“ Genre: Television - Dexter / Theatrical Release: 2006 / Actors: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter ... / DVD released 21 August, 2007 at Showtime Entertainment / Features of the DVD: AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen „
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Dissatisfied by the slim pickings offered by my freeview channels and currently in the middle of the long wait until the summer when the final series of Breaking Bad is aired, I went in search for a new US TV boxset which could keep me entertained. My search led me to Dexter which has glowing reviews on Amazon, IMDB and of course Dooyoo so I was convinced enough to buy a copy of Dexter season 1 from Ebay and try it out for myself.
The lead character Dexter Morgan is a good-looking thirty-something blood spatter analyst in the homicide section of the fictional Miami Metro Police Department. Dexter puts a lot of effort into appearing normal and he carefully portrays a perfectly crafted nice-guy image to his friends, family and colleagues to the extent that most of them have no clue that it is just an act. He brings donuts to work for his colleagues. He regularly goes out to dinner with his sister. He is incredibly understanding of his girlfriend's duties to her two young children. The problem is that Dexter doesn't ever feel genuine emotions. His whole life is a carefully constructed cover story to hide the fact that he is, in fact, one of Miami's most prolific serial killers.
At all times Dexter carries with him what he refers to as his Dark Passenger - the urge to kill which he has had for as long as he can remember, stretching right back into his childhood. So when he is not trying to please those around him and appear as normal as possible, Dexter pleases himself and hunts victims according to a strict code of conduct - only those who have killed others. He might be a serial killer but he has standards. Dexter only kills murderers because they deserve their fate and who better to be able to track down murderers who have evaded capture than someone who knows exactly how to get away with it?
The opening credits of Dexter are fab. Even though I have this on DVD and can easily skip the credits I often don't as I really like to watch them. It shows Dexter's morning routine of getting dressed, having a shave and eating breakfast but each of these are shot in a way to suggest different murder methods. For example cutting a blood orange with a sharp knife and squeezing it, a drop of blood on the sink from a shaving cut, tying shoe laces extra tightly with white knuckles. At the same time the quirky theme music is happily lilting along in the background. It is a great opening.
I have to be honest and say that after watching the pilot episode, I was not sure if I was going to continue and watch the rest of the series. I was worried the whole series would just be about Dexter catching and killing bad guys and that would be it. I am happy to say that I was wrong. After watching a few more episodes, I was hooked! The pilot episode is obviously very much focused on Dexter himself and showing what he does and what he is all about and is a necessary introduction to the show. After this, the series really comes alive as you get to know more about both him and the secondary characters and the various conflicts going on between them.
The major plotline running through this series starts with the discovery of a body which has been drained of all blood. Dexter has a strange fascination with blood and this case both horrifies and morbidly fascinates him. Dexter's sister is a young officer working in the same police department as him and is eager to crack the case and make a name for herself. Dexter is torn between using his murderous insights to secretly help her with the case or just letting the serial killer evade capture so he can confront the man himself and dish out some justice Dexter-style. Throughout the series we learn more about Dexter's past via flashbacks to his childhood and imagined conversations he has with his deceased father and the advice he might give him if he were alive. As more and more bloodless body parts appear over Miami, Dexter can no longer deny that he killer is sending him a personal message - one that is somehow linked to a traumatic event he encountered as a child, the memories of which are starting to return in small fragments. Where did Dexter's fascination with blood start? How does the killer know about him when he is always so careful to cover his tracks? Can Dexter stick to his code of killing murderers or will he unleash his Dark Passenger and show the new serial killer in town that he can be just as creative? How long can Dexter maintain his cover before he gets caught?
