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The explosively popular DEXTER is back with a vengeance for a sixth season of startling suspense and unexpected twists. It's been a year since last season's shocking and heartbreaking conclusion, and mild mannered criminologist-cum-grisly serial killer Dexter Morgan has come to terms with who he is. But his existence is shattered when he crosses paths with an enemy unlike any he's faced before. A delusional religious zealot with unflinching convictions, this new adversary soon draws Dexter into a dangerous game that could well end in disaster.
A likeable Miami police forensics expert moonlights as a serial killer of criminals who he believes have escaped justice.
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The only problem is that showtime decided to spoil the ending to the season in the unskippable preview at the start of the DVD. How anyone with a brain decided this was a good plan is beyond me. The only logical conclusion is that no one at showtime possesses any brain whatsoever.
Here's a note about your fans, Showtime. Not all of them subscribe to your channel. So, putting the finale in the preview of the content I *just* bought along with other shows they may or may not care about and making it unskippable is beyond stupid.
I should've read the reviews, since many people seem to have noticed this as well. But, I didn't think I needed to since I was already convinced I was going to buy this product.
I won't be buying any more of these products. Six stars for the season, one star for this release of it.
I'll find other means to watch this show in the future. You've lost a paying fan.
Finally, Dexter has to to confront religion. Remember season 1, episode 1, where Dexter was murdering his first victim (that we saw), who was praying for help, and Dexter said, "That never helped anyone."? Well, that same Dexter, the same serial killer, now has a son about to go off to school, and he has to make some major decisions in his life. Will he raise his son as a religious, Catholic boy? Does Dexter himself need to further explore his own faith and beliefs? Dexter truly becomes interested in religion in this season. What does it mean? Why do people worship a God? And why should Dexter, a serial killer, have any kind of faith in a higher power? These are all questions that Dexter explores this season with the aid of his growing son, his sister, Brother Sam, and the major storyline (Doomsday Killer).
I watch a lot of true crime television, and I know that there are and have been plenty of serial killers who led normal lives on the side and shocked people when they were eventually discovered. I am always curious as to the emotions that go through their head and what drives them, and Dexter kind of gives us a glimpse into that. While of course the show is highly overdramatized for the sake of entertainment, there are flashes of real raw emotion from Dexter that makes me shudder and think, "there's a serial killer."
Like I said, this season is obviously focused on religion. Dexter develops an odd bond and curiosity/suspicion with Brother Sam, a murderer/drug addict turned priest. Brother Sam claims that God helped him "ease his dark passenger," I guess you'd say, and Dexter becomes extremely interested in whether or not this is possible for himself. Also, Dexter's sister, Debra (played by Jennifer Carpenter), is AMAZING this season. She finally decides to open up to people, and her emotions are so raw, intense, and real. Debra seriously wants to learn more about Dexter and become closer to him, and that is a recurring theme throughout the season.
The main killer in this season is the Doomsday Killer, who especially targets women based on biblical text. This is another method that forces Dexter to confront his feelings on faith and religion. He even bluntly asks Batista, completely serious, why he believes in religion. Dexter never really thought of these things before, but now with a son, he feels societal and fatherly pressure to make changes.
Next season, please!
As far as seasons of Dexter go, this the sixth season I feel was middling. But I think even a middling season of Dexter is still a strong contender for your TV viewing time. Thinking back on this season it feels a lot happened, but not a whole lot of much importance. The big bad was interesting, and there was some intriguing development going on outside of the main arc, but a lot of the rest of what happened either hasn't come to fruition yet or is all sound and fury.
So lets start by looking over some of the key B plots, then we can end big by looking at the big bad and the finale.
LaGuerta, as always, is looking out for LaGuerta. She and Angel have divorced in between seasons, their marriage may have been as legitimate as a Kardashian's, once it stopped paying off for her it was time to call it quits. In typical fashion, she was able to blackmail her way into a promotion to captain. Just as things seemed to be coming up all LaGuerta her maneuverings were stymied a touch as Deborah was promoted into her vacated position rather than Angel as she had planned. The only really important things to take away from this is Deb is now LT and LaGuerta is a hardcore manipulative bitch. Both of things will continue to effect the season and onward.
