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Dexter: “This Little Piggy” Review

Posted on July 28, 2013 at 8:21 pm by Jeff Mueller

Dexter Season 8

Five episodes down, seven to go!

I am pretty sure that if this weren’t the last season of this show I would be viewing these episodes in a different light. It isn’t as though they aren’t par for the Dexter course, so to speak, but I just feel as if there needs to be less extraneous new things added into the mix and more focus on what has already been laid on the table and how to organize it all and bring about a satisfying closure. Anyway, let’s dig into what happened this week and where it leaves us going into mid-season…

I would like to see a show of hands… who here thinks that Yates was actually the “Brain Surgeon”? Anyone? He seemed to have a full time job of kidnapping women, breaking their toes and then killing them and none of the exhumed victims had any indication that their skulls had been operated on. Not to mention the fact that Yates seemed very surprised Vogel had a helper; I mean just two episodes ago the “Brain Surgeon” dropped off “his” and “hers” packages on Vogel’s doorstep! Either this is very sloppy writing or we haven’t seen the last of this story line.

I will say that it was nice to get a little emotion and depth out of Dr. Vogel. I still am not sure what to make of her, and I am leaning more and more toward my theory that she encourages her “patients” psychotic behavior just to continue her studies, but it was nice to see a glimmer of life beneath her cold, dead, reptilian eyes even if it was due to being in fear for her life. It was quite telling watching her trying to manipulate Yates (and then go full on Norma Bates on him) and I don’t think we have seen the last of her shrewd methods.

Dexter This Little Piggy

While Vogel became a little more interesting, we unfortunately are still being bombarded with boring and pointless storylines about people like Bautista and Masuka. At this point I couldn’t care less.We are down to seven episodes and extraneous sub-plots like who is vying for sergeant or the fact that someone has a daughter they never knew about come across as pointless filler; a couple of seasons ago maybe I would have been interested, but now? Not at all. Plus, does Matthews ever show up to do anything other than reinforce the fact he is a giant douche?

Now while I would have liked to have seen Quinn’s story fleshed out a season or two ago, at this point it is has become distracting. It is obvious we won’t get a satisfying understanding of his sordid past, and I fear that we are just going to be stuck with a revisionist history version of the character who turns into some noble cop who defies the politics of Miami Metro to do the right thing. I don’t know, it just seemed pretty odd that a dirty cop like Quinn would be so shocked that Matthews was trying to influence an investigation.

“She said I might lose you. But we’ll always be together, right?” – Dexter Morgan

The best parts of the episode lie in the Deb/Dexter dynamic as always, and while the thematic dialogue of the episode was a bit heavy handed (I lost count of how many times the word “family” was spoken… good thing it wasn’t a drinking game) I looked past it; mostly because I like seeing Dexter actually get mad. Michael C Hall is an excellent actor, and it really shines when he gets to break out of the usual Dexter calm and emote. Now I know the opening sequence seemed a little out of place based on how seriously last episode ended but I am willing to look past it if it means coming to a greater understanding of the brother/sister dynamic.

Speaking of dynamics, it was kind of a thrill seeing Deb and Dex work as a team. There has always been the inference that Dexter was stretched too thin, that a partner would make his life so much easier; now I’m not saying Deb is going to make some drastic change in her way of thinking and start being Dexter’s wingman when it comes to kills, but it was nice to see how that possibility would look with the two of them in lock-step purpose.

“Well, the family that kills together…” – Deborah Morgan

This episode’s kill scene was a little over the top but I won’t lie, seeing Dexter viking spear stab someone with a curtain rod like that was pretty cool!

So all that being said, the series still has me guessing, I still can’t begin to figure out how they are going to wrap this up. The morbid part of me almost thinks that Deb’s crashing the car last episode might have been an interesting way to end the series; I almost wonder if we aren’t going to get a few of those “What If” scenarios before we are treated to the actual end?

My Score: B-

So let us know what you thought! Does anyone care that Harrison has an imaginary elephant friend? Am I the only one that digs Deb’s boss, Elway, and wants to see more of him? Did anyone else get a little satisfaction from Jamie standing up to Dexter? Who else is wondering when Lumen is going to make a surprise reappearance? What’s your theory on how this is going to end?!?! Get to commenting below!

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Dexter: Season 8, Episode 5 “This Little Piggy” aired July 28, 2013 on Showtime.

    • Guest

      I think you’re absolutely right about the Brain Surgeon story being far from over. No way it was Yates.

      Personally, I think its Vogel. We know from past seasons that Dexter understands other killers/psychopaths because he is one too, and the writers calling her the “psychopath whisperer” is just too big a clue that she herself is also a psychopath. Also, she’s clearly a master manipulator that excels at getting others to do her bidding (e.g. the video where she makes Lyle Sussman kill for her). Plus, she’s a shrink, and the Brain Surgeon cuts out a part of the brain that controls emotion. The clues are all there. I don’t know what her ultimate goal is, but I suspect that she’s the real “big bad” of this season.

      • I thought about it potentially being Vogel herself… not completely sold on the theory though. We will find out soon enough! =)

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