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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Showtime’s Dexter “A Beautiful Day #801 “Lost”
by Catherine Giordano
baaack!Showtime’s Dexter began its eighth and final season on Sunday, June 30th.The episode is titled “A Beautiful Day.”I’ve titled this review “Lost” because Dexter
and Deb are lost in emotional tailspins, and even little Harrison gets actually
lost for a short time.
liked the way the pre-show vignettes. Before the show began, there were a few
moments where some of the actors from previous seasons, whose characters were
killed off, stand before the camera and talk about the show. It’s a little
foreshadowing, reminding us that the end is near.
six months after the murder of LaGuerta by Deb. Deb has left the police force—she
went out to lunch one day and never came back. She is now working for a private
investigation company. She chooses her cases and she chooses the worst ones. She’s
doing bounty hunting, and has become the “moll” for Andrew Briggs, a criminal
who robbed the wrong jewelry store, one owned by a mob boss. Deb is hanging
with this guy because she wants the reward from the insurance company for recovering
the stolen jewelry. She’s put herself in great danger to do this undercover
work. However, she’s too lost in sex and drugs and self-hatred, born of remorse,
still cares, however. Deb has shut him out, but Dexter tracks her down.He finds her at a convenience store. Debra tells
him that she hates him ,and that she shot the wrong person six months ago. She
should have shot him and not LaGuerta. Briggs was in another part of the store
during this conversation. He returns to Debra and sees Dexter and jealously asks,
“Who is this?”“Just some loser,” Deb
Dexter finds Deb at the motel where she is living with Briggs. He has gone
there to warn her that the mob boss has sent a hit man. He arrives when Briggs
is in the bathroom and Deb goes outside to talk to Dexter. They each accuse the
other of being lost.
returns from the bathroom and discovers Dexter with Deb. He thinks Dexter is
his rival for the affections of Deb. A fight ensues and Dexter ends up killing
Briggs. Deb mourns the death of Briggs for a minute, but quickly returns to her
objective of finding the jewels. She finds a takes a key from the body. Dexter
leaves when Deb calls the police. He returns to his car where he left Harrison
asleep in the back seat. He panics, but he soon finds Harrison wandering about
the police arrive, Deb says she went out for a sandwich, and returned to find
Briggs dead. Later, when Debra leaves, the hit man arrives, and from his car he
observes Debra leaving.
has lost his cool. He was once in tight control, but now he is subject to
rages. First, he explodes in rage when Harrison knocks a vase to the floor
breaking it. He regains control when he sees the terror on Harrison’s face.
Later,he nearly kills a guy who cuts him off while driving. He comes to his
senses when he sees the man’s son in the back seat. He still has enough
humanity and control not to kill a man in front of his child. (Remember, Dexter
was only a toddler when he watched his mother get killed, and his son Harrison
was even younger when he watched his mother get killed.
new serial killer is on the loose. This one likes to slice into the brain of
his victim and remove part of the victim’s brain with a melon-baller. The part
of the brain that is removed is the part responsible for empathy, trust, and
love. Very symbolic, because Dexter’s history suggests that his brain is
deficient in that area. Although, not completely deficient. He loves his sister,
Debra, and his son, Harrison.He may
also loved his wife Rita (who was killed by a serial killer Dexter was
stalking), and the occasional girl friend after his wife’s death.
new character has been introduced, Dr. Evelyn Vogel, played by Charlotte
Rampling. She’s a middle-aged woman who
has made a study of serial killers. She’s playing little cat-and-mouse games
with Dexter, asking questions about The Bay Harbor Butcher. She says that the
brain scooping-guy may be a former patient of hers and she wants Dexter’s help
to track him down. She clinches the deal by giving Dexter an envelope.
now we have “the-big-reveal” moment of the week. It’s a shocker. Dr. Vogel
knows Dexter’s secret. It appears that she may have been his psychiatrist when
he was first adopted into the Morgan family.The envelope contains drawings that appear to have been done by Dexter
at this time.
is on the verge of losing everything. There’s Dr. Vogel, there’s this new
serial killer that Dexter will certainly not be able to resist, and do not
forget, his ex-girl-friend, Hannah, herself a serial killer. He done her wrong
last season (he got her arrested, but she escaped from jail), and she is sure
to be back for revenge.
Charlotte Rampling as Dr. Evelyn Vogel
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