Annnnnnd…Dexter Has Jumped the Shark

Dexter

Sigh. I suppose all good things must come to an end, and “Dexter” has been one of TV’s finest shows for a long time.

But if it hasn’t jumped the shark yet, it’s certainly suspended in mid-leap high above the big fella, just waiting to come down on the other side. Why? I thought you’d ask that. Let me explain.

The first reason is Deb and her new reliance on this shrink. Riveting conversation not seen since the likes of The Sopranos (not) is something we could do without. Such mind-blowing revelations about how she can’t change her brother — he’s a chair, you guys — and other boring dialogue kill any momentum the show builds until those scenes. No one cares — or wants — Deb to see a shrink. Besides, isn’t the ‘character seeing a shrink’ a bit played out?

Then there’s this whole Gellar mess. They didn’t just go all ‘Sixth Sense’ on us in the last episode did they? Did they? They sure did. If the ‘character seeing a shrink’ plot line is uninspired, then how do you describe the ‘he was dead all along!”? I have no words to describe my disappointment that they went that route.

If there were TV betting like there is sports betting, than I would bet that next season of Dexter will be the last. That assumes that Michael C. Hall and Showtime come to a contract agreement. If not, then this season could be the end.

And there would be nothing wrong with that. Dexter will certainly go down as one of the best TV shows in history, and you can’t fault the writers for the current dearth of ideas. I wrote about how Dexter should end a while back, so maybe they could go that route. It’s never too late for laughs, right?

EDIT: The fine folks at Reddit and a commenter here pointed out that I missed some facts while penning this. First is that Hall and Showtime have agreed to a deal and the show will run for 2 more seasons. I hope they are better than this one.

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4 Responses to “Annnnnnd…Dexter Has Jumped the Shark”

  1. Buffy says:

    Dexter has jumped the shark for sure. The writing sucks, the actors are zombies, the plot is predictable, the narration drags. Shame, it used to be my favorite show.

  2. Rob says:

    They were hinting that Gellar was dead for so long. No one else ever met or talked directly to him. You never saw him directly handle the bodies. When he pushed Travis’ foot down on the accelerator to run down the prositute, then told him to get out and put her in the trunk, that sealed it for me. I then figured they must be pulling a double switch, using the old cliche dual personality then later finding out Gellar really is alive and dangerous has hell.

    I think the show really has gone downhill this season. We need to have Dexter go on a good old fashion rampage. Maybe kidnap or kill his son? And as one reviewer said, have Deb find out he’s a killer. She starts digging up dirt on him and has to decide what to do with it.

  3. JW says:

    I could not disagree more. I thought that last season was when Dexter had jumped the shark for me, mostly because I hated the villain. This past season restored all hope that I had for the characters. I loved the trick at the end that you are calling the sixth sense. I know it has been done before, but I honestly had no clue, and I was so shocked when I found out. The one thing i can agree with is the whole Debra/Shrink thing. How in the world am i supposed to believe that she loves him sexually? Hopefully they will drop that next season, but I cant wait to see what Deb is going to do now that she *SPOILER* knows about what Dexter is doing. I think they are going to make it so he has to kill the people that the police cant get, which he sorta already does, but differently. I thought this was a great season. Of corse, you are entitled to your own opinion.

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