the truth, and clear her old friends name.
Sgt. Angel Bastitas little sweep with Quinn was also excellently put in cold storage in this first episode, with a simple, but effective, “just get your shit together” conversation at the local bar. It could not be done more elegantly, and it only took them 2 minutes. Excellent written and excellent played. Now we’re just waiting for Masuka to bring on some expressionist theory performing, and hopefully we will have also be served some catchy monologues of the little closet-pervert forensic investigator.
One of the things that I particularly look forward to have uncovered, is what size of threat Louis Greene actually is toward Dexter. Who is this man. He is so underexposed that there is difficult to put a finger on what it is his beef with Dexter is. One thing seems certain however, Louis is in one way or another informed about Dexter’s true nature. He must know about Dexter’s connection with Brian Moser / Rudy Cooper / “The Ice Truck Killer”, as he sends prosthetic hand to Dexter, and in this episode cancels all of Dexter’s credit card. His development of a computer game in which one took the role of the serial killer and his presentation of this to Dexter, must also be of great important. Why do Louis not reveal Dexter if he knows who he really is? Who would keep this secret, and even make sure to get close to this serial killer, and commit private intrusions on the way? Maybe someone who wants something from this serial killer. Do Louis want a contact to Dexter because he wants something from Dexter? Is Louis perhaps morbidly fascinated by Dexter because he KNOW that Dexter is “The Bay Harbor Butcher” and brother to “The Ice Truck Killer”? Dexter’s rejection and anger with Louis certainly seems to take Louis in an almost pathological degree. There is something strange and mysterious about Louis. Should we fear for Jamie’s well-being?
All in all, the first episode of Dexter season 7 was a fantastic view, and leads up to present a furthermore fantastic season in which our own investment in the characters, will leave an even greater impact on us if something should happen to them. It’s like I said earlier; a completely insane series. Insanely good!
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