If it's crap ... We'll tell you
I've already gotten into this at length on my Facebook page, because I had the temerity to proclaim how much I enjoyed this season of the popular Showtime series, despite claims I had heard about its quality to the contrary. And I stand by that statement. Michael C Hall plays the lead character; a role that he, despite having won pretty much every other television award out there for, still hasn't taken home the Emmy. Yet another black mark on that not-so-reputable institution, because there's no question that Hall deserves the lion's share of the credit for making this show as remarkable as it is. In season five, he's dealing with the tragedy that upended his entire life at the end of season four (I'm begging you commenters, to not even allude to what it is....plenty of folks haven't gotten that far yet) and worrying even more about losing what humanity he considers himself to possess. Shouldn't he feel something other than just numb? While wrapping up a serial killer hunt (pun intended) he discovers that the dead perp in question liked to play with his food...living in a locked upstairs attic is Lumen (Julia Stiles), a woman who's been tortured and raped at length by the dead man on Dexter's table...and apparently a team of others. Reluctantly (especially after the unsuccessful apprenticeship in season three), Dexter takes Lumen under his wing, as with or without him, she's determined to hunt down and kill the other men who not only abused her, but who have abused and then killed many women before her. I suppose many missed the more direct cat and mouse of season four, with John Lithgow's magnificent portrayal of the Trinity Killer, and there's no question that he makes it one of the best runs of the series, but season five is going for something more subtle, and more about watching Dexter evolve. He's off his game, and forced to work outside of 'the code' in order to do what he considers to be the right thing to do in helping Lumen, and it leads to some interesting revelations about who he is. At best, I'm willing to concede that the story concerning Quinn (Desmond Harrington), a police detective and partner to Dexter's sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), and his deal with a slimy ex-cop (Peter Weller) to track Dexter's movements, seems like it's only there to lead where I suspect season six is going...to finally have Deb realize who Dexter really is (much like it's been in the books since early on). Other than that, I enjoyed every bit of this chapter, as Dexter deals with his fatal achilles heel yet again: his loneliness. For me, while the ending didn't have the slam-bang gut punch of season four's cliffhanger, it was loaded with a creepy subtext foreshadowing a Dexter with less connection to his humanity than ever before...and that won't be good for anyone.
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BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD - SEASON 2 PART 1....Guest Review by LEON
"Batman: The Brave & the Bold" returns for a second season with more Silver Age style adventure, heavy on the action but lighter on the camp. If there’s any overall difference from the first season it’d be that with these 12 episodes (which comprise Vol.1) Batman spends less time mentoring C-list superheroes (ie, the new Blue Beetle; the Outsiders) and partners up with a few B-listers like Captain Marvel, the Teen Titans, The JSA and Booster Gold. But then, for all of you who have a soft-spot for the more obscure characters who never quite found a way to thrive past the 1980’s, there is an episode devoted to the Metal Men, and another that brings together almost every ape-related character from the DCU. I’m a moderate fan of this series but I do best enjoy how it effortlessly explores the silliness of the Silver Age in a way that makes it fun without any desperate need to legitimize it. Perfect example is the episode “The Super Batman of Planet X” which presents the Batman of Zur-En-Aarh in a much more palatable form than Grant Morrison ever did in his “Batman R.I.P.” comics run. My favorite episode from this set is “Aquaman’s Outrageous Adventure”: A bored Aquaman (who’s been written throughout this series as a boisterous thrill junkie), while driving his family on a cross country trip in a Winnebago, continually tries to sneak out to have adventures…and as I type this I realize how much it sounds like a reverse episode of "Spongebob Square Pants", but the beauty is how they manage to make it work!
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