AGCK! HARRISON BROKE THAT KID’S ARM!
Listen, a lot of interesting and important things happened on the latest episode of Dexter: New Blood. Angela broke up with Dexter after revealing that she knew that Dexter was lying about his identity. Dexter now has all the evidence that he needs to know that Kurt is a serial killer. Kurt is continuing to bond with Harrison, to the extent that he’s now becoming as much of a father figure to Harrison as Dexter is. The scene where Dexter and Harrison went to therapy together was classic, cringey Dexter. Harrison and Audrey’s relationship is getting serious. Hell, even Molly had something important to do this week. There were a lot of good and memorable moments to be found in the sixth episode of Dexter: New Blood.
But what we’re always going to remember is Harrison coolly and efficiently snapping that kid’s arm. Maybe it was the “crack” sound effect or that the show cut away just as the bone snapped but that totally freaked me out. I’m just hoping the bone didn’t piece the skin. God, I’m cringing just thinking about it.
Yes, Harrison definitely has some issues. That’s been clear since the first episode. With each subsequent episode, Harrison has gotten a little bit more openly violent, a little more openly insolent, and a little angrier. Harrison is a time bomb and you have to wonder just what exactly Dexter is going to do about this. Because his son seems like he’s going to snap eventually — ugh, snap. Snap just like that kid’s arm….
The obvious solution would be for Dexter and son to go into business together, working as a team to take down murderers. But is it too late for Dexter to do for Harrison what Harry did for him? Dexter was raised for an early age to hunt down evildoers. Harrison has developed his “dark passenger” without the benefit of guidance. The entire town should be worried.
As for the rest of the episode, it was a good one. It didn’t get bogged down in improbable coincidences like the previous episode and the story is definitely moving forward. Dexter now knows that Kurt is a serial killer and, as a result of following Molly, he now knows where Kurt takes his victims. But how long until Kurt figures out just who exactly Dexter is? It’s going to happen. Either Harrison is going to tell him or Kurt will figure it out on his own by listening to Molly’s podcast. It’s obvious already that Kurt is going to do what he can to break up Harrison and Dexter …. in fact, he’s going to break up their uneasy relationship just as surely as Harrison broke that kid’s arm! OH MY GOD!
Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter get and deserve a lot of praise for their work on Dexter. Clancy Brown is doing good work as Kurt but that shouldn’t be a surprise, seeing as how he’s Clancy Brown. But I have to say that the actor who is really taking me by surprise is Jack Alcott. In previous episodes, Alcott has done a great job maintaining a balance between making Harrison sympathetic and making him petulant. I mean, Harrison has been through a lot so it makes sense that he would not be the most emotionally stable character on the show and Alcott has done a good job of capturing Harrison’s unpredictable nature. But last night, Alcott was briefly terrifying. The look of pure hatred that went across Harrison’s face before he broke his opponent’s arm was genuinely scary. And, of course, only Dexter and the audience noticed. I’ll be interested to hear what Ghost Deb thinks about all this.
This was a good episode and I look forward to seeing what happens next week. Will Harrison face any consequences or will he get away with yet another act of violence? And how long until Kurt and Dexter have their final confrontation?
We’ll know soon enough!