Season four of Dexter certainly starts with a bang. Or, a crash. But we’ll get to that soon.

Dexter’s come a long way since season one. He’s a family man now, living in the suburbs with Rita, Astor, Cody, and little Harrison. And he desperately needs to get a good night’s sleep.

I mean, isn’t that the struggle with every new parent? The baby’s up all night, but that doesn’t mean your life stops to get some rest during the day. Poor Dexter’s trying to juggle his job, a new baby, and his need to kill.

And when we try to juggle too many balls, we drop all of them.

It starts when he accidentally brings the wrong files to court, letting a killer named Benny go free. I have a bad day at work, maybe you don’t like my review. He has a bad day, and a brutal killer goes free.

Good thing Dexter’s got a plan B for Benny.

But Dexter’s got competition. There’s a brand new serial killer in town. 

Well, that’s not true. There’s been a serial killer, stalking victims all over the country for the last 30 years. He’s back in Miami, and he’s just killed a young woman in her bathtub. 

Played by John Lithgow, this character is scary. Like, honestly unnerved me to my very core. I’m used to seeing this character on 3rd Rock From the Sun (I’m old, I know). Seeing him pull a woman naked into a bathtub and cut her inner thigh so she bleeds out, then nearly scald himself in the shower while screaming a primal, gut-wrenching scream was deeply disturbing.

I also don’t feel like I need to see his bare ass quite so many times. 

Special Agent Lundy, Deb’s old (and I do mean old) boyfriend is in town to hunt the Trinity Killer. But he’s not a special agent anymore, he’s retired. And like any person who dedicated his life to his job, he’s spending his retirement hunting the one that got away. 

All this is taking its toll on Dexter. But he’s still trying. He wants so badly to be a good dad, good at his job, a good husband, and still good to himself. Don’t we all? But all of his different roles come to a crashing halt when he loses control.

I’m interested in the rest of this season, for sure. The Trinity Killer is the creepiest serial killer I’ve seen on the show. And I can’t wait to see what he does with Dear Dad Dexter. 

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