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J’s Top 10 Performances of 2010

… and the Top 10 Worst too!

 

So the ranking continues! Today we cover the ten best performances of the year, a list exclusively saved for regular characters (and one TV movie star), who’s day job is putting on great performances as their characters. There were a lot of great performances in 2010, forming this list of ten was harder than the last few, there were so many worthy performances.

10. Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard on Lost – There was something different about Jack this season – he began dejected as his plan to change the future failed and Juliet lost her life, and over the course of the season we watched as Jack accepted his fate to become the next protector of the Island and came to realize that everything he once opposed, everything that Locke had stood for had been true; he evolved as a character and Fox evolved with him. Matthew Fox has always been a solid member of the Lost ensemble, but this year for the first time he stood out far and above.

9. Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert & Katherine Pierce on The Vampire Diaries – I can’t imagine a dual role would be easy for anyone, especially with the vastly different parts of Katherine and Elena; but Dobrev nails both of them. As Elena she’s good, she hit all her emotional marks and not succumbing to overacting. But as Katherine, Dobrev’s outstanding. I literally feel as if I’m watching another actress take on nasty villain (and Elena’s vampire ancestor) Katherine.

8. Alison Brie as Annie Edison & Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley Bennett on Community – Brown plays Shirley as possibly TV’s most confident and unapologetic (and still very likable) Christians. With a split second shift in tone Brown’s Shirley can go from sweet to sassy, her secret weapon is her dazzling array of voices. Brie is turning into one of TV funniest physical comediennes, earning her spot on the list for the chloroform scene alone. I constantly look forward to everything Annie, her new bag dance (from the Chicken Fingers episode) to the look on her face when she popped out of the trash can in the bathroom ambush scene from Modern Warfare.

7. Anna Gunn as Skyler White on Breaking Bad – Season 3 was Skyler’s season. It was an honour to watch Anna Gunn’s Skyler breaking bad. This season she went downright nasty; with three words she was able to destroy her estranged husband (I.F.T. if you know it, good, if not it’s too good to spoil) and watching her spin her improvised lie of Walt’s (Bryan Cranston) supposed gambling addiction to her sister was like watching a prodigy at work. Cranston is the best actor on TV deservedly winning 3 back-to-back Emmys and Aaron Paul ‘s performance finally got him the Emmy he deserved, but for some reason there was no love for Gunn this year. If Skyler’s meeting with Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) and her argument for purchasing the car wash showed us anything, it’s that Gunn is just getting started.

6. Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife – Panjabi is easily the breakout performance of the year. Her Kalinda is TV’s greatest enigma; watching do her job is seeing her at her best, using everything in her arsenal to get what she wants. Normally we see Kalinda on the offense, disarming with a smile or intimidating with a glare, but with the season 2 addition of nemesis Blake Calamar (Scott Porter) we get to see Kalinda cover new ground, and when Kalinda is on the defensive Panjabi is enthralling.

5. Sandra Oh as Dr. Christina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy – Who would have thought that Oh would be her best when Yang isn’t cutting? Sandra Oh’s performance of a doctor suffering from severe PTSD is one of the main agents of Grey’s creative renaissance. Whether slinging drinks in Joe’s, fishing with Derek or generally avoiding surgery Oh is always at her finest. I especially love her tense encounters with estranged best-friend Meredith.

4. Claire Danes as Temple Grandin in Temple Grandin – The last time I thought Danes was good in anything was as a regular on ABC’s 1994 series My So-Called Life. To say she’s simply good as Grandin is a severe understatement, she’s uncanny – she essentially becomes Grandin (at times throughout the film I forgot it was Danes). She’s in pretty much every scene, and commands the screen at all times even earning a much deserved Emmy. She’s flawless, embracing Grandin’s ticks and quirks, even changing the tone of her voice. On the same level of biographical portrayal as Jamie Foxx’s Ray and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Capote.

3. Khandi Alexander as LaDonna Batiste-Williams on Treme – Alexander stands out amongst Treme’s mega-talented ensemble. In 2010 we followed LaDonna on her 2006 (just post Katrina) quest to find the truth about her missing brother. She was a character of many faces; the sultry barkeep, the protective mother, the amicable ex-wife, the loyal daughter, and the grieving sister and Alexander was a pro at each one. I can’t see where season 2 will take LaDonna but whatever it is Alexander will nail it.

