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3 “Adios, amigo.” The color desaturates to black-and-white.

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kasek61307 @MikeArnzen Thought you would approve =) pic.twitter.com/vrUnKRsf

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“Dexter and Film Noir: Lila as Femme Fatale” mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2009/11/02…

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5.12 Baptista gives LaGuerta an “anniversary” gift — another necklace!

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The word for Deb’s speech impediment is “coprolalia”: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coprolalia

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8.1 “El Sapo” = “the Toad”; also adj. for “cunning/sly”

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I Scream at the Ice Truck Killer. Dexter ice cream : huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/fre…

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Today’s : Machinima’s “Dexter: Early Cuts” animated series on YouTube. youtube.com/playlist?list=…

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“The Skinner” - great name - palm trees are both trimmed and skinned.

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Just a regular reminder that the complete can be found here: gorelets.com/nest/

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s5 More necklaces : Jordan’s blood relic trophy, Alex’s jewelry trophy, Lumen’s lucky clover…

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Deb has panic attack first time she’s in the DDK church. Precognitive affect?

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Note to the future: the whole series will also be archived here : gorelets.com/nest/search?q=…

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If you’re following my you can read the whole series, archived here: gorelets.com/nest/search?q=…

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@Rocket_Pixie Your feedback on the are awesome…. thank you and keep ‘em coming!

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8.1 the “anti-hero…TV era is coming to a close” huffingtonpost.com/alex-moaba/dex…

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2.9 Lila’s pill popping parallels Harry’s “suicide”. Harry is almost always an absent presence.

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2.12 Lila’s finale is entirely vampiric: stake through the heart, blood from the lips.

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In “Denial and Rita” McClintock-Greenberg muses over Rita’s psychological function: smartpopbooks.com/denial-and-rit… via @smartpopbooks

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5.9 Self-help guru Jordan Chase — name is virtually a homonym for Jesus Christ.

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The doomsday paintings in s6 are awesome. Source? Dave Lebow, artist: davelebow.com/photos/2011.ht…

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Away watching .. Here are the complete for all seasons, up till tonight’s : gorelets.com/nest/search?q=…

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The laughably apt “Maria LaGuerta Memorial Bench” - discovered in the wild: imgur.com/a/j3xuc

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I’ve started re-watching the complete series of @SHO_Dexter. Will begin sharing reflections/lessons here with the tag

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The first kill is always like losing virginity: awkward, comical, determined, sloppy, traumatic, out of control.

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The opening credit theme: Alfred Hitchcock Presents meets Miami Salsa. Brilliant work @RolfeKent rolfekent.com/music/dexter/

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“Dexter” = implies “dexterity”; etymology: on the “right” side of a shield, ergo, defensive, just. “Morgan” = morgue-in.

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7.11 The Captain’s boat and Baptista’s “retirement” are juxtaposed against Dexter’s “happily ever after” fantasy.

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s7 The parallels are everywhere. Quinn kills Nadya’s boss as (threatens to?) kill Deb’s boss.

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1.9 It suggests Dexter’s bloodlust is an expressed wish to restore his relationship with his bio-dad.

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s5 “Lumen Pierce”: light / breakthrough. More empathetic than usual, this is a season of transformation for .

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@Rocket_Pixie Yes! Through these ingenious encounters w/religion, I think Dexter finds validation. “Father, son, serial killer”

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Photo: Showtime is sponsoring a game called “Red Rewards” for watching Dexter via social media,… tmblr.co/ZgGSZrp94LHc

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The walls are pushing in whenever Deb & Dex consult in the alley about their common secrets.

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When a cop character says “Catch you later” it means more than it seems and is subtle foreshadowing.

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I am tweeting thoughts on the entire Dexter series. See at The Nest to follow along…. fb.me/1RONEc6bg

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RT @kenyanpundit Life imitating art. Crazy story of Canadian filmmaker obsessed with the TV show Dexter: is.gd/od0EVY

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@digitalred93 Fantastic point — there’s a lot of triangular relations and Oedipal power plays going on in this series.

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NECKLACES. For instance, in 5.6, LaGuerta’s necklaces are layered to look like a female sex symbol: O+ …

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s5 rages at reflection in plate; shock cut to plate being thrown directly at camera. Fracturing identifications.

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6.3 In elevator, tells Deb, “You are entering the realm of inappropriate bro-sis information.” Sly foreshadowing.

