September 23, 2007

Dexter: Season One

Dexter is a show on Showtime, with a second season starting fairly soon(though two episodes from season 2 have been leaked and are all over the internet now).  I did a marathon watch of the first season on DVD.  It came recommended by a family member, and I'll echo that recommendation, Dexter is an excellent show.

I should note, its not one for kids, beyond the language, violence, gore, sex and nudity, Dexter is an extremely creepy, dark, gruesome, but ultimately enjoyable show. 

Michael C. Hall stars as Dexter Morgan, a skilled serial killer who murders only serious criminals, usually other killers.  Dexter long held the impulse to kill, and as a teenager was caught killing and dissecting animals by his foster father, a police officer named Harry Morgan (get it?).  His father recognized that Dexter was destined to be a killer, and set boundaries for his son, to only kill those who were serious criminals and deserved to die.

Dexter works as a forensic investigator with the local police department, and is a masterful blood spatter analyst.   He is an interesting character, completely empty and distant, he tries to pretend he has emotion and is capable of connection to blend in, sometimes, he doesn't get it quite right, and it produces some awkward, uncomfortable, and often amusing moments in the show.  You can hear Dexter's internal voice, his mind's voice is flat, detached, which can sometimes be very funny.  Dexter is an interesting killer, its obvious he likes to kill, but he does it in a very creepy, dispassionate, meticulous way. 

The main plot of the first season revolves around another highly skilled serial killer, and an amazing game of cat and mouse between Dexter and the serial killer.  Its a really interesting story, and if the very dark and gruesome nature of the show doesn't repel you, its very well acted, and will probably pull you in, I think you'll really enjoy it.

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