The second episode of Dexter: New Blood had a title that I’m sure Deb would have appreciated.
Indeed, any Deb-centric episode of the first series of Dexter was always guaranteed to feature a storm of profanity and one of the the things that I always liked about Dexter is that everyone on the show was always as shocked by Deb’s language as the viewer was. Ghost Deb tends to curse a lot as well. Of course, Ghost Deb has her reasons. Not only is she dead but she can’t get her stupid stepbrother to listen to her advice. Ghost Deb told Dexter not to let Harrison stay in the cabin. She told Dexter that everyone he gets close to dies. And yet, over the course of Storm of Fuck, Dexter not only invited Harrison to live with him but he also took Harrison along with him while he covered up the previous episode’s murder of Matt Caldwell. (Of course, he didn’t tell Harrison what he was actually doing. Dexter is very good at keeping his secrets.)
A few thoughts on Storm of Fuck:
First off, it’s pretty obvious that the girl in the motel is going to be used as the target in some version of The Most Dangerous Game, right? And it’s also pretty obvious that Edward Olsen is the one behind it. It’s in no way a big surprise because Dexter has always been full of evil, rich serial killers. It also seems fairly obvious that Audrey is eventually going to end up getting hunted by Olsen.
Secondly, I don’t think Matt’s father (played by Clancy Brown) is a serial killer but I do think that he’s going to eventually figure out what Dexter did to his son. He’ll be the New Blood‘s equivalent of James Doakes, the man who knows the truth but can’t get anyone to listen to him.
Third, Harrison has totally murdered someone, right? I mean, he may not be a serial killer. And the events of Storm of Fuck would seem to indicate that he doesn’t have anything to do with any of the recent missing persons cases. But, obviously, he’s got some secrets. What did he do back when he was on drugs? Was he even on drugs or was that just something he said? Are those drawings of people who he knows or people he killed? When he read Dexter’s letter about “dark tendencies,” was he upset because he discovered Dexter was alive or was it because he knew that he did have those dark tendencies? My point is that Harrison is destined to follow in his father’s bloody footsteps eventually.
As for the rest of Storm of Fuck, it was an okay episode. It didn’t exactly move the story forward by much but it did allow us a chance to get to know all of the new characters. To me, this episode worked best as an example of the show’s often underrated use of dark humor. As macabre as the subject matter often is, it’s hard not to laugh at the contrast between Michael C. Hall’s deadpan voice-over and the events happening on screen. And, in grand Dexter tradition, the entire episode featured Dexter getting one lucky break after another until, during the final few minutes, everything fell apart. Dexter had nearly gotten everyone away from his cabin when Kurt Caldwell showed up and gave a rousing speech. On any other show, we would have cheered a community coming together and Kurt’s speech would have been a big hero moment.
On Dexter, though, it’s just a storm of fuck.