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2013-09-24 09:08:46 AM  
By crowdsourcing their work out to twitter?

 *checks article*

 Yep.
 
2013-09-24 09:29:29 AM  
Watching Dexter just after Breaking Bad has been like following up the perfect glass of whiskey with diarrhea in a cup. I'm just glad the BB finale will not be tainted.
 
2013-09-24 09:38:47 AM  
He's a lumberjack and he's okay.
 
2013-09-24 09:42:20 AM  
My favorite was 'My thoughts go out to those affected by the Dexter series finale disaster.'

*snort*

\not reporting when you compile tweets from non reporters, CNN.
 
2013-09-24 09:44:29 AM  
CNN has basically become People magazine.  It's almost entirely focused on news about celebrities or entertainment (with the occasional missing white girl story thrown in) with the 'articles' being nothing but comments from the Twitter feeds of celebrities.  And they've become so lazy they just screenshot the twitter comment and paste it into the article.
 
2013-09-24 09:59:03 AM  
How bad would the Breaking Bad finale have to be to top Dexter's crappy finale?

Skyler kills Walt while Flynn is eating breakfast, Todd and Lydia get married and Jessie and Badger fall in love... No Dexter's ending would still be worst.
 
2013-09-24 09:59:57 AM  

Sock Ruh Tease: Watching Dexter just after Breaking Bad has been like following up the perfect glass of whiskey with diarrhea in a cup. I'm just glad the BB finale will not be tainted.


I wonder if Gilligan has written a completely non sequitur finale to BB just to fark with the audience. Imagine the best-written TV series in recent memory going out on an episode of abstract slapstick comedy and a stage musical. Tim and Eric guest star.

I would respect the hell out of Vince Gilligan for executing the greatest troll in the history of entertainment. I would respect him AFTER having buried a hatchet in his skull, but respect him all the same.
 
2013-09-24 10:01:36 AM  

Carth: How bad would the Breaking Bad finale have to be to top Dexter's crappy finale?

Skyler kills Walt while Flynn is eating breakfast, Todd and Lydia get married and Jessie and Badger fall in love... No Dexter's ending would still be worst.


Brock goes to live with Todd in Belize.
 
2013-09-24 10:05:45 AM  
Stupid is as stupid does.
People came and got what they wanted and expected every week, what with blood and murder and beverly hillbilly subtleties, then they expect ART at the end?

That's as deep as it goes for you, Dexter fans.
There is no redemption, just endless boorish mayhem until you die.
There is no movie ending.
 
2013-09-24 10:06:09 AM  

Mad_Radhu: Carth: How bad would the Breaking Bad finale have to be to top Dexter's crappy finale?

Skyler kills Walt while Flynn is eating breakfast, Todd and Lydia get married and Jessie and Badger fall in love... No Dexter's ending would still be worst.

Brock goes to live with Todd in Belize.


Walt gets Omar'd by Brock.

Walt succeeded in killing himself in the pilot and this show has been his Lost purgatory.
 
2013-09-24 10:12:31 AM  
It would have been a pretty decent ending if it ended with Dexter driving into the storm. The lumberjack ending, I didn't really get.
 
2013-09-24 10:13:42 AM  
Also it is weird to see Michael C Hall go from one of the best ending ever on television, Six Feet Under, to one of the worst with Dexter.
 
2013-09-24 10:18:35 AM  

Shrugging Atlas: CNN has basically become People magazine.  It's almost entirely focused on news about celebrities or entertainment (with the occasional missing white girl story thrown in) with the 'articles' being nothing but comments from the Twitter feeds of celebrities.  And they've become so lazy they just screenshot the twitter comment and paste it into the article.



I though "Journalism" jumped the shark when they began integrating social media, but then I remembered that journalism is just gossip anyway. I cannot care anymore. I really can't.
 
2013-09-24 10:27:47 AM  

Mugato: It would have been a pretty decent ending if it ended with Dexter driving into the storm. The lumberjack ending, I didn't really get.


the worst part is that I generally get what they were trying convey: Dexter's ultimate punishment is not handed down by a jury, but by isolating himself from those he loves so he can't drag them down as well.


...but the ending and everything about the last season was a series of really poor executions. It felt less like a meticulously planned ending (remember: somewhere around season 6 is when they confirmed this would be the last season) and more like something that was probably thrown together midway through this season. If the ending is consistent to where the show went, I would argue that the show went way off track around the time new showrunners took over on season 5.
 
