Finally caught up with the last couple of episodes.... Pretty much agree with everyone here (and the rest of the viewing public, apparently)... Awful, awful writing for what should have been a nail-biting thriller of a final season. It really does play like a group of people who have 12 episodes to do, and that's it. During the season I kept thinking "there are so many plot lines that have nothing to do with anything, I can't wait until it's revealed how everything connects!". Quinn and Jamie's previously non-existent relationship taking up time in every single episode
, the whole Quinn/sergeant exam thing, Masuka's daughter... Unless all of these things converge with the main plot in the hour that's left, what the hell was the point?
Originally Posted by smbaker
The part where I do have a problem is that if Saxon was ever brought in, he'd spill the beans about Dexter. Even without proof, that would ruin Deb's career and reputation.
I liked the idea of using the last season to explore the Vogel thing and how she and Harry molded Dexter, that was fine. But the entire "Brain Surgeon" thing was so disjointed and poorly played out that who cares. But nothing comes close to the ridiculousness of the last five minutes of the last episode. It's great that Dexter doesn't feel the "need" to kill Saxon - huge character revelation that changes everything, etc... but his decision to leave him alone with Deb to arrest him is probably the worst writing the show has ever done. nothing about it makes sense--he knows everything about them, including the fact that Dexter is running off with Hannah. It's a writing ploy that clearly defies all logic and was done just to create some kind of plot going into what should have been an epic finale.
Anytime you end a show that centers on someone harboring an entire lifetime of secrets, you have a great opportunity to unravel them from start to finish. Whatever the actual end is, whether it's death, jail, or going on the run, it should have been built up to all season. Instead we got a ton of useless* side plots, a "big bad" that plays like an austin powers villain, and a main character who starts acting in ways completely inconsistent with the previous seven seasons.
*I'm assuming these side-plots are useless... I can't condemn the season until I see the finale and how it all plays out. But I can't imagine they're gonna pull out this amazing bag of tricks Sons of Anarchy style where all these things are magically connected. They're not even invested enough to have Hannah put on a ****ing hat when she goes out. It's even sadder knowing that they knew it was the last year going into it.
Ok, I'm done
This is what happens when I'm behind on a show all season long and can't discuss it. It gets built up.