It may sound like a very bloodthirsty subject matter but as a viewer you do not get bogged down by this or get depressed when watching as there are some great moments of black humour throughout. Dexter might be in the middle of trying to dispose of a body when his girlfriend phones him and asks him to pick up milk from the shop, for example. Also, as Dexter (played by Michael C. Hall) narrates the episodes (which is a great touch), you are able to gain insights into his opinions on things and the issues he faces. The individual episodes tend to have little themes throughout such as family relationships or friendship and Dexter has often learned something new from his experiences allowing him to reflect on things at the end of the episode in a different way than he would have in the beginning. His sister Deb has a loud, bubbly personality and has a compulsion to just say pretty much whatever she is thinking which more often than not involves a lot of swearing and is completely inappropriate for the situation she is in, which is often quite amusing. She is probably my favourite character. All of the acting is excellent and cannot be faulted.
As you may have already gathered, this is an 18 certificate due to violence, swearing, and some sexual content in places. The series consists of 12 episodes which run for 60 mins each and are spread over 4 DVD disks. The boxset also includes some additional extras including commentary on a couple of episodes and a mini documentary on real blood spatter analysis. You can buy a new copy of Dexter series 1 on Amazon for around £10 or do as I did and get a secondhand copy from ebay for considerably cheaper. This series can alternatively be rented from Lovefilm or streamed online on Netflix. For those who are interested (and after watching series one I suspect most people would be), there are also a further 5 series of Dexter released on DVD with I have watched and also highly recommend. A seventh season is due for DVD release this summer and an eighth and supposedly final season is in production and yet to be aired. There are also a number of Dexter books available written by Jeff Lindsey which were the inspiration for the TV series. The first, called Darkly Dreaming Dexter follows the same basic plot as this first TV series.
In summary, I really enjoy watching Dexter. It is a refreshing change to have an antihero as the main protagonist and there is a perfect blend of normal life, murder, dark humour, cop action and suspense to keep me thoroughly entertained. From the quirky theme music, to the narration of the episodes to the excellent acting this is top notch US drama at its best and makes me more than a little embarrassed at what British TV has to offer in comparison. Dexter is quite violent and graphic in places so may not be to all tastes but it is so much more than that too and it is really a character based show. I suspect my Nan would find it horrific, my Mum would find it slightly too much and my brother would love it. If you like things like CSI, Breaking Bad, American Horror Story etc then I recommend giving Dexter a go. I can't give it anything less than 5 stars!
After seeing an advert for Dexter on ITV I knew straight away it was going to be a series that I would enjoy. The fact that it was shown late at night also made it pretty obvious that this wasn't going to be a gentle crime drama but one with lots of blood no doubt. Since then some other channel scooped it up so I've had to get my Dexter fix from the box sets.
Dexter Morgan is a blood spatter expert. That isn't all that he's good at though. Some people have hobbies that they enjoy. Maybe bike riding or painting. His however, is a lot more deadly. Hunting down killers that he perceives have gotten away with their crimes. Either by escaping the law or have not been punished enough. A serial killer. Albeit a nice one!
This first series involves a murderer named the Ice Truck Killer. Not entirely imaginative when it comes to how he/she goes about targeting the victims. This character appears to have a connection to Dexter though and throughout the series it becomes obvious that they know what the forensic likes to do in his spare time. And so a game of sorts takes place. Where the Ice Truck Killer sends little messages to Dexter at the crime scene, in which only he knows what they mean...
Portrayed by Michael C Hall Dexter is a complex person. On the surface he appears as a well balanced individual. He has a job, a relationship and a place to live. All aspects of your average normal person. He hides the fact that he doesn't feel emotions well and keeps his coldness underwraps. That is until he finds a target and begins the killing process. Then you can see the glee and enjoyment he gets from it. Personally I like him, as I think you're supposed to. Afterall he's taking down the murderers. The ones that got away.
Other characters are easily taken in by him including his potty mouthed sister Deborah. She has a problem with controlling her emotions so it seems apt that she should play a part in this particular story. A direct opposite from the unmoved Dexter. One of his colleagues, Doakes, isn't taken in and he has an irrational dislike of him. Not quite able to figure hime out he believes that Dexter is hiding something and isn't afraid of telling him so either.
