DEXTER: NEW BLOOD
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jack Alcott, Julia Jones, Johnny Sequoyah, Clancy Brown, Alano Miller, David Magidoff, Jamie Chung, and Jennifer Carpenter
Creator: Clyde Phillips
New Blood had a tall task ahead of it since it needed to not only resurrect the series over a decade later, but also make up for a widely panned series finale. Against the odds, it does both. It takes some time to find its footing, but Michael C. Hall falls seamlessly back into the character, and once he does, you’re quickly sucked back into the series. The updated graphics and slight change in tone are refreshing, and it all wraps up with a finale that is sure to be far more satisfying than its original series capper. Well done.
Generally speaking, New Blood works as a mea culpa for the disaster that was Dexter’s original finale. At the very least, it washes the taste of the “lumberjack ending” from fans’ mouths. That said, it’s not a typical Dexter story, as it’s more concerned with Dex’s (Michael C. Hall) relationship with his potentially sociopathic son (Jack Alcott) than hunting a rival killer. It’s fine, but that hunt was the best part of Dexter and it’s mostly absent here. Overall, New Blood is nowhere near as bad as the series’ worst seasons, but barely as good as its most average ones.