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THANKS @CDennisMoore for finding a screen cap of the “American Gothic” reference in ! Perfect! 25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbarspE…

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‘Horrifyingly Mad’ also includes an on-spot parody of — Deathster. barnesandnoble.com/w/horrifyingly… pic.twitter.com/bbdu7dnH

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Truly Deeply Disturbed by Andrew Nienaber is a fun Dexteresque title from publisher @PMPressBooks andrewnienaber.com/tdd.html

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7.6 “Plant” - like “price” - is a loaded term in this episode. (“Planty”? Not so much.)

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The opening title sequence to never gets old. Great article on the craft of it: artofthetitle.com/title/dexter/

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2.12 Dexter’s breakfast routine — “I’m free!” — blurs narrative with the extratextual credit sequence in self-reflexive glee.

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For someone “without feelings,” Dex is a master thespian, manipulating performance of roles in everyday life. Hints of Bergman.

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3.6 Episode’s title is “Sí Se Puede” = “Yes, We Can” = Obama 2008 election slogan (episode aired Nov 2008).

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Fairweather compares Dex to Spock (no emotion). Also uses the term “meta-killer.” In Dexter and Philosophy amazon.com/gp/product/081…

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4.1 Dex sings America the Beautiful as telephone lullaby while scrolling through murder photos. Subtext: Life during wartime.

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always taps his victims on the forehead in his kill room ritual. Recalls “Mozambique Drill”: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozambiqu…

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Thanks for indulging my series…I do more in life than watch . But not this weekend! I’m sharpening my -ise

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s5 “”St. Brigid, circle us with your light.” Light — Is this a reference to Lumen? youtu.be/nTNPjbQPkh4

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5.7 Jordan’s gift onesie reads ‘Born Primal’ — reminiscent of the ‘Born Free’ gift from Biney in S1.

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6.5 Exhibit: “The Art of Illumination.” A psychic echo; is still working through the meaning of Lumen.

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Behind the “Casino” moment in last week’s : youtu.be/coDrztAfwow Pen stabbing could be symptom of script writer’s block.

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s7 The provocative title of the season finale actually works on another level: LaGuerta has become the “phallic mother.”

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@bkethridge YES. Good writing stands up over the years…though the car models are reminding me how many years have passed.

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@Rocket_Pixie I can say I’m appreciating Deb much more 2nd time around. Her incessant cursing might be a psychological “tell”.

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An opposition of blood brothers. Dexter = fluid, the splatter, the slide. Ice Truck Killer = solid, the empty vessel, the ice.

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Rita as Tomb Raider? As understandable and as unbelievable as Dexter in law enforcement. It’s all about disguises and desire.

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The “Coyote” couple exchanges a vow, a lesson, before Dex goes for the kill. They’re literally “bound” in plastic matrimony.

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1.9 The syringe foreshadows his method. The smiley-faced blood drop predicts his fetish. The innocence of symbols will distort.

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Father, Dex and his Dark Passenger — the Unholy Ghost. Later this Trinity condenses into @John_Lithgow: latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/20…

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1.x The children’s toys in Rita’s house (building blocks and erector cranes) foreshadow a certain loading dock container scene.

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2.3-4 From Noah’s Ark to Doakes encounter, boats haunt the mise en scene — reflecting Dex’s free-floating, growing paranoia.

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Season 2 is crafty with parallel character arcs. Each is a subtle double for Dexter, ‘harboring’ a secret that ‘surfaces.’

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Tyree: A “different suspense” in s2: “Is it possible that one day Dexter will…become completely normal?” filmquarterly.org/2008/09/spatte…

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Because of his “systematic use of an irreversible force…Dexter represents a system rather than a man.” crimedime.com/2012/03/20/dis…

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always delivers Sadie’s Donuts. Language play: “Sadie” is pun an deSade, sadism. Donut - symbol of lack / no center.

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3.1 Dex mimics a junkie in order to recon Freebo. This ties back to the ‘addiction’ theme in s2…

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The more male bonding Dex does with Prado, the more stereotypical Rita’s behavior becomes, and it’s blamed on her body…

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…Yet the failure of bodies is central to these episodes, esp with Camilla as stand-in mother, who Dexter “mercifully” kills.

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5.7 Important scene when Deb confesses no remorse for killing Fuentes…’Some people don’t deserve to live.’ Foreshadows s7?

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My for s6 will continue after the season 7 premiere tonight. No spoilers. See the notes here: gorelets.com/nest/

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6.7 With farm print behind them, stands beside Biney with bloody pitchfork in hand: sly “American Gothic” joke.

