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TV Review: DEXTER: Season 7, Episode 10: The Dark… Whatever

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Dexter Season 7 Episode 10 The Dark… Whatever ReviewDexter: Season 7, Episode 10: The Dark… Whatever was reflective on Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) on two fronts: his past (his previous killings) and his present (his urge). It was fascinating that the newest person in his life was able to give him one of the great insights into himself that he has ever had. He didn’t even realize that he was fooling himself for years until he explored Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski)’s statement.

The concept of the dark passenger was a good one. It separated Dexter from the killers on TV shows like Law and Order: SVU and many famous killers (with exceptions like Ms. Kerns from Shutter Island). He was forced to face a truth about himself: (Spoiler) he isn’t sick, he is the sickness.

Like the last episode, the segment with Capt. Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Vélez) and former Deputy Chief Tom Matthews (Geoff Pierson) was one of this episode’s best aspects. After making a key discovery in their secret investigation, one of them makes an insane decision: (Spoiler) to ask Dexter a few questions instead of: a.) gathering much more evidence, b.) conducting surveillance on Dexter, and c.) looking at when the Bay Harbor Butcher victims disappeared in relation to where Dexter was at those times.

Why show your hand? Why show Dexter that he is a person of interest? Wouldn’t this questioning give him a chance to run? If the person you are questioning has been hidden for this long and works in a police station, wouldn’t they be a expert at lying (and a field specialist in deceit)? Would a person this good give anything away during a friendly, cursory questioning? Whether this is the case or not, it will be entertaining to watch.

Questioning a suspect is standard practice for the police but if your suspect is in fact the perpetrator, wouldn’t they use that questioning to their advantage i.e. “their on to me. Time to go.”? If Dexter ran, there would be no show. What about Harrison? He won’t run.

Regarding the Brotherhood, signs were given in Dexter: Season 7, Episode 9: Helter Skelter that their presence would be wiped out from the show and its seems the show’s writers are moving in that direction. This was by far the most exasperating scenario wrap up in the episode, exceeding the decision to question Dexter instead of gathering concrete evidence first.

Why would George Novikov (Jason Gedrick) tell Nadia (Katia Winter) that he is sending her away to a sex club out of the country instead of: a.) not tell her and then do at the last second, b.) immediately throw her in a car with two body guards and send her out of the country via private jet, c.) take her cell phone away so she can’t call Detective Quinn (Desmond Harrington), d.) have six body guards in his office at all times heavily armed in case Quinn comes back, e.) keep Nadia in a different location until he sends her away, f.) close the club until Nadia is out of the country.

Novikov does none of these common sense things and takes none of these precautions.

I stopped watching True Blood because it became a cartoon but Dexter is worse. True Blood can claim that the show is a dark parody, a macabre comedy. Dexter can not claim that. When simple precautions are not taken by villains on this show it is baffling. Dexter thinks ahead yet no other villain on the show seems capable of the same feat.

Quinn previously stormed into Novikov’s strip club office and threw him through a glass wall. In retribution, Novikov allows Nadia access to a phone (tying her down would have been too difficult) after telling her he is going to send her away. He then stays in the very same strip club office.

Does that make any sense?

If one guy having sex with Nadia disturbed Quinn so badly that he assaulted Novikov, why didn’t Novikov send Nadia to the same hotel he had sex with her in, have fifty guys have sex with her (harsh but it fits with Novikov’s established logic), record it, post it on the internet (entitled: Detective Quinn’s Prostitute Girlfriend), then have Nadia tell Quinn what happened as Novikov stands behind twenty armed men?

Why not mutilate Nadia like in Kill Bill: Volume 2 or Boardwalk Empire for what Quinn did to him?

Why not just kill her? The mob has done that for revenge throughout its entire history.

No. Novikov is so smart that he tells his plan to his victim (classic villain proclivity) then allows that person access to a phone where they can call anyone, including the police. It was like watching a bad James Bond plot point rehashed so lethargically that the viewer sees everything coming.

The situation’s conclusion was so nice and neat the episode’s writers (Lauren Gussis, Jace Richdale, and Scott Reynolds) should be applauded for their ingenuity and depth. (Spoiler) If the brotherhood did not avenge Viktor Baskov’s death, they will not avenge Novikov’s either. The Brotherhood has now been officially wiped completely out of the show with a tidy bow around it.

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