2013-09-24 10:34:07 AM  
If I was to give advice to anyone thinking about picking up Dexter and watching it....stop after Season 4. I know you will want to watch season 5, but don't.
 
2013-09-24 10:37:56 AM  
I watched Dex before BB so as to have the ability to skip the commercials on AMC.

About the time Dex told Harrison to remember that daddy will always love him, I realized he was going to let the storm take him.... Stopped watching there!

After BB, I went back and watched the last 5-6 minutes on fast forward... I had to stop when it cut to the lumbar yard... it was the stupidest thing ever. I still listened to The Blood Theme which plays over the credits.... it was probably the best part of that episode.

/loves me some blood theme
 
2013-09-24 10:46:42 AM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Mad_Radhu: Carth: How bad would the Breaking Bad finale have to be to top Dexter's crappy finale?

Skyler kills Walt while Flynn is eating breakfast, Todd and Lydia get married and Jessie and Badger fall in love... No Dexter's ending would still be worst.

Brock goes to live with Todd in Belize.

Walt gets Omar'd by Brock.

Walt succeeded in killing himself in the pilot and this show has been his Lost purgatory.


Badger and Skinny Pete taking the entire 75 minutes writing an episode of Star Trek.
 
2013-09-24 10:46:52 AM  

FeedTheCollapse: the worst part is that I generally get what they were trying convey: Dexter's ultimate punishment is not handed down by a jury, but by isolating himself from those he loves so he can't drag them down as well.


Except the point was originally that Dexter wasn't capable of loving anyone. The whole sociopath thing. Sure the girl from Chuck is hot but not hot enough to re-wire someone's brain. Salma Hayek maybe.
 
2013-09-24 10:55:05 AM  

Mugato: FeedTheCollapse: the worst part is that I generally get what they were trying convey: Dexter's ultimate punishment is not handed down by a jury, but by isolating himself from those he loves so he can't drag them down as well.

Except the point was originally that Dexter wasn't capable of loving anyone. The whole sociopath thing. Sure the girl from Chuck is hot but not hot enough to re-wire someone's brain. Salma Hayek maybe.


the idea of Dexter eventually finding love as a way to redeem Dexter was there pretty much from the start: Rita was a cover; Lila was the first to know Dexter's secret, but she was psychopathic; Dexter discovers that he does need the affections of another who he doesn't have to hide his darkside from with Lumen, but she's not on the same murderous level as Dexter; after this is where it kind of goes off the tracks and the writers start farking around and Hannah's subplot comes off as a bit undernourished (Why was that story moved to the back half of season 7 instead of being the main plot of season 6?).
 
2013-09-24 10:56:29 AM  
I still haven't seen the last 3 episodes, I totally started getting less and less interested in the season, and somehow I was under the impression there was another season to go and Dexters "fall" would happen over the course of the last 2 seasons... guess something changed.
 
2013-09-24 10:57:54 AM  

Carth: Also it is weird to see Michael C Hall go from one of the best ending ever on television, Six Feet Under, to one of the worst with Dexter.


You'd think, as a producer of Dexter...that at some point, he'd have gone...

"Hey...I've done this before...and WAY better...so...something needs to change...lots of things need to change!"

Six Feet Under's finale was amazing...to go from that to this...
Mr. C. Hall...I am disappoint!
 
2013-09-24 11:04:48 AM  
CNN and intelligent analysis is an oxymoron
 
2013-09-24 11:07:11 AM  

Carth: How bad would the Breaking Bad finale have to be to top Dexter's crappy finale?

Skyler kills Walt while Flynn is eating breakfast, Todd and Lydia get married and Jessie and Badger fall in love... No Dexter's ending would still be worst.


Walter White combines gunpower, the ricin, and his blue crystal meth to make the catalyst to initiate Third Impact.
 
2013-09-24 11:11:41 AM  

FeedTheCollapse: Mugato: FeedTheCollapse: the worst part is that I generally get what they were trying convey: Dexter's ultimate punishment is not handed down by a jury, but by isolating himself from those he loves so he can't drag them down as well.

Except the point was originally that Dexter wasn't capable of loving anyone. The whole sociopath thing. Sure the girl from Chuck is hot but not hot enough to re-wire someone's brain. Salma Hayek maybe.

the idea of Dexter eventually finding love as a way to redeem Dexter was there pretty much from the start: Rita was a cover; Lila was the first to know Dexter's secret, but she was psychopathic; Dexter discovers that he does need the affections of another who he doesn't have to hide his darkside from with Lumen, but she's not on the same murderous level as Dexter; after this is where it kind of goes off the tracks and the writers start farking around and Hannah's subplot comes off as a bit undernourished (Why was that story moved to the back half of season 7 instead of being the main plot of season 6?).


