Dexter: Season 6 (2011)

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Dexter Morgan, Miami Metro Police Department blood spatter analyst, has a double life. When he's not helping the Homicide division solving murders, he spends his time hunting and killing bad guys that slip through the justice system. He spends his sun-drenched days solving crimes - and moonlit nights committing them. But not to worry, our cool-blooded Dexter doesn't kill just anyone. He reserves his homicidal hobbies to taking only the lives of other killers. --IMDb
Review by Chad
Added: December 29, 2011
Those who know me know that I do not watch series that I enjoy on a week to week basis. I can not stand to watch one episode per week, so I wait until the season finale has rolled around before I even start watching the season itself. This means that I have to be extra careful to avoid spoilers and such, but in the end, I find that it is worth it to be able to enjoy a season at my own pace. However, one downside to this method of watching is that other people's opinions start to seep in along the way. I avoid spoilers like the plague, but it's impossible to avoid comments like "this season is awesome" or "this season is fucking garbage", and I heard a lot of the latter while this one was playing out. That scared me. I didn't want to see my favorite show going downhill, but a lot of people said that, so it had to be true, right? Dead fucking wrong.

So, as always, you already know the general idea behind Dexter, and if not, starting out on the sixth season is not a good idea. Thus, I'm assuming you are familiar with the show if you are still reading. Anyway, the main storyline for this season centers around a duo of serial killers known as the Doomsday Killers - Professor James Gellar (Edward James Olmos) and his assistant Travis Marshall (Colin Hanks) - who plan to bring about the end of the world by reenacting scenes from the book of Revelations. You know, things like recreating the four horsemen by cutting up a man, attaching his body parts to mannequins, strapping these creations to horses, and letting them run loose throughout Miami.

Dexter (Michael C. Hall) finds religion through the most unlikely of people, a reformed criminal named Brother Sam (Mos Def), and he uses this religion as a reason to put an end to the Doomsday Killers before the police can catch them. Thankfully, he now has a nanny by way of Batista's (David Zayas) sister Jamie (Aimee Garcia). Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) ends her relationship with Quinn (Desmond Harrington) and makes lieutenant, Vince (C.S. Lee) begins an intern project where he finds a bright young hacker (Josh Cooke) who may have ulterior motives for being in the police department, and a new cop (Billy Brown) also shows up in the department. Of course, there are other killers along the way, a handful of surprise appearances, and yes, more than a couple of references to characters from earlier seasons... including a few killers that you may have thought were dead.

I loved this season. I'm not sure that I would rank it as the best season yet, but I definitely enjoyed it more than some of the other seasons and a lot more than most of the other shows out there. The overlying theme of finding religion and how it can work with Dexter's dark passenger was a great theme to explore, and of course, pitting him against a pair of religious nutjobs just made it work out that much better. This aspect of the season was downright perfect, but what really made the season work was the other storyline threads that popped in and out. There really isn't a weak spot to be found. Each character gets their own little piece of story to work with while the "main" stuff is happening, and each of these pieces are almost as enjoyable as the main plot device. I have a feeling that one of them is going to feature heavily in the next season, and it was nice watching it blossom here.

Speaking of the next season... how about the season finale here? The season ends on a huge cliffhanger (this is much bigger than the thing with Rita), and I can not wait to see how it all plays out. The show is finally catching up to the books in certain ways, and I really can not wait to see some of this stuff play out on the screen. Reading about it is nice, but actually seeing talented actors pull it off? That just goes further in my eyes, and again, I can not wait to see it happen.

I really only had a few minor complaints about this season, truth be told. I thought that there were a handful of spots where things were just a little too convenient - you know, Dexter is about to be caught or killed or whatever, and what do you know: he manages to escape with little effort. I realize this is common in television shows, but it does get a little annoying. I also wasn't a big fan of an unlikely love story that pops up later in the season, and I hope that this relationship is quickly forgotten about when the next season rolls around.

Still, these are minor quibbles in an otherwise great season of a phenomenal show. Some have said that this was the worst season yet, but then, there are those who still believe that the earth is flat. Just let the loonies have their say and pass them nothing more than a blind eye, because anybody who says that this season is bad is a flat-out idiot. 9/10.
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