So, we’re all in agreement that was a terrible episode? I mean, there’s nobody out there who actually enjoyed watching as Travis crossed the line from ordinary villainy into cartoon supervillainy, right? And it’s safe to assume that everyone else was also gnashing their teeth as the writers pulled Deb’s “complex” feelings for Dex out of their collective asses? Is there anyone out there that’s actually grown impatient with all this snark and is looking for some insight into this travesty? I’m sorry if that’s you, but this episode has left me baffled as to who the hell this series is for.
Let’s save Travis’ overly elaborate death trap for a moment and begin with the development that pissed all over the relationship that’d been established between Deb and Dex over the last six season. Where is in the blue hell did this come from!?!?! I think it’s fair to say that I’ve watched the Debra/Dexter pairing closely over the years, it’s been the most fascinating one on the series and I’ve written extensively on it elsewhere. It’s for this reason that I feel completely justified is saying that no past events even remotely suggest that Deb’s feelings for Dexter extend beyond those of a loving, if somewhat naïve, sister. Their relationship was intriguing not because, deep down, Debra wanted to jump her brother’s bones, but because, deep down, she knew something was wrong with him. I am, quite literally, shocked and appalled. Not at the quasi-incest, but at the complete disregard for how this relationship has been portrayed thus far.
I guess my outrage at the “sexy results” between the Morgans is a testament to how much I still care about these characters. Build up an attachment over five seasons and gross inconsistencies are bound to rub you the wrong way. Contrast this with Travis, who hasn’t been consistently portrayed all season, and his latest shrug inducing role of Bond villain. I guess he thought it was God’s plan for the Beast to wake up just in time to watch him pour the last can of gas and go “muah-hah-hah,” but really, why not shoot your victim before incinerating him? He was going to be blown to bits anyway, would that really have spoiled the tableau? Maybe Travis has a thing for fire, he did take time to set one while fleeing from Quinn, how was that faster than simply shooting Angel in the head and then jumping out the window?
I’m well aware that I’m breaking one of my own rules here and criticizing the series for what it isn’t rather than what it is. But the show I just watched is so unlike the one I started watching five years ago that I just can’t believe its current fans are the same as its old ones. This was once a taut thriller that explored the edges of morality through engaging characters and complicated relationships. Now the action is fueled stupidity and established emotional connections aren’t allowed to get in the way of a bad story. Worst. Episode. EVER.
Isn’t Dexter taking a really stupid risk by sending Travis a video? There’s already the risk of exposure if DDK gets caught, but that’s leaving a pretty hard to explain piece of evidence… kinda like delivering an anonymous tip from his own cell phone last week.
Isn’t Travis conveniently stupid by turning off the newscast before learning how his scheme was foiled? Surely Dexter, as a bona fide hero, would’ve had his face all over the news.
Wasn’t Matthews particularly stupid for trusting Laguertta to begin with? I assumed he had some leverage to make her aid in his cover up, but apparently not.
Aren’t Dexter’s nosebleeds a stupidly lazy plot device, existing for the sole purpose of stretching this uninteresting hunt out one more episode?
Wasn’t the kissing scene between Deb and Dex the most cringe-worthy piece of stupidity the show has ever produced? I spent the whole thing rolling my eyes and praying this was so stupid that it had to be a dream.