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Dexter Season 4
Dexter - Season 4 (DVD)
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Dexter - Season 4 (DVD)
Advantages: Everything, just superb
Disadvantages: It wasn't long enough!
Superb, superb, superb.
Just had to get that out. The wife and I finished watching the final four episodes of Dexter Season 4 at 3am last night, and I have to say I'm still catching my breath. After the slight dip in form of Season 3 I was wondering how Season 4 would hold up and it came with bells on. Brilliant acting, brilliant writing. Brilliant plot twists. Just great.
If you don't know, Dexter is a darkly comic US TV drama from Showtime. It stars Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, a blood splatter analysis for Miami Metro Police by day, and a serial killer by night. Unable to hold off his "dark passenger", Dexter at least controls him/her by killing only people who deserve to die.
Series one dealt with the Ice Truck Killer, who turned out be closer to Dexter than he would have liked. Season 2 had Sargeant Doakes hot on Dexter's trail as he was nearly ousted as the Bay Harbour Butcher. Season three had Miguel Prado trying to join up with Dexter in a kind of serial killer tag team. After the first two series, Season 3 was a little off the boil, good but not great. Season 4, however, is fully back on the horse in quite spectacular fashion.
FBI agent Frank Lundy turns up again, retired now but only the trail of someone he calls the Trinity Killer, who kills in threes, first a murdered girl in a bathtub, then a forced suicide, and finally a bludgeoning. The FBI don't believe him, but Debra Morgan (Dexter's sister) does and soon Dexter himself finds himself not just discovering the identity of Trinity but buddying up to him in a way no one would have expected. Trying to keep the rest of his colleagues off Trinity's tail while he lines up his own kill proves to be Dexter's biggest challenge so far.
The characters continue to develop excellently. Maria and Angel have relationship issues - this time with each other - while Debra is put through the ringer in a way that made me wonder how she manages to come out smiling and swearing. Jennifer Carpenter's acting is excellent in this series, and while Debra's swearing is at times over the top, her colourful profanities along with Vince Masuka (on top form as always) provide the light relief. Quinn is the only one who continues to irk me a little, seemingly unsure whether to play the role of good cop or bad cop, though in this series he has a lot more involvement than in Season 3. His new girlfriend, the manipulative journalist Christine Hill, is more involved than anyone realises at first, while Quinn begins to have issues with Dexter.
Dexter, for his part, is at his most confused. Juggling the assorted roles of forensic scientist, serial killer, husband, brother and new mate to Trinity, he is struggling under the pressure and barely manages to keep from being discovered. His character undergoes complete turmoil in this series, and after the dramatic final episode one can only wonder what will happen next. I did find Harry, seemingly popping up in his "ghost" role a little overpowering in this series. Barely a Dexter solo scene goes by without Harry popping up like a little advice monkey somewhere along the line, but still, its a very minor criticism.
The true star of this series though, is John Lithgow, who brings a Hollywood heavyweight level of class in the role of the serial killer Trinity. He is at turns terrifying psychopath, apparently doting father and scatty old man. He's a giant in every scene he's in (not just in size!).
Very recommended. If you haven't watched any of the series yet but enjoy well-written TV drama with good acting, I suggest you start. If you liked the first two seasons but didn't really enjoy season three, don't fear, Season 4 picks up the ball in spectacular style, and if you liked season 3 (I thought it was pretty good) then you will love this. I've heard season 5 dips again, so hopefully Season 6 (which starts airing on TV in November) will step things up again. Certainly, compared to most TV dramas that I've watched recently that tailed off after a good first season, Dexter's staying power is pretty impressive. Long may it continue.
Seasons 1,2,3,4 are all available on Amazon for not a lot. I just ordered the first two for my mother at a tenner each.
Probably not one for the kids - contains a lot of swearing, violence and a few nudity shots.
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Summary: A dark comedy drama about a man who is a blood splatter analyst by day and a serial killer by night
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