Late to the Party: Some Thoughts on the Dexter Finale

dexterYeah, I know, I’m like a year late on this. What can I say? Finally got around to the finale, and I have some things to say about it.

1) How the heck does someone literally just walk right out of a hospital with a dead body, walk it onto a boat, and drive said boat off into an impending hurricane? I mean seriously, does this hospital have NO security?! Not one person saw that? I know it was supposed to be all pre-hurricane-chaosy, but that is just too much. I can only suspend by disbelief so far, and Dexter blew right past that limit like a serial killer on a speed boat.

2)Why. On Earth. Would Dexter become a lumberjack. Again–seriously? That is just a completely absurd ending. To me, there were 3 possibilities for a logical ending to this series:

  • Dexter realizes he can overcome/is no longer a slave to his “dark passenger”, becomes a good guy, meets Hannah and his son in Argentina, and lives happily ever after.
  • Dexter realizes he cannot overcome/will always be a slave to his “dark passenger”, comes to terms with this, and relocates to a new place to continue his killing.
  • Dexter realizes he will always be a slave to his “dark passenger” and that this will always make him a danger to the people he loves. Since he is A MURDERER who deals with bad people BY KILLING THEM, he commits suicide by driving his boat into the hurricane, thus solving the problem in his usual definitive manner

Notice that none of those possibilities mentioned anything about BECOMING A LUMBERJACK. BECAUSE IT MAKES NO SENSE. UGH.

3) This has nothing to do with the finale, but didn’t Dexter just have the best intro? I loved it. Never has breakfast looked so delicious or so sinister.

And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.



Five on Friday: Crime Drama

crime dramaIn television crime drama , the series are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: Law and Order, and everyone else. These are their rankings.


1. Law and Order. Duh. Can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been sucked into one of these marathons. All those errands seem much less urgent when they are JUST ABOUT TO CATCH THE KILLER. Not that this show even needs an explanation for why it is the ultimate crime drama, but if it did I couldn’t do it any better than John Mulaney does here.

Sub-ranking: SVU is tops (duh), followed by Criminal Intent. Universal consensus is that, yes, we do get tired of all the sex crimes, but we just can’t bring ourselves to watch that super annoying guy on Criminal Intent for an extended period of time.

2 and 3. Criminal Minds/NCIS. The show so nice, they made it twice! A quick cast rundown will show that these series are basically carbon copies of one another.

Gibbs = Rossi
DiNozzo = Hotchner
McGee = Reid
Abby = Garcia

Ok, ok, so they’re not exact equivalents, but they’re pretty darn close. Let’s be honest, we still love ’em.

4. The Mentalist. Simon Baker is cute. If you like a side of blonde hair and half smiles with your murders, robberies, and kidnappings, this is the show for you.

5. Elementary. If you’re looking for a show that stars a nicer and less intelligent Dr. House split into a recovering drug addict with a British accent and a female former surgeon, then this is the one for you. As far as Sherlock Holmes adaptations go, this show is a total bust. There’s really very little carry-over from the Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson of Doyle’s creation to the characters portrayed by Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. That being said, it’s easy viewing, and CBS has created a fun, marathon-worthy crime drama. It’s nothing mind-blowingly new and different, but it’s certainly worth a watch. (For a good Sherlock adaptation, check out BBC’s Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.)


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(Just kidding.)


Awesome Mix Vol. 1



Here are some more great finds from movies and TV for you…

11. Cups (aka You’re Gonna Miss Me/When I’m Gone) by Anna Kendrick – Pitch Perfect
12. Paper Bag by Fiona Apple – Bridesmaids
13. Monsters by Angus Stone – Law and Order: SVU
14. Bye Bye Baby by Bay City Rollers – Love Actually
15. Sons & Daughters by The Decemberists – The Office
16. You Slay Me by Sideboob – Orange Is the New Black
17. Up Up Up by Givers – Glee
18. Mr. Brightside by The Killers – The Holiday
19. Baby It’s Cold Outside (best version by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan) – Elf
20. The entire Awesome Mix Vol. 1 from Guardians of the Galaxy.  Guaranteed to get you dancing!

For #1-10, see this post.

Happy listening,