'Dexter' Season 6 premiere: Religion is the watchword

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dexter-season-6-premiere.jpgIt's finally here - "Dexter" is back on our TV screens. What did you think of the Season 6 premiere?

We pick up with Dexter being Dexter - killing two EMTs who were letting patients die in order to harvest and sell their organs. Charging ... clear!

For the Kill of the Week, Dexter is off to his 20-year high school reunion to avenge the death of Janet, a girl who was nice to him in high school. He suspects her husband Joe (the high school "sweetheart") killed her and made it look like a suicide.

The reunion is particularly hilarious because Dexter, as Harry points out, had a personal tragedy, looks better now than in high school and has a cool job. So he's now popular. It's pretty fun to watch, especially when Dexter experiences "hammer time." Dexter needs a sample of Joe's blood, so he signs up for the reunion flag football game - also amusing.

Dexter matches the blood found under Janet's nails to Joe's blood and then zeroes in on him, getting waylaid by Trisha, the prom queen, who apparently wants to give Dexter a BJ really badly. It's super weird. But he steals Trisha's phone and uses it to lure Joe to the groundskeeper's shack to kill him. 

It turns into a big religious discussion with Joe, who has a Jesus tattoo on his chest and killed Janet because divorce is expensive. It's really weird.

At the station, Masuka has lab interns and LaGuerta has blackmailed her way into a Captaincy. She and Angel are also divorced. So that's two thumbs up for LaGuerta [ sarcasm], but at least Batista gets to be acting Lieutenant of the squad since LaGuerta is movin' on up. Hopefully the position will be permanent for him.

As for Deb and Quinn, he's in the bathroom practicing his proposal when a gunman enters their restaurant and the two of them take the gunman down. And maybe Deb got shot? She grabs her side, but it's not clear. 

On the homefront, Angel is Dexter's new next-door neighbor and Angel's little sister Jamie is Dexter's new nanny for Harrison, who is starting pre-school at a Catholic school. So the religion theme rears its head early and is sprinkled (or anviled) throughout the episode.

As for the season's Big Bad - Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks go swamping for a pregnant water snake, disembowel a fruit stand worker, and then stuff the worker full of the baby water snakes, stitch him back up with the Greek letters Alpha and Omega on his chest and dump him in the ocean. At the end of the episode, the two of them paraphrase Revelations 13:1. The exact quote from the King James Bible is: "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy."

So are they acting out end-of-days things from the Bible?

So what did you think of the premiere? Are you on board with the religion theme? Also, what was up with High School Reunion Dexter? Definitely seemed a little out-of-character at times. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Photo/Video credit: Showtime