Dexter New Blood: We last saw Dexter — Dexter Morgan in the Showtime series with his first name — in September 2013. He was working in the Northwest, as a lumberjack or something similar.
In that series finale, this was some amount of time after he had left Miami, his life in a shambles, his beloved sister Debra killed by serial killer Arthur Miller, before Dexter killed him, his son Harrison taken to France by Hannah with Dexter’s blessing to protect him, and nothing left for him in Miami except to flee. (See links to my reviews of all eight seasons of Dexter starting in 2006 at the end of this review.)
Dexter: New Blood 1.1 finds him a fictional town in upstate New York that reminds me a little of Livingston Manor. Dexter has a girlfriend who’s a cop, and the voice of Debra in his head. He’s managed to stay clear of killing — that is, being the killer — but we know that it’s just a matter of time before he can no longer resist his primal, vigilante, murderous instinct. Otherwise, why would this new sequel have been made.
And it indeed happens by the end of this first episode. The specific occasion is the killing a buck that Dexter had an idealized beauty-of-nature relationship with. Dexter’s victim not only killed the deer, but was responsible for the death of five people. And his father is rich and powerful. Dexter has made a dangerous, mortal enemy.
In addition to this excellent plot set-up, Dexter’s son, now a teen, has managed to find Dexter, and shows up at his door. In even his worst days in Miami, Dexter was devoted to protecting Harrison. The other big significant development at the end of this first episode is Dexter admits to Harrison that he’s Dexter Morgan, and takes him in. As it was in the original series, Harrison will be a continuingly humanizing experience for Dexter, even as he increases Dexter’s vulnerabilities.
Michael C. Hall is as good as ever in this role. Smooth and charming on the surface, sarcastic self-commentary, literally lethal when that vigilante instinct is aroused. I expect it will be riveting, once again, to see how he plays all this out in the ice and snow of the north, rather than the warm salt waters of the south.
And see also Dexter Season 8 Premiere: Mercury in Retrograde, Dexter Incandescent … Dexter 8.2: The Gift … Dexter 8.3: The Question and the Confession … Dexter 8.4: The “Lab Rat” and Harry’s Daughter … Dexter 8.5: Just Like Family … Dexter 8.6: The Protege … Dexter 8.7: Two Different Codes? … Dexter 8.8: “A Great Future” … Dexter 8.9: The Psycho Son … Dexter 8.10: Watch Out, Buenos Aires … Dexter 8.11: “Not the Old Dexter” … Dexter Series Finale: Solitude, Style, and a Modicum of Hope
And see also Dexter Season 7.1-3: Sneak Preview Review … Dexter 7.4: The Lesson in Speltzer’s Smoke … Dexter 7.5: Terminator Isaac … Dexter 7.6: “Breaking and Entering” … Dexter 7.7: Shakespearean Serial Killer Story … Dexter 7.8: Love and Its Demands … Dexter 7.9: Two Memorable Scenes and the Ascension of Isaac … Dexter 7.11: The “Accident” … Dexter Season 7 Finale: The Surviving Triangle
And see also Dexter Season 6 Sneak Preview Review … Dexter 6.4: Two Numbers and Two Killers Equals? … Dexter 6.5 and 6.6: Decisive Sam … Dexter 6.7: The State of Nebraska … Dexter 6.8: Is Gellar Really Real? …. Dexter 6.9: And Gellar Is … … Dexter’s Take on Videogames in 6.10 …Dexter and Debra: Dexter 6.11 … Dexter Season 6 Finale: Through the Eyes of a Different Love
And see also Dexter Season Five Sneak Preview Review … Dexter 5.4: Dexter’s Conscience …Dexter 5.8 and Lumen … Dexter 5.9: He’s Getting Healthier … Dexter 5.10: Monsters -Worse and Better … Dexter 5.11: Sneak Preview with Spoilers … Dexter Season 5 Finale: Behind the Curtain
And see also Dexter Season 4: Sneak Preview Review … The Family Man on Dexter 4.5 …Dexter on the Couch in 4.6 … Dexter 4.7: ‘He Can’t Kill Bambi’ … Dexter 4.8: Great Mistakes …4.9: Trinity’s Surprising Daughter … 4.10: More than Trinity … 4.11: The “Soulless, Anti-Family Schmuck” … 4.12: Revenges and Recapitulations
And see also reviews of Season 3: Season’s Happy Endings? … Double Surprise … Psychotic Law vs. Sociopath Science … The Bright, Elusive Butterfly of Dexter … The True Nature of Miguel …Si Se Puede on Dexter … and Dexter 3: Sneak Preview Review
Reviews of Season 2: Dexter’s Back: A Preview and Dexter Meets Heroes and 6. Dexter and De-Lila-h and 7. Best Line About Dexter – from Lila and 8. How Will Dexter Get Out of This? and The Plot Gets Tighter and Sharper and Dex, Doakes, and Harry and Deb’s Belief Saves Dex and All’s … Well