I've found things to like about every other season, but 8 was just a mess.  Now that's it's over, you can see that most of it was nothing more than a holding pattern.  There were so many aspects of the season that went nowhere--Masuka's daughter being the prime example.

While I get what they were trying to do with the finale, the execution was really poor.  I think better writers could have used the same outline and produced a really excellent finale.  Dexter exiling himself from the people he has learned to love could have been very powerful.
 
2013-09-24 11:23:39 AM  

Grungehamster: Carth: How bad would the Breaking Bad finale have to be to top Dexter's crappy finale?

Skyler kills Walt while Flynn is eating breakfast, Todd and Lydia get married and Jessie and Badger fall in love... No Dexter's ending would still be worst.

Walter White combines gunpower, the ricin, and his blue crystal meth to make the catalyst to initiate Third Impact.


I heard Mr. White divides by zero and takes out most of Albuquerque
 
2013-09-24 11:32:27 AM  
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2013-09-24 11:32:59 AM  

Carth: How bad would the Breaking Bad finale have to be to top Dexter's crappy finale?

Skyler kills Walt while Flynn is eating breakfast, Todd and Lydia get married and Jessie and Badger fall in love... No Dexter's ending would still be worst.


Skylar walks up from the basement, and we realize that the whole thing was a creative writing venture on her part that she started after Walk died of cancer.
 
2013-09-24 11:34:44 AM  

KellyX: Grungehamster: Carth: How bad would the Breaking Bad finale have to be to top Dexter's crappy finale?

Skyler kills Walt while Flynn is eating breakfast, Todd and Lydia get married and Jessie and Badger fall in love... No Dexter's ending would still be worst.

Walter White combines gunpower, the ricin, and his blue crystal meth to make the catalyst to initiate Third Impact.

I heard Mr. White divides by zero and takes out most of Albuquerque


Cut to scenes of dozens of Walter Whites in tightie whities appearing in front of people, transforming into the person each one loves the most, and then the people exploding into Tang. Then Marie sees Hank one last time, kisses him, and then explodes into Grape Kool-Aid.

...wait, isn't this supposed to be worse than the Dexter finale? Now I really want to see this.
 
2013-09-24 11:39:53 AM  

Mugato: FeedTheCollapse: the worst part is that I generally get what they were trying convey: Dexter's ultimate punishment is not handed down by a jury, but by isolating himself from those he loves so he can't drag them down as well.

Except the point was originally that Dexter wasn't capable of loving anyone. The whole sociopath thing. Sure the girl from Chuck is hot but not hot enough to re-wire someone's brain. Salma Hayek maybe.


I think one of the failed sub plots this season was that Dexter wasn't actually a psycho and Vogel screwed him up with the code.
 
2013-09-24 11:43:57 AM  

ShadowKamui: I think one of the failed sub plots this season was that Dexter wasn't actually a psycho and Vogel screwed him up with the code.


I don't think that was what was implied. I was pretty sure the code had more to do with saving Dexter from being an unhinged psychopath, not unlike Saxon.
 
2013-09-24 11:49:57 AM  

FeedTheCollapse: ShadowKamui: I think one of the failed sub plots this season was that Dexter wasn't actually a psycho and Vogel screwed him up with the code.

I don't think that was what was implied. I was pretty sure the code had more to do with saving Dexter from being an unhinged psychopath, not unlike Saxon.


A true psychopath isn't capable of love, so either Dexter never was one or he evolved into something else.  Either way they did a piss poor job w/ Vogel
 
2013-09-24 11:54:44 AM  

Rawhead Rex: Carth: Also it is weird to see Michael C Hall go from one of the best ending ever on television, Six Feet Under, to one of the worst with Dexter.

You'd think, as a producer of Dexter...that at some point, he'd have gone...

"Hey...I've done this before...and WAY better...so...something needs to change...lots of things need to change!"

Six Feet Under's finale was amazing...to go from that to this...
Mr. C. Hall...I am disappoint!


The producer credit is just that. It's not likely that he's involved in a lot of writing or plot decisions.
 
2013-09-24 11:56:47 AM  

Carth: How bad would the Breaking Bad finale have to be to top Dexter's crappy finale?

