Dexter: New Blood Episode 2 Review

Credit to Harrison actor Jack Alcott for making these scenes work. While it’s always nice to watch Dexter squirm (which he gets to do plenty of with Iron Lake PD camped in his front yard, looking for the man that he hastily murdered), Alcott avoids going too histrionic with his performance. Harrison is clearly wounded, over-compensating for toughness, and mysterious. Clearly the son is as intelligent as his father, based on the scenes of him easily breaking into a locked cabin and slyly spying on the other teenagers, but there’s no real indication that there’s any darkness brewing inside him. Having Dexter overwhelmed with trying to be a father while attempting to get a read on the son that he doesn’t know is an interesting new dynamic for a show that feels like it’s aching to fall back into old routines.

Old routines like the Matt Caldwell investigation. Just like old times, Dexter can easily throw off the police from the inside, planting Matt’s glove, covering up blood tracks, and leading the police to the wounded deer to make it appear as if Matt killed the buck on reservation territory, then skipped town to avoid the legal trouble. Thankfully, just as it looks like Dexter is going to get away with things in all too convenient of a fashion again, Matt’s father Kurt (Clancy Brown) arrives to keep the search party going. Clancy Brown is an actor that screams Dexter Big Bad, but I have a feeling that he’s just a red herring or a simple thorn in Dexter’s side to distract us from real trouble. Then again, Matt did promise that Kurt would kill Dexter with his final breath.

Meanwhile, the girl that Angela bought a burger at the bar, who said she was attempting to leave Iron Lake, appears to be in imminent danger. She’s locked in what looks to be a hotel room, with someone watching on a video camera. Could she be trapped by billionaire Edward Olsen, who gives off ominous vibes when Angela comes to ask for his help searching for Matt? As of right now, he’s the most obvious suspect. 

We also get more evidence that several indigenous women have gone missing in Iron Lake, with Angela’s daughter and a native referencing a girl named Iris. Dexter was never a show that was particularly graceful at slow playing plot developments, but I’m intrigued with how they’re slowly rolling this information out. Clearly, these two threads are connected, but as of right now, it’s unclear how.

While there isn’t a ton of meat on the bone in “Storm of Fuck,” it does have some good stuff happening, between Harrison, the slow build to a larger mystery, and Ghost Deb. While the appearances of Ghost Harry became laughable by the end of Dexter’s original run, with James Remar tediously reiterating exposition, Dexter: New Blood’s new and improved version with Deb is great. Instead of a disapproving, but easy to ignore voice of reason, Deb is a mocking, jarring presence that unsettles Dexter every time she appears. It’s a solid way to utilize Jennifer Carpenter and have her feel like a dynamic element of the story being told. I’m excited to see if the show will continue to give her such memorable appearances like this week with the bullet and the window.

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