While DEXTER wrapped up its second season in style, this TV Addict had one serious issue. Namely, I predicted it! [see last week's post titled "The TV Addict Predicts Sunday's Dexter Finale"]
Of course predictability aside, it was an incredibly satisfying finale filled with TiVo-worthy character moments for virtually every one of our favorite Miama cops.
Oh, and Lila.
Love her or loathe her, you gotta give Lila some credit. From the moment the two soul mates met [Lexter?], everything changed. Lila may have been completely psychotic, but she does deserve credit for teaching Dexter to accept who he is.
How hilarious [and twisted] was Lila’s reaction upon realizing why Doakes was in the cage? Her smile was just so wicked as she formulated a plan, to in essence — consummate her relationship with Dexter.
Which brings us to the explosion. First off, shame on Showtime for spoiling such a revealing plot point in the episode teaser [Who do you think you are, NBC]. Second, was I the only TV Addict who rewound the explosion just to see if Doakes’ burning body could have possibly landed in the very nearby water in time to survive?
Okay, Probably not.
But truth be told, a part of me wanted Doakes to survive. Watching Doakes interact with Dexter was akin to the brilliant second season of ALIAS, where I sat mesmerized by Irina Derevko manipulating Sydney and SpyDaddy Bristow.
That said, Doakes’ fate has been sealed for two years. In fact, Dexter said it best when he so cooly observed in the show’s first episode, “How odd was it that in a room full of homicide detectives Doakes is the only one who gets the creeps from me.” Sorry folks, this isn’t HEROES. No vile of Claire’s blood is going to save Doakes! Rather than take the easy way out, the DEXTER scribes took the only logical path. Killing Doakes gives Dexter Morgan a fresh start for the third season.
How much fun was Dexter’s re-birth? I loved the not-so-subtle re-inactment of the DEXTER theme song. The orange being cut, Dexter getting dressed. It naturally begs the question. What’s next? Now that Dexter is free to ‘have fun’ again we’re left with so many questions to ponder until the third season premieres.
Has LaGuerta truly accepted that Doakes was the Bay Harbor Butcher? Will she really let go of her off-the-books investigation? Will a newly empowered Deb finally clue into her brother’s extracurricular activities? Is Lundy gone for good? How will Dexter change his activities come season three? Is it just me, or does slicing victims up and sinking them in the Bay sound a little too risky.
Stay tuned…. assuming the WGA strike ever ends, we’ll find out in 2008.
For a great season two wrap up featuring the stars and producers of DEXTER, click here.