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Sunday, September 26, 2010: Dexter

by Mindy Monez September 26, 2010 6:00 am
Sunday, September 26, 2010: <i>Dexter</i>

People are rightfully trepidatious about the new Dexter season. The showrunner jumped ship, there's no Big Bad this year, Dexter's a single dad, Julia Stiles is happening -- there's a lot of cause for concern. Unfortunately I've only watched the premiere so far, so I can't really put any worries to rest, but I can tell you that this episode was... fine? I did not hate it? Oh, brother.

Without being overly spoilery, the season begins right after Rita's murder. The cops come, Dexter does his unfortunate "It was me" accidental confession that you've seen in the trailers, and Quinn gets suspicious. Dexter also has to tell Cody and Astor about their mother, and delivers the news with all the subtlety of a robotic sociopath with no emotions, which just goes over great.

Overall, I think it was an OK start. I don't think Quinn is any match for Dexter, and the whole thing reads like Doakes Lite, but Michael C. Hall is performing the hell out of these scripts, as usual, and the way the episode ends is interesting. Hope it stays on that path -- it would really hurt to add Dexter to my dreaded list of viewing chores (with the likes of Project Runway, Life Unexpected, House and The Office) after loving it so much for so long.

But I guess I made it through Jimmy Smits and Lila, so I can probably survive just about anything where Dexter is concerned.

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