A person who is ridding society of of individuals that cause pain and destruction on others? Of course you're going to feel empathy towards him. He can't possibly be the bad guy in this tale. Right? At times it can be quite chilling in how cold and calculated this drama is but don't let that deter you in anyway. It has moments of softness when you come into contact with Rita, Dexters girlfriend, and her 2 children. Characters which lighten the mood dramatically.
Personally I love this drama as it is something completely different from other crime shows. I especially like how Hall plays the role of Dexter and enjoyed how the programme developed over the 12 episodes. Yes it's bloody and violent in places but it does have splashes of moments which make you smile in a fuzzy way! Maybe not one for youngsters but still a great show which has now finished it's 6th season.
The first season revolves around Dexter Morgan - a blood splatter analyst from Miami Metro born in a pool of blood. Like everyone however Dexter holds a dark secret and has a need to kill people. To try and control his needs and not get caught he must abide by certain rules know as the code. He can only kill bad people who deserve it such as serial killers & rapists. He does this to keep his urges at bay.
The story really is engrossing and the first main serial killer in season 1 is known as the Ice Truck Killer - a cold hearted serial killer who freezes his victims bodies. Very good twist at the end of the season as well but I wont spoil that :).
The series is really clever in the way you hear Dexter narate his thoughts throughout the episodes. It feels like you can really get into his characters mind set.
When it comes to killing people Dexter is a man of routine, prep the kill room with plastic to make sure no DNA evidence is left behind, tranquilise the victim, strap them to a table in the kill room, wake them up and get them to confess, take a trophy in the way of a blood sample from their cheek then finally plunge the knife into them to fulfil his ever increasing craving urge to kill.
Would seriously recomend this show to anyone who is into forensics and crime scene investigation dramas.
As a blood spatter expert for the Miami Police Department, Dexter Morgan helps bring many of Miami's serial killers to justice. However by night Dexter takes on his true form - that of a cold-blooded and meticulous serial killer who leaves his friends and family completely oblivious to his true nature.
Michael C. Hall does a tremendous job of portraying one of the more interesting characters on television at the moment, as Dexter only kills people who fit a very specific code taught to him by his late adoptive father Harry. The first season deals with the many inner struggles Dexter faces as he tries to repress his 'dark passenger' within. Rita (Julie Benz) is Dexter's new girlfriend and mother to two children who he desperately attempts to bond with. She is uninterested in any sexual activity due to past abuse from an ex-boyfriend, which Dexter oddly sees as a positive.
The main story thread of season one however deals with "The Ice Truck Killer" who Dexter believes is trying to communicate to him through his brutal murders. It's a brilliant story for the most part as it really keeps you guessing as to the true identity of the guilty party. The reveal makes perfect sense in hindsight which is always the sign of a well done 'whodunit'.
There are only twelve episodes in the first season which are all close to an hour long - but the story is paced expertly as every episode builds to a wonderful crescendo which gets you more and more invested as it progresses. The acting for the most part is wonderful; the only real exception is Dexter's foster sister (Jennifer Carpenter) who can become quite an annoying presence (although after watching later seasons she notably improves). Dexter is a dark and quirky series but it really doesn't take long to get completely immersed in its story - it really is well worth watching.
Flicking through the TV channels on a bored afternoon, I stumble across FX and find theres a TV show about a man called Dexter. Had this been any other name, I wouldn't have even give it a second glance. Only Dexter is my online handle, and it got me curious. That curiosity has since brought me to a point where I can genuinely call this my favourite TV show
Dexter Morgan is a blood spatter analyst working for the Miami Metro Police Department. A very meticulous man, and very good at his job, he is well respected in his chosen profession. However, all is not as he seems, as Dexter spends his evenings taking care of the criminals who 'beat' the justice system.
When Dexter was young, something happened to him that caused him to have no feelings, no hurt, no anger, no pain... no emotion. However, his father, Harry, instilled a very strong imprint of right and wrong in Dexter. It is this imprint that Dexter uses to decide whether someone is so bad that they deserve to die, and this is where Dexter takes the law into his own hands.
