Articles for Dexter Season 5

Today is apparently International Caps Lock Day on the Internet, and the BuddyTV writers aren‘t just celebrating: We‘re cele-berating, by using our caps lock key to virtually yell at the people on TV who piss us off.They may be kind of hard to read, but isn‘t that the point? It‘s clear these characters are in need of some serious tough love. Read them, then try your own!  Read more »
After a death, time can seem to stand still. It takes a while to get back into the swing of normalcy, whatever that is. And the more major the death, the more significant the person was in your life, the longer it takes.Dexter Morgan isn‘t usually in the business of dealing with that side of the death equation. He‘s typically more involved in the front-end. The murder end. In a hands-on sort of way. But, intentionally or not, the first few episodes of Dexter season 5 have served as a fitting metaphor for the healing process. Since Rita died, it‘s not so much Dexter whose life has stalled, but the show‘s--at least according to fans who relished the intense Trinity storyline last season and have critiqued this season‘s more slow-burning approach. No Big Bad (yet). Very little murdering. A whole lot of talking about romantic and family drama. Cut out the Boyd/Lumen story and the gruesome Santa Muerte scenes, and early season 5 Dexter could possibly pass for a (really well made) cop soap opera. Read more »
It is the considerable opinion of BuddyTV that the people should not be allowed to vote. This morning the 2011 People‘s Choice Award nominees were announced and the choices are less than inspired. Sure, like a broken clock, some of the choices show an impressive exhibition of taste (nominating Ian Somerhalder‘s highly entertaining performance on The Vampire Diaries), but mostly, it‘s an embarrassment. Read more »
Dexter is currently in a position I‘d argue we‘ve never seen him in before: He has a partner. And not just any partner: He has a partner who is now, when it boils down to it, dictating his purpose, at least when it comes to his current extracurricular activities. Dexter may be the teacher, but Lumen is making the lesson plan: Kill Cole and Jordan Chase, the two men still alive from the odd, possibly cultist twisted boys‘ club who abused and raped her, and murdered others. And, for better or worse, probably worse, she wants to be involved every step of the way. He‘s even going to teach her how to prep a kill room next week--how sweet.Why is Dexter risking so much to take on someone else‘s problem--someone who‘s new to the murder business, is volatile, and almost got him caught last week? Perhaps it‘s because he sees himself in her, also "born in blood." Maybe he enjoys the camaraderie, the honesty, the ability to be himself and share a secret (though he should remember how his past partners have turned out--dead). He could be attracted to her. Maybe he‘s subconsciously punishing himself for Rita‘s death--or even attempting to absolve himself--by sticking his neck out for a victim in a way that Harry would deem reckless and rule-breaking. From the awkward, half-mentor, half-flirty relationship that Lumen and Dexter seem to be establishing (and show no signs of breaking off any time soon) I‘d say it‘s a combination of all these.  Read more »
Last week on Dexter, in episode 8, "Take It!", we watched as Jordan Chase revealed he might know too much about Dexter. And he‘s also a big fan of Trinity‘s. That‘s never a good sign. As Lumen and Dexter close in on him, and Liddy closes in on them, might Jordan also be plotting his own attack? The guy‘s motto is "Take it," so he‘s not one to sit around and wait, especially now that his chief of security has gone suspiciously missing. What‘s he hiding, besides his involvement in the Barrel Girl killings? Will he reveal any more secrets, or take any more victims, before Dexter gets him on the table?Next week‘s Dexter episode, titled "Teenage Wasteland," brings the show one step closer to answering these questions. Here is the episode description: "While in the midst of hunting down their next victim, Dexter and Lumen are surprised by the return of an unannounced guest. Debra is assigned to the file room, but still manages to uncover new evidence in the Barrel Girl case." Watch the sneak peek videos from the episode:  Read more »
In the amazing but totally inappropriate words of Debra Morgan: Well, s*** a brick and f*** me with it, Dexter is getting intense, isn‘t it? With only two episodes left in season 5, we are about to see Dexter do what Dexter does best: Close out with an explosive, bloody, and likely shocking conclusion. With Liddy, Quinn, Jordan Chase and Lumen all posing various threats to Dexter‘s continued survival, you can bet the kill-count will rise before season 5 ends. But how will it all go down, and who will become a casualty of the Chase chase? Check out a sneak peek and preview for Sunday‘s new Dexter episode, "Hop a Freighter": Read more »
