DEXTER: NEW BLOOD REVIEW

by Joe Joe

Dexter: New Blood Review

Overall a good season.

Dexter: New Blood Review

Overall a good season.

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┬áDexter Morgan, the vigilante serial killer, is back. The reaction to season eight, the original final season, was highly negative. I remember already being disappointed with season eight and was hoping that maybe the ending could make up for it. It didn’t. It ended with Dexter faking his death after his step-sister, Deb, was killed and leaving Miami to become a lumberjack. It made me pretty livid. This was not a final season because it didn’t feel like one. Season eight didn’t ruin the whole series since almost every season was a self-contained story, unlike Game of Thrones, where the entire series was ruined by its unbearable final season.

As years went by and everything pop culture was demolishing its way back into our theaters and our televisions, I kept thinking, where is Dexter’s comeback? My wish came true, and we have this new series, Dexter: New Blood. If only my wish to get a sequel to Alien: Covenant would come true, I would be a happy geek. Was I satisfied with this new and hopefully final season? Yes and no.

After faking his death from a Florida hurricane, Dexter ends up in Iron Lake, New York, with a new identity, a new occupation, and a girlfriend who also happens to be the sheriff. It’s been ten years since the events of the last season, and everything is going well for him. Rather than seeing his dead stepfather all the time, he sees his dead step-sister instead. So maybe not all good. He’s doing his best to keep his dark passenger at bay, but eventually, it comes back, and so does his son he left with his girlfriend Hannah, who is now dead. Despite the additional title to the show, this is season nine of the series.

Overall I liked the season. It’s good, but not great. Not the triumphant return I was hoping for, but I was somewhat satisfied. Like several Dexter seasons, it’s sloppy. Especially the final ten minutes because it’s rushed and doesn’t feel genuinely earned. These last ten minutes should’ve at least been expanded to two, three episodes, or maybe even the entire season.

Season two has always felt as close as we could getting a proper Dexter finale. In fact, it could be the best season if it wasn’t for season four having one of the best villains of all time played by the perfect John Lithgow. New Blood has a lot of excellent aspects to it, such as its cast. Everyone is fantastic, especially Julia Jones as the sheriff and the always amazing Clancy Brown as the main villain. He’s not as good as Trinity, Ice Truck Killer, or Lila, but he’s probably right there with Ray Stevenson from season seven. Jennifer Carpenter returns as Deb, and I loved every one of her scenes. Dark and hilarious. Jack Alcott as Harrison is the one character that could’ve been bad and annoying, but he does a good job. The setting is fantastic, with it being a small town and snow being everywhere and Dexter’s cabin out in the woods being a place I would love to live in.

Michael C. Hall owns this role. It’s another one of those born to play characters, and he is just magnificent. The dude oozes charisma, and Dexter amplifies it. He’s one of the best television characters of all time, right next to the likes of Walter White or Johnny Lawrence. I wouldn’t want to see anyone else play this part. Dexter still feels like Dexter, thanks to having the showrunner, Clyde Phillips, who did seasons one through four, considered the best seasons.

SPOILER ALERT

Since Dexter hasn’t killed anyone in ten years and is now living in a small town, he’s rather rusty. He does kill again but kills the wrong people, which ends with him getting arrested and then finally identified as the Bay Harbor Butcher. A nice extended cameo from Angel Batista fully confirms Dexter’s true identity, but sadly no reunion between them even though it’s slightly teased. The code his stepfather Harry created has been broken since Dexter breaks the first rule of getting caught and then breaks the second rule by killing an innocent. It’s the ultimate downfall for the character, and his son is the one who kills him not too long after he finds out what his father is all about.

They had to get a lot done in the finale, and I felt like they stuck the landing and then crashed in those last ten minutes. I think it should’ve been planned better throughout the season and stretched out these crucial scenes. They could’ve completely cut certain things like this rich oil billionaire character that seems important at first and then completely disappears. A red herring, I suppose. It’s a tad bit disappointing.

The ending almost mirrors what happens at the end of season seven, where Deb has to choose either shooting Dexter or LaGuerta. Dexter gives her a permissive look, but she loves him more than LaGuerta, so she shoots her. Harrison doesn’t have a choice this time, and Dexter approves of the decision to get shot. Boom. Shot in the chest, his blood surrounding him in the snow with a slightly relieved smile on his face. His last thought was that he finally felt the emotion of love. It’s nice and all, but it felt rushed and slightly unsatisfying.

Would I watch it again? I already pre-ordered the steelcase blu ray as all proud nerds do. There are currently discussions to make a New Blood season two with Harrison as the main character. I am skipping that. Harrison wasn’t good enough to get his own show and what kept me going was Hall’s performance. I don’t want to see Hall as Harrison’s dark passenger either. New Blood was overall a good season and an ending to an excellent character so leave it as is.

MY SEASON RANKINGS
#1-SEASON FOUR
#2-SEASON TWO
#3-SEASON ONE
#4-SEASON SEVEN
#5-NEW BLOOD
#6-SEASON THREE
#7-SEASON FIVE
#8-SEASON EIGHT
#9-SEASON SIX

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7
OK

Good

  • GREAT CAST
  • FANTASTIC SETTING

Bad

  • FINALE FEELS RUSHED
dexter
7
OK

Good

  • GREAT CAST
  • FANTASTIC SETTING

Bad

  • FINALE FEELS RUSHED
dexter
7
OK

Good

  • GREAT CAST
  • FANTASTIC SETTING

Bad

  • FINALE FEELS RUSHED