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Just discovered the trend that was DEXTER HAIKU! It’s all over the place, but here’s a start: dexterhaiku.tumblr.com

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There is a turning point each season when the antagonist confronts/addresses by his full name: “Hello, Dexter Morgan.”

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s8 Shots of Vogel’s coaching of Dexter are blocked identically to those of his visions of Harry, affirming their history.

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8.2 was directed by Dexter himself, Michael C. Hall — here MCH discusses this first experience: youtu.be/_RFMoUxbPm8

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Slow down and look in an extreme closeup - you’ll see the violence inherent in everyday life. Even breakfast is brutal.

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1.11 The mysterious “103” = Freud’s theory of our uncanny response to a mysterious recurrence of a number kareyperkins.com/papers/uncanny…

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@Rocket_Pixie You know your Dex, Pix! Agreed… and the final distorted image of Dex in the camera is unforgettably twisted.

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In the hospital, a psycho in the next bed annoyingly cries “She knows!” over and over for days. Angel’s guilt, personified.

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2.1 Well gutterballs and chickens. The references to performance anxiety in this episode are too numerous to limit to 140 chars

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2.3 The minivan — an icon of mobile domesticity — is ingenious camouflage for Dexter to hunt in plain sight.

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2.3-4 Children’s drawing of Noah’s Arc looms behind during NA meetings, as if to say N/A (not applicable).

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2.7 Lila’s art — cannibalistic mannequins. Symbolic of so much. But self-reflexive; the show is doing this to itself, too.

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Body Counts according to sho.com/sho/dexter/ext… : s1: 11; s2: 9; s3: 7; s4: 5; s5: 7… all odd numbers.

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2.8 Deb notes: “Lila’s obviously a vampire…” Agreed. Lila is much like Drusilla from Buffy/Angel. [Rita/Darla might agree!]

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Rita and Dexter cuddle and eat the kid’s pudding as comfort food. This sweetness cannot sustain: Dex is losing his teeth.

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s3 Fatherhood theme this season is about fear of domestication for the “wild” killer; a study in masculinity, more than murder.

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For some reason my tweet archive (‘the Nest’) is munged right now. Hope to fix it soon… all my are in there!

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4.1 Self-mockery of credits as Dex’s “morning routine” is marred by childcare. Scatology of a newborn matches his new life.

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Ep 4.4 (“Dex Takes a Holiday”) seems to be a gender study as it is Dexter’s Rumspringa. pajiba.com/tv_reviews/dex…

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5.6 The Eye of Horus? That’s not Mayan, but Egyptian. But the “watching eye” symbol foreshadows the surveillance to come.

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I have to assume that Jordan Chase’s “Take It” is a parody of the “Crush It!” self-actualization books: crushitbook.com

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s5 The latent religious elements of the “Sante Muerte” case are mentally prepping us for season 6. Info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Mue…

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Vince calls “Dextrous” at Harry’s bday party. Or is it “Dextress” since he now carries a woman’s dark passenger, too?

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6.2 “Men can change,” muses, “but what about a monster?” Theme alert. But the shot cuts to the captain.

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The cheek cut ritual is like the final wound to Jesus’ chest in the crucifixion; ’s blood slide = harvesting a relic.

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Harrison is reading Noah’s Ark and appears w/Dex in Ark pageant in penultimate ep of s6. Flood parallels the apocalypse.

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7.1 Deb’s flashback on the table — ’s heroism and villainy wrapped in one plastic memory. Love and loathing result.

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7.6 Psychological displacement? The only other woman has freed like this before…is Deb. “Do what you gotta do.”

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7.09 ’s conversation w/killers on his boat is an embodiment of a dialogue with manifestations of his “Dark Passenger”

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8.1 Vogel — like an absent parent — returns and restores Harry’s code. (the code = Lacan’s ‘Law of the Father’).

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8.3 Cannibal gormet as jock trainer = brilliant. But this ep isn’t about consumerism as it suggests - it’s about nourishment.

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Is Dead by Jeff Lindsay - final book in the series releases in July. Preorder: amazon.com/gp/product/038… via @amazon

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Rita works in hotel management, but she doesn’t know how to complain to her own neighbor to shush the dog’s noise? Hmm.

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Dex reads every blood puddle for crime clues, but they are also Rorschachs for us to interpret: symbols and clues to subtext.

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1.12 Dex sits in hospital waiting room after so much sibling trauma. Sign behind him reads “Caring for our next generation.”

