DEXTER Season Six Premiere Review

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When we reunite with our favorite serial killer Dexter (Michael C. Hall) for the season six premiere, it’s been a year since our dark passenger helped and hooked up with the troubled Lumen (Julia Stiles) and brought down twisted self-help guru Jordan Chase (Jonny Lee Miller). While the previous seasons have had Dexter attempting to fit in through love and romantic relationships, this year he and his dark passenger are having a crisis of faith, at least when it comes to raising his toddler son Harrison. Really, the idea of romance all but disappears as various relationships from previous season (we won’t say which ones) have all pretty much crumbled, which makes for quite a lot of tension around Miami Metro Police Department. However, despite the high amount of tension that rises rather quickly in the first three episodes of the season, there also seems to be a higher level of humor, other than the usual dark fare, than other seasons. But that’s just the beginning of the strange changes happening in Miami. Hit the jump for the rest of my review of the sixth season of Dexter.

dexter-image-mos-def-michael-c-hallThis season Dexter finds himself fitting in early on with much ease as he heads off to his high school reunion, with Sergeant Batista’s (David Zayas) newly introduced younger sister Jamie (Aimee Garcia) to babysit Harrison as he heads off to mingle with his high school “friends.” Funnily enough, despite being nearly invisible in high school, having a solid job as the police force’s blood splatter specialist, making headlines in the newspaper, and having his wife Rita help him hold the sympathy card, Dexter is now one of the popular kids and this makes for some really funny moments that fall outside of the usual dark humor expected of Dexter. But not to be troubled with the attention, Dexter is really after one of the other popular kids for another signature kill of a man who needs to be brought to justice. Even this first kill seems to have more than a fleeting effect on Dexter’s life, and it’s a trend that continues through the following two episodes when his pursuit of Mos Def, a former killer who has since redeemed himself through God, sends all sorts of mixed signals to Dexter about a dark passenger finding the light.

And the theme of religion is even more powerful as Dexter struggles with how he wants to raise Harrison. A catholic school at the suggestion of Batista seems like a great place for Harrison to have a normal chidlhood, but Dexter finds himself having to figure out how to keep his dark passenger secret from his son as he starts to notice some of Daddy’s peculiar behavior and “monster stories.” Thankfully the idea of faith isn’t one that is preachy, but rather an element that continues to develop Dexter as one of the best written characters on television. And more likely than not this over-arcing theme will come into play with our mysterious villains.

dexter-image-michael-c-hallThat’s right. There’s a duo of big baddies this time around in the form of Travis (Colin Hanks) and Professor Gellar (Edward James Olmos). Their motives shrouded in secret, but motivated by something divine, this team of killers seem to be the most puzzling yet as their victims are left in public, quite theatrically, and likely leading to some kind of apocalyptic ritual in anticipation of the end of the world. Complete with a body that has Greek letters stitched across the chest hiding baby snakes inside, these killers obviously have some whacked out beliefs. Hanks is the submissive, assistant to Olmos’ commanding and ominous leader, and their relationship is beyond peculiar. Of course, these two killers, combined with Mos Def’s interesting, apparently redeemed character, make for some spectacular performances from guest stars that could rival the amazing John Lithgow’s turn as the Trinity Killer

This season of Dexter is different, but not so much that fans will be turned off. A team of serial killers to play with the whole series, a mysterious character on the path of God after spilling blood himself and Dexter’s struggle with faith and continuing to raise his son are the biggest elements making season six feel fresh, but not drastically different, and yet another solid start for one of cable’s best dramas. Of course, there’s plenty that I haven’t revealed here, especially with regards to Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter) who has one hell of a life-changing day, and even Masuka (C.S. Lee) has a big surprise in the form of a new intern (though I won’t reveal who). Complete with new kinds of tension, broken relationships, a crisis of faith, and our first killing duo, season six of Dexter looks to keep the momentum that Showtime’s cable series has had for five seasons now.

The sixth season of Dexter premieres Sunday, October 2nd at 9/8c on Showtime.

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  • dogg

    Can they PLEASE kill off Jennifer Carpenter this season? I can handle ugly, and I can handle obnoxious, but not both at once.

    • Jeff

      That’s Anthony’s wife…… Or ex-wife now.

  • Zack

    Having watched the screener, I must disagree. I felt as though the episode tried to push to many new elements and I didn’t get the chance to connect with any of them. Colin Hanks’ role with the Church-head wasn’t very interesting, considering that it could have been had Showtime hid the killers’ identities for a time being – It made the washed up body just that much less interesting as they killed the surprise factor. On a seperate note, the comedy factor was refreshing!

    • LiamH

      I disagree, they revealed very little about those two except that maybe they’re killing in the name of God. Makes me wonder where they are gonna go with that when Dexter and what he believes in is brought into play.

  • oMaR

    I watched the premiere…i thought it was good, interested to see how it begins to play out…& looking forward to Mos Def.

  • Megan

    This has been bugging me….Why didn’t Miami Metro actively pursue the Trinity Killer after Rita’s death? He seemed to kind of fall off their radar, even though we all know he’s dead.

  • Dude

    Megan,

    They didn’t pursue the Trinity Killer because the case was taken over by the FBI. It’s out of the hands of Miami Metro. All signs indicate that the FBI most likely is actively looking for Trinity, but he’s dead, so they aren’t going to find him. Hope this helps.

  • johnson

    I like how this guy finds a screener on the internet and acts like he’s cool for seeing it. We’ve all seen it, d0uche!

  • Pat

    I was dissapointed. Maybe i just cant get over longing for the first two seasons, but this just seemed to carry on the dullness of the last few seasons. I miss the tension and suspense. Dexter once had killings and hunting, and analyzing all wrapped up into a suspenseful drama, now it feels like an episode of House, where no matter what happens nothing can seem to go wrong. I agree with Zack, revealing the antagonists made my interest in the season dwindle, part of the suspense from the ice truck killer era was not knowing.

  • Atenea

    This season Dexter seems a bit sloppy. (SPOILER ALERT!!!)

    He uses his own voice to make a recorded phone call for his first kill. His second kill can be traced back to him through that popular girl and the phone he used.

    The Dexter I remember was extremely careful about not having any loose ends or anything that could be traced back to him. Maybe the writers are overlooking important details in favor or driving plot points home, but I for one, am disappointed.

  • SodaPop

    I was truly disappointed with the Season 6 Premiere. Clunky isn’t a strong enough description.

    Why was Dexter, a blood splatter analyst, showing up for a floater at the beach?

    The snakes were fresh water snakes and, if the body was in the ocean for any length of time, they would have died.

    Why the man in Kevlar shooting everyone at a bar, for no reason?

    What’s with the over-use of cell phones?

    The whole paramedic thing was very contrived. Two at once???? What is Dexter like Batman now?

    The sub-par writers seem to be depending on an anti-christian hook. They are clearly hoping that the show will be a success as long as they continue to bash Christianity. However, Dexter is NOT a good guy. He’s a murderer, so why would anyone take advice from him????

    Also playing football while looking to the sidelines for his Dad’s approval was pathetic. Same with the dancing.

  • HDCandela

    I just watched Dexter. With in the single episode Catholics were
    painted as being emotion rather than reason based through two supporting
    characters, hypocrite Sunday only Christians were painted as over sexed
    abusers who depend on license, and end time concerned Christians were
    painted as murderers. The arguments, excuses, and reasoning behind the
    characters in the script were so cliche’ that clearly the authors are
    leftist and without any substantial well studied or educated Christians
    to offer clarification beyond stereotype and pigeon hole. Is this the network that paid Bab S’s hubby to do a slam job on Reagan, or was that HBO?

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