So Dexter season 6 was a bit shit.
It was very shit really, but only when you compare it to how good this show was and can be.
Here’s where it all went wrong for me:
I was one of the few watchers who genuinely didn’t see this coming. It took me by surprise and i quite enjoyed it at the time. But here’s the problem: it’s actually a pretty crappy twist in that it’s been done a thousand times before. Psycho, Fight Club, blah blah blah. It’s been done to death.
It felt beneath this show to resort to cheap tricks and twists. And this was as cheap as they come. And then as soon as it was revealed, it was gone as quick. That’s it, see ya Olmos, and ya, Travis is evil now. Where had the good side of Travis disappeared to? Or at least the one we’d spent time with the last eight episodes or so. His evil side just seemed to win and that was it. Surely there should have been a bit more of an internal struggle. It would have been a bit more interesting than the comic book villain he became, twiddling his dastardly moustache.
Lewis and the hand
Right, we get that they’re obviously building this up to be something big and we knew that it was so late in the day that it would carry across to the next season. But Jesus, give us something more than Travis just finding it and chucking it away. The season should have ended with Dexter finding it and being all “wtf? Fo realz?”
Deb finding out
It had to happen eventually and we knew it was coming. But they should have just done this last season when she was on the other side of the curtain with Dexter and Lumen. They waited too long and it just feels a bit late in the day.
And the way that they led up to this was ridiculously clunky. How many years has Dexter been offing people now? You’d think he could have chosen a better kill-room than an active crime scene, where any number of police officers could have shown up at any time. Not only that, he specifically tells Deb that he will be there that night. Ridiculous.
Bring Brian Back
The most interesting episode by far this season was when Dexter went on his rampage with imaginary brother Brian in tow. It was great to see Dexter’s darker side let loose and Brian was infinitely more fun than Harry (Christ Harry, go away already). It’s understandable that they have to keep Dexter on the straight and narrow to some extent, but they could have kept Brian around for a few more episodes or even a season. He was undoubtedly the most fun thing that’s shown up in Dexter in ages.
Deb Loves Dexter
This was just so wrong on so many levels. It seemed like a possibility in Season 1 that they might explore this, what with them not being blood-related and all, but we’ve spent 6 years with these characters without a hint of sexual interest. Then one word from a psychiatrist and Deb is head over heels. This whole move just reeked of desperation – a last minute game changer to shake things up by the writers. But does anyone actually want to see Deb and Dexter together? I don’t think so. It’s just weird.
Two More Seasons?
Halfway through Season 6, it really felt like it was kind of going nowhere. The same old struggles just keep reappearing – is there light in Dexter? Can he be redeemed? At this stage, they’re just going over the same material, when it felt that maybe the show should start wrapping up. Instead, we got the news that they had commissioned another TWO seasons. TWO! If this was a few years ago, I would have been very excited at the prospect of two more seasons of Dexter, but it just feels like no good can come of two more years.
Let’s hope they finish it at Season 8. Or maybe the show can be redeemed? Just like Dexter. I wonder if they’ll explore that next season? Maybe he’ll try and rid himself of his dark passenger for once.