2.  Jon Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men & Danny McBride as Kenny Powers on Eastbound & Down – Though their mediums were different Hamm and McBride offered brilliant twin portraits of loneliness, addiction, delusion and ultimately redemption. Don Draper spent his fourth season alone and depressed, hell bent on using his vices and addictions (booze, ladies, smoke, etc..) to either take away his pain or his life. Whether it’s the drunk making an ass of himself at an awards ceremony, or the father fighting for his children; Hamm was perfect, he gave 100% all the time. Powers’ second season was spent picking up the pieces of his life, deeper invested into his delusions. In Mexico, Powers confronted his father (Don Johnson) played minor league ball and even fell in love and had his heart broken. Throughout all this we got to watch him learn lessons in family and humility, and was set on the path to becoming a real human being. Kenny Powers and Learning – not exactly PB and J – but McBride was superb. Though Mad Men’s quality may have afforded Hamm the single best performance of the year (The Suitcase and Tomorrowland alone), McBride in a quarter of the time was equally as moving, dedicated and convincing.

1. The Fringe Team: Anna Torv, John Noble and Joshua Jackson as Olivia Dunham, Fauxlivia Dunham, Walter Bishop, Walternate Bishop, Peter Bishop and Olivia’s Peter Bishop Hallucination on Fringe – 3 people, 6 different characters – colour me impressed. The core of Fringe’s cast are the tightest team of performers on TV and together they give us the year’s finest performance. These three actors, when engaged onscreen together have the greatest chemistry and constantly make each other better. Joshua Jackson is severely underrated subtle performance was fantastic as Peter came to terms with his past and who he is. Noble was pitch perfect as the often childish, but brilliant Walter. In 2010 he started to emerge from the fog of his mind and accept responsibility for his actions. And while Noble and Jackson’s second characters were glimpses, Torv played two complete (or four if you’re this guy who’s not entirely wrong) fully realized people. Both O and Faux – livia were conflicted and complex characters, but in terms of personality, they were night and day, and like Dobrev, Anna Torv was not one but two forces to be reckoned with.

Honorable mentions go to Timothy Olyphant – Damages, Mae Whitman and Dax Shepherd – Parenthood, Chris Colfer – Glee, Campbell Scott – Damages, Iffran Khan – In Treatment, Andrew Lincoln – The Walking Dead, Scott Caan – Hawaii 5-O, Amy Poehler  – Parks and Recreation and the entire Modern Family cast.

The Top 10 Worst Performances of 2010


The following ten people just spent the better part of the year rubbing me the wrong way. Now even though this list is the worst performances, I don’t blame the actor entirely. It’s the crucial combination of casting, writing, directing, and acting that totals in my mind, a performance.

10. Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester on Glee. There’s nothing gleeful about Mr. Schuester; to me he’s simply  a one dimensional inspirational-teacher type. I never understand his motivations and I don’t think Morrison does him either.  He spent the first chunk of Glee mostly rapping (just the worst) and since that stopped he’s only been singing adult contemporary. To put it simply – Give me Holly Holiday over Mr. Shue any day.

9. Shane West as Michael on Nikita. Insanely miscast. West lacks that physical bravado that an action man requires – and even though his fighting skills are killer – he looks like a hobbit next to statuesque Maggie Q.

8. Lauren Velez as Captain Maria LaGuerta on Dexter. I will say I believe Velez tried her best and that it’s the way LaGuerta’s written that makes her suck so hard. I doubt even Meryl could make good with LaGuerta, the most ineffectual (non corrupt) police person in TV history.

7. Will Estes as Jamie Reagan on Blue Bloods. Jamie, the youngest of the Reagan brood also comes across as the most wooden and unrelatable of the bunch; It doesn’t help that his character is one of those Ryan Atwood martyr types.

6. Jessica Szohr as Vanessa Abrams on Gossip Girl. A complete waste of a spot on Gossip Girl’s regular  cast (along with complete wastes of space Rufus and Jenny Humphrey). Vanessa is supposed to be the good one, free of the evils of greed, yet Vanessa continues to do the most obnoxious things and Szohr doesn’t sell it for one second.

