December 17, 2009

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I'm a huge fan of Dexter. It is actually the one show me and the wife watch together. She was stubborn and didn't watch the first two seasons but one day I forced it on her. She has been hooked ever since.

Lately there haven't been many shows on TV that I actually look forward to each week. I didn't think anything would replace Sopranos for me. But Dexter does the trick.

I used to be a much easier sell when it came to looking forward to TV shows each week. In the early 70's I used to look forward to watching The Partridge Family. And then there was Fernwood Tonight when I was in high school. I had to watch it.


I think, I don't know, I think that the show has a fairly intelligent following. You know, people like me who think about all kinds of outcomes and scenarios. The writing has been very good. Sure, I've spotted some holes before, but they didn't bug me that much.

But I even blurted out to my wife three shows ago that the writing is starting to get a bit lazy. It started when Dexter returned the kidnapped boy. I'm thinking, in what state did Dexter return the boy. Was he still conked out? If he was did Dexter leave him on a porch or something? C'mon writers WTF. Obviously the kid wasn't awake or he would be able to describe Dexter to the police.

OK, so now we get to the second last episode of season 4. Dexter allows himself to be followed. Yeah, I know that Dexter's character has become more careless, but he had to think he was being set up when he got a call from Arthur from an arcade and there was no sign of Arthur. There were only two options. Arthur just kidnapped another boy or he was being set up. He had to assume that Arthur got his victim, and that would have motivated him to forget his sister's immediate need for someone to talk to and save the child once more.

I had this other thought after the second last episode. Because Dexter's family had become so important to him, why wasn't he just letting the police solve the Trinity killing, now that he knew that Arthur could point out new victims (the 10 year old children that were buried alive under asphalt). Surely, Dexter could now emphasize with the parents and family of missing children. At that point, if Dexter killed Arthur, the burial grounds of all those kids would die with him.

Now we get to the season finale. I had to watch it again, just to make sure that the holes I felt were real holes. There were way too many.

First off, Dexter and Arthur make a deal to leave one another alone. There is every indication that Arthur would have lived up to the deal. But things change when Dexter goes immediately after him, only to leave Arthur knocked out in his car when things go bad and Dexter winds up in jail.

Dexter is in jail, he doesn't know how long Arthur will be out for, and he knows Arthur is a serial killer who knows his identity. At this point he should be calling Rita (his wife) to get the kids and her butt out of the house.

Anyway, that didn't happen, and Dexter goes back to the scene where he left Arthur unconscious.

Arthur abandons his van? Why?

Next, we see Arthur break into Dexter's home? Dexter knew Arthur might have guessed that Dexter knocked him out by now. What time did Arthur break in? Where was everybody? And better yet, what mode of transportation did Arthur use to get to the house? He didn't pick up his convertible until after he broke into the house and he left the other vehicle in an underground parking lot.

What's next? The cops interview the boy that was kidnapped? Why wasn't the kid grilled after he was kidnapped period? And why didn't he mention the fact that Arthur kept calling him Arthur?

Now we get to Arthur's capture. Why wasn't there a police manhunt for Arthur's vehicles? His family knew he still had the convertible. Why assume he flew away? And how did Arthur deal with that convertible? We saw him throw Arthur's cut up remains in the bay, but what did he do with the car? You can't just leave a killer's car out on the side of the highway.

Now we come to Rita's death. It had to happen during the day. By fluke, Rita came back to the house, we know that. But again, the continuation of the show makes it appear that Arthur went on to disappearance as soon as he picked up the convertible from the body shop. So what mode of transportation did Arthur use when he went to Dexter's house the second time when the murder was committed? And why would Arthur kill Rita in front of the baby? It was totally against his pattern. And Arthur had no way of knowing that Dexter went through a similar circumstance.

Lazy sloppy writing. And many clues regarding Season 5:

When Arthur came to station where Dexter works, Batista (a detective) had to notice Arthur's face. Is that going to be part of next year's plot?

Before Dexter knocks down Quinn, he says he is investigating the Kyle Butler case. Again, Quinn is a detective. Arthur's family knows Dexter as Kyle Butler, and there is no reason why the FBI will give up looking for Arthur, so the family will still remain as witnesses.

Is Dexter going to be the main suspect in his wife's murder? He has a history of hitting the neighbor who kissed Rita. He won't have a good alibi for where is was when she died. Or an excuse for why he didn't leave with her. The fact that there were no missing boys five days ahead of time, will take Arthur off the hook. And Deborah knows how messed up Dexter might really be by now, knowing his history.

Plus it will also come out, if I'm right, that Dexter was arrested for violent behavior, right at a place where Arthur's truck was left.

And when Dexter's picture appears in the paper, Arthur's family is bound to recognize him and go to the cops.

Too many potential holes still for next year. I doubt they are will get resolved. And I know it shouldn't bug me, but it does. It bugs me more than knowing that in the Simpson's it is impossible for Springfield to be in any one particular state. That is how much it bugs me.