SPOILER ALERT: Amber Alert, there are things written in this post that could ruin some very shocking and amazing surprises in Season 6 of Dexter as well as the series as a whole. Read at your own risk if you have kept up to date watching.
For those of you that are not aware, Showtime’s hit show Dexter has been signed on for two more seasons. Before seeing the most recent season, I will admit I thought that two seasons was a big commitment to make for a show that was already in its sixth season; after finishing season 6, I can’t believe they weren’t offered more seasons. This season was a brilliant roller coaster that was so intense I managed to finish the whole thing in two days without even realizing it. Season 6 had such depth that a traditional review seems overwhelming so I am going to do a review by parts. I’m going to look at my favorite aspects of the season which are:
- The Doomsday Killers
- Brother Sam
- The Dark Passenger(s)
- The Season Finale
The Doomsday Killers: Following a season long theme, the season 6 villains are on a quest to start the end of the world. Played by guest stars Colin Hanks and James Edward Olmos, Travis Marshall and Professor James Gellar commit a series of elaborate murders. Each murder represents one of the seven keys that is supposed to bring about the end of the world. As Always, the killers are brilliant and twisted and Dexter throws himself right into their path. Hanks and Olmos play their roles perfectly, twisting the definition of religion and forcing even Dexter to question his beliefs (or lack there of).
Brother Sam: Olmos and Hanks are not the only guest stars of the season. Mos Def spends a season in Miami as Brother Sam, a reformed convict turned pastor. Upon his release from jail, Brother Sam opened a garage and a church meant for other convicts that mean to reform. Brother Sam sees himself as a shepherd, watching over his flock. A series of events leads Dexter to meet and eventually befriend the man (which is odd in itself). The villains got Dexter to question his beliefs but Brother Sam got Dexter to completely search himself. Thoughts and topics that Dexter normally avoided, like religion or beliefs, becomes the focus of the show’s well known voiceovers. Dexter’s growing concern for the humanity of his son Harrison, coupled with his odd friendship with Brother Sam allows this season to delve into the depths of Dexter’s turbulent soul.
The Dark Passenger(s): A common term from Dexter, referring to his need to kill, the dark passenger is given a form this season. For many season now, Dexter has spoken to the ghost of his lat father Harry. Harry has represented a form of morality for Dexter, allowing him to work out some of his demons while keeping his Dark Passenger in check. This season, Dexter’s Dark Passenger actually takes a shape in the form of Dexter’s dead brother, the Ice Truck Killer. In one episode, Dexter completely gives into his dark passenger when he goes on a murderous roadtrip. Dexter quickly realizes that Travis has his own Dark Passenger: Professor Gellar. Being that Gellar is a real person, Dexter beliees he can remove Travis’ Dark Passenger and save him. Dexter quickly discovers that the real Gellar is dead and, much like when Dexter talks to his father or brother, the Gellar that Travis talks to is just a manifestation of his own Dark Passenger. Not only does the realization make for an amazing cliffhanger but you also realize that there are clues to the truth hidden all over the episode. By having Dexter compare himself and his Dark Passenger to Travis, the audience fully believes that Travis is a good person being led astray. When the truth comes out, it is almost a slap in the face. The truth should have been easy to see but the writers hid the clues perfectly in plain sight so that it was extremely difficult to piece them all together.
The Season Finale: Dexter seam finales have never left me disappointed. From the demise of the Ice Truck Killer to Trinity’s final kill, each finale has been spectacular and season 6 was no exception. IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS SEASON AND DON’T WANT AN AMAZING FINALE RUINIED, STOP READING. As always, at the end of the season, Dexter gets his man. Travis comes close to getting away after attacking and nearly killing Dexter as well as kidnapping Dexter’s son. Dexter does manage to get Travis into the kill room but he forgets to lock the door. That’s right, after six seasons of killing, Dexter is caught. To make matters even worse, he is caught by his sister who is now the new Lieutenant of the police force. The last shot of the season shows Deb watching the kill stroke and Dexter managing to mutter “Oh God” as he realizes what has happened.
Now, there are many other great aspects of the season that I didn’t touch on, like the pathetic mess Quinn becomes or how Deb gets used by Laguerta, but as you can see this –post has gotten quite lengthy. The season is spectacular and if you are a Dexter fan, you need to see it. I give the season a 9.5 out of 10 and will countdown the days until the next season premiere.