Review: Dexter – Take It

Tonight’s the night. Tonight’s the night Cole Harmon will finally meet his maker at the hands of our beloved serial killer. But things take an unexpected turn when Dexter begins to have suspicions about the head honcho himself, Jordan Chase.

Lumen will also get a phone call that she really doesn’t want, and before the day is over she’ll have to make a choice that will affect her life forever.

Miami Metro is going to have to deal with the backlash from the club shootout, and Deb will come to a scary realization about herself.

Liddy will also get one step closer to learning Dexter’s deep dark secret.

What worked: This episode was a great practice in the art of tension and suspense. You know by episode’s end that Cole Harmon will meet his maker, and the entire episode is one giant lead up to that moment, and it’s handled with unparalleled care.

I liked that Dexter was forced to revisit the death of Rita once again, I think it would have been more powerful if a visual was provided to his words, maybe a new perspective on the event now that we’re so far separated from it. But the scene still held it’s own thanks to some great writing and cinematography.

I also think there’s a real truthful moment of connection between Dexter and Lumen after the kill is made. I really felt like they could make it as partners and it’s refreshing to see. Lumen is someone that really does a great job to counter-balance Dexter’s inner demons and I love every second of it.

I like that the writers are hinting at the possibility of Debra suffering from the same “Dark Passenger” that Dexter deals with.  For those unaware, in the book series the show is based on *SPOILERS*she does eventually learn the truth and seems to accept it, though sometimes in conflict with her duty as a cop, * END OF SPOILERS* so I would be interested to see that dynamic brought into the show.

Peter Weller is also becoming a force to be reckoned with. I will be interested to see what happens with him by seasons end, could he end up learning the ultimate truth? Maybe, I think it would be an interesting direction to take the show in.

What didn’t: David Paetkau did not get enough play as Lumen’s ex-fiance. Those that follow my obsessiveness over the show Flashpoint know I’m a huge fan of the man and I was so happy to see him in this episode of Dexter. And I really liked the dynamic he was providing Lumen and it’s a shame that he will not be making a return in a future episode.

The internal politics at Miami Metro are beyond absurd. That’s all I really have to say about it.

Final thoughts: As far as people we care about go, this episode was excellent.

Episode: “Take It” (Season 5, Episode 8)

Airs: Showtime, Sundays, 9pm

What’s next: Unknown.

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