Reviewed by Dominic Russell
“Travis has a dark passenger of his own…. But unlike mine it can be killed.” Wise words from a serial killer, but I’m not sure what Brother Sam would have to say about that! Sins of Omission is the latest chapter in the life of Dexter Morgan and the episode has brought the show’s storyline back on track.
After finishing his emotional roller-coaster in Nebraska and seemingly destroying his brothers spirit forever, Dexter is horrified to learn that Miami Metro are now investigating Travis Marshall. He must deal with his very pissed off sister, a suspicious Travis and of course the latest abomination courtesy of Gellar.
What can I say? The episode excited and thrilled me as per usual. The storyline certainly is becoming more engrossing as Gellar starts to take matters into his own hands and Travis starts to face the consequences of leaving his “employment.” For me, the show has always found success when Dexter is stressed and under pressure. This episode captures that element superbly as he tries to convince Travis to help him, deal with an emotional Debra and try to figure out if there is any light in him at all. Also, this episode sets up the exciting possibilities and for me; I foresee that possibly Dexter and Travis will team up to dispose of Gellar. And then who’s to say Dexter may have a partner in crime forever? Time will tell. On a side note, it’s still nice to know the other characters are going through bad times; Quinn has lost his ability to womanize and is still heartbroken. Dexter, Gellar and Travis are the main points of interest though and I can’t wait for whatever journey these mixed bag of sick people take.
The visual aspects of this episode were once again shocking and disgusting! Gellar’s latest tableau isn’t as bloody, but just plain sick. This guy makes the Ice Truck Killer and Trinity look like sissies (although I’m still a big fan of both antagonists). What I love about these gruesome killings is that I thought that I had seen it all, but quite obviously I’m mistaken. As a villain, Gellar is great because he’s the kind of adversary you have no sympathy for and is frightening to watch. I can’t wait for him to land on Dexter’s table.
Everything is more than up to scratch in this episode as the story has returned to its main point of interest and has set up a thrilling final four episodes. My only criticism is that aside from Deb, all the other characters have become weaker. Laguerta has always been a waste of space and Quinn and Batista are just there for the sake of it. This needs to be remedied. I was never happy how the tension between Dexter and Quinn was resolved; perhaps this could be revisited. Another classy installment though as I’m wrapped in the Doomsday Killers story and am itching for the next installment.
Rating- 4 Stars out of 5