TV Review: ‘Dexter’ Finale’s Sloppy Sendoff

Oooookay, we’re going to make this the last piece about the Dexter series finale (since we do our best not to stew in negativity here). Well, we can’t promise it’ll be the last, but we’ll stick to next-to-last for sure…

 

‘Dexter’ producers explain finale, defend final season

The title of this EW.com piece gives you a hint as to the quality of the finale (“Wait wait wait! At least let us talk about this, we can explain!”, and do they get defensive? Take a wild guess).  Well, we will grudgingly give them props to go out on a pretty dark, downbeat note. The leaked spoiler for the Dexter series finale got a couple of things right, but fortunately left Quinn out of things. We just wish anything in the final season had been the least bit enjoyable and/or thrilling to watch. What did you guys think?

Warning: if anything bothered you in the finale, especially plot holes, this piece WILL piss you off. If the finale pissed you off, this will piss you off more, even if you didn’t think that was possible (this writer was willing to give the finale a D+, then decided, fuck those people, now it’s an F before even finishing reading the entire thing). We wouldn’t have blamed the interviewer/writer for saying, “yeah, I call bullshit on that,” and ending the interview in disgust before they said anything more they would regret later (career-wise, that is;  we doubt their opinions would change, especially on the arrogant and defensive attitude of the producers).  A roller-coaster-ride, this finale was not. Spoiler alerts, if you haven’t seen the finale yet…

 

We Are Sorry To Report ‘Dexter’ Finale Leak Sounds Terrible (MAJOR SPOILERS)

So, yeah, this isn’t satisfying at all. It sounds the most likely of the leaks and the photos from the Dexter series finale (titled “Remember the Monsters?” – too bad “Surprise, Motherfucker!” has been used already, that title had a lot more pizzazz) that Showtime has released pretty much mirror the hospital stuff. Click the big link below if you want to read the blow-by-blow… We think the odds are high that this leak is in fact correct, so another SPOILER ALERT is probably in order.

Our “Spoiler-A-Rama” page hasn’t seen much action lately, so we cut and pasted it (and fixed some typos and formatting for your reading convenience) on that page. You can cut to the chase if you want by clicking here if you must know immediately what the leaked Dexter finale entails.

 

There is a major, unexpected death, but you’re probably not going to like it.  We can’t guarantee this is what will transpire in the finale, it could be a fake to throw us off, but we doubt the writers care enough to bother. In this leaked Dexter finale, it’s what we’ve come to expect – lazy writing with a “shocker” death that was not earned. It’s easy for a writing team on a series TV show to kill off a major character for shock value –especially when they can’t think of anything else. Cross your fingers that this turns out to be a planted, fake leak and that for the first time since Rita’s death, the show pleasantly surprises or, better yet, thrills us.

Most of the related articles below, unfortunately, support this leak. It definitely leaves ‘some interpretation’ and we can’t see how it could not have a ‘polarizing fan reaction’.

‘Dexter’: The secret to Jennifer Carpenter’s intense performance

By far, the best actor on the show. From the sound of her technique, she’s going to need a three-week nap after the final season wraps shooting – talk about exhausting. Damn!

 

Michael C. Hall’s Definitive ‘Dexter’ Final Season Interview

We’re basically watching the show to see Jennifer Carpenter‘s stellar acting, that and because it’s the last season. We also hope she turns in Dexter along with herself to finish up the series.

 

Watch The First Season 8 Dexter Clip Plus ‘Dexter’ Scoop From EW.com: Showtime Officially Confirms Final Season

 

Good clip –  be sure to check it out. Sigh. This is what you did to your beautiful, strong, smart, and loyal sister, Dex. Nice going. Could Deb be developing a drug problem? Not talking about her Xanax prescription, either; with Xanax and a beer, she’d be much less nervous and pissed off at Dexter. She’s twitchy, scratching and mumbling… at this point we hope she ends up killing the shit out of him. But that’s just us.

