Dexter, Showtime, Airs Sundays at 9 PM ET/PT
Episode: “Si Se Puede” (Season 3, Episode 6)
Synopsis: Dexter grapples with what to do with his newfound friend, Miguel, who thinks he is clued in to Dexter’s vigilante ways. So Dexter decides to test him to see how far he wants to go. Dexter reveals that he’s always wanted to bring a violent white supremacist who is already in jail, to his brand of ‘justice.’ Thinking this will force Miguel to back away, Dexter is surprised to find that Miguel is not only on board, but he has a daring strategy to complete Dexter’s dark plan. Simultaneously, Rita gets fired from her job, leaving her wondering if she will ever have a real career. Debra is upset when she realizes she may be partially responsible for another mysteriously skinned homicide case she’s trying to solve.
Review: Another Sunday evening has come and gone and with it has come another episode of Dexter, a show that continues to roll through its third season with ease, continuing to solidify itself as one of the best shows on television. But while I have been calling season three one of Dexter’s best since it came back on the air just over a month ago, this week’s episode seems to have lost a step. Perhaps it was the few diversions that seemed to slide in, or perhaps it was the fact that the episode was back-loaded with action, but this week felt like a placeholder for something to come.
But that isn’t to say that it was a complete waste — no episode of Dexter’s three year run have been wasteful — it is just that something felt a little off. Though, we did get a little bit of Dexter’s dark side — something that many fans have been clamoring for — and we were driven deeper into the world of what we can only assume will be Dexter’s next adversary, the killer now known as “The Skinner.” This person, whomever they may be, continues to lurk in the shadows. If I had to guess, I would be looking around at some of the newer supporting characters like Deb’s new partner Quinn or her new friend Anton. But that would be too easy, and we all know that the writing team behind Dexter are too good to wallow in simplicity and predictability.
What we do know coming out of this week is that Miguel Prado, played by Jimmy Smits, is a little bit more dark than we might have originally thought. And the combination of good writing and the seasoned actor Smits have kept his dark side under wraps, but it could very well make an appearance some time soon. The only problem that I see is that while I loved the way the season began with Dexter’s continued transformation into a normal human being, I almost get the feeling that things are becoming too easy for him. It has become too easy for him to control his dark passenger, to find balance in his life with Rita and to have a friend in Miguel. Something has got to give and someone has to come in and make Dexter’s life a living hell again. In season one it was his brother and Harry’s dark secrets. In season two it was Sgt. Doakes and Lila, two characters who finally saw Dexter for who he was. In season three, it has all been Dexter vs. normality. And while it was okay at first, it is becoming tired. This ‘Skinner’ character better bring the goods — and quick. Otherwise this season might be taking a turn for the worse.
But don’t worry too much — this is all just paranoia on my part. Relax and remember that Michael C. Hall is still in top form, that Dexter is back to his weekly killings and that if history tells us anything, it is that this show’s writing squad has a plan that will delight us in the end.
Up Next Week: Miguel offers Dexter a new potential victim, but after properly vetting her, Dexter isn’t sure she fits the Code. When he informs Miguel of this, he reacts with anger, making Dexter believe the new friendship is in danger. An old sickly friend of Dexter’s, Camilla, reinforces this idea, when she asks Dexter to help end her life, insisting she would never ask a friend to do something against his conscience. Meanwhile, Rita finds out that Sylvia is beginning to suspect her husband, Miguel, is having an affair. Debra ends up revealing to Anton that he is being used as bait to lure the Skinner, forcing her to find new way to find the Skinner. As a result, Anton realizes Debra cares for him more than he thought.
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