Review: DEXTER S7E09, HELTER SKELTER (Or, Everyone Talks About Their Feelings And Gets A Little Bit Weepy)
Pushing the plot momentum into a secondary position would be fine if they instead replaced it with some character momentum, something they have been trying to do with the Hannah-Deb conflict, but even there the show doesn't seem able to maintain any energy. Crisis comes up, crisis goes away. Crisis comes up, crisis goes away. It's a constant series of stops and starts, like trying to drive in gridlock, and nobody likes that.
And, yes, after a string of solid, energetic episodes last week stumbled a bit and this week screeches to a halt and falls on its face, dipping into very clumsy soap opera territory while doing so. And also more or less removing the rivalry between Deb and Hannah in the process, thereby killing what was looking to be the prime motivator of the season. And also killing - literally - Isaak Sirko who, after a dodgy beginning, had managed to turn into a surprisingly interesting and charismatic character just to be killed off before they really did anything of note with him. The sum total of Sirko's impact on both Dexter and Dexter when everything is tallied up? A word of advice to live a little. Yep. We spent most of a season with a character so that he could deliver a bit of fortune cookie wisdom before being tossed in the sea. Bleh.
Also, someone's burning people, tune in next week to learn more about another villain that we won't have time to properly flesh out because the season's almost done.
Also, Hannah doesn't mind being kidnapped and stabbed so much as long as Dexter opens up about his feelings.
Also, Dexter likes to spoon.