November 9, 2007

Anyone Else Watch Dexter?

It was difficult but I have now accepted the fact that The Sopranos is over (I do expect a feature film in a year or two though). I didn't know how I was going to ever fill the void. I tried House, sort of. I watched a few minutes of it here and there and just haven't been able to connect yet(and I've read that House is an atheist). I have only watched one episode of 24 (I hate the split screen stuff).
Now, before anyone feels sorry for me. I do have my staples: Family Guy, American Dad, The Simpsons, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. But these are all comedies and 3 out of 4 of them are cartoons. I needed a psychological drama series in my life, so I finally caved and watched the first episode of Dexter. It grabbed my attention (this is defined by the fact that when I watched it, I didn't simultaneously surf the net).
I do pay a fortune to my cable provider. I get over 200 channels, including The Movie Network package, which allows me to watch many shows that are archived as part of the package. In other words, the first 12 episodes from year one of Dexter were available to me, and early last week, I spent an entire day watching the other 11 episodes. The next day, I watched the first 5 episode for this season. I've never done anything like that before. It was worth it. Now I'm hooked.

The Wikipedia description of the show:
Orphaned at the age of three and harboring a traumatic secret, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) was adopted by a Miami police officer named Harry Morgan who recognized his sociopathic tendencies and taught him to channel his gruesome passion for killing and dissecting in a "constructive" way: by killing only heinous criminals (such as mob assassins and serial killers of the innocent) who have slipped through the justice system. To satisfy his interest in blood and to facilitate his own crimes, Dexter works as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami police. Although his drive to kill is unflinching (he begins to become overcome by a feeling of "emptiness" otherwise), he is, through extensive instruction from Harry, able to fake normal emotions and keep up his appearance as a socially-responsible human being.

Here is a scene from the first episode:

The one thing I found difficult was getting used to a heterosexual Michael C. Hall (he was the gay brother on Six Feet Under, incidentally another show I really liked).
They made the transition a bit easier because at the start of the show, Dexter really wasn't into sex at all.

The show flows fantastically, and I can't wait for episode 7 (I saw episode 6 earlier this week).

Just like Tony Soprano was likable, Dexter, the serial killer, is actually even more likable. But then again, Dexter is just taking out the trash. Unless you are totally against the death penalty, Dexter personifies justice, even though that isn't his main objective. I really don't have a problem with the idea of someone being put to death after they murdered someone (as long as it wasn't a domestic murder, those can be tricky).


  1. that sounds like a hell of a plot.

    thanks, I'll check it out.

  2. Have you ever been a Frasier fan? I'm pretty hooked on the repeat episodes of that.

  3. Hammer, make sure you start at the first episode.

    Beaman, I watched Frasier, though I didn't go out of my way to watch it.
    It was funny, that is why it lasted so long.

  4. You should give House a second, or third, shot.

    Not only is he an atheist, but he's a damn good skeptic.

    Go buy the season box sets and watch from the start, after 2 episodes, you'll be hooked.

  5. I tried watching it last night but I found myself suffering (IDD)internet deficiency disorder.