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Welcome to Season 2, Doakes! Go ahead and watch him — Dexter will “Bowl to You Bleed” (as his bowling shirt reads).

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2.2 Deb keeps locking Dex out with the door chain. After ITK, she’s afraid, naturally. But perhaps also of Dex, unconsciously.

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This season brought to you by “Dexter Trash Bags” amazon.com/gp/product/B00… Love the merch. But waiting for the cling wrap!

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Recurring motif (and it’s also there in the books): the moon. Icon of lunacy and tide shifting and a numinous presence above.

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3.12 Dexter’s claim to superiority over King is that he’s not “single-minded.” Single as in unmarried. This is rite of passage.

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Newborn is Harrison — “Harry’s Son.” This child too is yet another double for Dexter in this cast. Father, son and…trinity.

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4.4 Kid’s mug has Harrison’s red handprint on it. Echoes the wall photo back in precinct. Dex fears getting caught red-handed.

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Rumor (e.g. wikipedia) claims that Masuka is the man holding the boombox in the Nextel Dance Party ads: youtu.be/LG6X8XSrGpg

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5.3 Harrison’s “first step” parallels ’s first kill room since Rita. His paternal pride is also in self for moving on.

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Masuka’s Tattoo: “represents the dualities of my inner warrior” — is he tat artist’s dupe or is he right? pic.twitter.com/qoXIo9UK

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… and also in 5.6, Angel gets a lead in the Santa Meurta case by spotting a peculiar necklace on a bargirl.

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Researching St. Brigid, I learn her icon protects a house from fire. (Ghost of Lila? Dex has trust issues) goireland.about.com/od/saintbrigid…

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I didn’t realize that Doakes’ “Surprise” was an actual internet meme awhile back. But I can see why. NSFW: knowyourmeme.com/memes/james-do…

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5.6 Lumen: “What’s that?” : “Luminol… no relation.” Maybe not to Dex, but the association is made for us to consider.

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6.3 Harrison’s toy horse suggests a symbolic link between the child and the Doomsday killers, who play with their own horses.

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s6 Noah’s Ark Pageant: the Ark was also in background of Dex’s moving speech to NA (note those letters): youtu.be/toYzUtZdYUk

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@xwaldie at @Slate is running an good series of interviews w/diverse folks about Season 7 as it unfolds: slate.com/articles/arts/…

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Dexter looks up “Aconitine” on wiki en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aconitine in promo for 7.06 @DextergrBlog dexterdaily.com/2012/10/dexter… Hannah’s garden?

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7.09 The random appearance of firebug Bobby is not so random: echoes of Lila and the destructive impulses attached to desire.

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@Slate Disagree that the symmetry of 7.9 was over-done. The whole show is about double lives - together & tugging apart

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7.10 A very Oedipal episode. Hannah’s father is a substitute for Harry which is a metaphor for control. Sometimes a syringe…

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s7.11 Wiki writer notes that the poison in Deb’s water bottle in is “actually insoluble in water” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dexter_%2…

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8.1 Deb stays at the Pink Motel - Neil Perry bound a woman there in ep 1.7 seeing-stars.com/dexter/PinkMot…

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“Love, American Style” ep. jumps the shark when Dex uses candles to lead Coyote to the van. But candles fit: symbol of romance.

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I remember the 1st time I watched this, I kept wondering why Dexter didn’t kill his dad. Threat is subtle in the flashbacks.

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1.9 And the message: “Thank you for the good blood.” GOOD is extremely loaded. Is what he’s inherited in his lineage good?

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1.9 There has to be more to Dexter’s traumatic childhood accident than just cutting himself on a fence. Note: Deb was present.

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2.1 Dexter still wants to keep the voodoo alive — the spiritual that underlies all ritual. He lets the blind priest go.

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2.1 Hand across chest, over his racing heart to “feel” — is this a patriotic reference, too? A pledge? twy.la/OQLgx3

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2.5 The direction of “The Dark Defender” episode really comes close to hyperfiction - akin to the anime sequence in Kill Bill.

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@kasek61307 It would have to be in an industrial size spool! :-) Dex dumps prey in the ocean…does he recycle all that wrap?

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s2 ends like s1, w/ peering into camera lens. Return of the gaze isn’t really a threat, but a call for introspection.

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3.6 Interior monologue near end — says “present company excluded.” Implies the body on the table, but does he mean us?

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3.6 “Just because Miguel can gut a fish doesn’t mean he can understand…” Dex reflects on this while swimming. Like a fish.

