Episode 4: Beauty and the Beast
So, we’re a little late into the new season of everyone’s favorite serial killer killer. Just to get you up to speed.
Dexter Morgan (C Michael Hall) is by day a blood splatter expert with Miami Metro Police and by night a serial killer who hunts and kills other serial killers. His late adoptive father Harry Morgan (James Remar) trained Dexter to use his abilities (?)/mental condition(?) for “good”, by only killing murderers who had escaped the legal punishment for their crimes. (Dexter often “communicates” with Harry in a manner fitting his schizoid condition) His adopted sister Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter) is a detective with the Miami Metro Police.
Despite himself, Dexter married his girlfriend (originally meant as a cover for his nocturnal activities) Rita (Julie Benz), had a son (Harrison) and attempted to live a normal family life, together with Rita’s children Aster and Cody (whilst still indulging his murderous ECA). Unfortunately for Dexter, family bliss was not to be as Arthur Mitchell aka Trinity Killer (John Lithgow) brutally murdered Rita in the season 4 finale (before Dexter killed Mitchell), turning Dexter’s world upside down.
The first three episodes of the fifth season, explored the consequences of Rita’s demise on Dexter and his loved ones. In the midst of this chaos, Dexter still needed to appease his “dark passenger” in the shape of serial killer Boyd Fowler. However, in his attempts to deal with Fowler, the biggest plot twist occurs so far in season 5 as Dexter is observed killing Fowler by Fowler’s current prisoner, Lumen Pierce (Julia Stiles).
And so in Beauty and the Beast, Dexter has to figure out what to do with Lumen. Even as “Harry” advises Dexter to let Lumen die to protect himself, Dexter is unwilling to do so and attempts to convince Lumen that he is no threat to her and to keep his activities a secret. By the end of the episode, it appears that Dexter has succeeded but even when Dexter assured Lumen that her ordeal is over, she insists that there are others with Fowler who abused her and rather ominously that “it is not over”…
The writers have really outdone themselves here as I was really trying to figure out what Dexter would do in order to handle this unique situation. It does appear that in arriving with his solution, Dexter may have opened up a completely new can of worms with Lumen. Did Lumen mean that killing Fowler was not enough and she would want Dexter to exact righteous vengeance over her other abusers (whoever they may be)? What was Lumen doing in Miami to begin with? Curiouser and curiouser.
Other plot lines dangling around include Det. Quinn’s attempt to implicate Dexter with the Arthur Mitchell situation, Debra’s difficulties with the Santa Muerte killer, Sgt Angel and Lt LaGuerta (who are now man and wife) and their ongoing battle with Internal Affairs. Did I miss out anything? A very good set up for the episodes to come. We will be here for the bloody play by play.