The new Jesus-centric season begins Oct. 2 on Showtime:
July 22, 2011, 6:15 a.m. CST
That's how you make a trailer. That's all.
July 22, 2011, 6:23 a.m. CST
The series has really suffered without Dokes, when will someone work out that they work with a homicidal maniac!! You could even have Dexter locked up and continue the series by using him Hannibal Lecter style, but instead of him winding up poor Clarice hed probably just whine about his kids.
July 22, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST
Still better than most shows on TV. However, after the gamechanging series 4 finale they had a golden opportunity for change which they kinda squandered in Series 5. <p> It's obviously the conventions of a 45min show but it's ironic that a show about a shocking serial killer could be end up being so formulaic. The 'moral codas' of Dexters overanalyzing his choices and agonizing via voiceover really need to be reduced as they are squeezing the fun out of the show. In the first two series in particular, you honestly got a curve of unpredictability from the character of Dexter (and not just because they were the initial ones, rewatching them recently was a good call). <p> We can all handle the glaring omission that surely SOMEONE other than Doakes working with Dex would have said 'Wait, his behaviours a bit odd' but over five years a change of direction with a 'Dexter versus Miami Metro for a season or perhaps two' to close the series would be an epic undertaking. Instead we got Series 5 which was 20% babysitting Stiles' character (which was well played admittedly), 50% Dexters' domestic woes, 10% of almost groanworthy soap opera issues from the supporting cast and only about 20% of 'meat' so to speak. <p> As such, the trailers for Series 6 look a bit more focused and look to address this. I only hope they don't just turn in a 'Dexter versus a manic baddie' series. Series 4 was redeemed by Lithgow because of how his normality showed a possible future of how Dexter would be doing what he did coupled with being a father and family man. THAT kind of perversion lurking underneath the facade of normality is more intriguing than a twirling moustache badguy will ever be. However if the status quo is resumed by the end of this series and no character is really any different then I'm probably out for the next (if there is one, I reckon they'll end it after seven).
July 22, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST
who is kind of onto Dexter, but man are they dragging that out. The way Quinns written doesn't have the conviction of Doakes - Quinn despite attempts to be badass just comes across as kind of hapless. Like he just stumbles onto things, like most of Miami Metro do in an almost Scooby Doo kinda way. <p> Unless it's the series finale episode, in which everyones reasoning skills goes from Scooby Doo to Columbo on Acid - you know, because stuff actually needs resolving in the last episodes and scriptwriters don't think every other episode needs that kind of decisive reasoning.
July 22, 2011, 6:54 a.m. CST
but it did indeed work and I'm on board. Even though, like I guess seems to be the popular consensus, I am hoping to see a chase season.
July 22, 2011, 6:55 a.m. CST
Season 5 made sense in terms of what they were trying to do ... it was just executed poorly. Personally, this trailer doesn't really do a lot for me, but I like it simply because it's Dexter. Besides, the S5 trailer was outstanding, yet the season sucked, proving once again that trailers mean nothing. Honestly, the thing I like most about this trailer is that Michael C. Hall looks like his old self again. Coming off the cancer treatments last season he was wearing a wig and just didn't look quite like himself. Good to see him looking healthy again.
July 22, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST
Or does this trailer (and the previously released teaser) come off like they're almost apologizing for last season? Lots "refocused", "back to his old self", etc type stuff. I really didn't mind last season either. The conclusion of the Jordan Chase arc was a bit underwhelming, and the "someone close to him is literally inches away from finding out" has dragged out a bit too long, but I thought the Lumen thing worked out nicely, though I might have preferred it to end with the possibility of her talking hanging over his head (though that could be added by the simple receipt of a letter).
July 22, 2011, 7:13 a.m. CST
Michael C. Hall is absolutely fantastic in the role, whatever the shortcomings of the script. <p> Without Hall, I honestly think I would have been out within three eps of Series 5. Series 3 with Miguel tested me a bit to be honest, despite again Jimmy Smits doing great with what he was given.
July 22, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST
That's the Marilyn Manson cover of "Personal Jesus." It's not dM. Regardles, that's a bitchin' trailer.
July 22, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST
...but I believe it is the Marilyn Manson cover of their song.
July 22, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST
Help a brother out with a clearer subject next time!
July 22, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST
My wife and I stopped watching after season 4 because of Rita's death, so I didn't watch season 5 at all. This looks very intriguing, so if we start watching again, was there anything really vital that I missed in 5 that would make us go back and revisit that season?