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3.8 Dex spins the knife on the wheel of fortune — it’s all risk — both of them are going all in.

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The background during the end credits - is it blood suspended in air? My TV screen is but another one of Dexter’s slides.

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4.1 When Dex confesses his crime to Harrison out loud while feeding him, noir “prison bar” shadows from blinds cut across him.

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s4 Dad caught Dex leaning over a ledge, trying to “feel.” Trinity does something similar in part two of his three part ritual.

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s5 Necklaces are playing a larger role in this season. I think these harken back to the neck slice Deb witnesses early on.

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5.7 Cool match cut from elevator doors to parallel hairs in microscope. Literally parses out the issue: is it Cole or Jordan?

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Great use of the recurring moon motif — here romantically reflected on the ocean below before Dex dumps his last body of s5.

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6.1 brings paddles together as if in prayer after first pair of vic’s in s6. Foreshadow: religion & partners in crime.

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6.3 The Tooth Fairy killer decays — Dex demythologizes his childhood hero at the same time Deb surpasses Harry’s rank as Lt.

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s6 Travis’ murder of his sis — Babylon — a subtle parallel to Dex and Deb, lending more concern to the big ‘revelation’.

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The phantom Gellar — Dex calls him Travis’ “Dark Passenger” but he’s really more akin to his own Harry, coaching him w/code.

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s6 The refugee boat that rescues — and which Dex in turn saves — is named “Milagro”. Trans: a religious folk charm.

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7.5 Dex drives a Ford “Escape”; logo is apparent when Isaak is following him and he pulls over at the Columbian bar.

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7.06 Hannah’s snow fantasy — uncanny repetition, in a way, of the ITK’s Christmas gift scenario in s1. Here Dexter is giving.

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1.9 They dance in the empty inherited house - life in response to death. But Rudy and Dex make moves reminiscent of murder.

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1.12 The Ice Truck Killer has “a cold one” with Dex. It’s prop beer: Jekyll Island Lager, labeled like poison, with a skull.

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Finished Season 1 last night. Absurd daydream at the end is too much — a DNC all his own — a Dexter National Convention!

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1.12 Doakes makes the cliche “I’ve got my eyes on you” gesture. This is not Dex’s conscience or predator. This is US, watching.

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2.7 Title “That Night, a Forest Grew” — reference to Where the Wild Things Are — but a forest of flame, not wood.

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2.3 “Monster” appears on banner behind Prado at the fair. Dexter frets over new role of father as a juggler walks behind him.

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Dex reasons his mercy kill is justified, “but only for a friend.” The loss of Camilla opens a spot for Prado in his circle.

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3.7 The focus on Key Lime Pie parallels the eating of chocolate pudding with Rita earlier this season. He is threat to family.

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5.3 Dexter sets up his kill room — like”putting my life back in order.” A wry comment on the sterility of perfectionism.

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Camera pans up to show blood red moon in the sky when goes to his reunion in 6.1. So stylized…almost…supernatural.

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7.2 Halo effect around Deb’s head when she says ’s call for help is a sign of hope. The moon is behind her.

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Tonight’s finale of s7 will challenge Dex. But the fate of Harrison will be central to the rest of the series, I think.

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We root for a killer not because he is a vigilante, but because his voice is in our heads, translating all events. Dex is Us.

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Dex v. Doakes youtu.be/qx7fX0c5pMM “Why, in a building full of cops…is Doakes the only one that gets the creeps from me?”

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The victims are bound by plastic wrap. But so is he in his kill room, from ceiling to floor. They are in this thing together.

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1.11 The joke of a character named “Rudy” delivering Christmas presents is not lost on me, even if his nose is not blood red.

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@kasek61307 Glad u dig the ! It’s worth a re-watch marathon. I’m getting a lot out of it. Can’t believe the show is 6 years old!

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Harrison — the weight of heredity — the fear of a crime gene. But in the books, it’s a girl named Lily: dexter.wikia.com/wiki/Harrison_…

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7.2 He’s been here before, in this rehab situation. Deb is becoming less like Sister, more like Rita to him. Rita with a gun.

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1.9 The thank you card Dex made as a kid to is far more than just a symbol of the lost childhood connection to bio-dad…

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5.2 ’s aside: “Any shrink could tell you why I always like children: b/c they connect me to what I can never get back.”

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8.1 Dex’s bloody hand as he cuddles Harrison: echoes the red handprint (e.g. the “I Love Dad” mug) from ep 1.4 - a guilt motif

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