Can people be reborn after years of such turmoil? That’s the premise of season six of Showtime’s Dexter, which followed the serial killer as he tried to understand what faith meant to him and everyone else.
Dexter followed MPD criminologist/serial killer Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) as he dealt with his wife Rita’s murder and his relationship with attempted murder victim/accomplice Lumen in the course of a year. He’s now focused on being the best father to his son Harrison and being the best serial killer he can be. Of course, he focused on all the bad guys who got away with their crimes. His first stop was his High School Reunion to avenge the murder of an old friend. He also realized that he changed for the better since he graduated and everyone else noticed too. Luckily, he had the ghostly conscience of his late father Harry (James Remar) to keep him in line. Dexter dealt with his sister Deb’s (Jennifer Carpenter) promotion to Lieutenant with the blessing that it ended her relationship with her partner Detective Joey Quinn (Desmond Harrington). Unfortunately, her promotion put her at odds with her boss Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) and her friend Angel Baptista (David Zayas). Can Dexter find his faith as he hunted a religious serial killing duo and befriended a man with his own “dark passenger”?
In terms of plot, Dexter‘s latest season is chock full of it for the better. The tone also takes the audience back to the first season where Dexter embraced being more of a loner while still clinging to finding someone who could understand him without leaving him. Last season was weakened after Rita’s death, but the passing of time has helped regain some of the show’s early venom. Hall’s Dexter is allowed to embrace his brutality and still have a sense of humor about it. He was able to get intimate with an attractive woman at his reunion while he was on the hunt for his prey. The real grit of the show so far has been the relationship between Hall and guest star Mos Def as two like minded people trying to be friends. This friendship will give Dexter some much needed context as he prepared to be a single parent.
The show knows how to utilize their guest stars, such as the killing duo of Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks, and not make them just innappropriate center pieces like most shows tend to do. Their scenes are simply disturbing as they talk about religion and switch talking about their killing prey within the span of a minute. Those interactions make up for the lackluster and hard to believe promotion of Carpenter’s Deb, which seemed like a huge leap. This promotion seemed like an excuse to separate Deb and Dexter further apart than they already are. It’s too early to tell whether it’s for the better or the worst idea ever. Primarily, the show’s real draw is Hall and how he managed to make Dexter, who would be a villain in most circles, someone that audiences could root for. Now, that’s definitely no small feet. He’s definitely worth watching.
Dexter premiered on October 2nd and airs Sundays at 9:00 pm on Showtime.
Verdict: A revitalized season brings huge potential and confusion along the way.
TV Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars
1 Star (Mediocre)
2 Stars (Averagely Entertaining)
3 Stars (Decent Enough to Pass Muster)
4 Stars (Near Perfect)
5 Stars (Gold Standard)