By Mike Horky
Sorry for my absence last week folks, but I’m back and boy did Dexter take a wrong turn when I was gone. It’s not that tonight’s episode, "This Little Piggy", was terrible, but it’s definitely placing the series in the direction of a lackluster finale. It’s a step backwards for season eight, and it makes an awkward position out of the middle of this season. Is Dexter ever going to get caught, or will he literally get away with murder (all 131 of them)?
In spite of all these faults, the episode had some shining moments, all of which were in the acting category. Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter continue to give it their all this season, and Hall especially delivers in this episode. From his tortured, angry outburst during the opening therapy session, to his sad longing for Deb’s companionship throughout, Hall nails all the emotional complexities of Dexter. Yet, once again it’s Charlotte Rampling who steals the show. Her scenes with Yates are incredibly compelling, as she doles out Vogel’s sinister charm and eerily calm analysis. As she speaks to Yates, and tries to calm him down, you feel as uncomfortable as he does. And when she yells at him, it resonates. Rampling has created a character that is both likeable and detestable at the same time.
Sadly, "This Little Piggy" appears to be business as usual for Dexter, and leaves me worried that the series will end on a sour note. It’s still up in the air as to how it might end, but the path it’s straying towards does not look too promising at all.
Last Week’s Grade ("Scar Tissue"): B-