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TV Review: DEXTER: Season 7, Episode 9: Helter Skelter

Michael C. Hall Dexter Helter Skelter

Dexter Season 7 Episode 9 Helter Skelter ReviewDexter: Season 7, Episode 9: Helter Skelter was a disappointment and formula routine. The brightest moment in the episode was the smallest. It was a minute segment involving Capt. Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Vélez) and her continuing, clandestine investigation into the Bay Harbor Butcher killings. She is a dog with a bone and the show benefits from this sub-plot.

From the three seasons before it, I knew the killer Isaak Sirko (Ray Stevenson) would be killed off by the end of the season. That is the formula for this TV show. (Spoiler) I was hoping that chain would be broken this season but it was not. The killer’s death this season must be the stupidest in the show’s history. Sirko gets shot…once…then doesn’t ask to be taken to the hospital. He announces that he is dead because the bullet is still inside him. What does that mean?

Since the gun was invented, there have been tens of millions of cases where a person was shot and had to have surgery to have the bullet removed. Sirko is most-likely ten to fifteen minutes away from a hospital. He can drive there or have Dexter drive him. He can call 911 and an ambulance will be at his location in three to four minutes.

Sirko chooses to do nothing. James Manos Jr. and Karen Campbell, the writers of this episode, couldn’t even come up with a credible reason for Sirko’s defacto suicide, the same conundrum that faced (Spoiler) the writers of Mags Bennett at the end of Season 2 of Justified.

Both suicides make no sense at all.

Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) was at the top of his class at medical school. He could have pulled the bullet out with pliers or dug it out with a knife.

Because of the formula it follows, Dexter jumped the shark a few seasons ago like Turn Blood but I keep holding on for brilliance. The bullet-in plot point in this episode is so stupid that the entire plot line around it crashes and the viewer realizes that it was always a waste of time. That the storyline was always going to end that way: Sirko dead, Dexter alive. At anytime before his excel from the group, Sirko could have brought the brotherhood’s full might down on Dexter. He could have hired the same two killers Dexter and he killed in this episode. He didn’t. The writers of Dexter made it personal for Sirko to negate this possibility from ever occurring.

Perhaps the writers made this choice because they didn’t want the show to expand, were afraid of it. More characters and a organized crime syndicate against Dexter would have cost more money than a individual on a vendetta. There would have been a lot of collateral damage if the brotherhood came to Miami-Dade, possibly Lieutenant Debora Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter). If they couldn’t have Dexter, they might have settled for his sister like the Albanian Mafia would have in The Shield (they kill the family first, the target last).

Dexter‘s writers didn’t want that, they didn’t want this season to be explosive, talked about, electrifying. They didn’t want this season to be different from the others. They didn’t want a high body count on the good guys’ side. Instead, they settled for the formula.

Will the brotherhood come after Dexter for killing Viktor Baskov (Enver Gjokaj), now that Sirko is dead? No. The Brotherhood will completely disappear by next season. Viktor Baskov’s death will stay unavenged.

Detective Quinn (Desmond Harrington) taking Nadia (Katia Winter) out of the strip club will end in deportation if Novikov is smart. Nadia doesn’t have a passport. All Novikov has to do is call immigration, say there is an illegal in the city, and give them Quinn’s address. When they ask for her identification, she has none, and they will take her away for deportation. There will be nothing Quinn can do about it. Neither of them can show that she is gainfully employed. All Novikov has to do is say he has never seen her before and make his girls say the same thing. Will Novikov be that smart, we will have to wait and see.

(Possible spoiler) Right, I almost forgot. A pyromaniac serial killer was cleverly been slide into the show, bearing no motive and causing no suspects to be considered yet. He is a footnote now but following the formula, he’ll be the main killer next season that Dexter tracks down and kills at its end. Pyro will also be given a face by then. No need for one now.

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