Names have been vague-ified to protect the innocent, spoiler-averse and DVR users: Last night‘s penultimate (oh, how I love that word, don‘t you?) episode of Dexter season 5, "Hop A Freighter," dispensed with one of Dexter and Lumen‘s big adversaries of the season, but left the two big ones still at large--one with an important hostage in tow. And the guy Dexter succeeded in killing isn‘t done causing Dex problems, even postmortem. Ready to talk particulars and use names? If you‘ve seen "Hop A Freighter" and want to weigh in on your hopes, thoughts and theories for next week‘s "The Big One," keep going. First, let‘s watch the preview clip for next week‘s finale:  Read more »
It‘s common knowledge among us cynics and scrooges that the lyrics of "Baby It‘s Cold Outside" are just a taaad bit date-rapey. If you didn‘t know that, you must not be on our two-sizes-too-small listserve. Good for you. Keep the hope alive. (It was still really cute when Blaine and Kurt sang it, though. I may be a scrooge, but I‘m not soulless.)But, speaking of staying alive: Did you ever think about how crazy-scary the lyrics of "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" are? No? Well, last night Dexter star Michael C. Hall stopped by Jimmy Fallon and really didn‘t have to work very hard at all to turn the Christmas classic into a serial killer‘s anthem. WATCH (plus two more clips from next Sunday‘s Dexter finale!): Read more »
This year shows like Glee, Modern Family, Breaking Bad and Dexter are sure to get a boatload of nominations, but what surprises are in store? I‘m going out on a very far limb with some of my bolder predictions this year, hoping that the Golden Globes will truly recognize some of the less obvious choices.  Read more »
Maybe it‘s because I watched it after viewing two of the scariest things I‘ve ever seen, Black Swan and an episode of Hoarders in which a woman hoards DOLLS (!!!), but last night‘s Dexter season 5 finale felt much less intense and terrifying than Dexter season finales tend to be. Or maybe that was just the episode itself, weirdly titled "The Big One," since it, more than the other Dexter finales in my memory, seemed to be made up of smaller, safer story threads that tied up quite nicely by the end of the hour. That‘s not to say that "The Big One" wasn‘t a great episode of Dexter: It had a few brilliantly paced moments of high suspense, and on an emotional level, especially with the developments for Lumen and Deb, it hit its marks just right. But very little about the chain of events surprised me or did anything to change the stakes for the series or the characters. There was no real sense of danger in "The Big One," since anyone who‘s watched the show for this many seasons knows that Dexter the man will end up safe, and Dexter the show will end up back at status quo, and the episode did nothing to challenge those assumptions at any point within the hour. And, in order to tie up its season 5 storylines so cleanly, the show left quite a bit of baggage behind in the form of unanswered questions (and unsatisfying answers, or hints to answers) about this season‘s stories. Questions which I‘ve tried to outline here, below, with the hopes that they will spark a discussion among us about not just the quality of last night‘s finale or season 5, but also about where the show can go from here so that it might avoid becoming completely formulaic and, consequently, dull.Spoilers are ahead for those who haven‘t seen the Dexter season 5 finale. Be advised.  Read more »
EW reports that after nearly two years of marriage, Dexter stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter are divorcing. Reps for both actors tell the site, "Having been separated for some time, Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall have filed for divorce." They added that the split was "amicable."There‘s never good timing for this type of news, but the day after a Dexter season finale seems particularly tragic. I was really rooting for these two, as I‘m sure many of my fellow Dexter fans were, too. They have such great chemistry on and off-screen.  Read more »
This morning the Golden Glode Award nominations were announced, and the TV side featured some truly outrageous nominations. While shows like Glee and 30 Rock picked up many expected nominations, who could‘ve seen someone like Scott Caan getting nominated for Hawaii Five-0? Or Piper Perabo for USA‘s Covert Affairs?The Golden Globes also gave love to new shows like Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead and The Big C. Read more »
Just two days after the Golden Globe nominations were announced, the Screen Actors Guild unveiled their nominations. While the drama side is rather predictable, the comedy line-up is full of surprises, including two nominations for TV Land‘s Hot in Cleveland.  Read more »
Dexter season 5 may be over, but your love for your favorite serial killer doesn‘t need to take a hiatus. We‘re giving away one big, bad-ass poster that proudly proclaims your allegiance to the cult of Dexter: "Power-saw to the People"!Seriously, you guys, this poster is big. Over 2 feet wide and over three feet tall BIG. And the artwork is killer. You‘ll be proud to put this puppy on display at home.But we only have one. How can you win it? That‘s simple: Read more »
