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Blu-ray Review: Seventh, Mediocre Season of Showtime’s ‘Dexter’

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CHICAGO – Few shows have fallen as far and as hard as Showtime’s once-brilliant “Dexter”. At the end of season four, the show was at a turning point and I even thought that the exploration of responsibility in season five was creatively strong. Then season six turned to religion but did so in a half-hearted way. As for season seven, recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, it really had little thematic cohesion at all. It had some Russians, a horrendous love affair, and the drama between Deb & Dexter but it just fell apart narratively. I really hope they turn it around for the 8th and final season, debuting at the end of June but the excitement of knowing we’re coming to the end of Dexter Morgan’s saga isn’t what it would have been a few years ago.

HollywoodChicago.com Blu-ray rating: 2.5/5.0
Rating: 2.5/5.0

Showtime/Paramount don’t help their case much by delivering a truly lackluster season set. “Dexter: Season Seven” has no special features. I saw the UltraViolet sticker and was excited to add another show to my collection on Vudu but that’s not even what’s included — it’s a UV version of the pilot of “Ray Donovan,” the show premiering with “Dexter” on June 30th. And, if that counts, it’s the only special feature here. And it doesn’t count. No commentaries, no featurettes, nothing? Maybe no one else really liked this season either.

Dexter: The Complete Seventh Season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 14, 2013
Dexter: The Complete Seventh Season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 14, 2013
Photo credit: Showtime/Paramount

Synopsis:
Everyone’s favorite serial killer is back for more in Season 7 of the wickedly good drama, Dexter, on Showtime. Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall returns as the Miami forensics expert with blood on his hands - only now, he’s finally forced to come clean to his sister, Deb, about his deadly ways. Meanwhile, there’s a chance for possible romance with a beautiful fellow murderer, Deb learns how difficult it is to keep her brother’s secrets, Batista pursues a dream away from the force, Queen loses his heart, and LaGuerta gets closer to pinning the Bay Harbor Butcher killings on Dexter. Someone’s got it coming…

Special Features:
o None

“Dexter: The Seventh Season” stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, David Zayas, Lauren Velez, C.S. Lee, and James Remar. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 14, 2013.

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
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