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New Cool ‘Dexter’ Season Eight Trailer Teases The Endgame (We Hope- Screencrave)

Well, all good things must come to an end, even though in retrospect (lately we’ve been re-watching Dexter, the first few seasons, on Blu Ray and only consider owning S1-4, and the difference in quality and viewer entertainment  between the first seasons is even more striking compared to the most recent), we think it would have been wise to end with S5… and S4 would have been an even stronger time to end. Now that would have been ballsy. You can see the teaser for what has been called by the network president the final season; though the promos aren’t calling it “The Final Chapter”, “The End of Dexter”, “The Epic Ending Season” or anything we’d expect them to. We’d really like an official Dexter PR campaign–or Michael C. Hall- confirming it, but this promo shows promise and hints at it. Even though there is no new footage of scenes from the show (airing this summer on Showtime instead of the traditional Fall premiere, so they’ve been shooting), we liked it enough to point you its way on Screencrave.com – just click the big red link below.

 

‘Dexter’ Season Eight Trailer Teases The Endgame

 

 

If we get any updates on A. a grudging announcement officially given out by Showtime (or Michael C. Hall, or Jennifer Carpenter) or B. a trailer (or even some cool photos) showing official footage, you’ll be the first to know.

HEY! LAST-MINUTE UPDATE: A few weeks ago, Michael C. Hall himself confirmed this will indeed be Dexter’s final season. There’s a link under Related Articles below for you to read more.

What pains us is that the first half of Season 7 showed such promise that we actually thought there’d been a changing of the guard at Showtime* (new writers, a new show-runner, etc.) Maybe the episodes up until Dexter decides to start banging Hannah were done by a team of people behind the scenes who took matters into their own hands. Who knows, maybe the writers that gave us the show we loved back were secretly in some kind of pact, got a plan in place and started drugging the staff responsible for Season 6 (the season nicknamed Hello Whore by the Onion AV Club) with roofies and had taken over the show. Then, midway through, the S6 writers started to catch on and by the last third of the season, took the show back, and well… it was nice while it lasted. Then the wheels started coming off, but we still held out hope.

It’s almost worse than an entire shitty season, to have become cautiously optimistic after three consistent quality episodes, then more confident, then around episode seven see a couple of red flags (Quinn’s already mediocre “subplot” going downhill with expected yet still alarming speed, Dexter deciding to totally trust Hannah instead of following through with the kill), then with every episode hoping it was just a temporary glitch and the wheels weren’t coming off the whole damn thing …even up to the finale we held out a sliver of hope. Well, surprise, motherfucker! Sigh.

Dexter's Blood on the Street

Dexter’s Blood on the Street (Photo credit: The Bay Harbor Butcher)

That’s enough on that subject before this turns into a multi-part essay, but here’s a review from the A.V. Club of the episode where Team Hello Whore apparently returned for good; I believe it’s subtitled Well, It Was Nice While It Lasted.  The reviewer is skilled at pointing out what went wrong and why we all wish it had gone differently (no-one wants to hate this show). In fact, all the reviews for S7, and S6 for that matter, are worth a read if you have some time to kill.

English: Actress Jennifer Carpenter – Comic-Co...

Actress Jennifer Carpenter at Comic-Con 2009 – San Diego, Calif. – July 23, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*we weren’t the only blog/publication that got that impression from the superb season premiere, especially the final scene, either… but it turned out not to be the case.

Dexter Showrunner On The Season Seven Finale And The Final Season – “A serial killer story can only end so many ways, and none of them are particularly happy.” (Spoilers Galore)

We were hoping to post this (Word Press “reblog” style) Sunday or Monday after the show, but when there wasn’t anything up by Monday morning, we figured they weren’t covering Dexter (because they’d just gotten sick of it during S6, for which we can’t blame them). Wish this finale had been as good as the strong start they gave this season. However, the fact that they titled this episode:

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…was so cool that we bumped our grade up on that alone: a generous B- to the seventh season finale. That ending was more of a heart-breaker to us than the end of S4, which was pretty sad. But seeing Doakes again, even though most of the flashbacks were sloppily written and even out of character, was pretty cool! The featured image is a really cool billboard (from an anonymous poster who took a photo of it) for the finale. Oh, why not, here it is again!

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We try to keep vibes fairly positive here on Horror Boom; the internet seems to be dangerously close to becoming a 24/7 hate jamboree these days.  So rather than burn the finale to the ground here and now, we’ll just give you this link to a review of Surprise, Motherfucker on The Onion AV Club. It’s a skillfully written and intelligent –yet brutally honest– review (better than stressed-out Mrs. Horror Boom could write at the moment), and it points out what went wrong. If you’ve got time to kill, the replies on any AV Club review are hilarious– probably because many times, staffers of The Onion will show up and post.

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