TV Review - Dexter: Season 7
|Dexter is caught by his sister|
in the season 7 premiere of "Dexter"
What I Like about the show this season is that it's folding back on itself and is rewarding long-time viewers of the show by pulling on threads that go back and run through all of the past seasons, even back to the first. I won't say that this show is like Fringe where if you haven't been watching the past few seasons, you'll be lost jumping into Dexter now. Yet, watching the past few seasons, specifically the first, is extremely helpful. It's borderline a prerequisite, but still the initial episodes of this seventh season are good in a vacuum, if only for the performance of Jennifer Carpenter who plays Debra or "Deb." If this season is going to work, it's going to work only if you buy Deb's reactions and behavior. Even if you haven't seen her arc last season, what she did and revealed, Carpenter's performance is still effective. Just her stares at Dexter in certain scenes alone are quite powerful and moving.
Dexter continues to be the best police procedural on television, while dealing with the now evolving brother-sister relationship at its core. Its aesthetic continues to be one that is compelling. As it handles very dark and demented issues, it utilizes the bright and colorful locations of Miami, and Los Angeles, to excellent contrast. Despite other great procedurals like Law & Order and CSI, Dexter will concentrate on one case, spread out over a dozen episodes or so, whereas Law & Order will have its cops make an arrest and the court adjudicate those arrested all in one episode. Yet, the pacing of Dexter never feels slower. There's so much great character moments and rich individual revelations that always keep the show thrilling and the viewer on the edge of his or her seat.
The one case that is being spread out this season involves the murder of a cop by a Ukraine mobster. Dexter gets in the middle and causes even bigger problems. That, and a reoccurring character from last season, along with the issues with his sister are putting pressure on Dexter that he's never had before. Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall handles it all with his usual level of greatness. This is probably going to shape up to be the best season ever. Maybe second best being that the first season is still so monumentally excellent!
Five Stars out of Five.
Running Time: 1 hr.
Airs Sundays at 9PM on Showtime.