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December 10th, 2007


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10:01 pm - And That's Why You Don't Become a Serial Killer
On Friday, I was featured on metafandom! When on Monday, I had already been featured on metaquotes! It was a very meta week for me. I feel almost metahuman.

Tell me just how metahuman I am in the Holiday Love Meme!

DEXTER HOW ARE YOU SO AWESOME???

Man, I have loved what they've done with Dexter and Doakes these past few episodes. How fucking great is it that Dexter has someone to talk to, someone he can be honest with? It's just so great. And I cracked up so hard when Dexter saved his life...and then locked him back in the cage!! Ahahaha. But, dude, they were all communicating with their eyes and shit! They have a BOND. He can't kill him now! He can't frame him either! There has to be another way out of this clusterfuck. Because they're moving ever closer to a point where Dexter and Doakes could coexist, if not yet cooperate. Doakes wants him to turn himself in, but he doesn't seem to see him as a monster anymore. He's begun to see through Dexter's facade (well, honestly, he always did, right?), calling out the times he expresses real human emotion.

And Dexter! Ready to turn himself in! Putting his affairs in order! Good God. I swear, this show can make you believe anything because that first time he "told Deb," I thought it was for real. Dexter was feeling such relief about the whole thing until Deb, of course, inspired him to...continue to frame Doakes. It's been a constant thing this season, really: Deb has repeatedly told Dexter that she needs him, that he's the only person keeping her together, who keeps her sane. She just had to say it at the right moment, though.

If Dexter could pick a REAL PERSON to be like, he'd pick Angel! Awwwwwww. If only Angel knew how fucking sweet that was.

And LaGuerta's making headway on convincing Lundy of Doakes's innocence! Which might make the whole frame job backfire in Dexter's face. Especially because...what will Doakes say? Will he cover for Dexter? (HE BROUGHT HIM GRAPES!) I mean, what the fuck can he say? At that point, he has to point the finger at someone else. He has to say where he got the slides and who locked him up.

Lila! Deportation is too good for you.

DEXTER. WHY THE HELL DIDN'T YOU ERASE THE CABIN'S ADDRESS FROM YOUR FUCKING GPS?! BE MORE PARANOID GODDAMMIT.

And now! Lila! Discovering Doakes in a cage! What the fucking shit?! FUCKING LILA! HOW CAN WE ONLY HAVE ONE MORE EPISODE? I didn't watch the promo on purpose because I don't want to know a single thing! I want to be surprised at the constant ingenuity and creativity these writers display. Hell, even when I think things are lame at first (Deportation? That's how they get rid of Lila? Random Mexicans on a boat? That's what foils Doakes's escape?), they end up going in an awesome direction (Fuck deportation, let's send Lila off to Doakes! Also, those guys are after the cocaine, because they knew about Jimenez's cabin!). I have no idea what they can do in a third season, but, hell, I didn't know what they could do in a second season either. They'll figure something out.

In other news, today I received the following things:
A) confirmation that a birthday present was received and loved
B) an assertion that I will be a famous novelist
C) the sweetest holiday card of all time, accompanied by a bunch of cookies
D) a kiss on the cheek

This is the sweetest day ever.
Current Mood: lovedloved
Current Music: Flyleaf - Something I Can Never Have

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From:latropita
Date:December 11th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
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[hides from Dexter section omg]

It's like your own personal edition of best week ever!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 11th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
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I need some pundits to give me some pithy sound bites!
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From:latropita
Date:December 11th, 2007 07:26 am (UTC)
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What about supporting the strike?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 11th, 2007 07:33 am (UTC)
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New plan: the pundits improv their own sound bites!
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From:latropita
Date:December 11th, 2007 07:43 am (UTC)
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Hilarity ensues!
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From:maka2000
Date:December 11th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Pithy is a favorite word of an editor at my job. She also says, "Snappy, not crappy!"

The writers here don't really appreciate it.
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From:tibicina
Date:December 11th, 2007 07:38 am (UTC)
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Have they definitely said there will be a third season of Dexter? (Not that I really see any reason for them to stop at this point, I'm just asking.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 11th, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
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Yep, it's been renewed. Showtime is keeping this baby for as long as they can; one of this season's episodes was the highest-rated thing they'd ever had.