5. Sarah Roemer as Leila Buchanan on The EVENT. I once heard the Event referred to as an acting vortex, and I can’t possibly think of a better term. The entire cast, most of whom are quite talented, slum it week after week but Roemer stands out as the worst of the bunch. She spends most of her time whining about her missing sister and waving a gun she looks like she can barely lift.

4. Parevsh Cheena as Gupta on Outsourced. I get that this character is supposed to be annoying, but Cheena makes Gupta a billion times more cloying than he has to be. He is the sole reason I stopped watching Outsourced after 2 episodes, it wasn’t the fact that it wasn’t funny, or that it was mind-numbingly stupid; it was Gupta.

3. 2. & 1.  Three Way Tie! Michael Chiklis, Kay Panabaker and Jimmy Bennett as The Powell Family (minus Julie Benz’s Stephanie): Jim, Daphne and JJ on No Ordinary Family. The only thing out of the ordinary with the Powells is how much they – for a lack of a better word – Suck! As a family they have no chemistry, they could just as easily be strangers, and individually they’re even worse. Bennett is all face acting; big expressions and eye rolls – also the worst hair on TV. Panabaker is as believable as real teen as Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed and she’s actually a teenager. And Chiklis – poor Chiklis, going from one of TV’s all time bad asses on the Shield to a eunuch like Jim. He seems just as miserable and bored as hell. Of the Powells the only one who doesn’t grate on my every nerve is Stephanie played by Julie Benz, which is ironic because as Rita on Dexter, that’s all she did.

Outraged I forgot anyone up top or included anyone on the bottom, let me know!

For more Best of 2010, be sure to check out:

J’s Top 10 Guest Stars of 2010

J’s Top 10 TV Character Deaths in 2010

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Dexter Recap “Did it work, did it make you feel better?”

WOW! What a finale. I could write for eons about intricacies of the fifth season and it’s dazzling finale but I’m recovering from spinal surgery so I’m gonna keep it relatively short.

First of all I need to say that coming off a season like Dexter’s 4th would be a daunting task for any creative team. I think Clyde Phillips and company did a stellar job of not only creating an interesting Big Bad, but also with Lumen. I can’t recall a more polarizing character in recent TV history. Many compared her unfairly to Rita and Lila, Lumen was something completely different; a broken entity in even worse possible shape than Dex. Team Dexter was never coy about their intentions with Lumen – from the beginning we knew she would be helping Dexter get over Rita’s death, but the way in which it was handled felt so true to Dexter’s character, I couldn’t help but fall for Lumen also.

Julia Stiles needn’t worry about her career trajectory anymore, Lumen is the kind of role that could have revitalized anyone, and it was not an easy role at all. The torture both physical and emotional that she went through was engraved in Stiles’ nuanced performance. She should hear her name come Emmy time for at least a nomination.

The final standoff between Dexter, Lumen and Jordan was great. We knew that “tick tick tick” Jordan’s life was gonna slip away and that Lumen was going to be the one to stab. I love when she grabbed his mouth and said in a calm and very intimidating manner “You dont get to use my name”. The best moment of the episode came after they killed him during the cleaning. The standoff with Deb.

I think we all kinda saw this coming, but that didn’t make it any less enjoyable. We’ve seen the effect the Barrell Girls had on Deb, and since she came up with her vigilantes in love theory it lead to the standoff behind the plastic. In the end, Deb caught her vigilantes and ultimately decided to let them go. A move she later admitted to Quinn she didn’t understand. Now – I really hated Jennifer Carpenter in the first few seasons, I hated her acting, her cadence, really everything, but this season she was a standout. Her relationship with Quinn allowed Carpenter to add a few layers to character we’d yet to see in her romances with Lundy, the weird musician, and Rudy the ice truck killer. Kudos to Carpenter for continuing to grow as Deb does.

The other plot of the episode had to do with Quinn getting the blame for Liddy’s murder. With his name on the equipment, and the calls and blood on his shoe, it looked like Quinn was gonna get the rap for Liddy’s death. The moment they arrived on the scene Quinn knew he was in deep shit. The main evidence was Liddy’s blood on the shoe which Dexter had to test. I think he faked the results for Deb. He saw what Quinn means to her and acted out of love even though he has been completely transparent in his feelings towards him. Quinn knew Dex did something to help him out, and even subtly let him know that he owes him one. I think that Quinn will be the focus of the next season and that’s great with me, his relationship to Dexter is one of the series more interesting components. He is leagues and miles above the cartoonish Doakes.

