Review: Dexter – First Blood

It’s been a hard week for Miami’s resident serial killer. Most of Dexter’s hard ships come in the form of an oh, so sexy blond names Lumen. Lumen wants to kill the men that hurt her, but Dexter knows where the path leads and he just wants Lumen to leave Miami for good.

Debra gets one step closer to the Fuentes brothers but where her lead takes her, will send her partner on a tail spin of disgust.

Batista will also become suspicious of LaGuerta’s recent activities. Her sneaking around will finally become to much for him and what he finds is something he could have never expected.

Quinn will enlist the help of an old friend to assist in his “investigation” of Dexter.

What worked: I really like Lumen. She really seems to serve well in the character that Rita once was. A broken soul that Dexter could relate to and wasn’t needy. But just because she’s broken, that doesn’t mean she isn’t emotionally powerful. In the opening diner scene alone when Lumen is opening all the sugar packets, there is so much being said underneath the surface about her character, and that’s something Dexter has always been good at.

I also liked Dexter’s story line in this episode, even if it was intertwined with Lumen’s story line. The scene where he discovers the ankle bracelet on Lumen’s target was so powerful from an emotional stand point. Something the show has never failed at, is pacing the Dexter scenes in such a way that when a bomb-shell is dropped, Dexter’s emotions come through loud and clear.

I also think the various banter between Deb and Masuka was amazingly out of the ordinary for the show, but in a good way. For some reason, Masuka’s jokes played better when they are toned down and at times even subtle. For example, when he’s showing his tattoo to Deb, he’s wearing a G-String. Now, normally this is something he would point out right away so no one could beat him to the bunch. But instead, the G-String goes completely unnoticed… And I was happy about it.

On a final noet for what rocked, Peter Weller is f*****g creepy in this episode, despite the fact he’s only in it for three minutes.

What didn’t: Again, Batista’s story line just feels like it’s dragging its feet. The whole, “how did you find me? Because you don’t trust me! Why didn’t you tell me?!” Story line is so cliche and really has no place in the fifth season of Dexter.

The other thing is that Dexter had very little overall screen time in this episode. It’s a shame because it looks like a lot of headway is being made with Harrison. I just think a lot of focus needs to be put on Dexter for right now and no one else.

Final thoughts: A good, but not great episode of Dexter.

Episode: “First Blood” (Season 5, Episode 5)

Airs: Showtime, Sundays, 9pm

What’s next: Striving to bring some normalcy back into his shattered life, Dexter figures the answer lies in finding a new serial killer to bring down, but his quest gets thrown off course when his troubled new acquaintance requires his help.

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