Dexter – ‘The Big One’ gets a fitting finale

There was the familiar tension that determined Dexter‘s fate over so many early episodes of the series. And when death comes calling on Dexter you can be sure he is not too far behind, especially if Death is in the form of a cool, smart talking, motivational guru with the slick character and heels of a well groomed corporate con as in Jordan Chase – Dexter’s nemesis in Season 5.Dexter-Morgan-Season-5

Episode 11 of the season left off at a cliffhanger with various ends precariously placed and involving various characters in the series. The finale (episode 12) offered reasonable resolution that gives rise to a much anticipated season 6. I say ‘reasonable’ as I hold back complete praise for this season due to the fact that Julia Stiles’ character really pulled it down. I don’t know if it was bad acting on her part (or maybe Michael C. Hall‘s Dexter is so convincing that a Deux Ex Machina would fall flat anytime here), but Lumen Pierce as portrayed by Julia Stiles, got on my nerves on more than one occasion.

Julia Stiles is not known to be a hammy or bad actor. There was enough of drama in the character she essayed here, but something still didn’t feel right about her being there. It could be that too much emphasis was placed on her character here or the nature of her character clashed with the solitude of Dexter Morgan. Well, for all I know enough of loose ends were tied up at the end, but there are still some niggling doubts as to what Dexter may have to face when he starts off next season. Too many close calls this season may take their toll on him… or will they? Can’t wait for Season 6.

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Dexter Personality Quiz

Came across this Dexter personality quiz while surfing through Dexter news on the net. Curiosity got the better of me and boy as a huge fan I do deserve a tryout with the Dexter crew. Now, I did take this test and here are the results.

 

Not bad eh, so the next time you meet Dex, go ahead ask him – ‘Who’s your Daddy now?’

Dexter – Season 5 Finale and I just can’t wait

The Dexter Season 5 Finale is playing tonight and I can’t wait to catch this. Season 5 started off on a promise of a new life for Dexter post wife Rita’s murder and the first couple of episodes did promise this. But midway, you had Julia Stiles come in as Lumen, a drifter caught up as a victim in a vicious torture ring, and then joining forces with Dexter, that greatly unsettled me.

Not used to seeing Dexter work with a partner, this association was heavily jarring and Julia Stiles did get on my nerves with her self righteous take on vigilante justice. But come the last few episodes, especially 9, 10, 11, there’s been a drastic change in the approach to the series, making it much more tighter, sharper and dynamic in content to bring in the taut and heart stopping moments that existed in Season’s 1&2.

Episode 11 ended in a thrilling multiple cat and mouse sequence between Dexter and the rogue cop from the Miami PD, who was spying on him, and Dexter’s interactions with Jordan Chase, that slick public motivational speaker, brilliantly portrayed by Jonny Lee Miller (Angelina Jolie’s real-life first husband for the uninformed). The teaser for the finale is gripping and you do feel for Quinn, Dexter’s antagonist within the department, who may end up on the wrong side of the law for a chance ‘drop’ of evidence that falls on him. Peter Weller (Mr. RoboCop himself) who plays the dirty cop in this season, was a pretty good addition to the cast and creepy as hell. He is one mo’fo’ I would like to get away from as soon as possible if I come across him in real life.

So that’s it for the pre-finale update. Go get ’em Dexter.

BTW Dexter just got a shot at a new season. So there’s more coming up in Season 6 and I get the feeling he wouldn’t be carrying on his work from behind bars. Let’s see if Season 5 finale tops last season’s brilliant finale shocker.

Bandra Worli Sea Link – A brilliant feat of engineering

If ever there was something to cheer about when it comes to the Mumbai skyline, it has to be the Bandra Worli Sea Link – a marvel that I admired from the other side of the bridge when we drove down to Don Bosco’s Matunga for my cousins wedding ceremony. During the Mumbai darshan, where we ordered a cab to take us around South Mumbai, we got a chance to get on the sea link and it sure was a good ride, that though short, gave a nice feel, by the fact that we were on one of the most scenic bridges with one of the most high tech engineering ideas in place to hold this project together. Loved the ride. The photos say it all.

Up and away on the Bandra Worli Sea Link
Up and away on the Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link

Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Everything was closer and larger than life than they appeared at first
Bandra Worli Sea Link Toll Booth
Bandra Worli Sea Link Toll Booth - Rs. 40 for the ride
Bandra Worli Sea Link - Exiting view
Bandra Worli Sea Link - Exiting view

 

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Ambani’s ‘home’

Going down Peddar Road, Baburao our driver showed us Mukesh Ambani’s latest addition to the Mumbai skyline – Antilia – supposedly the costliest home in the world (current value estimated to be $1 billion). Public verdict – Mukesh Ambani has taken the white man’s burden upon himself (read whatever interpretation you want into this comment). Here is the outdoor photo op of Antilia.

'Antilia' - Mukesh Ambani's home
'Antilia' - Mukesh Ambani's home
'Antilia' - Mukesh Ambani's home
'Antilia' - Mukesh Ambani's home
'Antilia' - Mukesh Ambani's home
'Antilia' - Mukesh Ambani's home

 

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Mumbai Darshan – General Sights & Sounds

I love Bombay – that’s official. Call the city what you may, my visit to the city of dreams after a gap of 20 years rekindled feelings of nostalgia, history and a pulse of the glitz and glamour that the city had to offer, be it the arc lights or the boardrooms of the Nariman Pointwallas.

I had been to Mumbai to fulfil my duties as the best man for my cousins wedding. The day after the wedding, we decided to go on a typical Mumbai chakkar exploring mainly South Mumbai since we were staying near Pali Hill. Our hotel was between Linking Road and Pali Hill, so we managed to take our first steps around the hill that housed half of the entertainment and business industry of Mumbai (and when I say half, I mean the top half). Taking a walk with my cousin round the hill, we saw massive mansions and five star apartments that would certainly have some star sipping his coffee from his tinted balcony and looking down on us mortals wondering how he/she could ride roughshod over us gawking commoners while zipping out in their Beamers.

Back to the Mumbai Chakkar. I am gonna attach some of the general sights that we experienced and specific images in following posts that deserve a bit more exclusivity.

Mumbai Planetarium
Mumbai Planetarium
Haji Ali Dargah
Haji Ali Dargah
Dhobi Ghat
Dhobi Ghat - Got accosted by a kid while snapping this
Dhobi Ghat
Dhobi Ghat
Typical old junk (in a good sense) Mumbai
Typical old junk (in a good sense) Mumbai
Chhatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj Terminus - When that's a mouthful
Chhatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj Terminus - When that's a mouthful
Victoria Terminus - There that's better
Victoria Terminus - There that's better
Jehangir Art Gallery
Jehangir Art Gallery - being a quick fix morning tour, felt real bad about missing out on going in here. Houses some of India's best art, so you need a day at least to see the place thoroughly
Some guys on a pedestal - looks communisty to me
Some guys on a pedestal - looks communisty to me
Some building at one of the junctions
Some building at one of the junctions

 

The Hotel Taj Mahal Mumbai - 2 years after 26/11
The Hotel Taj Mahal Mumbai - 2 years after 26/11
The famous Leopold Cafe
The famous Leopold Cafe
Marine Drive/Nariman Point
Marine Drive/Nariman Point
Marine Drive/Nariman Point
Marine Drive/Nariman Point
Marine Drive/Nariman Point
Marine Drive/Nariman Point
Marine Drive/Nariman Point
Marine Drive/Nariman Point

 

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