I don't know anything about the casting for next season, though, so I don't know who may or may not survive the finale!
From:frush
Date:December 11th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
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I have seen the finale. I mock you with my fore-knowledge.
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From:lenadances
Date:December 11th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
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I have SO TOTALLY watched the leaked season finale and I am very much WORD to everything you said and now I am bouncing around like a crazy thing waiting for you and everyone else to finally see the damn thing next week!!!

Oh, Dexter. The one place that we really, really get to see his not-quite-humanity come through is when he's framing people and not doing it right. First Paul, now Doakes; he's really good at getting the evidence part right, but when people look at the framejob it always seems shocking and unbelievable because it doesn't fit with what that person was doing, doesn't fit with what kind of person they are. And while Doakes is a crazy fucker in a lot of ways, he's also a really REALLY good cop, and LaGuerta knows that better than anyone. (How much do I love their back story? SO MUCH.) We got to see that, finally, with the way he started mirroring Dexter's body language during the "I'm thinking of turning myself in" conversation. I get the sense that while Doakes is generally the bad-cop part of the combo when interrogating suspects, he does know how to do the good-cop part, too.

I love how this show will occasionally bring it back to us that, yeah, we're cheering for a serial killer. We get so used to what Dexter does that when we see Doake's (and Harry's) reaction to a kill/dismemberment in progress, it clobbers us: we might fantasize about killing bad guys, but it takes a psycho to be able to take someone apart like that.

Lila is CREEPY. Dexter is creepy but the genius of the character is that we understand where his boundaries are, and that they're sacred to him, so we don't have to worry about him killing, well, people we like. Lila, on the other hand, has NO BOUNDARIES and was (briefly) a very bad influence on Dexter. I love, though, that we got to see this come out slowly, as Dexter learned it, so that at first, when Lila was a good influence, I was all for Dexter breaking up with Rita and boinking Lila-- then we got to see her bad influence on Dexter (breaking into a HOUSE??? just a RANDOM HOUSE??? to have SEX??? eeegh), which made me uneasy, then we got to see her being increasingly CRAZY, which made me come to the conclusion a bit ahead of Dexter that Dex needed to get the hell out of that relationship.

I am all YAY that they're doing a third season, and yet I have no clue where they could possibly go from here. I kind of hope that they take at least one snippet of plot from the second book, because after all of this I would LOVE to see Dexter's life complicated by marrying Rita. (And in the show, unlike in the books, it seems like Dexter really does love Rita and the kids in his way, so this feels like a better idea.) Family man Dexter! Why else would he gravitate toward buying a minivan?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 11th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
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I love, though, that we got to see this come out slowly, as Dexter learned it, so that at first, when Lila was a good influence, I was all for Dexter breaking up with Rita and boinking Lila
I know! Me too! I liked her at first, because, like you said, she seemed to be good for him. Until she turned out to be very, very bad for him.
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From:spideychris
Date:December 11th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
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I liked this episode.

This season, I think this show has been making a deliberate effort to hammer home that we're watching the villain. Dexter always used his Code to excuse some of the sting of his actions, but he's gone further and further away from it in order to continually do what he wants.

They set up for it all season long with Dexter leaving Rita to mess around with Lila, a viper. Then they showed him behaving more and more like a true serial killer, playing mind games with Lundy by using his manifesto and messing with the evidence. Then they hammered the point home by having Doakes, someone that we'd all fooled ourselves into thinking was like Dexter, nearly shut down mentally when confronted by the true horror of what Dexter does to his victims. They even destroyed the foundation of Harry's Code by showing that the very person who believed in Dexter couldn't handle in.

And in the face of all that, Dexter actually has a moment of humanity. He actually turns away from the monster that he is long enough to think clearly, and to decide to turn himself in... Until, over delicious steaks and his sister's unwitting encouragement, what does he do? He latches onto the first, flimsy excuse he can to stay the course and proceed to go through with framing a good man (and Doakes, though intense, is a very good man) to take the fall for his misdeeds.