This seems to be routine to Dexter until one day, he seems to be being challenged by the latest serial killer to hit Miami. Dexter takes on this challenge from a man who clearly knows all about Dexters deepest darkest secrets
Throughout the series, we see Dexters character unravel, but also grow with him. Although this is a man who is killing and getting away with it and lying to his girlfriend and work colleagues, the character is very likable. This is in a large part down to the writing, but has to be massively credited to the performance of Michael C. Hall.
I do believe that the first episode is very much the pilot and lays the groundwork for the rest of the season. This can be misconstrued as a slow start to the season but it is essential this groundwork is laid or the season risks itself of collapse. I mention this only to implore you to give it more than one episode. By the end of the second, you'll be begging for more!
Dexter is an America drama series that I got into a couple of years ago, it did used to be on our TV quite a lot which is where I first watched it, however with it not really being on any more, and I now don't have sky, I now have to get the DVDs of it to get my Dexter fix, and I truly am hooked to the series.
The show is all about Dexter Morgan, he is a pretty ordinary man, he is also a very likable man, he works for the Miami Metro Police Department. He is a blood spatter analyst, and while he has this job, he also has a very big secret. He is a serial killer.
This is the first series of this magnificent program, and for me is probably the best, as it really is you just getting to know the character and seeing him develop. I think its fascinating how this character comes off, he is a serial character however he is a really likable character and he comes across very well, the program have some pretty funny moments in there, some parts are very light-hearted, but some episodes are also very dark, however I think the combination of the two make for a very good drama series which is what this is.
Honesty, is you haven't seen this one yet but you like your dramas, then give this one a go, it's a really good program and you can pick the first series up pretty cheaply now, for around £10 if you look around, and its certainly worth that.
Dexter is a brilliant TV series that has recently finished its fourth season in America. It is based on Jeff Lindsay's series of Dexter books, and the first season is an adaptation of Lindsay's first book, Darkly Dreaming Dexter.
The show revolves around Dexter Morgan (Six Feet Under's brilliant Michael C. Hall), a blood spatter analyst for the Miami PD, who moonlights as a serial killer. However, he only kills bad guys (such as murderers who have escaped justice) and so is something of an anti-hero. He has a disturbing past, where he was "born in blood", and in the present day finds killing the only way to deal with his issues, while a dream-like apparition of his adoptive father, Harry (James Remar) constantly guides him with his killing. Dexter has meticulous methods to ensure that he is never caught, and abides by a strict code.
He has to juggle this with his job, also while keeping it a secret from his sister, Deborah (his real-life wife Jennifer Carpenter), who happens to be a detective at the Miami PD. In the first season, Dexter is investigating a murderer going by the name of the Ice Truck Killer, which slowly leads him to a disturbing revelation that pays off at the end of the series.
The last few years has been quite dry for edgy new TV shows, but Dexter really is one of the best first seasons I've seen in a long time. Michael C. Hall's excellent performance acts as the guiding light, while the atmospheric soundtrack and visually appealing direction create a suspenseful, exciting mood. It hasn't shown any sign of waning as its fourth season has now ended, and it has remained without a doubt one of the most compelling, addictive, and down-right brilliant shows on Tv.
I had read a few reviews on here about Dexter that caught my attention and had seen advertisements for it on the television but I always forgot to watch it. Deciding that this would be something that I would enjoy I decided to take the plunge and order the Season 1 boxset from Amazon. I have just watched the final two episodes of season 1 and whilst the program is still fresh in my memory I wanted to submit a review.
Dexter Morgan is a 'blood splatter analyst' who works for the Miami police department; he seems to have the perfect life; his own apartment, a girlfriend who loves him and a job he enjoys. But this is a facade for what Dexter really is; a serial killer. He is cold, calculating and emotionless and thrives on his kills, Dexter does have a code that he sticks to though when dispatching his victims and to him they all deserve to die. Having being brought up in a foster family from being the age of 3 Dexter has always known he was different and his foster father and mentor - Harry sees the darkness in him and teaches Dexter how to blend in with normal society whilst satisfying his blood-lust with killing animals.
