Dexter set pulses racing and wore out the edge of many a seat. So it’s no surprise that a revival is in the making. But will our favourite serial killer be up to his old tricks again? Or is it time for retribution? What do we know so far about Dexter and it’s revival?
WARNING: The next section contains spoilers
Badass Dexter Morgan – blood spatter analyst by day, serial killer by night. He’s returning to our screens in a hotly-anticipated Dexter revival. Set to air in 2021.
Fans were left divided at the end of season 8 when protagonist Dexter (played by Michael C. Hall) survived the finale. After avenging his foster sister’s shooting at the hands of killer Saxon. Dexter pulls the plug on Debra’s life support and dumps her body into the ocean like another one of his victims. He then drove into a hurricane where he’s assumed to have died. But the final scenes reveal he faked his own death and wound up working as a lumberjack in Oregon.
How it ended
Although this finale was nowhere near as disappointing as Lost or Game of Thrones, many fans were left unsatisfied. In fact, original showrunner, Clyde Phillips (who left Dexter after the fourth and possibly best season), always envisioned a more fitting ending.
In his mind, the last scene would have revealed the entire series was Dexter’s life flashing before his eyes. Just as he’s about to be executed at the Florida Penitentiary. As he’s about to die, he can see all his victims – the Trinity Killer, the Ice Truck Killer etc – observing him from the witness room.
Righting the wrongs
But the new Dexter revival has the opportunity to right some of those wrongs.
In 2018, Michael C. Hall alluded to the possibility of Dexter returning from his years as a lumberjack in the Pacific Northwest. But he said: “I have just yet to, for my part, imagine or hear someone else’s idea that makes it feel worth doing.”
Thankfully, it appears that something – or someone – changed his mind. Not only will Hall reprise the title role, but the ingenious Clyde Phillips is also back to work his magic.
The involvement of showrunner Phillips is clearly crucial to Hall’s return. During his time as the executive producer of Dexter’s first four seasons, it enjoyed three Emmy nominations and four Writers Guild Award nominations for best drama series.
Hall himself had five straight lead actor Emmy Award nominations and won a Golden Globe for the role in 2010.
But Phillips says that, while the new series won’t undo anything, he hopes it will get fans back on board. This is after the widespread criticism of season 8’s finale.
What’s being said
Appearing on The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘TV’s Top 5’ podcast, the returning showrunner said: “We basically do get to start from scratch. Ten years, or however many years, have passed by the time this will air, and the show will reflect that time passage. So far as the ending of the show, this will have no resemblance to how the original finale was. It’s a great opportunity to write a second finale.”
But although a 2021 Dexter revival is causing many a pulse to race, others don’t feel it’ll be the same without the walking f-bomb that is Debra Morgan. As Dexter’s “sister” (by way of Dexter’s adoption into their family), Debs’ screen time was overshadowed only by the main man himself. Her presence (or should we say ‘lack of’) will be incredibly noticeable (as will the drop in the amount of curse words used per minute).
Despite this though, production on the new season of Dexter is scheduled to begin early 2021, for a planned premiere in autumn 2021. Ten episodes have been confirmed, and are set to air on US station Showtime for American viewers. It’s not yet clear on what channel (if any) the show will air in the UK but, as seasons 1-8 are available to stream on Sky and NOW TV, it’s likely the revival will also end up here too.
But with season 9’s plot firmly under lock and key for now. The question of whether Dexter has truly replaced cutting up people for cutting up logs is yet to be revealed. Will Dexter be a reformed man, or will his ‘Dark Passenger’ make an appearance once again?
We can’t wait to see what the infamous Dexter’s been up to over the last 10 years. With the magician that is Clyde Phillips back on board, this has the potential to be one of the best (second) finales of all time.
What did you think about season 8’s finale? Do you think a Dexter revival is a good idea? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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Cobra Kai Season 4 – Review
Cobra Kai season four is out now on Netflix and the All Valley is back and better than ever. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
It’s January, and new shows are popping up everywhere. This brings us to the show that I and my friends have been holding our breaths for: the fourth season of the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai! After three seasons, I wondered if there was anything left to mine from the Karate Kid lore or the Johnny/Daniel dynamic. I am happy to report that this might be my favourite season yet! It manages to not only expand upon the universe it has created, but to bring in a new villain, who is so bad that he threatens to outdo even John Kreese!
Season four sets us off where the third left off, with Johnny and Daniel having joined forces to fight Cobra Kai. Their friendship arc is the glue that holds this season together. The story focuses largely on whether they will be able to pull it together and make their partnership work. As in previous seasons, their relationship has its ups and downs. The stakes are heightened, however, as the season leads up to the All-Valley Tournament. A bet between the three senseis – Kreese, Daniel, and Johnny – means that losing the All Valley is losing the title of sensei.
This season explores the ways that both Johnny and Daniel work with the kids. It also examines the kids’ struggles as they prepare for the All Valley while dealing with conflict within the ever-changing network of friends and enemies in the dojos. Robbie has left juvenile hall and decided to join up with Cobra Kai as a means of inflicting revenge on both his dad and Daniel. Tori and Sam continue their rivalry. And John Reese’s old friend Terry Silver (of Karate Kid 3 fame) shows up to kick Cobra Kai into high gear.
Daniel’s son, Anthony, who has largely been absent until now, faces his own dilemma when his friends begin bullying Kenny, the new kid in town. This soft-spoken middle school character brings us into the world of the younger kids, setting up yet another storyline. Kenny becomes the victim of a gang of kids (including Anthony), enduring round after round of bullying before Robbie takes him under his wing. After his induction into Cobra Kai, the formerly shy middle-schooler becomes a bully himself.
Shades of grey
This brings me to one of my favourite things about the show. The constant back and forth dynamic between characters makes us feel that anything is possible. There is no black and white in the world of Cobra Kai. Where the Karate Kid told us that Daniel was good, and Johnny was bad, this show gives us a very different point of view. It’s a world where we’re never sure who to root for. In this season, we even see Hawk make a return to the “good guys” side after giving up his spot at Cobra Kai.
With Eagle Fang (Johnny’s new dojo) and Miyagi-Do teaming up, the kids – and the adults – have to learn to work together. Of course, complications ensue. Johnny becomes jealous of what he perceives as Miguel’s preference for Daniel over him. Sam wants to learn both her dad’s karate style and Johnny’s, despite her father’s discouragement. Meanwhile, at Cobra Kai, Kreese is losing his grip on the dojo. His former war buddy, Terry Silver, puts off a rather benign appearance in episode one, growing more and more evil with each episode.
This season is lacking in many of the big fight scenes of the previous seasons, instead choosing to focus their energy on the characters. The All Valley Tournament features several great karate matches and offers a satisfying conclusion to Johnny and Daniel’s arc. In the end, Cobra Kai takes the tournament win, but Johnny and Daniel have reached an understanding.
Tori defeats Sam to take the women’s All Valley trophy but later overhears her sensei paying off one of the referees. It’s clear that Cobra Kai has pulled yet another fast one. But the season ends on an even more ominous – and unexpected – note. Terry Silver assaults the over-aged former Cobra Kai member, Stingray, sending him to the hospital. He then makes a deal with Stingray to blame the crime on Kreese. We end the season with Kreese in handcuffs, Terry Silver set to take over Cobra Kai, and the future of Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do uncertain. In a last shocking twist, Miguel leaves town in search of his biological father.
Although some may miss the school hallway throw downs, I found this one satisfying in a different way. It just goes to show that the ever-expanding Cobra Kai universe can keep bringing surprises season after season.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 9/10
Thank you for reading our review of Cobra Kai season four. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
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