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Dexter Spawns A Copycat Killer

By Elaine B It’s been an odd couple of weeks for fans of Dexter. First there was that incredible killing scene two weeks ago and Miguel’s confirmation that he felt “fantastic!” after. Did anyone beside me wonder if the scene could have been even more shocking? With that sort of intense bond between Dexter and his fledgling, had Dexter and Miguel wound up on the floor of the killing room lip locked in a scene as erotic as anything Russell Davies could have imagined for Queer as Folk, would it have been so far-fetched? Yes, that moment was as erotically […]

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Dexter and Miguel: One twisted bromance!

By Elaine B All three seasons have featured the theme of Dexter seeking validation for his acts. First there was the acceptance by his stepfather dominating Season 1, along with the tragic attempt to reach out to a young killer and help him find his own code, ending with that marvelous moment when Dexter imagines how the people of Miami would cheer if they knew that he had brought down the Ice Truck Killer. In Season 2 there are the times his face light up when his future mother-in-law and occasional news commentators say that the city should give the […]

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Dexter: Devil on one shoulder, angel on the other

By Elaine B All the action in “Sí, se puede” (a nice election week tie in, sí?) left me feeling a bit drained. In this case, ” Yes we can” means that Miguel turned out to be a perfect sidekick, even game for taking out white supremacist Clemson Galt. Naming Clemson, who is already in a maximum-security prison, as his next victim, Dexter hoped to dissuade Miguel from wanting to engage in some male bonding over a killing table. Unfortunately for Dex, Prado is an adrenaline junkie who figures out a way to get the swastika-tatted Clem out of prison […]

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Dexter: One brother down, one brother-in-arms to …

By Elaine B A caveman walking the beach in the comic strip B.C. saw a clam walk from one pile of shells to another. “Clams have legs!” the caveman proclaimed. In the next window, in a dialogue balloon, one of the clams said, “Now we have to kill him.” What follows is a series of clam-attempted homicides that Dexter would likely find terribly amusing. But there is nothing amusing about the situation our antihero finds himself in now. By the end of episode five, Dexter is aware that Prado had set him up by pointing him to a killer who […]

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Dexter Pops It (And Not Well)

By Elaine B First off, hooray to Showtime for realizing what a gem they have with this series and renewing it for another two years! This kind of support is always welcome by series writers because they know they keep a few loose ends at the close of the season, and long-range planning is always good whether you are plotting murder or merely murderous plots. That being said, do you ever get the feeling that you are going to wind up really, really disappointed in this season of Dexter? Not because of anything that has happened so far, but because […]

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Dexter Season 3: Family Matters

By Elaine B Has anyone else noticed that this is not the only Showtime series to throw a baby into the plotline to mix things up? First there was Weeds, where a child in the womb has likely saved pusher mom Nancy Botwin’s life since the one thing her druglord lover likes more than money and power is family. And there is also rumor that Californication will be taking the same path in the new season. It’s not Karen, mind you, at least according to actress Natascha McElhone. She told me her pregnancy did not figure into the plot while […]

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Dexter: Will Daddy Change Everything?

By Elaine B I begin by noting that I have faith in the writers of the freshest most cutting-edge drama on television. But my faith was sorely tested at the end of the Season 3 premiere by the sudden plot twist that has a clearly besotted-by-Rita-and-kids Dexter suddenly contemplating that he will become a father in actuality rather than just a sort of informal doughnut-carrying dad. For Dexter, who has always had father issues of his own, as well as a strong tie to his adopted family, becoming a father could be a step on the path to finding his […]

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Dexter: Season 3 Approaches And So Do More Big Changes!

By ElaineB For those of you who do not subscribe to Showtime Insider, which allows fans to see the “unedited” first episode of the new season, I will give no spoilers here. Instead, I’m posting some of the conversation I had recently with David Zayas, who plays Angel Batista on the series. So what does this season hold for Angel? Any well-deserved romance on the horizon? Zayas: This year you will find Batista having a lot more responsibility on the police department and there should be some interesting developments in his personal life. I asked this question of Erik King […]

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Dexter: Oedipus Dex

The CBS airing of the pilot for Dexter was not as bad as many fans suspected it might be, mostly because in this era of CSI and its countless clones, the grisly details don’t seem so grisly anymore. On the other hand, what do you do with those words we must protect the little tykes from hearing (as if they should be watching shows like Dexter at all)? Frickin’ is a pretty good sub for, well, I won’t say what for, and frankly Debs is a bit more likable when she is not so potty mouthed. But then there is […]

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Dexter: So long Jimmy and Bye Bye Lila

Blog sites are filled with comments – both pro and con – on how Dexter played out this season. I can only say, the predictions I gave weren’t a spoiler because I hadn’t seen the final episodes, but I was right on. Lila – as annoying as Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s little sister Dawn – just had to go. She was ruining his control, and would likely have ruined his life. As for Doakes, would Dex have finished him off if Lila hadn’t conveniently done it for him? I like to think not. I’m sorry he’s gone. It would have […]