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About Last Night: Dexter Season 7 Episode 4 “Run”

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 11:43 am by Jeff Mueller

Dexter Season 7Everything is different now,” or so sayeth Dexter. The reality though is that nothing seems to be changing, we are hitting the same beats we have been drumming for the last 4-5 seasons. I am not saying that as a criticism (yet) just as an observation that no matter how the writers try to change things it only ever seems to affect the surface; under it all Dexter continues to be pretty much the same season after season.

Luckily, what remains a constant is pretty solid TV. Yes, plot holes continue to plague the series here and there but they can usually be over-looked due to how well the actors pull the words from the written page and convey them to us. This week especially; Michael C. Hall was as on point as he has ever been!

I have mentioned before how a staple of this show is its very dark sense of humor (a necessity to break the tension of the subject matter) and we are getting some great bits sprinkled throughout this season so far. From Dexter‘s handwritten note telling Speltzer to “Stay” to the mocking of his struggles in the kill room, we get to go from chuckling (albeit disturbingly sometimes) to horrified shock all in the matter of a few seconds. This is where Dexter has always played best in my opinion, dancing back and forth over that fine line of horror and humor.

We thankfully continue to have callbacks to previous season’s subplots; this week being reminded about the multiple accusations of Quinn being a dirty cop. I have to wonder if the full story is ever going to come out? It looked like it was going to be a big story arc back in Season 3 but, like so many side plots, just seemed to fade away after taking front and center screen time for several episodes. I understand when having such a large cast of supporting characters that it is hard to flesh each and everyone of them out, but if the writers are going to make a huge deal out something then they need to bring it to resolution, not assume that we will clear our mental slate in between seasons. Hopefully they will continue to wrap things up over this and the next season.

It is also nice to see the writers finally recognizing how crappy a father Dexter is. At this point, while I think it removes a vital part of what grounds Dexter as human, they need to have Harrison move to Orlando with Rita’s kids. Every episode I find myself looking at the TV and saying “But what about the kid?” I would have hoped that the writers could have tackled it better, because I think it really grounded Dexter and helped make him more sympathetic of a character, but I think at this point they have written themselves into a corner where there is just so much going on that the relationship between father and son is more of a distraction than anything else.

One thing that has me a little nervous is the introduction of the smoking hot “Chuck” alum, Yvonne Strahvoski, as Hannah McKay. If someone tells me what I need to sacrifice to ensure that she doesn’t turn into another Lumen character, I will do it in a heartbeat. I have a sinking feeling that this is where it is going though. They keep hinting that she was more than a hostage during her youth on the run with murderer Wayne Randall, and I wonder if she is being presented so that Dexter can have an on-going love interest that he can be in the open with. I hope I am wrong, as I think it would be a bad idea.

Oh, and I will pay 290,103 internet dollars to whoever does a mashup of every time Deb answers her phone sounding like she is the verge of a full on nervous breakdown!

What do you think? Digging this season so far? Feel like the show has jumped the shark? Let us know!




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    • I think Hannah was more in charge and not a hostage. I'm willing to bet hundreds of internet dollars (fake money) that she manipulated Wayne Randall during their crime spree. Girls have a way of getting into a dude's head. Dexter was even caught off guard when he did the DNA swab. I think she's bad news bears, which I'm totally cool with.

      I'm really liking this season so far. That Speltzer guy was super nutso with his death mazes, and I think it took that kind of a psycho for Deb to lose control and want to kill someone. As I was watching the show it all seemed to come together nicely. Now we just have to worry about the BHB tie-in and Titus Polo (Rome) going all crazy.

      Side note, I think it's really cool seeing Jason Gedrick on the show. Iron Eagle was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid and he will always be Doug Masters to me.

      • thejerd

        You know, I hadn't even considered that Hannah could have been the brains behind things with Wayne… might be a bit of a stretch considering how clean she has been for 15 years, but we will see!

        • Well I'm sure after they got caught and she made her deal with the D.A. she learned a thing or two. Now instead of making a name for herself she can just kill folks and use them as fertilizer. Dead bodies make for some pretty sweet compost. Her nursery was looking mighty healthy…

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