Review: Dexter – The Big One

The final showdown between Jordan Chase and Dexter has arrived, it’s a race against the clock and Lumen’s life is the reward. Dexter will stop at nothing to save the one person who he has ever been able to truly open up to.

Deb will also make the final connections in order to bring down Jordan Chase for good, but what she finds is the one thing she would have never expected to see.

Miami Metro will also discover the body of Stan Liddy at a harbor and Quinn in the prime suspect. Now it’s up to Dexter to decide if Quinn will go down for the murder he committed.

What worked: The best thing about this finale is that it allowed the season to remain very self contained. I mean, of course the character development we saw in Dexter this season will trickle into the next, but none of the story lines will go beyond season five, and I think that’s very important.

Unlike the ending of last season which left the audience in shambles begging for what would happen next, this ending has seemed to put Dexter back into a sense of normalcy. He’s back to being by himself (minus the summer stay of Cody and Astor which will most likely happen of screen). The hope now is that the show can continue the normal formula we have all come to know and love.

I think my co-host Kevin Carr put it best when he said at the start of the season something to the effect of how every season of Dexter is about Dexter’s fall into madness and his climb back to the surface of sanity. However, this season he seems to have fallen further than usual, thus why it took until the finale for him to find his way back, but only seems to be content and not happy about it.

I also think that the scene involving Deb and her “vigilantes” is the writers way of proving that she could handle the truth of her brothers actions. In a couple of recent interviews, show producer Sara Colleton did state that at some point in the series, Deb will learn the truth, so now it’s time to just watch the dominoes fall.

But perhaps the best things about this episode is all of the truly genuine moments that occurred. Things like Deb unknowingly talking to Dexter and Lumen behind the plastic, the moment between Deb and Quinn in the interrogation room, Dexter throwing a plate to the ground after Lumen revels that she was leaving. All of these moments helped deliver on the emotion impact of this season. Everyone coming full circle, hell even the gift scene between LaGuerta and Batista felt real.

What didn’t: I’m still a bit pissed over the Liddy thing. I just think that Weller’s character was so underused, and the fact that I was led to believe there was going to be some great showdown in the end between Dexter and Liddy really kind of irritates me. But now that the season is over, I don’t care anymore.

Final thoughts: A very self contained, well rounded season for the show. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Miami’s local serial killer.

Episode: “The Big One” (Season 5, Episode 12)

Airs: Showtime, Sundays, 9pm

What’s next: Find out in 2011.

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