If you tuned into SHOWTIME'S two marquee series last night you don't need no stinking recap for them. One writer though, Drusilla Moorehouse, actually has a witty style of writing (and a sharp eye for details for what she's recapping) which makes her day-after blogs stand out from most of the rest. Even she however, missed what I consider to be the worst moment in the 7-year history of Dexter.
DEXTER/'Dexter' (Michael C. Hall) is deliciously twisted-- a big part of our fascination with the show. He has also been pretty asexual, which set up a sort of innocent paradox to his serial-killer persona.
Casting former "Chuck" fanboy goddess Yvonne Strahovski, to play Dexter's prey seemed pretty awesome--if Dex hadn't decided, after trussing her up on a kill table, to nix knifing her through the heart and instead untruss her with his knife and go all stabby with his throbbing member.
Of couse, being a 'sick fuck,' as his sister Deb might call her, 'Hannah McKay' was aroused by her near-death experience with Dexter and intiated the use of sex as a weapon. But, it was way too rape-like for me. It was repulsive and seemed written for cheap shock value. In three words: I hated it.
Here's a short bit from Moorehouse's 'Do The Wrong Thing' recap which you should read in it's entirety by clicking the link that follows it:
Meanwhile, Hannah gets her own flirt on with Dexter, dropping by his apartment with a more appropriate house plant: a spotted phalaenopsis, an orchid whose coloring resembles blood spatter. Placing it in his bedroom, Hannah says provocatively, "Now you can look at it when you wake up and when you go to bed." No wonder she agrees to Dexter's offer to "take [her] out," although she definitely expects the evening to end differently. Or maybe not. "This is what I need to fill my emptiness," marvels Hannah at a closed-down carnival where Dexter had surprised her, a substitute for Santa's Holiday Adventure, where Wayne promised to take her during their crime spree. Instead, she wakes up on Dexter's killing table. And as he holds a knife to her throat, she says fearlessly, "Do what you gotta do." And did he ever.
Killer Quotes"Something planty." --Dexter, when Hannah asks what kind of décor he's looking for "Don't be a cop tease," Deb when Sal hints at his theory about Hannah "I'd really like to avoid killing anyone in here -- they can get in the way of my being released," Isaak, warning George to get him out of jail "Guess I'm maybe kind of a morbid guy" --Dexter
CREDIT: Dexter excerpt:
Last night's episode of HOMELAND was far superior to anything Dexter was offering, despite the nit-picking going on with reviewers who, since they can't find much to criticize about the near-perfect offering, are instead seeking out 'experts in field' to debunk how the real CIA and FBI would do things and how the show, you know, isn't like real life. Note to all of you: It is precisely that reason why we watch television dramas--we get enough real-life in our every breathing moment not watching television. Remember, escapism is fun. Small children call it 'pretending'--it's really quite OK and in the hands of Homeland's makers quite excellent.
Here's a short excerpt from Moorehouse's 'A Gettysburg Address' recap which you should read in it's entirety by clicking the link that follows it:
...So Carrie summons Brody back to Langley to help out, where he admits to killing Bassel the tailor. While a forensics team plans to search his shop, the CIA orders Brody to meet with Roya. This time the task force manages to listen to the entire conversation ... or so it seems.
When Roya bristles at Brody initiating contact, he tells her that he's sleeping with Carrie, at her suggestion, and overheard Carrie mentioning Hezbollah during a phone call. Roya tells Brody she knows about Gettysburg (the mole strikes again?) and hints that they might find something in the tailor's shop. The task force is unnerved by an extended period of silence between the two -- ostensibly because of a bystander. But could they be communicating via other signals? Remember, this is the guy whom Carrie caught tapping out code on national TV "when everyone else was calling him the patriot of the century."
While Carrie stays in Washington, Quinn (Rupert Friend) joins the Gettysburg group. He's just about to discover Bassel the tailor's secret hiding place behind a wall when Hezbollah agents brazenly storm the shop, open fire on the agents, tear down the wall and walk out with a giant crate of no good.
In her grief and rage, Carrie confronts Rep. Brody at his office -- who of course denies any involvement in a setup. In the end, the anguished CIA agent ends up sobbing in his arms -- consoled by the man who not only murdered the Gettysburg tailor and almost detonated one of his suicide vests, but may have played a role in the latest attack.
CREDIT: Homeland excerpt: 'Homeland' - 'A Gettysburg Address' recap: Is Brody to blame for another terrorist attack?
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