Dexter and Homeland Week 3 Style!
As you guys very well may know, 2 days ago marked another week of the programs that I have flocked to this season, Dexter and Homeland. After a fairly disappointing outing from both shows last week, I was in an interesting mindset to see how this weeks episodes were, and I was very pleased to see that both episodes were once again absolutely incredible, and really set up some cool directions that the seasons could go in. I want to briefly talk about each of the episodes and what I enjoyed about each of them prospectively, starting of course with Dexter.
I’m not going to lie, I was incredibly disappointed by last weeks episode of Dexter (episode 2). I thought that they spent too much time cleaning up what happened in the first episode and not enough time actually progressing the story, so I was curious to see how the third episode fared, and whether it would be more like episode 1 in quality or like episode 2. The first episode in my opinion was absolutely crazy, and while I did enjoy the third episode, I don’t know if it quite stood up to the first episode, but it was far better than the second. I had a theory about how the series would end (as the producers have stated that the next season will for sure be the last and “you know how it will end”), but the third episode definitely made me question that theory, which I really liked. The episode bad guy was pretty darn creepy, and the season bad guy was definitely made much more powerful in this episode, which I enjoyed seeing. The main conflict that is under-riding the whole season is slowly starting to lessen, which I think is necessary, as if it went on, it could get really annoying really quickly. The second episode left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, but after episode 3, I am back in, and ready to see how this main villain will develop.
I honestly think that I will never get sick of Homeland, and this episode was no different. The acting is absolutely astounding, and the fact that they can make such powerful drama and keep the viewers guessing constantly is something that should definitely be noted. I was watching the episode with a friend, and we were constantly guessing what would happen next, but were only right about 5% of the time because Homeland does an incredibly job of building up tension right to the breaking point, then dismissing it 4 or 5 times before it finally snaps. Because the show is set up this way, viewers are constantly on the edge of their seats wondering exactly when it will happen, and how these people can get out of the situations that they find themselves in.
Overall, this week was a very good week for television. Both of the main shows that I watched had very strong episodes, and intrigued me, the viewer, enough to continue watching. I hope that the shows go down similar paths that they are traveling down, because if they do, I can see a lot of nods for awards shows in the future.