Dexter 8 Seasons 2006

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Season 1
(1,056) IMDb 9.6/10
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12. Born Free TV-MA CC

Dexter and the Ice Truck Killer have a final confrontation.

Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz
57 minutes
Original air date:
December 17, 2006

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Season 1

Customer Reviews

Dexter is the best show I have ever seen.
N. Akkiz
This series is a very well written, well acted show that has a great, if not different story line!
T. D. Cox
The show has suspense, tension, pathos, and a lot of dark humor.
Helen Hostetter

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438 of 456 people found the following review helpful By H. M Pyles on May 17, 2007
Format: DVD
The most disturbing movie I ever saw was "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer". In its portrayal of a man who lived physically among his fellow human beings while existing completely outside the orbit of human emotional interface, I thought I had seen the definitive screen rendition of a serial killer's psyche.

Then along comes Dexter who, with 12 episodes and a carefully-crafted life of friends, family, and career at his disposal for telling his tale, paints a portrait of sociopathic existence far more detailed and more disturbing than anything attempted by "Henry". That's accomplishment enough. But to do it with the droll wit and endearing demeanor of Dexter is downright amazing. TV seldom gets odder than this . . . and never more profound.

The real horror of each episode lies not in the killings by Dexter or by his victims. It lies in the horror of watching a man having to tread his way among his fellows in full knowledge that he is a hollow shell -- a body and brain devoid of a soul, with the only emotions being a fascination with blood and the driving hunger to kill. None of the means by which other people assuage their physical or emotional needs are available to Dexter, at least in the context in which others pursue them. Sex is a threat to Dexter, an act which can open cracks in the facade of humanity he has crafted and through which people can peer into the inner void. Friendly gatherings are obstacle courses, full of little bumps that could cause Dexter to trip and let his mask momentarily slip. Even eating, from which most people derive some emotional pleasure, is simply a necessity to which Dexter submits, preferrably combined with another necessary task, such as driving.

Clever. Interesting.
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5 of 0 people found the following review helpful By Rottenberg's rotten book review on May 17, 2007
Format: DVD
You know the premise - he's a serial killer who's also a police forensic pathologist. Dexter Morgan grew up the adopted son of Miami's most honest cop (James Remar, playing against type as Dexter's sympathetic paterfamilias). For reasons revealed at the end of the season, Dexter has a killer compulsion, with a peculiar fixation on bloodlust. Unable to control his impulse, Dexter's father decides that it doesn't have to be used for evil. Though sworn to uphold the law, Harry Morgan knows that the law can't be any more perfect than the imperfect specimens of humanity who run it. As an adult forced to make-do with memories of his beloved adopted father, Dexter now moonlights as a hunter of murderers who have beaten the system. In the first few minutes, he dispatches the choir leader of an exclusive private school - but not before reacquainting the victim with the corpses of the choir-leader's own murderous lust. (Unlike other killers, Dexter only returns to the scene of other people's crimes.) The running gag is that Dexter's double life isn't genuine duality after all: Dex's professional specialty in blood-spatter analysis is an outgrowth of his peculiar fixation with blood (in serial killer fashion, Dexter saves souvenirs of his kills - blood drops on slides) while he uses his detective skills to locate his victims.

At first it's hard to see Michael C. Hall's Dexter as something other than a darker version of "6 Feet Under" David Fisher, seeing that they both work with stiffs. However, Hall soon makes the character suitably distinct from Fisher, or just about any other you'll see on TV (even pay-cable; Imagine Tony Soprano giving up "The Badding Bing", waste-management or hijacking trucks - everything but having people whacked, personally).
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133 of 145 people found the following review helpful By shivatrance VINE VOICE on May 12, 2007
Format: DVD
Dexter does not disappoint. Based on the novels of Jeff Lindsay, Dexter is the story of a serial killer who murders other serial killers. While yes he is a sociopath, I find that one of the most fascinating parts of both the novels and the Showtime series is that slowly Dexter is starting to show that he may even be developing emotions. Could be a distinct possibility since he has had to wear a mask of humanity ever since he was three years old.

The surprising thing about this show to me is that it is very different in many ways to the novels. I think that Jeff Lindsay has to be both pleased and upset over what Showtime has done with Dexter. And in my humble opinion, I think that the series is actually much better than the books. The characters are much more developed and Deborah is no wear near as annoying in the series as she is in the novels. Plus I like how Angel "No Relation" Batista is a full on Homicide detective instead of just working for the M.E.'s office. In short, Showtime improved vastly on the novels and developed a much more diverse and rich world that Lindsay had created.

The part that ends up really getting to the viewer the most is that Dexter becomes a hero of sorts that even though his actions are quite immoral, you begin to view them as justifiable vegence for the victims of the people he kills. Maybe admitting that means I have a problem myself LOL but seriously, you can't help but like the guy. He is the nicest serial killer you could ever meet. And make sure you do meet him and buy this DVD. The replay value is outstanding.
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