Dexter Season 4 Preview

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Dexter deals with domestication.

Chuck Gets Back To The Future; Dexter Lets A Dream Die

Chuck 2.10

Chuck Vs The Delorean

Gary Cole, bar none, owns the best guest role in the series entire run. With little screen time he has Cole creates the most multi-layered guest character. His mix of scoundrel and loving father with regrets was excellent and really enriched Sarah’s background. He confirmed Sarah’s thoughts about Chuck and for Chuck gave his blessing on their relationship with, ‘Lucky for me, she found the right schnook.’

And Chuck offering Sarah his jacket and then seeing her father nod his approval was just as good as a hug. It was also a symbolic handoff as Sarah’s father did the same for Sarah at the beginning of the episode.

The quiet scenes were awesome as usual. Yvonne really nailed the last scene with her father.

The only part that really grated for me was Sarah not telling Chuck about her date with her father. Even Casey knew! I mean come on. It was a cheap ploy to create tension and unnecessarily undermined Chuck. Also, the Jeff comment about seeing Lester’s birth totally fell flat and should never have been spoken.

Overall probably my second most favourite episode of the season and it was rife with 80’s callback including the Ferris Bueller music riff – ‘Oh Yeah’ by Yello. Even the General Lee makes an appearance.

So Chuck and Sarah are niftily synched up. They both realize their childhoods were less than ideal and that their families do not know what they do for a living. They are truly soulmates.

BTW Time Magazine listed Chuck as the #10 best TV show.

http://www.time.com/time/specials/2008/top10/article/0,30583,1855948_1863395,00.html

 

Dexter 2.11

I Had A Dream

So the end game between Dexter and Miguel ended with this one. An episode earlier than expected.

The fake abduction this episode bothered me more than the fake rage scene one last episode.

Miguel going down this episode surprised me. Now to tie the Skinner to the crime. And if the Skinner is caught will his reveal of Dexter having info on Freebo have any lasting consequence? Most probable the Skinner will not be brought in alive.

And, potentially, the biggest reveal could be Dexter’s slip of admitting to Deb that their Dad had an affair. If Deb finds out that the affair was with an informant and that informant is Dexter’s and his brother’s – the Ice Cream Truck Killer from Season 1 -mother are her step brothers, and that she slept with her step brother; the mind boggles how far she could run with this.

Especially since Dexter has made Deb his ‘best man.’

I think this last item could be the seeds for Season 4.

Dexter Turns Up The Heat

Dexter – Episode 2.10 – Go Your Own Way

After a slow simmer this season, all the pieces fell into place and Dexter dialed the intensity up to 11. 

Two predators circling one another.  This will be a great finish for sure.

Dexter’s opening inner monologue ranks up with the best he has ever done.  Darkly funny.  And all the secondary story lines
were expertly woven into or reinforced the main one between Dexter and Miguel. 

Bravo!

Dexter & Chuck – Monday Pals

Monday nights is turning into a buddy double header night with Dexter, Chuck, and I hooking up.  And there could no two further TV shows apart in mood and content.

Dexter is a, so far, sympathetically in a dark humourous way , a serial killer who hides behind the cloak of a normal life.  Chuck is your typical nerd who lives a typical normal life behind which he does double duty as a spy.  Dexter is dark, biting, and twisted.  Chuck is goofy, fun, and romantic.  Two TV shows operating at different ends of the spectrum.

And  I love them both.  Hmmm, maybe I should be worried.

Chuck vs Tom Sawyer – Episode 2.05 – The perfect mathematical model contained in the music and lyrics of Rush’s Tom Sawyer married with the Atari video arcade game Missile Command are the keys to Chuck saving the world from World War III.  Geek references abound from BuyMore employee burnout Jeff – who 25 years ago was the World Champion Missile Command player to the introduction of Arrested Development’s Tony Hale as the new Assistant Manager Emett Millbarge to mocking references of Microsoft’s Zune. 

Ellie’s concern about Chuck slipping back into the ‘Morgan years’, a veritable wasteland of endless videogame sessions prompts Sarah and Casey to have Stanford acknowledge Chuck’s clandestine operations and grant him his Stanford diploma.  A nice touch which underlines the growing friendship on Team Bartowski highlighted by Sarah’s open proclamation that she trusts Chuck and that he will be successful in pursuing his alternative plan to deactivating an abandoned missile satellite before Casey is forced to blow it up over California.

Great use of all cast members plus a skillful blend of the BuyMore and spy worlds.

Dexter – Turning Bimenese – Episode 2.05 – Dexter struggles with balancing his newly acquired domestic duties, his growing friendship with Miguel, and answering the needs of his dark passengar.  Another solid episode with Dexter and Miguel slowly feeling their way to some form of a partnership where they act as judge and executioner.  Dexter targets a victim and satisfies his needs but for the first time I sided more with the victim than Dexter.  Not sure if this was intentional or not.

Meanwhile Dexter is struggling with his responsibilities on the domestic with almost disastrous results.
The highlight secondary or tertiary storyline deals with Dexter’s lab partner – Vincent Masuka -played brilliantly  by CS Lee as a pervert who finally realizes he has made himself into the department joke and has no friends.  He turns the department around when he buttons himself down and steps in to repudiate another department’s crime report.

Wheels are in motion and next week’s installment appears to be turning up the heat.

Next week Chuck takes a break and then launches into the much anticipated Jill trilogy.  Jill the ex-girl friend who broke Chuck’s heart.