So far, the final season of Dexter has flown by with plenty of promise, but this third episode felt like it just flew past with not much to remember it by.
Not in the short term anyway. If Quinn can completely forget all about his suspicions about Dexter after the rogue ex-cop he hired to look into him ended up mysteriously dead, he was obviously not going to think too much about whether his ex-girlfriend’s total breakdown was caused by murdering her boss.
Certainly if the confession had been taken seriously, that would have been a major game-changer this early on in the season. Instead we have her facing the terrifying prospect of being counselled by Dr Vogel.
Jennifer Carpenter‘s been on fine form as Broken Deb so far and spent most of this episode roaring drunk and feeling guilty, even after Dexter’s latest rubbish plan to make her feel better.
This was quite something. He took her to a restaurant to show her someone who might have died if she hadn’t shot and killed her first criminal in that nightclub shootout a few years ago. And he refreshed her (and our) memory by playing her clips from the episode on his iPhone!
I guess they were meant to be CCTV footage or something, but seriously, it was just clips from the episode. He’d just downloaded it from iTunes. How very po-mo. Or just sloppy.
Meanwhile, his hunt for the brain-chopping serial killer took him to the mall where he met a cannibal. And then he killed him, with minimal fuss or interest. And of course, Quinn and Jamie are still having problems because of Deb.
It seems harsh to be so critical of this episode, because it was a perfectly fine one, barring that mobile phone thing. It just felt a bit too much like treading water ahead of more exciting things to come.