‘Dexter’ Season 6 Premiere Recap, Stomach Snakes and Blowjobs

Dexter Morgan, the blood-spatter analyst with a “moral” serial-killing hobby is back in season six – which introduces all kinds of new characters and story lines, plus a new case and villain for him to idolize, obsess over, and then grow tired of.

The premiere episode, titled “Those Kinds of Things,” was both exciting and unsettling for a fan. We see Dexter having more “fun” than he has in a long time. During one of his many killing adventures – he’s less sneaky/brooding/careful murderer, more action/suspense movie violent/crazed.

(Spoilers and NSFW pics ahead)…

We seem him simultaneously injecting two ambulance-driving victims in the neck, draggingtheir bodies (also at the same time) to their car, then electrocuting them with a defibrillator.

Later we witness our dark hero receiving a blowjob from an ex-cheerleader at his High School reunion, where is he doing recon work for one of his personal cases/dark passenger hunts. (Hearing Michael C. Hall grunt and yelp during fellatio is very off-putting)

In terms of characters and plot lines, this is where the show begins to excite and evoke glimpses of a promising future for season six.

In potentially not-exciting news, Dexter has a new nanny, in the form of fellow police worker Angel Batista’s (David Zayas) younger sister, Jamie. (Aimee Garcia)

Dexter’s interest in [other people’s interest] in God also begins, as he enters his son Harrison into a Catholic preschool program where he encounters a fascinating but indifferent nun.

“I’m quite content to go about my life believing in nothing.”
-Dexter

This sparks several religion-related conversations and scenes. With both Angel and his sister, Deb. (Played by Jennifer Carpenter, who was married to Hall in real-life until last  year) Then later with his reunion-victim jock, who not only has a Jesus tattoo – but pleads desperately, mentioning God repeatedly.

Another Batista storyline involves his divorce from former  incompetent homicide division-leader, lieutenant Maria LaGuerta. LaGuerta (Lauren Vélez) now a captain, who recently passed the leadership baton to Angel, has some pretty substantial and relevantly humorous dirt on Captain Matthews.

The big story revealed is the Colin Hanks bit. Early in the episode we are shown two characters, one old, one young, boating around in the Florida marsh in search of a pregnant water snake.

“I stood upon the sand of the sea, I saw a serpent rise up out of the sea having seven heads and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.”
-Travis Marshall (Colin Hanks) and Professor Gellar (Edward James Olmos)

A distinctively eerie cloud is meant to wash over the audience, as we see and hear the voices of Olmos and Hanks, reciting religious scripture in a
monotonous tone and chant “So it’s begun…Yes, it’s begun,” after they murdered someone and put snakes in their body. (Deb, Masuka and Dexter investigate the beach-side corpse)

I can only hope that the rest of the season is as captivating and bizarre, though I might hope for less over-the-top blowjob scenarios and cinematic-fight scenes.

The onyx CGI reptiles oozing out of the post-mortem body was a nice touch, as was Dexter’s wonder and blatant disregard towards Catholicism. (Dexter airs on Showtime, at 9PM ET/PT)


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