Matt Dodge

After twelve episodes of intense stare downs, illegal acts of every kind, and the broadest BAH-ston accents outside of an Affleck film, Ray Donovan has reached the end of its first season. It was an interesting journey leading to the finale, and the show did not always feel like it had the clearest grasp of […]

  Brock Swinson

With one episode left to go, it appears that Dexter has deluded himself into thinking that everything will work out for a perfect Argentina ending. If he had been able to give up some of his ideals, it may have worked out, but it seems that his inability to give up his morals may mean […]

  Brock Swinson

Dexter Morgan is dangerously close to leaving Miami. As personal fans, viewers are torn between seeing our hero slay the evil Oliver Saxon to protect Dr. Vogel and seeing him leave the madness, to start a real life with Hannah and his son, Harrison. The personal vendetta between Dexter and Oliver doesn’t seem as real […]

  Brock Swinson

As the end of Dexter crawls to a close, it’s difficult to focus on specific incidents within each episode when viewers can’t help but wonder exactly where these actions are headed. The two aspects that make up nearly episode thus far are those concerned with a stable life and those with absolute, rock-bottom devastation. Characters […]

  Brock Swinson

“Are We There Yet?” is by far the best episode within this final season of Dexter. The last seven episodes have been somewhat murky in terms of any real resolution. The theme of family has been building for some time now and the payoff was worth the wait. We’ve finally moved past Deb’s downward spiral […]

  Matt Dodge

Ok, so I guess I wasn’t as burned out on middle aged white male anti-hero protagonists as I thought I was, because half way through its first season, Ray Donovan has me fairly hooked. When discussing the show’s pilot episode, there  were several issues that came up. Scattershot plotting, violence for the sake of violence, […]

  Brock Swinson

Beginning moments after the previous episode, “Dress Code” opens with Dexter waking up in the middle of nowhere. On the other side of town, his phone vibrates from Dr. Vogel’s call and wakes him. Remembering that he saw Hannah McKay during the possible poisoning, he quickly hung up to take another call from Deb. His […]

  Brock Swinson

Halfway through the final season of Showtime’s Dexter, audiences are invited to meet a new Dexter protégé as well as reminisce with a past lover. “A Little Reflection” begins with Dexter continuing to trail Zach, the rich son that is most likely a maid killer. Young Zach also has a fascination with blood as well […]

  Brock Swinson

A huge revelation happened at the end of this week’s episode that is almost good enough to cover up all of the unsatisfying bits and pieces that were tied up in a neat little bow. In last week’s episode, Deb tried to kill herself along with Dexter in a car-flying-off-a-ramp-into-a-pond stunt. In the first few […]

  Brock Swinson

As a series, audiences were encouraged to view a type of Harry Morgan (James Remar) that was pure fantasy—a creation within the mind of Dexter. Upon the introduction of Dr. Vogel, we finally see actual recordings of Harry, who is a man that doesn’t have all the answers and who questions the experimental code he […]

“What’s Eating Dexter Morgan?” opens with a sight gag—tricking audiences to believe that something awful has happened to Dexter’s son, Harrison. Our protagonist hears his son calling and walks through their condo, finding red footprints leading to the bathroom. Rather than blood, young Harrison is sitting with a tummy ache, surrounded by Popsicle wrappers. Deb, […]

  Brock Swinson

With his directorial debut, Michael C. Hall stepped behind the camera to direct the second episode of the final season, titled “Every Silver Lining.” The episode opened with Dr. Vogel showing Dexter a video of Harry speaking with her in counseling sessions. The VHS quality tape showed the police officer Harry: a version viewers do […]

  Brock Swinson

“Beautiful Day” begins with Dexter playing father-of-the-year as he flies a kite with his son Harrison and coaches the boy’s soccer team. The Pixar-like montage is meant to display the last six months of Dexter’s life where he continues to blend in to his surroundings, despite the fact that his sister now knows his true […]

  Matt Dodge

“Don’t worry, you’re in the solution now.” With Mad Men and Breaking Bad heading towards their final seasons, and The Sopranos fading into memory, the Age OF The Anti-Hero continues to push forward. The latest offering of conflicted, morally ambiguous protagonists comes from Showtime in the form of Ray Donovan. The show follows a Hollywood […]

  Kelly Bedard

Oh Homeland, where to start? When this show premiered it was so cool. Not a lot of people were watching it yet so it had that inherent underrated thing going on but was good from the get go. The writing was sharp, full of storytelling so engrossing that it was at once suspenseful to the point […]

  Kelly Bedard

Showtime is one of the best channels out there and they seem to be getting better as the years pass. Here’s the second part to our three-part look at some of the shows that made Showtime stand out this year. (You’ve already heard all about the end of Weeds)* Shameless This show just keeps getting […]