i read your whole rant thing and i have seen the series about 2-3 times now (half way through season 4 again and dreading watching the end.... again :() I agree that the dark and sarcastic humor has gone but i disagree with the slip in season 4 and 5, i really do think that the death at the end of season 4 (dont want to spoil incase you publish this) was so totally unexpected (at least, for me) that i practically applauded the TV screen because of it. A lot of people found that character that died annoying and to be fair, i loved them, but could see why people may find them annoying (god its hard without saying a particular gender or name lol) With Season 5 i completely agree with the whole beginning saying theat it was a recap and it had me resting my head on my hand watching it, but the final episode (as usual in Dexter) had my jaw hitting the floor and flapping like a wild pokemon and i still think it was possibly the 2nd best season in Dexter.
My order of fave seasons are this.
Season 1 & 4 - AMAZING
Season 5 - Awesome
Season 2 - Cool
Season 3 - Meehhhh still good i suppose.
I found Miguel insanely annoying and found the story fairly predictable, i really found Miguels character dull and unneeded. I could see what they were trying to do, but i felt like it didnt work out as well as i'd imagined it.
Im not saying that you are wrong as everybody see's things different, i just wanted to discuss this with someone :P
Thank you so much for your thoughts and opinions. I completely get what you mean about Jimmy Smits’ character being predictable. I agree that the finale of season 4 was unexpected and shocking, it made the whole season better…but the season in general was only good because of John Lithgow, in my opinion.
Thanks again for your thoughts, I always enjoy discussing these things, even when people disagree!
I have debated writing this post for a while now, mostly because I know most people disagree. We can file this in RANT.
I have been an avid Dexter fan since the beginning (along with the rest of the world). I still love to see when people start watching Dexter for the first time and inevitably status update, tweet, or text about their new found obsession…and they all think they are the first to discover and love it THAT much.
I have this condition and it’s called: “I-guess-everything-that-is-going-to-happen-in-television-shows-and-movies-and-ruin-them-for-myself” I drive myself crazy with this. Dexter season one was the first show where this didn’t happen. This of course led to me screaming “SHUT UP” and “OH MY GOD” at the TV while jumping up and down on the couch. Season two was just as enjoyable as was season three (Lila was annoying but whatever). I adored Jimmy Smits character and will forever refer to him as Miguel Prado. Season four is where my heart began to doubt the lasting love I thought I had for Dexter. John Lithgow was terrifying; there is no doubt that his presence in the series maintained the suspense of the show. I still felt that the show began to verge on messy. I know this is because Dexter himself felt out of his element to meet another ‘bad guy’ who maintained a family so effortlessly. I can see what the writers were trying to accomplish, but the show took me to a place of uncertainty. The finale of Season four was by far the most disturbing, unforgiving, epic, and gut wrenching I have ever seen. Don’t let these writers fool you, just when you thought everything was A-okay and Dexter yet again disposed of another big baddy, they will MESS YOUR WORLD UP. I’m not going to lie – the finale had me reeling for days, but I still cannot deny that the rest of the season was simply good.
This leads me to season five…OH season five. I think episode seven is where I finally went “oh okay..this could be good”. EPISODE SEVEN! It is obvious that with the finale of season four the Dexter fan base and overall popularity grew rapidly. Unfortunately, this is where I think everything went wrong. You know in the beginning of a sequel to a movie or book the first 20 minutes/pages is usually a catch up on the previous installment? Well the first 5 episodes of season five were just that. It was a weekly dose of who Dexter’s character was. Did you know he was a blood spatter specialist? No?…well LOOK he can identify BLOOD in the back of a van! Let’s zoom in on the blood five times to make sure none of the new fans missed it. This is what every episode was like. My man and I actually placed bets on how many times we would hear “dark passenger”, “neat killer”, and “look, blood”.
The only redeeming quality the entire season could have had is if Deb had actually walked in and seen Dexter cleaning up the murder he had just committed. This would have finally opened up the series in a whole new direction. Instead it ended with everything peachy-keen, and absolutely nothing to look forward to in the next season.
Most TV shows have a three season shelf life before they start to curdle and inevitably spoil. I am truly upset that Dexter has gone in the same direction. If you are a huge fan of the show and completely disagree with me, go back and watch season one and two. You will see that all of the dark humor, sarcastic quips, and things you grew to love about Dexter have dissipated.
