Dexter: "Circle Us" Review

"Sometimes partners find us," Dexter thinks to himself as he watches Julia Stiles' Lumen playfully bond with his son, Harrison. "Circle Us" was an excellent episode of what's slowly become a very suspenseful season of Dexter, but I still have a few reservations about where this entire story is headed. There are a ton of moving parts right now and as busy and violent as this chapter was, it still felt like we were creeping along in a typical connector-episode. Other than introducing us to the main villain of the piece – Jonny Lee Miller's Jordan Chase – this one left us without as big of a payoff as last week's "Everything Is Illumenated" did. At least there was a fairly nasty night club shoot-out thrown in to savage things up a bit.

It was interesting to watch Brits Miller and Chris Vance transform into well-postured, "upstanding" Americans here as they got thrown furiously into the Dexter mix after Vance's Cole got his truck slammed into by a drunk driver while transporting their five blonde barrel victims. It was a great scene, and the scenario itself lit a fire under Dexter's ass so that he could, once again, race against his own co-workers to try and figure out how to kill these heinous creeps himself. I'm a little disappointed that neither Dexter nor Lumen thought to try and track the villains down using her own cell phone (seeing as how Dan the Dentist used it to call either Cole or Chase last week), but I suppose the car crash here instantly made that bit of obvious detective work unnecessary. Still, it was fun watching Vance, considering his very James Mason-y turn on Burn Notice, play a bit of a "grunt" here.

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