Review: Dexter – Circle Us

Dexter’s three worlds are about to collide is a cluster f**k of circumstance. And when he realizes what has happened, it is up to him and Lumen to point the cops in a direction that will allow them to continue on their current war path.

The Homicide team with also come closer the Fuentes Brothers then they have ever been before. But by night’s end, this will be far from OK for at least one detective.

Dexter & Lumen will also get one step closer to learning the identities of all of Lumen’s tormentors. And before the week is over, Lumen will take one step close to the edge of sanity.

Quinn will also get one step closer to learning a truth he doesn’t want to know.

What worked: I liked that this episode really didn’t try to set up or end various story lines. Rather it brought back the idea that at its heart, Dexter is a police procedural. It always has been, but lately it’s felt more like a character piece, not to say that that is a bad thing in any way.

I was really happy the way the Fuentes Brothers story line went in this episode. It ended on such a perfect note. Lately Jennifer Carpenter has been hitting it out of the park from an acting stand point. I know there are those that consider her to be the worst part of the series, but when she took Carlos out with a single shot to the head, I threw my hand up in joy screaming “fuck yes!”

But let’s not kid ourselves, once again the best moments of the episode belonged to Dexter and Lumen. The romantic comedy-esc dialogue between the two of them is priceless. The scene at the end of the episode between the two of them in the car for example was very snappy and full of charm. And when you’ve just beat a dude half to death with what I assume is a Mag Light, that is hard to pull off.

I also found it very interesting that Harry didn’t enter Dexter’s head in this episode.

What didn’t: So now not only am I sick of Batista, but LaGuerta’s outburst after getting ripped a new one by her boss was uncalled for. What happened in the club was 150% her god damn fault. Anyone with half a brain would understand, and be willing to own up to that. But I guess she’s too good to admit when she is f*****g wrong.

This isn’t a bad thing as much as a need for more. I want to see more of Harrison and Sonya. I think there’s a great character dynamic to be had with Sonya that the writers aren’t taking advantage of it.

And can we get some more screen time for Peter Weller please?!

Final thoughts: Overall, a good episode.

Episode: “Circle Us” (Season 5, Episode 7)

Airs: Showtime, Sundays, 9pm

What’s next: Dexter & Lumen begin their hunt.

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