Over the years Dexter manages to blend in well and lives from the outside a normal life, its only when a new serial killer nicknamed "The ice truck killer" starts a campaign of murders that Dexter realises he is being left messages and that the new killer is trying to attract his attention. The killer has a connection with Dexter and secretly Dexter admires his work and is in awe of the detail that his adversary goes to with his kills. Dexter wants to find the killer but not to bring him to justice, he wants to know what the connection between the two of them is and as the killer starts to make mistakes and leaves clues it becomes apparent that he will not be able to keep his anonymity for much longer. Dexter along with the rest of the Miami PD including his ambitious foster sister - Debra are slowly closing in on the killer but Dexter is determined to find him first. A series of shocking events and situations puts everything in jeopardy for Dexter as he must get to the killer before all of his secrets are revealed. Can Dexter keep his own serial killer alter-ego a secret, what really happened to him as a child to make him the way he is and who really is the Ice Truck Killer? You need to watch for yourself to find out.
I loved this series! From the pilot episode I was intrigued and wanted to know everything about Dexter and why he became the man he did. The back story is well explained and covered in flashbacks and the relationship between Dexter and his foster father fully revealed. I loved the portrayal of Dexter by Michael C Hall, his acting abilities were new to me as I didn't watch the other show he was famous for - Six feet under.
Hall plays the character with wit and deadpan humour; his facial expressions are spot on especially when conveying the look of bewilderment to other people's emotions. His thoughts are heard by the viewers as he explains why he finds situations hard to deal with and his reasoning's to why he does what he does are explained. The character explains his reasons for choosing the girlfriend he did how he views the other people in his life and the affinity he shares with the other killer.
I mentioned the black humour in the series; my headline for this review is actually sung by the ice truck killer when he assembling one of his victims chopped up remains and is an example of the script writers' warped sense of humour. There are plenty of other instances of this in the series, particularly coming from Dexter himself and they all brought a smile to my face.
All the acting is excellent from the supporting characters and plenty of subplots are introduced to keep your attention which feature the other cast members. I particularly liked the performance of Dexter's broken and vulnerable girlfriend - Rita who had been abused and beaten by her ex husband. Her character grows throughout the series and the actress who plays her - Julie Benz brings about a change in Dexter who is forced to look at things in a more humane way.
For the most part this is a cop show with a twist and will appeal to fans of that genre, the added dimension of Dexter's childhood and current penchant for killing adds much more interest to what could have just been another series about detectives solving crimes and the concept and delivery make for a welcome change from the already saturated cop show market.
A word of warning about the contents of the series though, there are multiple uses of profanity including plenty of 'f' words, plenty of topless scenes and obviously graphic depictions of murder. Whilst not particularly gory, those who are squeamish at the sight of blood do need to be aware that one episode in particular - Seeing Red - will test your resolve as there is plenty of the red stuff in that one!
This has got to be one of the best series I have watched in recent times and could well become my new favourite American show replacing 24 for me. I loved the series and the last 2 episodes were nail biting and exciting. Unlike other shows there was a definite beginning, middle and end to this series and I was left feeling satisfied with the outcome and was left wanting more. Some Dooyoo earned Amazon vouchers have already been put towards Season 2 of Dexter and I am now waiting in anticipation to see what happens in the next season.
A firm 5/5 Dooyoo star rating for me, I can see now what the hype was surrounding this show and I fully buy into it. My season 1 DVD cost just under £10.00 from Amazon and I would certainly recommend you give it a view for yourself.
Dexter is a serial killer with a twist: he only goes for bad guys. Like a subversive superhero, by day he is Mr Nice guy, working for the police in forensics and hanging out with his girlfriend and her kids. By night, he stalks criminals who have slipped through the system, and when he is sure of their guilt, well, they disappear from the system altogether...
He was adopted as a small child, and doesn't know what previous experience could have made him this way. However, as the season develops we get hints through flashbacks. It's his policeman dad's idea that he channels his lack of conscience as a force for good - `'there are some bad people out there..." Which I guess is taking the attitude "If life hands you lemons, make lemonade."
