Dexter: New blood reviews have arrived, see what the critics say about the Showtime revival
It’s been eight years since Dexter’s eight-season original series ended on Showtime, as the titular serial killer sailed his boat through a hurricane and came out with a new identity, working as a lumberjack and vowing to control his. Dark Passenger. The original drama-thriller finale is objectively one of the most vilified in television history, but in a climate where reboots and reshoots are more about “when” than “if”, Michael C. Hall took the opportunity to reprise the role of Dexter. Morgan in Showtime Limited Sequel Dexter: new blood. But can he possibly leave the character on a higher note?
Dexter: new blood picks up ten years after the events of the original series. Former blood spatter expert Michael C. Hall ditched the hot Miami beaches for snow-capped Iron Lake, New York. Here he works at a hunting and fishing supply store and goes out with the town’s police chief, Angela Bishop (Julia Jones). Events soon trigger the serial killer’s old ways, naturally, as Dexter continues to be haunted by the actions – and the people – of his former life. Critics received the first four episodes of Dexter: new blood to review, and now that those opinions are made public, let’s see whether or not they think Showtime’s revived limited series is worth checking out.
The new series reunited Michael C. Hall with showrunner Clyde Phillips, who directed Dexter’s first four seasons. While these seasons are widely considered to be the best of the original Showtime series, it has raised the question of whether this revival was simply a chance to remake the show’s ending, and if so, is that reason enough? Rolling Stone gave the series 2 out of 5 stars, saying breaking such a low bar is not worth celebrating.
Collider appreciated the distinction between the original version and the relaunched version, but also said Dexter: new blood felt like the original enough that it “might be the excuses fans are looking for” after the disastrous Season 8 finale.
While the story itself doesn’t seem to entirely win over anyone, the cast still wowed some critics. Variety noted how nice it was to have Michael C. Hall and his onscreen sister (and his offscreen ex-wife) Jennifer Carpenter reprising their roles. Carpenter’s Debra – widely regarded as one of the best characters in the original series – still uses that jaded magic. The notice stated:
THR pointed out that Dexter set the stage all those years ago for similar antiheroes and empathetic serial killers, perhaps most notably the Netflix series You and his killer Joe Goldberg. Joe has been compared to Dexter in his storytelling style and, particularly in Youin the third season, wondering what murderous traits he could have passed on to his son. The review suggested that You was “a sexier, dumber, more topical Dexter. It’s a Dexter which evolved “which did not suggest much of Dexter: new bloodits own evolution.
Dexter: new bloodAttempts at social commentary – which the original series didn’t contain – fell a bit flat in the first four episodes provided to critics, according to Vulture. However, the outlet reviewer said the relaunched version is “intriguing” and still worth checking out.
IndieWire gave Dexter: New Blood an average C +, claiming that while there are a lot of red flags and unfortunate tropes, there are enough ratings from the original series to draw viewers to that Showtime Original. The reviewer remains suspicious, however, as viewers also had optimistic attitudes upon entry. Dexter‘s past seasons, and wonder if they should have left him alone after it took fans so long to get over the ending the first time around.
While everyone’s mileage will vary for a show like this, with final apologists no doubt willing to lean harder than anyone else, it looks like Dexter: new blood isn’t entirely absent from what made the original series enjoyable. Although it also looks like the new season is still pale compared to the early years. But everyone will be able to give their own ratings soon enough.
If what you need to overcome this 2013 Dexter the finale is over dexter morgan, you can finally get your closure as Dexter: new blood premieres at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 7 on Showtime. Keep up to date with other premieres until the end of the year with our 2021 TV show.