Boom! I predicted Harrison would be a budding serial killer so give it up for me!
Well, to be honest, I’m probably not the only person who predicted that. I haven’t been reading any other reviews of Dexter: New Blood beyond my own but Harrison turning out to have a dark passenger shouldn’t be a shocking development to anyone who watched the original Dexter series. The way that the Trinity Killer killed Rita was obviously designed to turn Harrison into a killer. There was even an episode during season 5 in which Dexter investigated whether or not Trinity’s son had taken up his father’s bad habits. (And let’s not forget that, in the books, Dexter quickly realized that Rita’s children were sociopaths.) Harrison following in his father’s footsteps was something that was set in motion long ago. It’s an inevitable development. The only question really is whether or not Harrison has killed before or if his attempt to kill his high school friend was his first dry run. And will Dexter forgive his son, partner with his son, destroy his son, or be destroyed by his son?
While I’m patting myself on the back for being correct about Harrison, I should also admit that it appears that I was wrong about the identity of the killer sniper. I was sure that it was going to be Olsen but the end of this episode seems to suggest that it’s Kurt. Of course, Kurt could be working with Olsen. Considering what’s happened in past seasons of Dexter, it wouldn’t be a shock to discover that the Sniper is actually more than one man. Perhaps Matt was a part of the organization as well. I mean, he certainly was trigger happy.
It was a good episode. I’m cringing a little bit at the character of Molly Park, if just because she sometimes seems like a boomer’s version of what a podcaster is like. (“Those crazy kids, with their cursing and their drunk sex….”) But, I do think there is some potential to her “alliance” with Angela. I also felt the fallout of the school stabbing was handled well, particularly Harrison’s new status as the town hero. In many ways, Harrison is living Dexter’s fantasy. He’s killing (or nearly killing) and he’s being celebrated for it. He’s a hero, just like Dexter always wanted to be.
(That said, even I could tell that Harrison obviously stabbed himself. Have the people in this town never watched an old episode of CSI?)
For me, the best part of the revival remains Ghost Deb. She really deservers her own show, though plotlines would probably be limited by the fact that she’s just a figment of Dexter’s imagination. Still, Jennifer Carpenter was one of the key parts of what made the original Dexter such an entertaining series and the way that show’s final season rather cavalierly killed her off is one of the many reasons why so many people hated the original finale. Though Ghost Deb may not be solving crimes, she’s still calling everyone on their bullshit. It’s good to have her back, in all of her profane glory.