There was a lot of coincidences in the latest episode of Dexter. In fact, I would argue that there were perhaps more coincidences than were necessary.
For instance, I can accept that — having killed his latest victim — Kurt would just happen to drive up on Harrison while the latter was trying to run away from home. And I can accept that Kurt would possibly see Harrison as being a kindred spirit. It’s not just that Harrison and Kurt both have homicidal tendencies. It’s also that they’re both people who feel like they’re on the outside of normalcy looking in. Harrison probably reminds Kurt of himself as a teenager and, by mentoring Harrison, it’s possible that Kurt can try to fix the mistakes that he made while raising Matt. Either that or he just wants to make Harrison his new partner in his side hustle, murdering hitchhikers.
I can accept all of that. I mean, this is Dexter that we’re talking about. Dexter requires a certain suspension of disbelief in order for the show to work. If you spend too much time focusing on the chances of two serial killers actually ending up in the same small town in upstate New York, you’re never going to have time to appreciate Dexter’s sense of the macabre.
However, the show also asked me to believe that Angela and Molly would just happen to be in New York at the same time as Angel (David Zayas) and that Angel would just happen to be talking about the murders previously committed by the man that Angela now knows as Jim Lindsay. I mean, it was good to see Angel again and I’m glad he’s still wearing the hat but his sudden appearance was a bit too convenient. It was also very convenient that, earlier in the episode, a drugged Harrison told Audrey that his father was using a fake name and that Audrey later told Angela, at the exact moment that Angela was having her first doubts about Jim/Dexter. The episode ended with Angela printing out an old obituary for Dexter Morgan, one that featured Dexter’s picture.
From the start of Dexter: New Blood, it has been obvious that Angela was going to learn that Jim was actually Dexter. We all knew it was going to happen but I was hoping that Angela would learn the secret as the result of her own investigations, as opposed to just happening to attend the same random conference as someone from Dexter’s past. Audrey very easily could have just told Angela what Harrison told her and Angela could have then done some investigating on her own. Having her randomly stumble across the truth felt like a bit of a disservice to the character. It felt like the type of groan-worthy plot twist that far too often popped up during the final seasons of the show’s original run.
So, yes, I was a bit disappointed. A lot of this episode felt like filler. Dexter returned to his serial killer ways to take out a drug dealer but, in another coincidence, Logan showed up to arrest the dealer before Dexter could actually do his full ceremony. (Interestingly enough, the same thing happened with Kurt when his latest victim refused to run when he ordered her to.) So, Dexter had to force the man to overdose on drugs before making a hasty retreat. That was probably for the best, considering that Dexter still hasn’t found a good place to dump the bodies.
Still, there were a few intriguing moments in this episode. I’m liking the idea of Harrison having to potentially choose between two serial killing mentors and Clancy Brown continues to give a strong performance as Kurt. And, regardless of how she discovered the information, I’m looking forward to seeing Angela confront Dexter.
One final note: I still don’t think Kurt is working alone. I think Olsen is somehow involved. It wouldn’t surprise me if Molly was somehow involved too. Seriously, if Molly isn’t secretly a killer then she’s just an extremely annoying character. On a show like this, it’s always better to be a killer as opposed to just annoying. Either way, we’ll see what happens!