Recap Review: Dexter Season 3 – Did Miguel Deserve His Fate?

Did Miguel Deserve His Fate?

Since so much has been in reruns lately, it leaves time to catch up on old shows. One show that JC and I have been catching up with is Dexter. Not having Showtime, this means we’re left to the powers of Netflix and DVD releases to watch this one, so after we sped through seasons one and two on Netflix, there was a gap before my future sister-in-law (shoutout!) was able to let us borrow season three.

So while I promised to tweeps that I’d watch Buffy or Joan of Arcadia last night, you’ll have to wait another day. I got way too caught up in finishing Dexter season three, and I wasn’t able to squeeze anything else in (at least if you expected me to be lucid at work today).

Anyway, while I enjoyed season three ultimately, I’d say it was a slow build. I didn’t like Harry’s role this season — only appearing in an almost hallucinated haze, as opposed to flashbacks — and it took me a while to like the storyline. But then it all changed when it became a back-and-forth of power between Dexter and Miguel, and I must say, I really liked it. But I”m led to ask: Did Miguel deserve his fate?

This season was all about the Code. Even as Dexter was little by little revealing his secret to Miguel, the Code still stayed in effect. Dexter did his research. If someone didn’t fit the Code, he didn’t die. And Miguel had to follow it, too.

Of course, that didn’t happen. With the death of Ellen, Dexter realized that Miguel was just another bad guy. But was he as much of a bad guy that made him the next target of Dexter’s saran wrap death? You have to start wondering whether Dexter’s reasons were completely unbiased. Could covering his own tracks be the real reason that Miguel kicked it? Or did the shadow of that first emotion Dexter ever felt — anger — really make the choice for him?

Let’s look at it in comparison with some of the other victims in Dexter’s list. Usually, as Dexter presents the “sins” to the victim, showing him pictures of those someone has hurt or killed, there’s more than one picture on that shelf. For Miguel, there was also more than one. There were two. The only strange thing? One of them wasn’t dead. Miguel’s only real kill was Ellen, and Dexter stopped him before he could hurt Laguerta. But while we all assumed that was Miguel’s mission, there was no real proof that he would kill again. In fact, we naturally assumed that he would hurt again, therefore making him do his research. Heck, we might’ve even assumed that he’s considered a bad  guy because not only did he kill Ellen, but he threw his own father down the stairs.

But that’s the interesting part. Dexter didn’t do his research. Miguel didn’t push his father down the stairs; his brother did. He killed Ellen, but beyond that, his actions were in line with the Code. By all accounts, Dexter broke the rules for Miguel. So did he deserve to be killed?

Sure, I wanted him gone. And jail just couldn’t do it. It was never really a question of whether Miguel would die — more so, it was a question of how Dexter would cover his tracks. But it does paint a pretty gray picture about Dexter’s actions if indeed his own angry emotions got in the way.


2 thoughts on “Recap Review: Dexter Season 3 – Did Miguel Deserve His Fate?

  1. Good point here. It’s interesting especially because Dexter killed Miguel’s brother in the first episode. Yes, it was an “accident” but Oscar certainly didn’t fit the code. When Dexter confronted King at the end, he said that King would convince himself that Dexter was a liar, just so he could justify torturing him to meet his sadistic need. Maybe Dexter did the same thing with Miguel.

  2. I don’t understand why you don’t think that Miguel met the code requirements? Miguel was a murderer of the innocent, period, regardless if it was one or many. I think you are getting hung up on the fact that Miguel technically only murdered one person, but I think we all know that it was only a matter of time before he murdered another innocent person. Dexter realized that, and I guess that’s all that matters.

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