‘DEXTER’ REVIEW: Season Four, Episode Ten

John Lithgow and Courtney Ford in 'Dexter' — Photo courtesy of Randy Tepper / Showtime

Review of “Lost Boys” (04:10)


The 10th episode of Dexter’s season four starts with a bang. There’s no more fluttering around. Trinity + Dexter Morgan = Let’s get it on!

Arthur Mitchell (John Lithgow) tracks a family at a carnival and zeroes in on a young boy named Scott. With Dexter (Michael C. Hall) close on his tail, Trinity lures the boy into his van and takes off. Tying up any loose ends, Arthur calls Dexter and tells him to stay away and don’t call the police, otherwise Scott will be killed.

To get closer to Trinity, Dexter stops by Arthur’s house and convinces Jonah (Brando Eaton) to let him in to snoop around. It takes no time for Dexter to realize that Trinity includes a kidnapped kid in his murdering cycle. The likely spot where Scott is being captive: abandoned real estate listings that are up for sale.

Back at the Miami Homicide Division, Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter) and Sgt. Angel Batista (David Zayas) begin questioning Christine Hill (Courtney Ford) about how she arrived at the Frank Lundy crime scene so early. The reporter makes up a story and the two detectives figure she’s lying. Looks like Quinn’s girlfriend isn’t all she seems to be.

While Dexter goes from real estate listing to real estate listing, Christine calls Arthur, her father, to tell him that she killed Lundy and the police are closing in. Trinity, feeling no love for his adult daughter, tells her to stay out of his life. She doesn’t take the rebuff well.

“Lost Boys” is an effective cat-and-mouse game; it doesn’t add much, but it does keep one’s interest. With only two episodes remaining in the fourth season, it makes sense that Dexter and the police would be catching up to Trinity and his deranged daughter. It is also welcome to see Dexter actually use the police’s resources to track Arthur (the blood specialist has the police tail his van). Again, one needs to throw any sense of good reason out the door. Dexter’s face is known to Arthur’s family, and now he puts out a tracking request on Arthur’s van. Are these police detectives really that dense that they can’t connect the dots? Dexter must be involved somehow, and they should know that, being that everyone’s favorite serial killer is making so many mistakes.

Dexter’s fourth season has included one of the best characters in the series (Arthur Mitchell), but the storyline has gotten away from the show’s writers. The intensity is still there, and the acting is still top-notch. But one has to wonder how long can this game continue? I’m all for letting a show win me over, even with a far-fetched plot, but Dexter is pushing these boundaries.

By John Soltes / Publisher / John@HollywoodSoapbox.com
  • Dexter

  • Showtime

  • Starring Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, John Lithgow, C.S. Lee, Desmond Harrington, Lauren Vélez, Julie Benz and David Zayas

  • Rating: ★★★☆

  • Click here to read a review of Dexter: Season One.

  • Click here to read a review of Dexter: Season Two.

  • Click here to read a review of Dexter: Season Three.

  • Click here to purchase Dexter: Season Four on DVD.

John Soltes

John Soltes is an award-winning journalist. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Earth Island Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, New Jersey Monthly and at Time.com, among other publications. E-mail him at john@hollywoodsoapbox.com

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