Dexter season 7 episode 4 review: Run

Review Billy Grifter 23 Oct 2012 - 16:42

Billy wonders if the wheels are already beginning to come off Dexter's seventh season. Here's his review of Run...

This review contains spoilers.

7.4 Run

There were parts of Run I really liked, especially the very last scene with Dex and Debra sitting in the car watching Speltzer ascend. The dialogue there was great, even if it suggested a harmony in their relationship that's a complete fraud.

Where I was much less keen was in a number of odd directions the show insisted on taking, with Isaac's attempt to deal with the death of Victor by creating a scapegoat. What failed to be explained, unless I missed it, was how Victor's gun got into the possession of Isaac to then allow him to hand it to the barman, so he could shoot himself? I can only conclude he left it at the club when he went to take his flight, but wouldn't they have thrown it away, knowing it was evidence in a murder that was being investigated at that very location?

An interesting extra piece of information we received was that regarding the relationship between Isaac and Victor. It could be that they were father and son, but also that they were lovers, depending on how you read that scene. I'm inclined to think the latter, but it could be the former. If Isaac wasn't so emotionally involved, he'd probably be offering Dexter a job, from a purely business perspective.

If the gun made me wonder, the whole thing with Speltzer's house of fun made me really scratch my head. So he works as a grave digger, but finds multiple properties which he sets out as kill-zones, including one that has at least three, possibly four floors? And, nobody notices in the months it would take him to create. Really? The fact he had two such elaborate ones would suggest he was keen for a real spree, but it also didn't seem that plausible. I also thought it was somewhat out of Dexter's character to run once he had the metal bar, even if Speltzer was more muscular. But then the episode is called Run, so that's what he does.

The method by which Speltzer was ultimately disposed of was a new technique for Dexter, but I do wonder when those who worked in the crematorium would be curious why the system was still warm, and full of ashes, the next morning? 

It does however provide an interesting diversion in the destruction of the slide collection, leaving only one glass slide not accounted for, held by LaGuerta. Fun for next week, the trailer reveals.

Again we got to meet Yvonne Strahovski as Hannah, who really has a thing for Dexter it appears, but other than that where this character is going this year seems less obvious. With the very odd dreams that Debra is having and her interest, is this a setup for some jealousy should Dexter start a relationship with Hannah? Maybe. In their conversation was more than an allusion to a whole slew of road movies all inspired by Bonnie and Clyde. I'm really not sure it would be a great idea to take Dexter on a road trip, recalling how the last one he took with his dead brother in Nebraska went.
I've seen other people rave about this episode, but it didn't quite work for me, possibly because it contained plenty of assumptions and some situations that seemed excessively contrived.

The strongest aspect, as it often is in Dexter, was the work of Michael C. Hall, who delivers some new subtle twists to a character that is very familiar to the viewer. The way he declared that he was 'in control' really spoke volumes about the gap between how he sees the world, and how it actually is. And, then the version of him that screams at the restrained Speltzer was really out of any control, to the point that I was convinced he was about to send him into the furnace alive.
Debra might be relieved, and that might make her 'human', but Dexter isn't the best person to make that assessment, and it doesn't really change the fact that he's freaking her out being a serial killer.

For whatever faults Run might have had, it made me want to see episode five very badly, but like everyone else I will have to wait.

Read Billy's review of the previous episode, Buck The Systyem, here.

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I'm right with u on the gun. In fact thats why I'm on the see if I missed something; and the scapegoat bit seemed like a rehash of what they did with the strippers boyfriend without the staged suicide. With the final season in sight maybe the writers have already moved on...

I think that finding out he is a serial killer has pretty much cured Deb of her incestuous feelings. Now she can barely think of him as a brother, rather than a monster. It was good to see her start to think about whats best for Harrison, since that has been something I was expecting her to get to sooner or later. Finally, I was a bit surprised to see Louis go out the way he did, and I can't help but wonder if Dexter will end up getting blamed for it somehow, with the blood spatter left on the deck of his boat. It would be a bit ironic if he was accused of a murder he did not in fact commit.

I love that they're showing how messed up and insane Dexter really is. There are human aspects to what he does certainly, there might even be justifications, but is he sane? Most definitely not. Is he dangerous to his son? Even though I've come to feel with the guy over these past 7 years I would have to objectively say Deb really had a point there. And the fact that this never occurred to me before (not simply because Dexter's always hunting bad guys that find their way to his home and loved ones, but because he himself is disconnected from reality) surprises me. The show's creators are really showing how vigilantism cheats the system but also how murder cheats life, especially in last season's 'Nebraska', Brian tempted Dexter with short-term drugs instead of long-term happiness. Dexter thinks he can't change but he wants to. But on the other hand he's a manipulative cold bastard, but he also truly cares for his son. He's such a layered persona. And so is Deb, finally surpassing her father and brother and becoming stronger while still also being the messed up wreck inside she always was. It will be interesting to see where this relationship goes. Despite my disdain for the Deb loves Dexter subplot I like that they didn't forget it and Deb's still wrestling with how she feels about him and where she has to place him in her life and who he really is. So far it's been an excellent season and it looks to become even better. So far it leaves season 6 in the dust.

Not really with the reviewer on this one, thought it was very strong. The buildings Speltzer put together weren't exactly works of art - I definitely think months is an exaggeration, weeks possibly and no one noticing whats inside an abandoned building for a couple of weeks? Hardly a stretch of the imagination. Dexter running made perfect sense given he'd already lost one hand to hand struggle with the man.

I would imagine Dexter would clear out the ashes. Would it be warm? There's a lot of assumptions in terms of timing for this to appear odd to anyone; what time it's next used, when was it last used, did Dexter not return after showing Deb?

The gun is the only one I can see the point on, but it's not hard to come up with an explanation. He was supposedly among allies so leaving it behind would make sense, he wouldn't want the gun on him but it might be useful in implicating someone else.

yes, and what happened to the security cameras (that led to Dexter almost being found out in I think season 1 or 2) on the boat dock?

Good point about the gun - I hadn't really given it any thought until now. I felt it was a really strong, well-written episode, though. It's fascinating to me how Dexter is beginning to seem even less 'normal' now he's not pretending to Deb, and Michael C Hall's performance is very good indeed. I'm pleased they finally dealt with the issue of how Rita died - in Deb's shoes I'd have wanted confirmation of the truth of that a bit earlier, I think.

As for the Victor-Isaac relationship, I thought it was pretty clear they were father and son, following Isaac's little speech about children to the scapegoat barman, and his inability to allow any criticism of Victor's behaviour. Ray Stevenson has done great work turning a fairly generic gang boss into a charismatic and intriguing character.

Not sure about the Hannah plotline yet - I assume this is the slow-burning thread that will pick up the pace as the season goes on and the Ukrainian mob angle fades away. I wonder if we're being set up to expect some sort of romance, only for something else to happen? Either way, I suspect she's not the innocent victim of her killing spree partner that she's been painted.

Finally, about Speltzer's mazes. Yes, a bit silly, and it does seem that the US is full of people doing odd things with abandoned buildings without detection. But Dexter has always been a programme that occasionally requires a bit of suspension of disbelief, and asks you to go with the silliness. Last season took that element too far, but I'm definitely enjoying this season much more.

I think you are a little off about the Issac/Victor relationship. If he is his son why doesnt the club manager know and why isn't he more visably angry about his son's death? I think they are ment to be lovers. The clue is the fact that the photo was hidden and that it was taken in Greece, the worlds no.1 holiday destination for gay people.

Dexter showing his real side to deb is interesting. But I have major problems with her "going along with it all" for so long. Want to see more of Hannah , the rest is all filler.

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