Life is complicated. TV can help. "What Would TV Do?" attempts to explore life‘s mysteries, problems and everyday situations with the assistance of the life lessons offered by television.It‘s cold. It‘s dark. A lot of the time, it‘s wet. Winter sucks. Read more »
Thanks to an interview with an astronomer, the Internet has gone crazy over new truths written in the stars. Instead of the 12 zodiac constellations we‘ve all known and loved, it turns out that there‘s a 13th zodiac sign out there. And it‘s called Ophiuchus. Weird... Read more »
It was a big night for Glee as members of the foreign press kicked off awards season with the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles.The Fox musical series was named Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical for a second year in a row, with Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch taking home Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively. HBO‘s Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire was named Best TV Series - Drama, with Steve Buscemi named Best Actor - Drama. Katey Sagal was finally recognized as Best Actress - Drama for her work in FX‘s Sons of Anarchy, while Jim Parsons and Laura Linney were similarly feted.The Facebook drama The Social Network emerged as the big winner on the film front, winning four awards, including Best Motion Picture - Drama and honors for director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin. The quirky comedy The Kids Are All Right went home with two awards, including Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. Natalie Portman was named Best Actress - Drama for Black Swan, while The Fighter‘s Christian Bale and Melissa Leo took nods for Best Supporting Actor and Actress.The nominees for this year‘s major awards are listed below, with the winners in bold. The full list of winners can be found here. Read more »
It seems like ages since we‘ve had any Dexter news to chew on. So it feels delightfully ironic that, unlike the effect he has on his victims, this new Dexter season 6 teaser has breathed new life into me! There‘s no new footage, but it still gave me chills, and if it doesn‘t get you excited for new Dexter in the fall well then, sadly, I fear you may be dead already.Adding to the goodness: Mad Men alum and former Good Guys star Colin Hanks has reportedly landed an under-wraps role in a major Season 6 arc, possibly as Dexter‘s newest adversary. Watch the teaser, and then keep reading below the video for what we know (or, more accurately, what we don‘t know) about Hanks‘ character and what else may be coming our way in Dexter season 6: Read more »
More Dexter casting news for the fall! Follow that link to see who else is moving to Miami, and to watch the season‘s first teaser.Rapper and actor Mos Def has signed on for a multi-episode arc for Dexter season 6. The Hollywood Reporter gives us the rundown on his character:Mos Def "will play a hardened ex-con who claims to have found religion yet seems to continually find himself surrounded by violence. Michael C. Hall‘s Dexter will reveal the truth of who he really is." THR calls his character "one of the upcoming season‘s villains," which seems to white-wash some of the nuance of this description--but who are we kidding? Almost everyone is a villain in Dexter‘s world. And if history is any precedent, Mos Def will probably end up Mos Dead on Dex‘s table in the end.They also reveal more information about Colin Hanks‘ new character, who will appear in all twelve episodes of the season: Read more »
Summer used to be a total bummer for us TV fans. As the last of our favorite shows wrote "S.W.A.K." in our yearbooks on their way out of town for the summer, one question haunted our dreams on those hot June nights: "What am I supposed to watch now?"That is, until Netflix Instant was born. For just $8 a month, you now have more hours of quality television living inside your computer (or fancy TV) than you could ever hope to watch. Netflix is not paying me to say this. They don‘t HAVE to, because it‘s a no-brainer. And if you watch enough streaming television this summer, you can be a no-brainer, too. No need to go outside at all this summer. What are you, a settler from olden days?There‘s so much to choose from on Netflix Instant that you may not know where to begin. That‘s what this handy Netflix Instant Summer Guide is for. Just pick your mood and dive head first into the stream.  Read more »
And they‘re actually pretty good.Like everybody who spends way too much time watching or thinking about television, I am continuously irritated by most major TV awards. When the same, arguably-inferior shows get nominated year after year, irritation is hard to avoid. But sometimes an award listing gets it right. This year‘s nominations for the Critics Choice Television Awards get it very right. Read more »