In the end Lumen left, her Dark Passenger’s thirst quenched by killing the Electro Barrel Murder Club. Again this was kind of predictable, but that didn’t infringe on the moment of her leaving. Sitting, waiting with bags packed. It was really hard to watch Dexter being momentarily happier then we’ve ever seen him knowing she wasn’t going to stay.  Dexter liked having a partner, someone who saw him for who he really is and more importantly and “the certainty that nothing, nothing is set in stone, not even darkness” Does Dex believe that there is a possibility for him to extinguish his dark passenger? Maybe. But I think he’ll sooner realize his “Dark Passenger” is simply a construct of his mind, an excuse to continue doing what he does.

Overall this was a great season, not comparable to the last, but then again few season as a whole are. I can’t wait for next season (Dexter got a season 6 pickup last week) which may be a little weird with the news that Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter are divorcing after two years of marriage. What do you think is gonna go down next season?


Dexter Recap “Teenagers. They can make you homicidal”

“Tell me about it”

Last night’s episode of Dexter felt like an interruption – almost vacant of progression, it rather explored Astro Astor and what’s been going on in her life since her mother died. Progression on the Electro Barrel Murder Club front was minimal with plot focused on Dexter stealing a blood sample from a vial worn by Jordan Chase.

Astor’s reappearance did provide a few interesting things; mainly Deb’s introduction to Lumen. The scene was awkward as hell, and smart Lumen got out of there fast. After she did Deb began interrogating Dexter “Seriously, that’s your tenant?” I saw the look on Dex’s face – I can’t remember the last time a lie had betrayed him more. I wouldn’t have believed him either, and usually I think he fibs top notch.

Asshole Astor showed up scaring Lumen half to death, with a friend named Olivia in tow. Lumen eventually figures out that they were running from Olivia’s mom’s boyfriend – who beats the shit out of her,  but only in places that don’t show. The guy comes looking for Olivia and Dexter beats the shit out of him, all while trying to be a good dad, trying to talk essentially “..in a battle of wills with my drunk shoplifting teenage stepdaughter – and she’s going to win.” In the end she didn’t but she did  figure out why Dexter needed Lumen (no surprise to us! It’s his healing for Rita) and with that whatever Lumen is to Dexter got Astor’s acceptance.

Deb was consigned to the file room where a missing piece of evidence in the EBMC case surfaced – multiple unsubs (as Hotch would say). LaGuerta refused to reopen the case, thought it was Deb trying to get back at her. In a battle of wills of her own against LaGuerta, Deb screamed about Quinn’s vacation (suspension), and throwing her under the bus and also something about them being first and foremost police and LaGuerta reopened the case – but before she did she explained that Quinn was on suspension for investigating Dexter.

In the end we found out the real reason LaGuerta reopened the case (I knew it wasn’t her police acumen) Batista has been sleeping on the couch, and her reopening the case was apparently the first of many steps in repairing their relationship.

Deb went to interrogate Quinn who loves her and now they’re fighting.  He came clean about everything but Liddy who basically spent the whole episode menacing in the corner (shooting the kid with his fingers was cute though). Uncovering what’s going on with Dexter is Liddy’s redemption and Quinn realizes now that he’s unleashed a monster. I predict Quinn and Dexter will take Liddy out together – or something like that – they’re not gonna Doakes this. Well… they better not Doakes this.

Dexter was able to sneak away the blood sample it was from a girl who is very much alive. Leverage. Cool. The bad part is that Chase figured it out and the episode ended chillingly as he called seeking Dexter but instead spoke to Lumen – calling her by name – taunting her with his tick tick tick catchphrase. Maybe Stiles shoulda done horror in her teen years cause she sure does terrified well.

That’s pretty much it. A sorta blah episode with a few good moments but it had a KILLER ending… haha get it… Sorry guys it’s been a long freaking monday. Did you agree or was this episode your cup of tea?


Dexter Recap “This is all much easier with a partner.”

Harry couldn’t handle what he turned Dexter into. Once he saw what he created he couldn’t live with himself . Miguel couldn’t handle the code. He made his own rules. Lilah… well Lilah was just plain nuts, even for Dexter standards. So I get why Dex wants to try again, I just don’t see it working out. Last night’s episode “Take it”  was exciting, tense, well written – It was easily this season’s best so far (a feat that’s not so hard).

