Dexter: Season 1
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Dexter™ is a crime drama about Dexter Morgan, a man who leads a double life as an incredibly likeable forensics expert for the Miami Police Department and as an emotionless vigilante serial killer. Taught by his foster father to harness his lust for blood and killing, Dexter lives by his own strict moral code - he only kills murderers who can't otherwise be brought to justice. Dexter is a killer who grapples with fitting into society while, at the same time, he struggles with his inability to feel emotion. The irony of Dexter's life is that he works closely as a blood splatter analyst with the very people who hunt his kind - the homicide departments.
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This Showtime adaptation is based on Jeff Lindsay's riveting series of books, and if you haven't read them, well, what's the hold up? Dexter Morgan is so emotionally detached he makes Dr. Temperance Brennan seem positively warm and cuddly. Social cues to which we effortlessly respond are baffling puzzles for him. Perversely, there is something innately likable about Dexter. Michael C. Hall plays him with stunning complexity. It helps that, like in BURN NOTICE, we're privy to his inner musings. Dexter is often humorous and whimsical. The girlfriend (Julie Benz) he pretends to care for doesn't suspect a thing. Even Dexter's jittery, potty-mouthed cop sister, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), doesn't have an inkling.
DEXTER THE FIRST SEASON hooks you in straight away as Dexter finds his bragging rights as Miami's resident monster challenged by an innovative fellow serial killer whom the press eventually dubs the Ice Truck Killer. It's an edgy cat-and-mouse game that would span the entire season and cause Dexter to ask serious questions of himself. The lovely twist is that Dexter accepts the Ice Truck Killer's tauntings with glee, perhaps like calling to like. For Dexter, it's an opportunity to play with someone just like him. Never mind that it's readily apparent that this rival knows everything about Dexter Morgan. Dexter shrugs this off. He's having fun.
The Ice Truck Killer's modus operandi is eye-catching. He drains his victims completely of their blood and he freezes the corpses, amputates their limbs to a precise measurement. It's fun - and creepy - watching Dexter try to contain his excitement as each perfect frozen body part surfaces, each bit a gauntlet thrown in Dexter's mug.
Most each episode also features a "serial killer of the week" motif, some heinous repeat murderer targeted and eventually carved up by Dexter, and these lesser villains are required so that we don't lose faith in Dex as a badasss dude, given his inability to track down the elusive Ice Truck Killer. It's a pretty good supporting cast, too. It wasn't long before I was keen into what these other characters were up to. Jennifer Carpenter is my second favorite actor on this show. She is one sexy, combustible, never-stop-cussing cop chick. But I do question her instincts. She's Miami PD - an ex-Vice, newly minted Homicide Detective - and yet in all these years she hasn't caught a whiff of her adopted brother's true nature? And then she does something else which ends up absolutely mortifying. And then there's Erik King whose angry, loose cannon character, Sgt. Doakes, is the only one who gets the heebie jeebies from Dexter. Doakes bullies Dexter so much, I sort of wish Dexter would just disregard the Code of Harry for once. Except that Dexter remains as cool as the other side of the pillow. He's a monster who's got his priorities straight. You need to not miss this show. It's wicked funny, cleverly written, and terrifically acted (especially by Michael C. Hall). Rife with moral ambivalence, DEXTER rewards its audience with unexpected - and frequently unsettling - moments. And you're hooked before you know it.
The DVD set's bonus features:
- 2 Audio Commentaries by the Cast & Producers: "Return to Sender" (with Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, Lauren Velez, and Erik King) and "Born Free" (with producers Sara Coleton, Clyde Philips, & Daniel Cerone)
- "The Academy of Blood - A Killer Course"
- "Witnessed in Blood - A True Murder Investigation" - feature on a real-life police investigation in 2001 with particulars on blood spatter analysis
- 2 Free Episodes of Showtime's Hit series BROTHERHOOD
- A computer-compatible function which allows you to stream two episodes of THE TUDORS, to read the First 2 Chapters of Jeff Lindsay's newest novel DEXTER IN THE DARK, and play the newest CSI Video Game "CSI: HARD EVIDENCE"
- Cast Biographies
This is well written and even when you know what is going to happen, the way they do it completely surprises you. The narrative done by Dexter, puts you in his head so it gives you a very different perspective. If you are the same as me, and skiped this because you didn't want to watch a story about a serial killer, I tell you to watch this series. It will surprise you in a good way if you like thrillers.
My BUT, is my high expectations for a Showtime or HBO series. In these series I'm looking for "Shock and Awe" that I can't see on regular TV. If your going to have a sex scene, have a SEX SCENE. Don't show me what I can see on NYPD Blue. I expect more. In this area, I was very disappointed in Dexter. The same goes for the violence and action. Give me what I can't see on regular TV. Shock me. The series did fail to do this for me.
I do look forward to watching the Second Season now, and hope it improves from the First Season. The series is good enough for me to keep watching despite my disappointments.
UPDATE: I now have watched the entire series and though I do stand by my original review, but I will add that this was a great series, especially Season 4 with John Lithgow. The last episode of Season 4 will take you breath away. The series is very well written and sets you expectations very high which unfortunately will let you down in the last season. The last season was not horrible but it was a disappointment and left me feeling they should have ended it the season before.