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    Dexter, Ep. 8.09, “Make Your Own Kind of Music”: effective plot twists spring hope for the final episodes

    The most obvious element to take from last night’s Dexter, in terms of reference and connection, is the use of the titular song, a piece of music immortalized by Lost’s second season opener. But oddly, the twisty turny nature of the plot has a far greater debt to the show’s own history that, while hardly reeling back the years, acts as a very enlightening and thoughtful rethink of some of the series’ greatest themes. Revelations and shock reveals, another connection to ABC’s mega hit, show that as bizarre as it seems, the writing team has actually gone back and watched the seasons they didn’t write and have developed a nice echo to greater days. Following last week’s excellent “Are We There Yet?”, “Make Your Own Kind of Music” has found some consecutive consistency. More

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    Dexter Ep 8.04 ‘Scar Tissue’ thoughtful, insightful & a worrying headscratcher

    The trouble with ending a story is that too many people want too many different things, the author included, and quite often the natural endgame to set up is the one that people are afraid to see. It’s a scary thought, after all, if you’ve been invested in something for it to come to an end. We all want different things, have different expectations and not everyone will be satisfied with the result. With Scar Tissue, the fourth installment of Dexter’s final season, it has become clear that the last great chase will focus almost entirely on its two central characters, not villains of the week or rival serial killers. Unfortunately, with the episode’s indecisive conclusion, the chosen direction is not in the slightest bit clear. Fear, it seems, has crept into the men and women behind the TV monster. More

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    Dexter ep 8.01 ‘A Beautiful Day’ a complex and confident, if light, season opener

    For a long term fan, nearing the end of Dexter Morgan’s journey is an experience that holds a tangible fear and pang of panic in one’s stomach. Not because of the fact that it will soon all be over, one of TV’s most immorally ambitious tales ever reaching its final chapter. The trouble has come with the undeniable rut that has set in the minutes following the harrowing ending to Season Four, when a writing team who had canvassed together a quadrilogy of emotive, compelling and unforgettable continuing stories stepped out the back door. By September 22nd, this will mean that a full half of the show’s run has been beset by a gang of scribes who too often have revealed themselves as producing well financed fan fiction. The real fear, ultimately, is that they will screw it up at the punch. ‘A Beautiful Day’, the opening salvo of the last hurrah, proves inconclusive in this regard. More

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    The Top Five Shows We Can’t Wait To Watch This Fall

    5-American Horror Story If you’ve yet to tune in to Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck’s show American Horror Story, now’s your chance to catch up before the newest season kicks off this upcoming October. One of the more unique shows currently on air, each season acts as a new story. A new era, new location, […] More

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    Greatest TV Pilots: Dexter, an effortlessly confident and assured debut

    The pilot episode of a show that you love represents a vacation in time, a chance to go back down memory lane and smile, grin or laugh at the way things once were. The awkwardness of first meetings, how different they were as people, the sense of blind wonder at what may come; it’s an oddly personal experience, rather like remembering your first day of college. More

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    First teaser for ‘Dexter’ season 8

    Showtime has released the first trailer promoting the last season of Dexter as well as the premiere of new drama series Ray Donovan, which stars Liev Schreiber as a Hollywood fixer. The video is brief but offers some great footage. Dexter returns June 30 to Showtime followed by the premiere of Ray Donovan – and […] More

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    The Art Of The Title: 50 Of The Best TV Title Sequences

    When starting a new television show, the thing I look forward to the most is the title sequence, so it only felt right to devise this list when I heard the theme was favourite television shows this month. In early television there wasn’t a huge focus on title sequences; their only purpose was to present the […] More

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    Dexter – Season Seven darkly provides maximum entertainment

    Episode Reviews   There’s no doubting that television has changed dramatically in the last few years, particularly in regards to the acclaimed serialized fiction shows that have ground out a new niche as cinematic storytelling per excellence. Think of how Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad have utterly dwarfed episodic entertainment […] More

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    Dexter Ep 7.12 ‘Surprise, Motherf—r!’ an occasionally thrilling but decisively disappointing season finale

    Dexter, Season 7, Episode 12: “Surprise, Motherf—r!” Written by Scott Buck & Tim Schlattmann Directed by John Dahl Airs Sundays at 8pm (ET) on Showtime When Dexter returned to the airwaves twelve short weeks ago it returned as if possessed by a ethereal phantom bearing the face of its old self but the fury of […] More

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    Dexter Ep 7.10: ‘The Dark…Whatever’ drops the ball to pick up a diamond

    Dexter, Season 7, Episode 10: “The Dark…Whatever” Written by Lauren Gussis, Jace Richdale & Scott Reynolds Directed by Michael Lehmann Airs Sundays at 8pm (ET) on Showtime Having made a significant and risky decision within the show’s narrative last week, ‘The Dark…Whatever’ proved to be a battle of how many steps backwards by the Dexter […] More

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