Even though Dexter is interesting, and fun to watch... He's a selfish bastard. It's unnerving to realize we're rooting for such a reprehensible guy.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 11th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
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But is he selfish? Isn't he taking Deb's and Rita's and the kids' feelings into account? Like he said to Doakes: he has people who will be affected by his incarceration, whereas Doakes sort of doesn't. I'm not saying self-preservation isn't at work here, but Dexter has always been wary of the fact that the revelation of who he is would destroy Rita and Deb, and he's been protective of them as much as he's protective of himself.
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From:sneaker328
Date:December 11th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Doakes has a mother and sisters. He may not be terribly close to them, but they clearly love him. And, of course, there's La Guerta.

And also SNeak, but no one cares about her.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 11th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
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I care!

Dexter doesn't, though. I'm sorry about that.
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From:spideychris
Date:December 11th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
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Doakes has friends and family, but Dexter just went and ruled them out because it didn't matter to his equations. Look at how distraught LaGuerta, Doakes' closest friend has been. And just because you don't go visit your sisters or mother every week doesn't mean that you don't love them/care about them.

But, like I said, Dexter is selfish. Dexter WANTS his freedom, he's just getting so tired and razzled from being chased by Lundy and Lila and all the stress of dealing with these million distractions that he's gotten worn down and exhausted. Couple that with the emotional turmoil of facing what he is and how others see him (even those like Doakes who he thought would UNDERSTAND him), and he hit a brick wall.

But as soon as he realized that he'd miss delicious steaks and his sister... He caved in and whole-heartedly embraced the prospect of framing an innocent man once again.
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From:miniglik
Date:December 11th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Dude. You have much confirmation of awesomeness this week. Yay!

Ahahaha. But, dude, they were all communicating with their eyes and shit!

They were! My favorite part of that is when Dexter does the "shhhh" face and Doakes kinda purses his lips and looks at the cocaine guy and then looks back forward with this slow eye roll. All "Wow, my life's a big clusterfuck right this moment, and yet I'm kind of amused by it." Or maybe that's just what I read into it.

DEXTER. WHY THE HELL DIDN'T YOU ERASE THE CABIN'S ADDRESS FROM YOUR FUCKING GPS?! BE MORE PARANOID GODDAMMIT.

It is my fanwank that he normally deletes it, but he didn't this time because he knew he was planning to turn himself in from the time he left the cabin. So, why would he need to?

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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 11th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
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I will have to go with that!

My favorite part of that is when Dexter does the "shhhh" face and Doakes kinda purses his lips and looks at the cocaine guy and then looks back forward with this slow eye roll. All "Wow, my life's a big clusterfuck right this moment, and yet I'm kind of amused by it." Or maybe that's just what I read into it.
Hee. It was so great, like you wondered for a second whether he'd go along with it or whether he'd say, "Hey! That's the guy! Go get him!" And it was sort of hilarious watching him "distract" the one guy while Dexter went in and knocked the other guy out. (And...fed them to the alligators?? That's a new one.)
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From:miniglik
Date:December 11th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
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(And...fed them to the alligators?? That's a new one.)

Masuka suggested it awhile back too, didn't he?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 11th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Dude, you're right!
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From:miniglik
Date:December 11th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Dude.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 11th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
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MASUKA IS THE BAY HARBOR BUTCHER.
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From:upanashad
Date:December 11th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
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That would make Lundy so happy.
From:hobviously
Date:December 11th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Random Mexicans on a boat?

COW THEY ARE CUBANS DEXTER TAKES PLACE IN MIAMI EVERY THIRD PERSON ON DEXTER IS A CUBAN. CUBA!


My favourite moment in this episode is when Dexter calls Doakes "James" and Doakes responds by, for the first time ever, calling him "Dexter" instead of "MORGAN."
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 11th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
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COW THEY ARE CUBANS DEXTER TAKES PLACE IN MIAMI EVERY THIRD PERSON ON DEXTER IS A CUBAN. CUBA!
YOU KNOW I SUSPECTED THAT BUT I WASN'T SURE. ¡ELLOS SON CUBANOS!

My favourite moment in this episode is when Dexter calls Doakes "James" and Doakes responds by, for the first time ever, calling him "Dexter" instead of "MORGAN."
Ooh, yeah, first names are awesome.
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From:pixie37373
Date:December 11th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
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Love you! Mwwwwwah!
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From:soleta_nf
Date:December 16th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
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Yay, sweet day! You're going to LOVE the finale.

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