Eschewing tradition, season 5 of Dexter picked up immediately after season 4. Considering the way it ended, there was no way the writers could do any different. (Don’t worry, I won’t spoil what happened). Like season 3, 5 suffered from being the follow up act to an amazing storyline. People expect the same, if not more so, better quality going forward. How does 5 compare to 3, and the rest of the series?
Disclaimer: I won’t directly spoil how season 4 ended, but season 5 cannot be discussed without mentioning it in some capacity. If you can infer what happened, sorry.
This season introduces a new companion for Dexter, Lumen (Julia Stiles). She was different from the characters introduced before, as she was a victim of a sex ring. Dexter rescues her, and tries to send her home. She stays, killing one of her torturers. After Dexter cleans the crime scene for her, he decides to teach her his code, and how to kill. Together they work to kill her captures, including Jordan Chase, a well known motivational speaker. They start to develop a romantic relationship as well. Dexter feels a kinship with her, as she has her own dark passenger. The season ends with her finally killing Chase, and both of them nearly being caught by Deb. Lumen leaves Dexter, saying her urge to kill is gone now that she’s hard her revenge, leaving her heartbroken.
This season also had a lot of confusing subplots that ultimately went nowhere, breaking some characters by making them stupid. Quinn has become the new Doakes after season 2. He has suspicions about Dexter, and now began to pursue them. He hired Robocop (Peter Weller) to investigate Dexter. Robocop records Lumen and Dexter disposing bodies. Before he could tell Quinn, he detains Dexter, who ends up murdering him. In eye rolling coincidence Quinn dirtied the crime scene before police arrived and was implicated in the murder. Dexter cleared him so Quinn just dropped his investigation and suspicions. Alright.
Debra was in a shoot out at a club while on a stakeout. The suspect escaped, never to be heard or seen from again. Debra and Quinn are engaged, LaGuerta and Angel are married. All of it weirdly ends, randomly mentioned in later seasons for the hell of it, if at all.
The show’s biggest problem is remembering the past. It’s a weird cross hatching of cherry picking past things to mention. Does anyone remember how Deb was dating the Ice Truck Killer? Or that a fellow officer was the Bay Harbor Butcher? Does Dexter remember how well it went last time he tried to teach someone how to kill? Characters conveniently forget these things, that should guide their choices in life, only to remember them at strange moments. It seems like everyone at Miami Metro is brain damaged.
This season is where much of the logic broke down. It became annoying to watch these people blatantly ignore their past, repeating the same cycles the name of keeping them busy. No one’s that stupid. All things considered, this wasn’t the weakest season of the show (that honor goes to season 6). This just flies in face of the smartly written show that came before.
Few interesting notes: Michael C. Hall is wearing a wig for most of the season as he is recovering from non-Hogdkin lymphoma simliar to Andy Whitfield of Spartacus. Jennifer Carpenter (Deb) and Hall had been married for some time (which is weird considering they play brother/sister). Hall had an affair with Stiles (man’s got a type) causing him and Carpenter to separate. I’m impressed they managed to keep working together.
Here’s my order so far – 2/4 (tie), 1, 5, 3.
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I loved Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You.