Quinn and Deb are still a thing. For about an episode anyway. Then he has to ruin it all by doing something as silly as propose. They break up and she becomes his boss. Quinn being the rational adult he is handles it quite well as step by self destructive step he fills his life with booze and whores. Being the consummate professional these habits never effect his work life, except for every time we see him, all culminating to Angel nearly getting killed.
Masuka continues to be your comic relief. And now he's got college students. It's a surprise to no one that he offers his intern position to the class sexpot. Neither should his advances on her be much of a surprise. What may have been surprising is her reciprocation. Also that she stole a key piece of old evidence, namely the mannequin hand from the Ice Truck Killer case. Sexpot is let go, and Masuka drafts Louis to fill her shoes, and cover up her theft, a task which he conveniently proves to be very adept at.
That's when the Louis thread slowly starts to get a little weird. He starts to date Angel's sister Jamie the uber-sitter, good on `im, we learn he's developing a Serial Killer video game, oh and he has the mannequin hand. Dexter berates him for wasting his life creating such a sick piece of software. Dexter's words have something of an effect on Louis, but I'm not sure if I've decided what exactly he's playing at. He shelves the game, devotes himself to working for the department, and anonymously mails the hand to Dexter, but not before drawing deliberate palm lines on it. This is actually one of the items I'm curious to see handled next season, as Dexter never has a chance to see the hand before the events of the finale. I don't have much of a clue as to what it's supposed to mean, and I am left to wonder if Louis' change of heart stems from him being suspicious of Dexter.
Dexter finds religion. Well, not in the way you're thinking, but religion permeated this season in an odd way. Dexter decides he should enroll his son Harrison in a Catholic preschool. This plan hit a minor speed bump when the school finds Dexter is completely without faith, but our favorite vigilante is able to overcome such minor details. Dexter makes a new friend in reformed criminal turned man of god Brother Sam. Brother Sam was a brief source of light and hope to Dexter, who encouraged him to find the good in himself. What light he kindled was exterminated when Sam came to an untimely end. Things never end well for friends of Dexter. And of course there was the overtly old testament nature of the Doomsday Killer, our big bad, but we're not quite there yet.
Deborah, after involvement in a shootout, seeks some mandated counseling. She does her time, but discovers herself unraveling and issues pouring out of her into her therapist. May be that after all she's been through she needs some therapy. Her big breakthrough might not be what you'd expect. Turns out she's in love with her adoptive brother. Makes a sort of sense, really, everyone she's ever been with has either been very much like Dexter or very much not Dexter. Also keep in mind he is her adopted brother. So it's okay to think this is hot.
The Doomsday Killer. As far as big bad's go, this season's was one of the more interesting. And likely the most insane, though not at first glance, and Doomsday evolved in unexpected ways. In the beginning we had a duo of religious zealots working to bring the end of the world by reenacting biblical passages in gruesome tableaux. Honestly, the dynamic between master and pupil was different at first as we've never been shown a team of killers but seemed a little uninspired. They seemed a little wooden. I can't tell you if that was by design or not.
Then we had the student questioning his master, and the righteousness of their cause. Things started getting a little more interesting here as you could see that Travis was losing faith in Gellar and it was only a matter of time before he defied his dark master. Dexter was more than willing to help. In Travis, Dexter saw a chance he never had in himself. If Dexter could kill Gellar while Travis was still innocent, he could rid Travis of his Dark Passenger in a way Dexter could never be rid of his.
But, in one of this show's greatest twists, we see Travis is a one-winged angel, and is quite insane. Gellar has been dead for some time, by Travis' hand, and Travis has been single-handedly working to bring about the doomsday since day one.
In the final moments of the season Travis ends, of course, on Dexter's table as the show delivers on a promise made several times over several seasons. Deborah walks in on him in the midst of a kill, and as they see each other the season ends with us having to wait nine months to see what unfolds.
As Dexter seasons go, I'd rate this the 3rd best, of 6.
3 out of 5 justifiable homicides