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Dexter: “Make Your Own Kind Of Music” Review

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 8:30 pm by Jeff Mueller

Dexter Season 8

Nine episodes down, three to go!

I am trying to not judge this season differently than I would any other, but it is hard knowing that the end is looming. Maybe I am being overly critical, but I just don’t know how to feel about tonight’s show.

Tonight’s purpose seemed to be to tidy up a bunch of loose ends and to present at least one potential ending as a possibility to the viewers. And it succeeded… kind of.

Probably the most important revelation of the night was that Vogel not only was married, but that she had two sons. One of whom was a sociopath. Surprise! *sigh*

Let’s be honest, the reveal of the “villain” was disappointing at best here. So not only did Oliver kill Cassie, but he’s also the “Brain Surgeon” and Vogel’s long lost son. If I hadn’t been left playing fill in the blanks I would have probably been more outraged than I was. Come on, really? A secret sociopath family member, thought to be dead, but who no one knew existed ends up being the love interest of a side character Dexter may or may not be interested in? I think the writers are inferring that Oliver/Daniel (let’s just go with Daniel from this point forward) began dating Cassie just to get close to Dexter, but I can’t be sure if that is just me putting logic where there is none.

It was obvious last episode that the “Brain Surgeon” was someone in Vogel’s past we really didn’t know about yet, but I just assumed it was going to end up being her ex-husband. Maybe that was just too obvious? Or maybe the writers have just grown so fond of tossing out red herrings like they were chum that they can’t stop long enough to get out of their own way? Anyway, the problem here is that is shoots what little credibility Vogel may have had out of the water. During all the brain storming sessions she and Dexter had throughout all this not once did she bring up the fact she had a kid who happened to murder her other kid, much less hashing out with Dexter that while someone is leaving her wrapped pieces of brain on her doorstep that it reminded her of the ones just like them Daniel used to leave her. You know, the psychopath. Who killed her other kid. Who died, although she never saw the body.

Ugh.

I will say this though, there was a definite sense of dread as Dexter followed Daniel back to his car. I kept waiting for something to happen… maybe it was the music, maybe it was the way it was shot or maybe it was just my predisposition to look for the shock or twist now that we are so close to the end. Whatever it is, I have the feeling I will spend the last 10 minutes of every episode waiting for something to go horribly wrong.

“I will find who did this and I will kill him.” – Dexter

Dexter - Make Your Own Kind Of Music

The other big plot point of the show is Dexter finalizing his plans to live happily ever after with Hannah McKay. We started the episode with Dex dropping the “L bomb” and then they agreed to flee to Argentina with Harrison and to start a new life together. Even if Dexter wasn’t going to try and squeeze in one last kill before they flee I just don’t see this ending well. It all seems too fairy tale. and I can’t picture this being the way the show wraps up. I will say this though, it is nice to see Dexter able to at least see a future where he can actually be happy. Not pretending. Not being a social mimic. Actually happy.

A quick aside, the veiled excitement on Dexter’s face when he tells Vogel he plans on making a life with Hannah is just so subdued and so wonderful. Michael C. Hall deserves all the praise he gets for his work on this show.

While we are getting a stellar performance out of the actor, the same cannot be said of the character. Not only does Dexter, minutes after being visited by a U.S. Marshall on Hannah’s trail, drive right down the highway with Hannah in the car; he then walks right out to the car with her in broad daylight. Right after getting confronted by the U.S. Marshall yet again! Even at his most frazzled and at his wits end i expect Dexter to be more careful than that! Even though he stops by Dexter’s apartment to tell him he is pulling the uniforms off protection duty because he thinks Hannah has fled town, I don’t think we have seen the last of the U.S. Marshall. I think he has a hunch and is going to be watching Dexter.

I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention the best scene of the night. Deb and Hannah suspiciously eating dinner together. Best two minutes of the whole episode.

My Score: B-

So let us know what you thought! Is Elway getting so testy because Deborah obviously is not reciprocating his interest? Will harboring a fugitive end up being the downfall of Deb after all she’s been through? Was I the only one that knew Daniel was hiding in Vogel’s house? With us entering into the final three episodes, what’s your theory on how this is going to end?!?! Get to commenting below!

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Dexter: Season 8, Episode 9 “Make Your Own Kind of Music” aired August 25, 2013 on Showtime.

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