Dexter follows up on a lead and unmasks The Brain Surgeon while at the same time protecting Hannah. Meanwhile, Debra has to decide whether she wants to rejoin the force or keep working at Elway’s.
SUDDENLY A FAMILY MATTER
Well, what a lame pay-off. I mean, seriously…a jumbled buildup to a ridiculously cheesy reveal. It would have been better if they’d struck with that totally nonsensical Yates subplot, at least that would have saved us from a whole new mess of contradicted character motivations, forced cliffhangers and anti-climactic outcomes. Vogel’s dead son? Really? Well…Of course! Who would have guessed? No one! Because he just appeared out of nowhere. And why should we care about this Daniel/Saxon guy, again?!
You see, here’s the problem with show, at least for the past three seasons: The characters have no consistency, all of them can turn out to be killers, all of them can hook up, and it won’t be any different. Because actions have no real consequences on this show; they do have short-term instrumental purposes though in only pushing the plot forward, at the cost of ruining character developments. Here we are with only three episodes left to go, and Debra’s devastation is a thing of the past, she’s back to being her old self, trapped between Quinn and Elway, her old and new job, etc. all those emotional paths we’ve already taken. And Dexter’s become a directionless, clueless character who’s moved from one place to another by other unimportant player such as Vogel or Hannah. Now Hannah is significant of course, but only to the surface plot. Remember that she was just another character injected into the show; she could have been anyone.
Zach’s death is easily shrugged off with simply a “Oh, I know you cared about him – sorry!” gesture of sympathy from Hannah who had just met the kid. In fact, let’s go over the season up to this point: Dexter is living his own safe , peachy life when Vogel comes out of the blue and gives him a mission. Deb gets over the whole LaGuerta incident and attempting to murder Dex, in just a few episodes (not counting those months we didn’t see, which wouldn’t have made any difference by the way). Then there’s a disciple and a fugitive Dex has to take under his wing…how is this show centered around Dexter’s character, again? It’s just him randomly running errands for random people, making big discoveries about himself and forgetting them the next season.
Anyway, Zach somehow managed to pull Daniel’s hair and spit-paste it under the table while being murdered by this creep…it happens, you know. And this leads Dexter to discover the real identity of this season’s uninteresting semi-big bad. Apparently Daniel Vogel had been one step ahead the whole time, framing Zach for Cassie’s murder and then when having failed, killing the kid himself, because…let’s just stick with this: he’s a disturbed fellow…other explanations won’t make sense and only cause frustration. I mean, talk about going to great lengths! Why wouldn’t Daniel simply let Vogel and Dexter believe Yates was the BS? And there were brain schematics at Yates’s basement. Why go through so much trouble to send a message while he could easily have dropped by Vogel’s place and said hello, just like he did at the end of this episode’s twist.
Vogel goes on about how psychopaths can’t live the normal life, Dexter has depth of emotion, blah blah…look, we’ve already experienced all this empathy concept just a few episodes ago, and earlier with Rita in a much subtler, better way. This has just become an over-explanation of previously explored themes.
And through all these twists and turns, Vogel has become a nonsensical character, sadly enough; apart from not even once considering the possibility of her own son somehow (it’s contrived, after all) being responsible for these attempts at getting her attention, and how convenient the whole faking death part sounds, now she’s is on his son’s side, rendering the whole concept of “the family that killed together” pointless. I feel bad for Dexter, all this for nothing.
Suddenly running away with Hannah becomes the only option. If Dexter managed to survive in Miami all this time, under the watchful (!) eyes of Miami metro staff, then he’ll surely he’ll manage from now on too. But no! He just loves Hannah so much…more than Rita, even perhaps. And guess what? Harrison wants her to be his mom…how sweet! It’s something to develop a character, and another thing to use him as an instrument to move the plot forward and forge an excuse for Dexter. Harrison has sadly been so blandly written this season that he’s starting to sound a lot like Robo-Harry; only there to make obvious motives even more obvious. Dexter says he can’t imagine his life without Hannah. Well, yeah, except for the past six months in which he easily and happily led his life with Harrison, without Deb, Hannah or any other complications. And I love that scene where Deb walks in and says she wants to say hello to the little man, and yet doesn’t even bother to check out his drawings or how he’s learned to write his name!
And there we have the scene that’s going to give us nightmares for the next two weeks…the age regeneration-thing program…I mean, that was just silly and pointless. Does the guy just always happen to look up while taking pictures? Nostalgia Critic, please come give this season of Dexter a shot! It’s totally worth it…If we could visually summarize this season, it would be Dex, Deb and Vogel sitting behind their computers (oh, excuse me…MacBooks…might as well say it out loud!) working with ridiculously oversimplified software.
Daniel monitoring Vogel’s laptop kind of makes sense, though, because he found out early on that Dex was on to him. But then again, how could Dexter, the formerly-smart serial killer and Saxon the highly intelligent psychopath be so gullible to both believe the Café setup would actually work? What was the point of that scene? Saxon already knew Dex after him otherwise he wouldn’t have left Zach’s body in his apartment. And don’t you think it gets kind of annoying when a serial killer is constantly portrayed in a one-dimensional way…play “Make your own music” once, we get it, yeah, it brings old memories…, but three times in a row?! C’mon, that’s just silly, even for a robotic character like Saxon.
And get this: Vogel can’t trust Dexter anymore, because he drugged her…it’s not like she kept the existence of her son a secret the whole time, or kept writing creepy journal entries on Dexter, or met with Zach behind Dex’s back…she’s that sensitive! Why should we take her seriously at this point? It seems things are gonna get brutal from here on out…but what’s to achieve ? He’s just another annoyance now, like Louis.
Next: “We’ll Figure It Out…”