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I gave up on Dexter after last season rather dramatically, and was pretty happy to do so.  But like everything, just when I think I'm out...  Anyway, I have had more than one person tell me season seven was a huge, dramatic improvement and the AV Club seems to agree, at least for early in the season.  Sooooooo....well, I am in between tv shows right now and I guess it won't take that much of my time.  Somewhat reluctantly, I started on season seven.  And it is much, much better than s6, though there are still problems.  Here are some thoughts on eps 1-2.
Spoilers and language. )
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OK, so, this is going to be a tricky post to do.  Here are a few points.

1. This is very light on spoilers for the episode Dexter 601.  I suppose the only things I give away are the names of several characters who are still alive; the name of the main guest star who is immediately introduced as a villain; and some elements of the plot of this episode.  After I mark out "SPOILERS" I go into more detail about the episode itself, but the first part is relatively spoiler-light and talks only about the religious themes in the episode.  That said, it at least reveals something from season three/four about Dexter's family situation.

2. I'm an atheist.  Or rather, I'm an agnostic, who leans pretty heavily toward atheism.  This does not mean I have no respect for religion.  I do.  I don't believe that there's a God, but I do believe that religion can enhance people's lives, and I see no reason to doubt the truthfulness of other people's faith.  But that other people have faith does not sufficiently move me to have faith.  I do think that religion can sometimes be destructive, but this is true of everything.  In case it is not obvious, the following are all my thoughts and reactions and mine alone; they represent some reactions I had while watching, and some thoughts I had about the portrayals of atheists in television (and film).

3. Be respectful if you comment!

Atheism, religion. Light spoilers for Dexter 601, as described above. Discussion also touches on Joss Whedon shows, House, and Glee, with light spoilers for each. )
Now, on the episode itself (SPOILERS get more explicit here).
 
Episode review/discussion for Dexter 601. Spoilers abound. )

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OK, so, this is going to be a tricky post to do.  Here are a few points.

1. This is very light on spoilers for the episode Dexter 601.  I suppose the only things I give away are the names of several characters who are still alive; the name of the main guest star who is immediately introduced as a villain; and some elements of the plot of this episode.  After I mark out "SPOILERS" I go into more detail about the episode itself, but the first part is relatively spoiler-light and talks only about the religious themes in the episode.  That said, it at least reveals something from season three/four about Dexter's family situation.

2. I'm an atheist.  Or rather, I'm an agnostic, who leans pretty heavily toward atheism.  This does not mean I have no respect for religion.  I do.  I don't believe that there's a God, but I do believe that religion can enhance people's lives, and I see no reason to doubt the truthfulness of other people's faith.  But that other people have faith does not sufficiently move me to have faith.  I do think that religion can sometimes be destructive, but this is true of everything.  In case it is not obvious, the following are all my thoughts and reactions and mine alone; they represent some reactions I had while watching, and some thoughts I had about the portrayals of atheists in television (and film).

3. Be respectful if you comment!

Atheism, religion. Light spoilers for Dexter 601, as described above. Discussion also touches on Joss Whedon shows, House, and Glee, with light spoilers for each. )
Now, on the episode itself (SPOILERS get more explicit here).
 
Episode review/discussion for Dexter 601. Spoilers abound. )

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So I’ve mostly been enjoying Dexter this year (and the ending to this last episode was a suitably surprising hook for next week and the season!). I’m a fan. But one thing I suspect the show is not particularly highly regarded for are the arcs given to secondary characters. I know, I know, how could I say that, when the show has given such marvels as
Cut for length and spoilers up to Dexter 5.04. )
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So I’ve mostly been enjoying Dexter this year (and the ending to this last episode was a suitably surprising hook for next week and the season!). I’m a fan. But one thing I suspect the show is not particularly highly regarded for are the arcs given to secondary characters. I know, I know, how could I say that, when the show has given such marvels as
Cut for length and spoilers up to Dexter 5.04. )
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So I’ve mostly been enjoying Dexter this year (and the ending to this last episode was a suitably surprising hook for next week and the season!). I’m a fan. But one thing I suspect the show is not particularly highly regarded for are the arcs given to secondary characters. I know, I know, how could I say that, when the show has given such marvels as
Cut for length and spoilers up to Dexter 5.04. )
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OK, so I finally checked out the Emmy noms.  So I can't comment all that much because I've seen about 3 or 4 shows that are eligible this year; off the top of my head in the drama and comedy categories, the drama series I've watched this year are Mad Men, Dexter, Dollhouse, some of Chuck before I gave up on it in mid-season, and Lost; for comedy series I've seen all of The Office and most of Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock.  The reason it's "most" in the latter two cases is because when I lost my laptop I also lost my only way to watch TV regularly; I have computer access regularly from campus but it's not convenient to stream.  I managed to catch up on The Office at home but that's about it.

So as far as the nominations, I'm in the position where I've seen almost no shows.  And yet, I'm still annoyed, not because my darlings were left off (it's not like I was holding my breath for Olivia Williams or Fran Kranz or Enver Gjokaj to get a supporting acting nods), but, weirdly, because of what was on.
Cut for length and probably unpopular, negative opinions re: most things that aren't Mad Men )

More )

Oh well.  Yay Mad Men!

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OK, so I finally checked out the Emmy noms.  So I can't comment all that much because I've seen about 3 or 4 shows that are eligible this year; off the top of my head in the drama and comedy categories, the drama series I've watched this year are Mad Men, Dexter, Dollhouse, some of Chuck before I gave up on it in mid-season, and Lost; for comedy series I've seen all of The Office and most of Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock.  The reason it's "most" in the latter two cases is because when I lost my laptop I also lost my only way to watch TV regularly; I have computer access regularly from campus but it's not convenient to stream.  I managed to catch up on The Office at home but that's about it.

So as far as the nominations, I'm in the position where I've seen almost no shows.  And yet, I'm still annoyed, not because my darlings were left off (it's not like I was holding my breath for Olivia Williams or Fran Kranz or Enver Gjokaj to get a supporting acting nods), but, weirdly, because of what was on.
Cut for length and probably unpopular, negative opinions re: most things that aren't Mad Men )

More )

Oh well.  Yay Mad Men!

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OK, so I finally checked out the Emmy noms.  So I can't comment all that much because I've seen about 3 or 4 shows that are eligible this year; off the top of my head in the drama and comedy categories, the drama series I've watched this year are Mad Men, Dexter, Dollhouse, some of Chuck before I gave up on it in mid-season, and Lost; for comedy series I've seen all of The Office and most of Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock.  The reason it's "most" in the latter two cases is because when I lost my laptop I also lost my only way to watch TV regularly; I have computer access regularly from campus but it's not convenient to stream.  I managed to catch up on The Office at home but that's about it.

So as far as the nominations, I'm in the position where I've seen almost no shows.  And yet, I'm still annoyed, not because my darlings were left off (it's not like I was holding my breath for Olivia Williams or Fran Kranz or Enver Gjokaj to get a supporting acting nods), but, weirdly, because of what was on.
Cut for length and probably unpopular, negative opinions re: most things that aren't Mad Men )

More )

Oh well.  Yay Mad Men!

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