To Dexter’s credit, “Doomsday_Adam” was introduced last week, so he didn’t exactly come out of nowhere, but his appearance still presents a pretty big leap in logic. Are there psychos out there who’re ready to move from vlogging to homicide with nothing more than a five minute pep-talk from Colin Hanks? Sure. Are two such psychos married, living in Miami, and fans of this particular religious nut? I have my doubts but, to Dexter’s credit(?), it’s been prepping us for the absurdist procedural all season. But I’ve complained enough about old episodes, let’s focus on what was wrong with this one.
We actually saw some good detective work from Dexter this week. No, not the stunned pronouncement, “he still thinks Gellar’s alive” that had me ready to throw the remote (is there anyone who still didn’t get it by that point?), but the pursuit of Holly Benson. A B&E, an interrogation, a trip to the new search engine; it was all vintage Dexter. So how did Travis and his slack-jawed disciples figure it out? The series doesn’t bother to explain, likely because there isn’t any good explanation, but with Travis having played second-fiddle to his imaginary friend for nine episodes, he really needed some buildup before becoming a criminal mastermind.
Of course, his newfound competence is perfectly in keeping with his newfound delight in the work. Yes, Travis has always been crazy, but the evil parts of himself seemed to be buried in the Gellar personae. Now it’s all evil, all the time and I’m not entirely sure why. Oh wait, there are only two episodes left and they’ve got to get Travis out of the crazy-and-not-morally-responsible territory and into the pure-evil-so-Dex-can-kill-him territory quickly. There’s just no time for little things like character arcs.
Other points without any narrative connection: Dexter’s movement from “he’s mine” to calling the police, his “dialogue” with Harry was little more than “yes you should / no I won’t / yes you should / no I… ok, fine I will;” Matthews uses his own name to send flowers to a prostitute (I thought the whole point was you didn’t have to send them flowers?), it seems he didn’t learn his lesson after Laguertta blackmailed him; Deb freaking out at a crime scene because… you know what, never mind.
Yep, I’m kinda bitter at this point. How can a show so thoroughly squander all the credit it gained over the years?
Angel gets to do some more “I spy” detective work this week, noticing the evidence that’s out in the open. Will the series kill him off in order to “raise the stakes?” That might have worked back when he was a meaningful part of it.
I care so little about the outcome that I’m actually watching the “next week…” previews.