Dexter 5.07 "Circle Us" Review

 Dexter 5.07 Circle Us ReviewThis week's Dexter was a stronger entry than last week, but still left me a little "meh".

Dexter (Michael C. Hall) finally accepted Lumen (Julia Stiles) as a true partner but the whole process had that déjà vu feeling all over again.  Once again, we see Dexter try to push someone away, only to finally accept that maybe having a (girlfriend, wife, child, friend, fill in the blank) isn't such a bad idea after all.  My issue with Dexter's relationship to Lumen isn't only that it feels repetitive, it just lacks any real depth to this point.  It's easy to understand the "why" but harder to feel it between them.  Maybe they just don't have the right chemistry on screen together.

It was fairly obvious Lumen was going to have to come in and save Dexter's hide from the suit man.  Dexter is not a show that, historically, has defaulted to these kinds of tropes.  I'm still waiting to be surprised this season.  Something that's taking far too long seven episodes in.

Jordan Chase (Johnny Lee Miller) is the one element that, to this point, is keeping me truly interested.  Not the character himself, but the "why".  I want to know what's behind the barrel murders.  I want to know the shared history between our killers.  It's a solid enough mystery from a psychological point of view that will hopefully have a huge payoff.

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