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Nobody Said Being A Serial Killer Was Easy
Dexter - Season Two (DVD)
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Dexter - Season Two (DVD)
Advantages: Excellent Plot, Excellent Acting
Disadvantages: Doesn't Quite Match Season One
The troubled existence of Dexter Morgan, blood spatter analyst for Miami Metro Police by day and serial killer by night continues and this time he has a lot of juggling to do. Sergeant James Doakes takes his suspicions about Dexter to the next level and he still has Rita and her kids to keep happy and away from his huge secret. Most urgent though is the arrival of FBI special agent Frank Lundy, a successful serial killer hunter, and this time they're looking for Dex. To make matters worse his sister Deborah has been damaged psychologically by the events at the end of the last season.
Season one set the bar very high, I'm pleased to confirm that season two is also excellent, maybe not quite to the standard of the first but very close. The plot in the first season was very focussed, with the occasional sub plot to show what makes Dexter tick. Here we find multiple plots working around one major one. It is a credit to the show's writers that they can pull it off.
The first season was largely taken from the first Dexter Book by Jeff Lindsey, here they make their own path. That's not to say they haven't taken elements out of the other books, in fact the Doakes plot is taken partly from the second book, but the main plot here is not and the outcomes are different.
The secondary plot is a spanner in the works for Dexter as he gets involved with femme fatal, a dangerous obsessive stalker who doesn't realise what she's getting into and takes Dexter's attention away from where it should be, Harry's rule number one, don't get caught.
Michael C Hall is again superb as the serial killer we're all rooting for, casting him was definitely inspired. James King is also excellent as the suspicious and impulsive Sgt. Doakes, he gets a lot more screen time and is an excellent nemesis for Dexter. Keith Carradine (brother of David) is also superb as Agent Lundy, the FBI's star serial killer hunter, his relationship with Deb is surprisingly well done. Dexter certainly has his work cut out this time.
Jennifer Carpenter also returns as Dexter's long suffering and foul mouthed adopted sister, scarred by events in the first season, she is excellent again this time. James Remar returns as Harry, Dexter's dead father who is still his ghost guide to not getting caught, and Julie Benz as Dexter's pretend girlfriend Rita along with her two children and round off the main cast very well.
The mostly inept police department is still filled with the usual suspects from the last season, Vince Masuka (C.S. Lee) and Angel Batista (David Zayas) return with scheming lieutenant Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Velez). They are back and putting flies in Dexter's ointment at every turn.
It's also great how they explore Dexter's birth as the pieces of what happened to him to make him become what he is slowly unfold, this did start in the first season but is really fleshed out here. It really adds a lot to the depth of Dexter's character.
I love the music in Dexter, It really fits in without being too noticeable. It's written by Daniel Licht apart from the title music. It's very eerie at times and at others very Spanish in style fitting with some of the Cuban references in the show. There's some different music added this season and it fits in perfectly with the style of the series.
That they manage to squeeze everything into twelve episodes is amazing, there is very little fat. It's a very worthy sequel to a very successful first season. You'll be rooting for Dexter at every turn, he's not all bad after all.
Main Cast List
Michael C. Hall - Dexter Morgan
Erik King - Sgt. James Doakes
Jennifer Carpenter - Debra Morgan
James Remar - Harry Morgan
Julie Benz - Rita Bennett
Summary: Dexter is back and in very hot water
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