The Way of the Word

30. November 2009

Dexter Season 4: So Good It Hurts

Filed under: review — jensaltmann @ 20:15
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Dexter Season 4 Episode 10: Lost Boys

Arthur Mitchell, the Trinity Killer, kidnaps a 10 year old boy. Dexter tries to prevent it, but fails. He discovers that the missing boys are part of Trinity’s cycle: it’s not three victims, it’s four, and the boy starts the cycle. Now Dexter races against time to find the boy before Trinity kills him.

Meanwhile, Deb and Batista discover what the audience found out last week: that Christine is Trinity’s daughter.

10 down, 2 to go. I’m at once looking forward to this season’s end, and sorry that it is about to. Sorry, because it’s the best season of Dexter yet, and I have no idea how they can top this next season. And glad because I don’t think I can stand much more of this. The last couple of episodes have raised the stakes, the tension and the intensity to almost intolerable levels. (The next episode preview indicates that it will get even worse next week. Argh!)

Michael C. Hall as Dexter and John Lithgow as Arthur vanish into their roles. I’ve always thought highly of Lithgow as an actor, but this may be the best work of his career.  Both men radiate an intensity (that word again), both men are so frightening, so believable… It’s almost unbearable. You forget that these men are actors playing roles. You sit there, bite your nails and break out in a cold sweat.

Earlier this season, I had enjoyed the plots around Dexter’s home life and supporting casts more than the Trinity story. Just another standard Dexter story, I had thought. That had changed after episode 6. Now each episode becomes harder to watch than the previous one. Which is a major feat. And a major compliment.

What do you mean, I have to wait another week for the next episode?

Verdict: you need to watch this. You really need to.



  1. I also didn’t think that season four would be as good as the others, but I was wrong. The story has a away of pulling you in. My favorite scene: Dexter is feeding his son, Harrison, and he says to the little baby “Daddy kills people.” Chilling!

    Comment by jenue — 4. December 2009 @ 18:00

  2. Absolutely. Or how about that final scene, where Dexter promises Harrison that he won’t let anyone hurt him — especially not daddy.
    The first half of season 4 was nothing unusual by Dexter standards, but since Dexter found out who Trinity is, each episode became more intense than the previous one. Remember the Thanksgiving dinner at Mitchell’s? Lithgow is really pulling out all the stops here. And Hall is incredible.

    Comment by jensaltmann — 4. December 2009 @ 18:56

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