In episode 2 of New Blood: Storm Of Fuck, we see Jim fully slip back into his old Dexter skin as he indulges in a little post-murder clean up following his relapse involving Matt Caldwell.
Matt’s father, Kurt (played by the legendary Clancy Brown) is out for vengeance before his son’s disappearance has even officially been confirmed as a murder.
Kurts bristling anger and passive aggressive attitude towards chief of police, Angela perhaps belies his casual racism towards Native Americans as well as a lack of trust in females whom hold positions of power.
Meanwhile, Dexter’s once tranquil cabin home has been upturned by the town’s entire police force as they hunt for Matt using K9 sniffer dogs, drone equipment and, forensics.
Dexter: New Blood amuses me the most when it is aping it’s predecessors energy; seeing Dexter becoming mildly irritated following exposure of his gruesome crimes is endlessly funny to me.
Despite its title promising a shitstorm following Dexter’s disposal of Matt, episode 2 lingers within the confides of one location and feels like a halt in pacing.
There is more focus placed upon Dexter and Harrison’s strained relationship, however there also feels like a lack of any real tension or drama.
Meanwhile, a moody Harrison is licking the wounds from his past as he haunts his birth father’s home like a spirit trapped in Limbo; the push-pull of two men struggling to acknowledge their shared Traumas and, blood is indeed powerful stuff.
As the episode meanders between family melodrama and lazy CSI scenes, we are privy to darker developments rising in this sleepy community.
I am going to state the obvious here; Kurt is bad news.
Episode 3 grants us glimpses of another storyline playing out alongside the family dramatics of Dexter and Harrison’s life together.
We see a drunken girl waking up in a creepy hotel room full of surveillance cameras as a masked voyeur watches her every move.
As this plot thread progresses, so does its creep factor- this hotel room locks from the outside and the drunken girl may in fact be prey for a much stranger predator.
My main criticism here is that the ‘unknown’ assailant clearly resembles Clancy Brown; his huge frame and height fills the screen and, his striking, wide-set eyes obviously betray the big reveal of this season’s serial killer: Kurt Cauldwell.
Kurt’s motivations may be unclear at this stage although they say that children pay for the sins of their Fathers; Matt’s hunting sins may mirror the dark urges of an authoritarian Dad with a penchant for hunting another animal entirely…
Interestingly, the standout actor in this episode is the spectre of Deb; now cursed to watch over the brother who took her life while he currently sabotages his own.
Jennifer Carpenter stuns as Deb, the spectre of Dexter’s past who thrives on taunting rather than haunting her big brother.
Her aggression, anger and, unresolved Traumas flood centre stage, cementing her once again as a fan favourite albeit in a different reincarnation from the foul-mouthed cop we once knew and loved.
Storm Of Fuck climaxes in a return to familial stability for Dexter, pity then that bloody footprints in the snow may signal the route to his downfall…
Despite being the most entertaining episode thus far, ‘Smoke Signals’ made me cringe a little over the mounting coincidences which appear to let our titular serial killer off the hook.
With the pressure building and, suspicions growing among the Iron Lake police force, a simple ‘blind spot’ in wildlife surveillance cameras appears to let Dexter off the hook regarding his compliance in Matt’s disappearance.
The lacklustre police work conducted here reflects the ineptitude of Miami’s finest in previous seasons but hey, familiarity is what draws us back to televisions favourite Neighbourhood Dark Parssenger, some ten years later.
While we are discussing familiar territory, what do we think of Iron Lake’s own adorable oddball: CSI Damien?
I found myself instantly drawn to Damien despite him being an obvious substitute for C.S. Lee’s fan favourite Vince Masuka.
Damn, I miss Masuka.
However, Masuka’s risqué, overtly sexual limericks and flirtations would likely send modern audiences into an avalanche of complaints.
Meanwhile, Harrison’s story arc continues to intrigue and delight.
We see Harrison integrating into high school life like an end level boss; he surpasses his IQ test at such an advanced level that his new headmistress assumes he must be cheating.
There is a wedge driven between Harrison and Dexter when Dex fails to defend Harrison’s corner; another confirmation that Harrison isn’t truly accepted yet.
We also witness Harrison’s deep-rooted Locus Of Evaluation when he turns on his newly made classmates the moment he discovers they are bullying a fellow student.
Harrison’s extreme switch from placid bystander to Dark Avenger in under five seconds is a joy to witness; could this boy be a vehicle for vengeance, and will we ultimately witness the Trigger for his own transformation into a Killer?
Outside of school, the fate of the drunken hotel girl is finally discovered; we witness her die at the hands of a bulking figure, dressed in white army fatigues who clearly loves to toy with his victims before hunting them down.
I couldn’t help but spot similar aesthetics between New Blood’s unknown assailant and, real life Sniper: The White Death.
The White Death was a moniker given to Finnish Sniper Simo Hayha who single-handedly defended Finland against the invading Soviet Union Army.
Simo earned his nickname by lying in wait in sub-zero conditions, half buried beneath the snow in his white fatigues.
His ghostly presence remained undetectable by invading forces and, in turn enabled him to shoot and kill 500 men in 100 days amidst the most savage of winters.
Iron Lake’s killer also wears white fatigues, relishes ‘working’ in snowy conditions and, appears to be a very capable Sniper as he guns down his newly released prey.
The contrast ends here; Simo was a real life war hero whereas New Blood’s killer seems to be another formidable killer with a penchant for hunting women.
Another interestingly creepy storyline involves billionaire Edward Olson who relishes in tormenting Angela’s daughter, Audrey.
Olson appears to be yet another man hiding ulterior motives who also enjoys intimidating women and girls.
I am sensing a theme of the Underdog emerging within this season.
I also found the portrayal of Native communities a nice step forward in televisions depiction of America’s original peoples.
The care and respect in depicting a Native death ceremony for the murdered white stag was handled beautifully; the camera pans away, not allowing outside eyes to witness the sacred rites of the Tribe.
The line between homage and cultural appropriation is a silken one and, I respect the showrunners decision not to depict the inner workings of how the Natives grieve their dead.
These spiritual events are not for our outside eyes; to depict these would be sacrilegious, much like the killing of a rare deer upon Native land, as witnessed in episode 1.
New Blood’s Underdog narrative isn’t exclusive to one societal group; we engage with a teenage boy with Trauma, young women and girls from broken backgrounds and, Indigenous people fighting the Occupation of their beloved homeland.
We have seen women and girls portrayed simply as ‘Prey’ in a million different Horror franchises however, the women of New Blood are strong willed, fierce and intelligent; be careful because what you hunt may not go down without a fight.
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Ep2: 3/5 🖤’s
Ep3: 4.5/5 🖤’s