So I know I am going a tad blog-happy today. BUT. I had some more thoughts regarding Dexter that I did not comprehensively explore in my previous blog. I mentioned in a previous blog entry how the Seasons 1-3 compare:
Season 1 focused on Dexter the Monster and how he came to be. Season 2 focused on Dexter–still a Monster–but struggling for survival and learning to deal with the Dark Passenger. Season 3 has focused primarily on the corruption of the system, and how that begins in the monsters in the people around him, most obviously Miguel Prado. This season, more than any other season, I believe, has raised serious ethical questions on justification of murder, motive of the murderer and how the cause of justice becomes twisted to serve the Monster’s own inner appetites.
The central themes of each of the two previous seasons culminated with the “Dexteration” of one of the characters that brought these themes to a head. In Season 1, Brian a.k.a. “Icey” serves as a foil to Dexter’s Monster or Dark Passenger. We have the classic example of unrestrained freedom vs. freedom with restraint, the battle between the code of Harry and the codeless Icey. The tension between these two codes is battled out in Dexter, who ultimately chooses the Code of Harry over his own brother. And so, he kills Icey in the final act.
In Season 2, Dexter struggles to evade the law and simultaneously deals with his own frailty (evading capture) and humanity (evading his Dark Passenger). He considers abandoning his “code” altogether, and experiments with an “addiction-free life.” This plot is moved further along with the introduction of Lila a.k.a. Pyro. However, Pyro turns out to be just as addicted as Dexter, and quite unable to manage Dexter’s Dark Passenger, let alone her own, Pyro sets herself up to be the perfect candidate for Dexter’s code. Solution: Dexteration. By syringe. In Paris.
Season 3, Dexter breaks new ground by not limiting himself to the code. In fact, he fights Harry all the while, who no longer appears in flashbacks, but in re-imagined conversations in Dex’s head.
In Dexter, a clear pattern is emerging: The Code of Harry, which has ensured Dexter’s survival is continually challenged, a plot which is brought to a head by the inclusion of an external character: Icey, Pyro and now Miguel. In the first season, Icey challenges the Code. In the second season, Dexter tries life without the Dark Passenger AND the subsequently the code for awhile, to no avail. In the third season, Dexter himself challenges the code, abandoning it and pushing the limits, which escalates with the character of Miguel Prado.
The central questions and intrigue to the remaining two episodes of Dexter Season 3 seem to be:
1) What effect will Miguel Prado ultimately have on Dexter’s perception of Harry and the code? Dex touched on this briefly in the past episode. He seemed to recognize Harry’s wisdom all along.
2) What kind of end will Miguel Prado meet, as we know he must inevitably? Will he fall victim to Dexter’s knife just as Lila and Brian did? Or will he see justice served unto himself in a court of law?
3) Now that it seems that Dexter accepts the wisdom and value of the code, despite Harry’s flawed parenting, what will that mean for Season 4 of Dexter?
4) I am still waiting for Debra or Rita (more Deb, than Rita, because I do not believe Rita could not handle the truth at this point) to discover Dexter’s true identity. I cannot believe that the writers would have that much potential stored up for a revelation and not ever use it. This too, would affect Dexter’s use of the code, although I’m not sure how. Harry obviously withheld the truth from Debra for his own reasons; however, would would the Jiminy Cricket Harry of Dexter’s imagination say to him if Deb was in on the secret too? How would that affect Dex’s code. Would it affect Dex’s code?
5) Even though I am still wondering how the plot is going to resolve itself (i.e. how does Dex get away from the Skinner (I’m guessing Dex kills the Skinner and the law gets Miguel), how Miguel gets caught, what are all these loose plot ends that may need to be tied), I think I am most intrigued by how the events of Season 3 will shape Dexter’s code, his perception of Harry, and how exactly Miguel meets his death.