The episode opened with Jordan Chase (Johnny Lee Miller) providing narration, spewing his “Primal Instincts” propaganda. “We are born primal” he says to thunderous applause “I’ve never been around so many people that make me feel normal… Really Normal” Dex muses. Unlike the cohesion we were treated to last season; with all story lines (even seemingly random Romances) converging, this season has three clear story arcs, and last night, all three were in top form.

LaGuerta La Muerta

Last week left LaGuerta unable to accept any sort of responsibility for the innocent lives her ambition cost. Maria continues her descent into mass unlikeability, even putting pressure on her husband to lie on the record for her. (Actor growth gush 1:It was in this scene I really noticed how far David Zayas has come as an actor in 4 seasons. He has turned Batista into a sensitive, three dimensional character, a rarity in Dexter)

LaGuerta tried to collude with Deb and the pass the buck to officer Manzon (April L. Hernandez). Well Deb was having none of that. Her greatest quality is that she’s always been no bullshit. A quality LaGuerta overlooked, sure Deb is ambitious, but she’s determined to earn it. She suggested that they take it as a team. She reminded LaGuerta that this was her fuck-up and hers alone. I think we all knew what was gonna happen after that, which would put us eons before Deb. She saw it on TV: LaGuerta passed the buck to her. That Bitch. (Actor growth gush 2: I’ve been where Deb is. I reacted the exact same way she did. So mad props to Jennifer C.(arpenter) Hall. She is also someone who used to make me wanna blow my brains out but now I think we could be friends)

So Deb went to confront LaGuerta, thinking Angel sold her out, that he was so p-whipped he lied. “I actually thought you being with Batista might actually make you a better person. I never thought you’d eat him alive” Laguerta couldn’t hide it, that stung. Deb got suspended (with pay at least) and while she was clearing out her stuff she saw her Judas; Cira Manzon. What Cira did is messed up, but LaGuerta has a history that Deb knows, simply put – Deb should have known better than to think LaGuerta would let her career take any kind of hit. As Deb was leaving Angel approached her offering his full support. I said it last week and I’ll say it again – Batista is ending the season with his wife’s job.

Quinn and Robocop

Peter Weller turned up again (and in continually fine form) as Quinn’s buddy who’s investigating Dexter. He used an old PI trick to learn Lumen’s name and used that nibble to extort more money from Quinn, lest he tell Debra what they’re up to. Well turned up once more…

eLUMENtry School

The hunt was in full swing last night. Dexter and his protege were after Cole (Chris Vance) the head of security for Jordan Chase. Cole aka Suit and Tie was the third member of the Electro Barrel Murder Club to lose his life to growing-in-my-affections team of Dexter and Lumen. And it was a great scene – but I’ll get to it later.

Dexter had begun to take Jordan Chase’s seminars a cover to get close to he and Cole. He’d maybe been there a day before Chase noticed him and sent his lackey Cole to bring him to a private meeting. Chase knew all about him, about Rita, Harrison’s name and JLM delivered all this with a vibrant glow and lit dedicated eyes. It was so creepy!

Anyway, Dexter was planning on getting Cole at the hotel and needed Lumen to go shopping for him. List: Duct Tape, 30 yards of polyethylene sheeting, black garbage bags. But Lumen past was catching up with her. She’s a runaway bride, who left sweet alabaster Owen at the altar. He was in Miami to try and sway Lumen on a trip around the world with him. Poor Owen, ignorant of what transpired to Lumen. He represented someone who was dead to her, someone she was desperately trying to be again. But first she had work to do.

Lumen showed up at the hotel with the supplies and in my favorite scene of the week helped Dexter set up his classic kill room. It was interesting to hear him explain aloud to another person what we’ve only heard in voice over. It’s becoming more apparent that Dexter is getting more out of this than she is. At first I thought this was a side project for him, but he needs her. She understands him, who he really is, she’s in it with him which is something Rita could never do. She is more than just catharsis, she’s his evolution. He thinks that with her he can be better. After all, Dex put it best “This is all much easier with a partner”.

