Loved the scenes in the cabin - he really did seem like he'd been trained by Special Forces to manipulate his captor, that was very intelligently written. He was amazingly calm in a situation that would have reduced most people to blubbering heaps of jelly. He knew just how to read Dexter to ferret out his weak points, even blurting out something about his father to avoid being killed while drugged (fast thinking!) Figuring out the Code pretty quickly, and even - almost - convincing Dexter to give himself up. Only to be foiled by his erstwhile partner, Deb, who of course didn't know what she was doing when he praised Dexter's cooking. This show just kills me with its continual irony.
If only he hadn't been such a lone wolf, he could have taken the blood slides to the FBI. They would have been inadmissible as evidence but his story would have at least set up a doubt in their minds. He could have provided the alibis for himself that LaGuerta later dug up, and proven at least that he couldn't be the BHB. And Lundy himself intuited Doakes was innocent. Together they might have managed to trip Dexter up. Why couldn't the FBI also put a "GPS trace" on Dexter's boat?
But I see how this plotline could not be told without Doakes' death. I'm just happy that old one-note Doakes got some nice development and memorable scenes before the end. I wish Dexter could win an Emmy as a kind of tribute to Doakes' sacrifice. He was the main reason why this season was just a tad better than even the amazing first season. Dexter vs. Brian was great but Dexter vs. Doakes was epic.
I agree with our recapper in that his death was lazy and a missed opportunity for a wonderful Dex-Doakes twisted brotherhood storyline.
When Doakes killed the Haitian, I wanted this storyline to materialize (Doakes could have died at the end of S3, then) but the way the character was developed since that episode, it became less plausible. He's simply too rigid, and doesn't have the dash of cynicism - or maybe just moral flexibility - that would have made it plausible.
But with another character, this plotline is still possible. I wonder about ever-careerist LaGuerta. Dexter must be really useful to keeping down the murder rate in Miami, and that's gotta be good for her...or maybe even a character who's not yet joined the cast.
Edited by Temis the Vorta, Sep 17, 2008 @ 8:20 PM.