Dexter – Silver Linings Playbook

dexter-s8e2Last night’s episode of Dexter, “Every Silver Lining…” was another good installment in the final season so far. There’s been a lot of debate already about both Deb and Dr. Vogel, and I like how this season is focused on Dexter’s relationships with these two important women.

If you’ve seen the episode, click through…

There was still some of the same old Miami Metro stuff that I’ve never cared for. Quinn is dating Jamie, Batista knows. Batista wants Quinn to take the sergeant exam, Quinn is a loser, etc. Do we really think Quinn will survive this series alive? Every season, the Internet predicts that he’ll be killed.

There’s a lot of debate about Deb’s behavior, and whether it feels forced. Some people think the storyline itself is difficult to believe, others think it’s the acting. Personally, I don’t mind the storyline. Deb should be a messed – she’s been through a lot before, but nothing this bad. Finding out her brother was a serial killer, yes, that was bad. But she killed LaGuerta in cold blood. She did make the wrong decision, the immoral decision, and that doesn’t seem like something Deb could easily live with.

When Deb was shacking up with a criminal and doing drugs, I didn’t love it.  But I’m much more interested in her murdering a hit man and then, when Dexter figures it out, asking him to cover it up for her. She has totally lost her moral compass, and I’m interested to see whether she can ever get it back.

I’m even more intrigued by the Dr. Vogel storyline. This week we learned that she created Harry’s Code when Harry sought her advice on his budding serial killer of a son. Harry, in fact, had never been as comfortable as he seemed with Dexter’s “dark passenger”, it was Vogel who convinced him that this was the right way.

I read a few reviews today, and it sounds like viewers are pretty split over whether they find this believable. Personally, I buy it. Harry was a cop – it was always a stretch that he would have been able to come up with that code, no matter how much he loved his son. And after all, Harry did kill himself after witnessing one of Dexter’s kills.

I’m interested in how the writers are using Vogel to explore some of the more complicated aspects of Dexter’s personality. He cares more about Deb than a typical psychopath would. He loves his son, cared about Rita and Julia Stiles. (What was her ridiculous name?) He is capable of compassion. Brother Sam could see it. And now Vogel is noticing it – Dexter thought it would have been nice to have someone to talk to wen Harry died, and that’s abnormal for a psychopath.

The way Vogel spoke, it was as though she’d created Dexter like Frankenstein created a monster. He was angry at her for that. Could he have ever become something else, someone other than a serial killer? Working within the framework of Harry’s Code is better than killing innocent people. But as we explore the capability for emotion that sets him apart from other psychopaths, I hope the show also looks at the question of whether Dexter could have become something else.

Vogel didn’t just come up with the code for Dexter. As the episode progressed, we learned that she cares about Dexter like a mother. We also learned that her views on psychopaths are nontraditional, which is why Harry had sought her advice in the first place. She sees psychopaths as, sometimes, assets to society. Her relationship with Dexter is clearly moving into a creepy direction – is she a psychopath herself? Maybe.

I like how “the brain surgeon”, a serial killer who scoops out a part of the brain, has been linked to Vogel as well. The brain pieces are being left on her doorstep, so she has called in a favor with Dexter. She wants him to get to the brain surgeon before the brain surgeon gets to her. But there’s got to be more here than meets the eye. Is the serial killer forcing victims to commit murder one of Vogel’s former patients? Is it maybe someone closer to her? Or could it be Vogel herself?

Of course, that’s just all guesswork. Anything could happen this early in the season. What do you guys think so far?


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7 Responses to Dexter – Silver Linings Playbook

  1. Bud says:

    I can’t help but feel that the “good” Dr. Vogel is laying a trap for Dexter. There is something fishy going on in Miami!

  2. Lindsay says:

    I’m loving the season so far, I feel like it’s a return to strength these last two seasons. I’m sad that it’s almost over. I don’t know what to think about Vogel either, I think she is at least partially behind the Surgeon murders, like something she did has driven the patient to this point or I also thought it could be her. Deb is iffy, I never liked her, hated her in love with Dexter story and think her crash and burn is a welcome turn of events.

    I’m most curious to see whether Dexter will end up dead or caught at the end of the season…

    • Bud says:

      The more I think about it, the Deb-in-love-with-Dexter storyline was only there to make her act of shooting LaGuerta plausible. Family love wouldn’t be enough to kill; just enough to arrest Dexter instead, which would end the series. At least this way, we get one more season out of it! Hopefully, the writers will steer clear of it now – or worse – maybe Dr. Vogel falls in love with him next. (Sorry for the visual.)

  3. Jose says:

    I think they are making it so obvious that Dr. Vogel is hiding something, that most surprising outcome would be that she is being completely honest. I think she is actually going to create a rift between Dex and Deb. At least for Dexter. Deb seems to have taken care of that on her end already. Speaking of Deb, her actions continue to feel out of character. I know Dexter has said that the Deb he knew died with LaGuerta, but that feels like a cop out.

    I think this might be a good season to try to care about Quinn’s story. Or at least pay attention. Just a strange feeling I got in the last episode. Quinn was starting to piece together that Dexter was hiding something in an earlier season, but gave it up when he got in deeper with Deb. This week, when he knew she was getting mixed up with hit-men and other criminals, he asked Dexter if he could deal with it. His matter of fact acceptance of Dexter’s response seems worth noting. I’m not saying he knows Dexter is a killer, but I think he has realized Dexter is more than a lab geek. I would not be surprised if this comes up in the end.

    • Bud says:

      The Quinn storyline could be huge. He not only connects the dots with Doakes and LaGuerta (and Trinity’s kids), but has a grand moral dilemma when he figures out what Deb has done as well.

  4. Aaron Sirois says:

    I know most of us subscribe to the theory that Dex will either die or be imprisoned at the finale, but I’m thinking that maybe the season is setting us up for something else: rehabilitation. Perhaps Deb’s plight will shed some light, or Vogel will decide he’s not actually a psychopath. I don’t know. I do know that the writers are probably trying very hard to be unpredictable after season six. They might throw us a curveball.

    • Bud says:

      There just has to be a curveball. But if it’s rehabilitation, I guarantee the last scene is zooming in on Dexter’s face and that killer twinkle in his eye. Cut. End credits.
      (Full length motion picture coming to a theater near you.)

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