Lumen aint no dummy either, she called him out, asking him what he get out of all this. Not knowing that this is just who he is. Suddenly they heard screaming from Cole’s adjoining room – just sex screams, but enough to send Lumen into a panic attack. Dex calmed her down and Lumen was finally able to sleep. All he had to do was be there for her. Weeks of torture have left her shattered as Chase put it and Dex is there with glue gun in hand. When she woke in the morning Lumen realized she missed her chance to kill Cole. But the sleep was worth it.

Dexter and Lumen’s last chance was the following day, and right as Dexter was about to go hunting, Chase ambushed him, called him on stage and forced him to recount the circumstances surrounding Rita’s death. That’s when Lumen was spotted wandering around the lobby by Cole and the chase began.

And then it became awesome. Lumen ran for her life, the fear of death lit up in Stiles’ deep brown peepers and managed to shoot off a text to Dexter. The scene was brilliant, a tense cat-and-mouse chase/action sequence; it was a perfect example of what this series is capable of when it’s at the top of it’s game. Dexter arrived in the nick of time and subdued Cole.

Then it was time. Dexter and Lumen stood over the immobile Cole almost pensive before Dexter took Cole’s blood for his slide collection. Lumen’s reaction was amazing. She pieced it together, Boyd was not his first, this was who he is. Dexter saw her face and spilled his whole life story and with her approval, plunged the knife into Cole’s chest. Dexter included Lumen in every aspect of the kill, from the early planning and shopping to body disposal (SPEAKING OF: So Robocop got pics of Dex and Lumen disposing of Cole on the boat. MINI ANXIETY ATTACK). The death of Rita has so profoundly effected him that he would abuse this broken woman’s trust by turning her into a killer. Maybe Lumen has no dark passenger, Dexter is just so alone he feels the need to turn someone into him.  He’s getting more out of it than she is, he’s losing the upper hand in the relationship. When they finish off the Electro Barrel Murder Club what then? Dex seems to think maybe there is some future, I say Lumen is gone as soon as the EBMC is.

Well that’s all. We only have 4 more eps left. Where do you see it going?

Till Next time.


Dexter Recap “What do we got? We got her and her and her and her… and her”

Group pictures really seem to get people into trouble. Just a few months ago Will Travers uncovered a global conspiracy on Rubicon using mainly a group picture of the conspirators as children and now the key to Lumen (and Dexter’s) catharsis is a similar picture featuring the Electro-Barrel Murder Club. Tonight we were introduced to Jordan Chase (Johnny Lee Miller, how awesome is it that he’s back on TV?)  and Cole (Chris Vance, Prison Break) who it seems along with the dentist (Sean O’Bryan) and Boyd Fowler (Shawn Hatosy) and one other mystery person make up the Electro-Barrel Murder Club which believe it or not is NOT like the Women’s Murder Club. Johnny Lee Miller is an interesting choice for the Big Bad, he’s not overtly menacing, but does exude some nasty… he’ll always be Zero Cool to me though…

Poor Lieutenant LaGuerta. She is probably one of the most ineffectual law enforcement leaders in television. She’s guided by a need to be top dog in a man’s world. She literally had an issue of Police Chief Magazine on her desk. Seriously. Go back and check your DVR right now and see it. I’ll wait… … … See! Her mishandling of Santa Muerta, getting innocent people killed (and not knowing it was a mistake) has demotion written all over it and I think Batista’s gonna take her job. Marriage!

Quinn and Robocop continued their investigation of Dexter. I’m a little surprised at how easily Quinn was manipulated by Robocop. Quinn may be the new Doakes, but he’s a smarter, more suave Doakes, or at least he should be. Though this is the same guy that slept with the Trinity Killer’s daughter for a while.

Dexter and Lumen are quite the pair. I don’t know where they’re going with Dexter and Lumen’s storyline. I don’t think it’s as simple as revenge, I don’t think it’s romance either, although they certainly hinted at it last night when Dexter introduced Harrison to Lumen. The way Harrison leapt into her arms, Dex’s face, his joy, Hall and Stiles played it beautifully. The role of Lumen, love her or hate her, was definitely the right career decision for Stiles. And Stiles was the right fit for Dexter. Having Dexter become the teacher was the natural progression for the series and the character and Lumen is a much more interesting student than say Cody or Asshole Astor.

What did you think of Circle Us?  Is Lumen growing on you too?

Till next time ‘fasten your seatbelt’s