Skyler kills Walt while Flynn is eating breakfast, Todd and Lydia get married and Jessie and Badger fall in love... No Dexter's ending would still be worst.


Walt decides he just needs a break and he and Skylar move to Austin to teach salsa dancing lessons. He gets really into military reenactments and buys a fake machine gun to help enact part of the Tet Offensive. Jessie and Flynn open a breakfast bistro that uses molecular gastronomy called "Yeah Science!"
 
2013-09-24 12:01:36 PM  

Fish in a Barrel: I've found things to like about every other season, but 8 was just a mess. Now that's it's over, you can see that most of it was nothing more than a holding pattern. There were so many aspects of the season that went nowhere--Masuka's daughter being the prime example.


Ditto on the whole Sargent's Exam subplot ... make Joey work for it, take it away from him, give it to the other woman, who then immediately becomes virtually invisible for the rest of the season.  Seriously, she gets 0 lines from that point on.  Hannah was also so heavily unused, I'm glad she at least got that one scene with Elway in the bus.

While I get what they were trying to do with the finale, the execution was really poor. I think better writers could have used the same outline and produced a really excellent finale. Dexter exiling himself from the people he has learned to love could have been very powerful.

I most definitely agree.  I'm not unhappy with the ending, but they could have done so much better with getting us there.
 
2013-09-24 12:01:48 PM  
Why shouldn't Walter White build an atomic bomb...
 
2013-09-24 12:04:50 PM  
If I were a Dexter writer, he'd have been caught, and gone down in a blaze of glory - slaughtering everyone at some tobacco company's corporate headquarters.
 
2013-09-24 12:14:44 PM  
If Carlton makes a guest appearance in Breaking Bad finale and does nothing but dances with Walt Jr for one solid hour while they both cover themselves in breakfast, it will still be better than the last 3 seasons of Dexter.
 
2013-09-24 12:18:05 PM  

ShadowKamui: A true psychopath isn't capable of love, so either Dexter never was one or he evolved into something else.  Either way they did a piss poor job w/ Vogel


Maybe the ancient demon that was controlling his body finally left... wait that's just retarded! Who the fark would go with that shiat?
 
2013-09-24 12:18:09 PM  
I'm sure the writers didn't want the serial killer to have the "happily ever after" ending with Hannah and Harrison on the beach.  I would have preferred Dex making it to Argentina and a shot of them all on the beach pulling back to show Quinn has followed them, looking for revenge for Deb.  I think they made it obvious that Quinn had Dexter figured out  For a show that announced two years ago when it as ending, it felt like the last couple episodes were thrown together on the fly.


/Anyone who says this is the worst finale ever didn't watch Lost
 
2013-09-24 12:22:15 PM  

KellyX: Maybe the ancient demon that was controlling his body finally left... wait that's just retarded! Who the fark would go with that shiat?


as much as I didn't like this last season, the more I hear about the Dexter books, I can't help but think the show hitting rock bottom is better than whatever the hell's going on in the books.


jj325: I think they made it obvious that Quinn had Dexter figured out


shiat, that plot point was dropped at the end of season 5. I kept waiting for them to revive that idea; it certainly would've made Quinn much less pointless since then.
 
2013-09-24 12:31:38 PM  
I gave up on Dexter after I realized Season 4 was its high point. The writers just seemed to get lazier and lazier, and the show was so in love with its own cleverness that it forgot to tell a story anyone cared about.

I felt the same way during season 6 of LOST (where all pretense of rational explanations was dropped and the magical element began to take shape), during season 6 of The Office (where the show became schmaltzy and unfunny as all the good writers started working on Parks & Rec) and season 3 of Weeds (which was only mildly watchable in its first two seasons, and which went downhill quickly after it decided to burn Agrestic to the ground).

/I almost gave up on Sons of Anarchy during that Ireland crap, but it righted itself in season 4.
 
2013-09-24 12:46:04 PM  
The lumberjack thing will be whats remembered but it was probably the best thing about the episode. It made a certain amount of sense. Everything else did not, from the fork, to the pen, to Deb having a stroke, to her being tossed off the boat.... None of it worked together. At least Dexter running off to be a psycho on his own makes sense, saying all the crap he had been trying to fit in was not working so fark it.
 
2013-09-24 12:54:09 PM  
The most amazing thing on the Dexter finale?

The revelation that in Miami, you can take you boat all the way up to a hospital's entrance. That's pretty damn cool.
 
