It might make people look twice if someone to was to say that Dexter was "fun" to watch, but the truth is...it is! It might be twisted, it might be wrong, but while watching the show, you're left rooting and feeling for at times, a serial killer. From the minute the opening titles come on the TV, Dexter will have you hooked. Besides maybe HBO's True Blood, no other show has such a strange opening sequence. One thing is for sure, I'll never look at breakfast the same way again. While Dexter has been on the air for some time now, I was just recently introduced to this television marvel and after just one season, it has become one of my favorite television programs ever.
This Showtime original series follows the daily life of one Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a serial killer who only kills other serial killers. He also happens to work for the Miami Metro Police as a blood spatter analyst where his sister Deb also works as an officer in their vice division and later, homicide. When Dexter was just three years old, he witnessed something extremely volatile and was adopted by a metro police officer named Harry Morgan. Seeing something evil in the young child and perhaps knowing what he later would become, Harry trains Dexter to hone his inner demon and use it for good, only killing those who would do harm to others. Dexter throughout the show would refer to this as the Code of Harry. Season one focuses on getting to know Dexter and the characters around him as well as Miami Metro's on going investigation of the Ice Truck Killer, someone that Dexter is extremely fascinated with. It just so happens that the Ice Truck Killer knows about Dexter's "little secret" and is fascinated with him as well.
What's so fun about watching Dexter is that the show really takes the viewer into the psyche of the human mind. While it might be easy to write the character of Dexter off automatically as a sociopath, it's not that simple. Every human being has a darkness like his deep inside their minds and if the average person had to witness what his character did, you might very well turn out to be just like him. Many a time, I was asking myself if Dexter is a bad person or not and ultimately, he isn't. In the end, what real harm is Dexter doing? Given his circumstances, he came out a lot better than most people who witnessed the carnage that he did and while he struggles with that throughout the course of the season, he is able to control it. That's what's so addicting about this show, coming back each week and watching the ways in which Dexter attempts to have a normal life without giving away the fact that it's so difficult for him. Whether that's his relationship with girlfriend Rita or trying to be a good brother when it comes to his sister, Deb.
I don't think that Dexter could be the show that it is without it's superb cast, namely Michael C. Hall. I'm not sure that there's an actor who can play that kind of strange better than him. For one thing, Michael C. Hall just has this look about him that screams, WIERD! It comes out everywhere though, from the way that he speaks, even to the way he walks. What's really strange though are the points when Dexter has to convey some kind of emotion; that's when the character is at his best. The facial expressions that Hall comes up with like his looks of confusion or when he is stuck in a really awkward situation and doesn't have any idea of which emotion to convey. Jennifer Carpenter, who plays Dexter's sister Deb is another bright star in the series. She has this way of coming off as so innocent that is really fun to watch because her character really is that way. This really comes through when she gets promoted to homicide and especially when she feels Dexter doesn't share things with her.
Julie Benz is an actor that I have watched for a number of years now being a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel where she played the vampire Darla. Being able to see how as an actor she has evolved in Dexter (as his girlfriend Rita) has been really fun to watch. While she wasn't very prominent in Buffy (she gets staked by Angel in the 7th episode), she was excellent during flashback scenes when she and Angelus terrorized Europe and later when she was resurrected in Angel, her acting had already improved drastically. Now on Dexter, Julie Benz has really grown up and is playing a character with more depth than anyone she has ever played before. I actually got to meet her back in September and she wasn't pleased that I wasn't watching Dexter!
If you haven't started watching Dexter yet, you need to because you're missing out on something special. There hasn't been a television show this unique and original since who knows when. Showtime has really hit the jackpot with this show and as a newcomer to the Dexter phenomenon, I can't wait to get caught up on the next three seasons. Dexter isn't just any other TV show, it'll make you think and will entertain you all at the same time. It's hard to imagine the next few seasons of Dexter being anything short of superb after such an addictive first season. Dexter Seasons 1-3 are available now on Amazon.com as a box set on Blu-ray and DVD. America's favorite serial killer gets a 5/5!
An awesome introduction to a series bound to be one of television's most innovative shows. Season one has enough surprises, enough character depth, and great episodes to enthrall its viewer. 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hi, my name is Julian Brown. I currently write for The Brotherly Game, a local Philadelphia soccer website where I cover the US Women's National Team and the local WPS Philadelphia Independence. I … more
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Dexter is an American TV Show that airs on the cable network Showtime. The show is set in Miami and follows the life of Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a serial killer who also works for the Miami Metro Police as a blood spatter analyst.