Friday, August 21, 2009

Welcome Back Old Buddy

Dex is back! Yay!

Wait a minute! What am I saying? This guy is a psychopathic serial killer who must release his inner demons by killing. How did I end up rooting for a serial killer?

This is the paradox all Dexter fans must cheerfully embrace.
Dexter is not all bad (Even that statement drips with irony). He is protective of his sister, his girlfriend and her children; people he claims to love. Love is not a real emotion for him. Like all true sociopaths, he mimics the emotions he see around him. He is a predator through and through.
The key to the success of this show, in my not-so-humble opinion, is that actor Michael C. Hall understates his dark persona. There is no grand display of frothing at the mouth madness, no howling at the moon. Nay. Dexter is in control. Mostly. He follows a code given to him by his father who recognized Dex's dark predilections at an early age. In short, satisfy that primal urge after extensive planning and preparation. Another part of the code is to select only bad guys-scum who have committed terrible crimes and so far have eluded justice.
The dialogue and supporting cast are strong as well. Jimmy Smits is a new addition to the cast.
Spoiler alert: If you haven't watched the Third Season yet, read no further.
I warned you.
We have just begun to watch the season and already the action keeps shifting. Dex is actually making it with his girlfriend, an issue in the first season. He has bonded with her kids. In a grocery store, he sees a stranger talking to her little girl. Instantly, he senses another predator like himself. Needless to say, Dexter no like and eventually....well.... Let's just say it's not pretty.

So, Dexter is back. The neighborhood is safe.

Safe as a burning building.

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