2013-09-24 01:30:31 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Stupid is as stupid does.
People came and got what they wanted and expected every week, what with blood and murder and beverly hillbilly subtleties, then they expect ART at the end?

That's as deep as it goes for you, Dexter fans.
There is no redemption, just endless boorish mayhem until you die.
There is no movie ending.


you are edgy and relevant.
 
2013-09-24 01:36:37 PM  
Dexter hasnt been any good since trinity. I stuck with it, waiting for it to change, but hell the "training the up and coming serial killer"? They've done it for THREE farkING SEASONS!!>?? COME THE fark ON!!! ALMOST HAVE THE RUN OF THE SHOW IS DEVOTED TO THE SAME PLOT POINT!

I mean after a while it becomes obvious to even us morons that you cant come up with anything new. That's when you hang it up!

sorry.
rant off.
 
2013-09-24 02:09:15 PM  
At least they are consistent. Season 1 ended with an out of nowhere piece of shiat and so did the whole series.

// I suddenly realize it have a brother I forgot!
/// don't see it coming != good storytelling
 
2013-09-24 03:23:08 PM  

GungFu: The most amazing thing on the Dexter finale?

The revelation that in Miami, you can take you boat all the way up to a hospital's entrance. That's pretty damn cool.


How about how you can unplug all the stuff  from a patient causing the monitors to show a flatline, hang around holding them for a few more minutes, and then carry their body out of a hospital that has just had a known serial killer wandering the halls an hour or two earlier without anyone noticing?

Really all we got were Angel and Hanna's reactions to Dexter's "death": what the hell did anyone think of an injured police officer's body disappearing from a hospital shortly before her closest living relative disappeared?
 
2013-09-24 03:28:30 PM  

ShadowKamui: I think one of the failed sub plots this season was that Dexter wasn't actually a psycho and Vogel screwed him up with the code.


As someone else posted in another thread, if they had actually taken that plot point and run with it the ending could have been glorious.  Vogel's misunderstanding of Dexter stems from her projecting the condition of her dead-she-thought son Saxon onto most of the possible psychopaths she meets.  That wouldn't have just explained Dexter and how he could be "healed by love" (blegh), but why there were so many serial killers in Miami: it's Vogel misdiagnosing people other than Dexter.

Instead of Saxon being the big bad, it should have been Vogel.  The series finale could have been Dex realizing that Vogel has been warping children into pseudo-psychopaths like him for years... and realizing that all the kills he's done, Harry's suicide, making Deb shoot LaGuerta, and quite a few other things NEVER would have happened if Harry had just gone to a competent psychologist rather than one still obsessed with the apparent suicide of her psychopath son.  His last kill could have been Vogel, and the pictures in the room all of the previous big bad serial killers, including Brian Moser.  Hell, imagine that drama, Dexter standing over Vogel screaming, "YOU MADE ME!  YOU MADE. ME KILL. MY OWN BROTHER."

The rest could have happened: Deb dying, Masouka's daughter and her going nowhere, Quinn and the rest of Miami Metro continuing to be dumb about the serial killer working in their department.  Even the lumberjacking could have happened, only now it would make sense since Dexter realizes he isn't truly a psychopath and doesn't need to spend the rest of his life with a serial killer.  That finale would have been amazing.
 
2013-09-24 04:55:05 PM  
I think moving Dexter to the Pacific Northwest leaves open a movie or even another series where he kills a few the psychos out here.  I'm not saying it's a good idea or anything; but it might be what the writers were after.  They seem to be trying to get rid of all the messy relationships in Miami Dexter had including all the kids and his love interest.  Killing Deb was probably the result of the real wolk break up of Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter.  I'm just going out on a limb and guess they don't want to work together anymore.  It also removes the relationship Dexter had with her too.  Now he's a lone nut again but in Everett or something.  He'll fit right in there.

An ending with Vogel being the real source of Dexter'ss problems would have been satisfying but it would have left open a big plot hole around Dexter's brother the ice cream truck killer.  That is unless it were somehow explained that Vogel had been tracking and working with both boys.  Also if it's all Vogel's fault people would have expected Dexter to get better and stop killing people so no Dexter.Next.
 
2013-09-24 04:57:02 PM  
hah.... hahahahaha... HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

So this tweet... this one right here

"The #Dexter finale was like having a friend of 8 years suddenly drop kicking my puppy... #wtf"

Is my tweet.

/no, seriously that's really me. 
//Follow me on twitter!  https://twitter.com/BOIBakedPotato
 
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