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Dexter: The Final Season Blu-ray Combo Pack
Showtime has a penchant for allowing shows to run on for years after a program reaches its best stretch of episodes. For the last several seasons, Dexter has left something to be desired in its plotlines. The fact that our anti-hero, Dexter, has been able to keep his identity under wraps for so long seemed a little ludicrous going into Season 8, but by now we’ve spent so much time with the show’s characters that we want to see things wrapped up neatly. Audiences will eventually get there, but first we have to get through a lot of havoc
The eighth and final season of Dexter picks up some months after the death of Agent LaGuerta (Lauren Vélez). For Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), things are business as usual, but unfortunately, his sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) isn’t moving forward with quite as much calm and fervor. She’s actually a complete headcase, and we get to spend a lot of time watching her unravel. However, Dexter needed to fill a full twelve episodes, and so we need a little more intrigue. Enter Dr. Evelyn Vogel (Charlotte Rampling), a woman who understands the motives of serial killers and who might be closer to Dexter Morgan than he would expect.
While Dr. Vogel does manage to answer some of Dexter’s many questions and develops a bond with the character, I constantly found myself feeling that it may have been a mistake to introduce such a large character into the plot in the final season when so many other plotlines needed to be wrapped up. With the focus on a messed up Deb and the introduction to Vogel, the first few episodes of Season 8 drag quite a bit, and it is really only in the latter half of the season that things begin to speed up somewhat. Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski) re-enters Dexter’s life and a serial killer named The Brain Surgeon moves a little closer to Dexter’s web.
The pacing and action do pick up at the end of the season, and no episode flies by faster than the season finale. Critics and fans haven’t been overly excited or kind about the way Dexter wrapped up its final season. In some ways, the show leaves a lot to be desired, especially where Deb and Dex and Hannah, Dexter and Harrison are concerned. Still, I don’t think anyone could argue that the pace in the final episode was off. So much happens in that finale that it feels as if we have watched several episodes rather than just one. Had Dexter ended after Season 4 or 5, I think we could have ended up with a very different outcome, but at least this Season 8 finale manages to tie up many of the loose ends.
You can order Dexter: The Final Season over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: The majority of the bonus features can be found on the third disc of the series, but really, they aren’t anything to brag about. Each of the extras is a short little featurette that never lasts more than five minutes. So, if you are a fan who was hoping for an audio commentary or an in-depth episode guide after looking at the list of extras, you are bound to be disappointed.
Showtime, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution actually opted to give fans a preview of Ray Donovan with the Dexter: The Final Season set, and I would argue those episodes are probably the best bonus feature on the disc. I know its just shameless advertising for the new series, but those episodes are actually worth a watch if you haven’t already seen them. Plus, they last longer than five minutes.
Other Special Features:
"From Cop to Killer" featurette
"Dexter - The End Begins"
"Dexter with Scott Buck Executive Producer Episode 801"
"Dexter- EP #802 Directed by Michael C. Hall"
"Dexter - Dissecting Episode 803 Scene 30"
Dexter with Scott Buck Executive Producer Episode 804"
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