In Sarah Burton’s second collection for McQueen she said she was thinking of an Ice Princess. Though this inspiration is very clear through each look, I can also see the Black and White Swan come through as well.
The workmanship of this collection is impeccable. Accents of leather, metal, tweed, zippers, rabbit and fox fur covered each look like icing to a cake. The collection was accessorized with detailed shoes that were individual works of art, fingerless gloves, and metal caps. Most of the collection was black and white but some color was introduced with a lavender dress leading into other colored pieces that appeared to be made of mosaics. There was a definite bondage feel to many of the dresses with leather straps and buckles in every direction. My only complaint is the knee length leggings with the zipper trim which cheapened the look in my opinion.
Overall the show was epic and beautiful; a true ride through a fairytale land of light and dark.
Chanel day! Yes, I am blogging the IT fashion show, along with everyone else in this world.
First i’d like to touch on Stella McCartney. I found the Fall RTW collection gorgeous. After some simple dresses focused on translucent fabrics the following looks were heavily influenced by menswear. Patent loafers, oversized blazers, and tailored pants graced the runway. Though those looks were enjoyable, I preferred what followed: gold heavy fabric that looked like melted metal, and effortless polka dot appliqué. The polka dot looks were so lovely they literally brought a smile to my face. Well done indeed.
Now onto Mr. Lagerfeld, who never disappoints. This show took us on a polar opposite journey in comparison to last year’s French garden party. Volcanic rocks, steam, and The Cure set the stage for this presentation. The collection was much more industrial than what we’re used to from the Chanel lines. The tweed and hounds-tooth patterns were still there, but with an edge that was refreshing. Blazers and capes in heavy fabrics were accessorized with short combat boots and the classic chain purses. No heel was more than 2 inches. The heavy look of each fabric even continued with the lace and sequins. Nothing appeared dainty or polite. I enjoyed each in-your-face look and hope to see more like this from Chanel!
We know, Christian Louboutin doesn’t need to advertise to make people go crazy for his shoes. However, his S/S 2011 Ad Campaign is really creatively made. Each photo showcases how dreamy Louboutin shoes are and the photos look like they want to tell us different stories.
This morning I finally had the chance to catch up with some of what Paris Fashion Week has had to offer.
Let’s begin with a classic favourite of mine. Hermès has always had a special place in my heart. Not only are their purses a statement in themselves, but the scarves, bangles, everything screams posh French fashion. Their RTW 2011 collection went from a few looks perfecting winter white (I told you it exists!) with heavy knits and white on cream. The pieces then went into more camel and brown tones. The fabrics and cuts started to focus on a hunter/gatherer look. The models then strutted out in black leather, with clean cuts and a business meets Navajo touch. I enjoyed the brights intermixed in the collection along with the tribal notes.
Christian Dior was a much anticipated show beyond the John Galliano drama. I’m not sure if everyone was waiting to see if anything else crazy would happen, or just how much Galliano’s collections have matured over the years. There were many caped looks with navy, maroon, greens of iridescent shades. Fur came down the runway draped on the models in snoods and as trim. The large hats were also a nice touch. The show effortlessly shifted to the romantic with black, lace, ruffles, and 70’s baby doll lingerie looks. Swaying robes and tissue paper thin fabrics floated down the runway with a sense of whimsy. Overall a much put together show that touched on many emotions.
The Balmain RTW 2011 show in Paris blew my mind. Maybe because i’m a child of the 80’s, and anything sparkly gets me going like I have ADHD. Maybe it’s because the deep slits and cuts are so seductive. All I know is I ADORED it. It was like a disco ball exploded on the runway, and I didn’t mind it one bit.
I also enjoyed the heavy layering and thick fabrics at the Rick Owens show. There were a lot of capes, which makes me happy because that means those two hanging in my closet won’t go out of style anytime soon.
Nina Ricci…why? WHY? Did you really feel the need to stab my eyes out with the goofy textures, sex-less frocks, and the Oregon Trail color palette? This may be harsh, but I find that collection boring and as if Macy’s vomitted on it. Sorry.