July 22, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST
Nothing at all!!! I love dexter, but season 5 was the most pointless season of all. It was a bit like your standard sitcom, at the end of season 5 every character was exactly at the same place as where they started.
July 22, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST
Excellent! Thought so, but wasn't sure. Thanks!
July 22, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST
by tye dye mann
I agree with most of what you said, but didn't Quinn find out about Dexter at the end of 5? Not that he's the Bay Harbor Butcher, but that he definitely killed Quinn's friend in the van?
July 22, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST
Quint had gone from Doakes-lite to a decent cop, with a bit more of a moral compass. Deb went from by the book cop to conflicted cop who let a murder run because she empathetic to the rape victims. Angel and Laguerta went through hell (boring hell, but still) together and are theoretically stronger for it. Dexter is the only one who appears to have gotten a reboot, but by all accounts, after getting burned by Lumen its a reboot (Harrison aside) to his pre-Rita self, and not simply an erase of the seasons events.
July 22, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST
I don't think Quint knows Dexter killed Robocop, just that for some reason Dexter was willing to cover for Quint who was linked to the seen, and had his blood on his shoe.
July 22, 2011, 10 a.m. CST
But I'd be lying if I said that trailer wasn't fantastic and didn't get me totally jazzed. Except for the first two seasons, Dexter has not been able to stick the landing. 3rd and 5th season finales were really weak, 5th in particular squandering what was a decent season and a great character in Luma by doing a 'sitcom reset' of the major players. 4th finale was a game changer... except the game didn't change at all. Dexter has become incredibly sloppy -- gone is the evil cleverness that was at the heart of his character. I think they've tried to redeem and humanize him too much. Blah blah -- I've said it all before multiple times. I'm still in, of course -- Hall is great in the role even if the role is terribly inconsistent and the stories around sometimes silly. Carpenter is my favourite character. I think she's incredible. I hope this season, which clearly doesn't look like the last, at least sets up the last -- Dexter should have had a five year plan, but could be saved with a sloppy seven. This year and next, wrap it up -- all the mistakes come to bear, have someone smart go back and pick out all the sloppiness and have it chase Dexter down. Kyle Butler should have been his undoing.
July 22, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST
I wonder if something interesting or relevant will actually happen this season. Other than Rita dying in S4, the show has been on autopilate for a few years. The series doesn't need a "reboot", it needs a serious change in formula, the characters need to change and/or develop and not just find someone new to date or fight with.
July 22, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST
July 22, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
first she's in a school with Dexter next she's looking at a severed hand with Masuka then she's going down on Dexter WHOA!!!
July 22, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST
I love Dexter, but I think it's time to end the series. How much farther can they take it? It's time to find away to end this.
July 22, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST
Didn't we get enough of this bullshit in season 4? Oooo... a murderer hides behind a religious mask. So scaaaaaaaaaaary. Give me a break. If we are going to go the Religion = Teh Bad route in season 6, hows bout Dex offs a piece of shit millionaire from Dubai, who Honor killed his daughter for running away from an arranged marriage to be a doctor or something? Oh wait, this is Hollywood, where all religion is bad, but only Christianity is allowed to be criticized. Silly me.
July 22, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST
I will accept Edward James Olmos as an apology for Season 5.
July 22, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST
It really seems like they are apologizing for last season, and hoping we will just forget about it. All the stuff on the Dexter facebook page lately has been from Season 4. I think the showrunner was to blame for last season's horibleness, so hopefully they have someone on board this year who knows what they are doing. Another season like Season 5 and I am done with this show, and I have been a huge fan since the beginning.
July 22, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST
That dude tied to the table at the beginning of that trailer is a HORRIBLE actor. His line delivery is shit. I hope that is not indicative of this season's talent.
July 22, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST
"Angel and Laguerta went through hell (boring hell, but still)" <p> Don't really agree with you in the sense of any true character progression but that comment made me really REALLY laugh and spit my drink out :) cash907 - sadly true dude. Series 7: Devout Muslim fundamentalist killer meets Dex's brand of justice? Errm No <p> Christian? DIE DIE DIIIEEE FOR LOOKING AT MEEEEEEE.
July 22, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST
Line all of them up
July 22, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST
Hopefully we'll see less of Jennifer Carpenter's godawful acting now that she and Michael C. Hall are divorced.
July 22, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST
Agreed. The guy in the trailer is teeeeerrrrible. That alone is enough to make me nervous about the season.
July 24, 2011, 1:12 a.m. CST
...Stupid fucking name.