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As a season-long release, Dexter: The Sixth Season is a swing and a miss, but that doesn't mean you won't quickly marathon through this TV-on-BD set....
Paramount / 618 Minutes / 2012 / Unrated / Street Date: May 14, 2013
Dexter showcases a surprisingly vulnerable family ethic on this Seventh Season set. Our title character has been offing all sorts of folks for the better part of a decade now, but to watch the guy have to confess – well, at least hint at – his sins to his sister in the first episodes of this edition is surprisingly evocative. After a ho-hum Sixth Season, it seemed for a moment like this latest collection of episodes would bring Dexter’s nasty charms back to life. Alas, this thrill doesn’t last long.
Michael C. Hall continues to bring loads of tricky, morally swirling elements to his performance as the show's leading dude - he truly is the series' heart and soul - but there's a blah redundancy to the story progression in this new season that undermines its overall effect. We have a new lady interest on this collection, and the show’s basic nature is at the very least engaging – once you start a Dexter multi-disc set, you’re plagued to finish it – but after a handful of rock-solid early seasons, one can’t shake the feeling that the show should be better than it is now.
But it remains one of cable TV's most interestingly slippery dramatic shows, and even if this new round doesn't keep superfans satisfied, I'm nevertheless still stoked to see where the series ends up. It's been so successful in the past that the concept of a killer final season isn't out of the question at all - in fact, after stumbling a bit in its last few go-rounds, I foresee Dexter coming back with a vengeance. At least I hope it does….