Good looking in a monkey sort of way, Michael C. Hall as Dexter is pretty attractive and charismatic, and his donut-buying ways make him quite the charmer in the police department. Only one guy has picked up on Dexter's creepiness, a fact he finds curious and amusing.
Dexter is superficially close to his adoptive sister Deb; she works alongside him in the police force and is desperate to be successful working in homicide. Just as well her helpful brother has so many "hunches" about the way murders operate, isn't it? The latest serial killer on the block is chopping up women and draining their blood; Dexter can't help admiring the artistry. I guess people may find his enthusiasm a little odd, but hey, it's good to enjoy your work, right?
He has no interest in sex so he is happy dating Rita, a woman who is recovering from a previous violent relationship. However, when her libido starts to pick up (no doubt a result of having such a sweet, understanding boyfriend) Dexter is afraid that being intimate will cause her to realise there is something... different about him.
The plot thickens as a serial murderer known as "The ice truck killer" plagues the city with bodies; killed and disposed of in ever more creative ways. And he knows who Dexter is... A game of wanting to impress him and maybe get a little "killer to killer bonding" may be tempting, but it could be dangerous...
Black humour and scares combine in this show to make a cracker of a series. Like 24, there are lots of little subplots to keep you busy while they plug away at the main storyline.
The irony of Dexter is that while he believes he is different from everyone else and this is what isolates him from society, he is actually not all that different. After all, we all have a dark side. So he doesn't know how to react when his girlfriend gets emotional - you're not the only one, buddy. He seems to think he is weird for not responding to her when he is busily tracking a murderer and she is calling him every 5 minutes with a new domestic crisis. Maybe he should read "Men are from Mars, women are from Venus." Then he might realize he's not so weird after all.
The show is based on a cool concept but I do have a question: If Dexter is a psychopath with no conscience... why bother to rid the world of killers? He targets a man who often drives drunk and has caused some deaths... in reality, surely he would be apathetic about the outcome of these people? I realize he is simply channeling his urge to kill towards people who "deserve it" but how can someone with no sense of right and wrong decide? Perhaps he isn't a psychopath. He's merely a vigilante; a very sneaky and clever one.
I loved Michael C. Hall when he played a funeral director in Six Feet Under. So imagine my suprise when he showed up in Dexter as a serial killer. Mr Hall knows how to pick his parts doesn't he?!
I can't remember how I found out about Dexter, I read the first two books on which the show is based a couple of years back. About 18 months ago or so I was shopping when I found the season 1 boxset and I thought to myself "I'll take a chance on it."
And I am so glad I did. I got home that Satuarday afternoon and had watched the whole thing within 24 hours! I was hooked.
Dexter is about a man, named Dexter (played by Hall), who works for the Miami Police Department as a blood spatter expert. He is also a serial killer. But who lives by his foster father's code and only murders people who deserve it; other people who happen to have gotten away with murder.
Even though I had read the book, so I knew most of the plot lines, who the baddie was and how the season would probably end, I could not stop myself from watching.
Everything about the show is just brilliant, it has fantastic writing, which is rare in a lot of shows, and is usually a weakness that many people don't even realise.
The cast is perfect too. Everyone on the show is pretty much how I imagined them to be from the book.
Dexter Season 1
After hearing nothing but good things about yet another great series from America I decided to give it a go finally and got myself the season one dvd boxset of Dexter. I wasn't disappointed!
Dexter Morgan (played by Michael C. Hall) is the main character and is who the programme is named after. By day he works for the Miami Police Department as a blood analyst but his job is far from being his main focus. There are two sides to Dexter. There is the good side that all his co-workers see but there is also a dark side because as you soon find out Dexter is also a serial killer. The main twist is that he only kills people who have done harm to others because of Harry's Rules, the set of guidelines given to him by his father.
The main storyline of season 1 is the emergence of another serial killer in Miami who gets the attention of the police department and is dubbed 'The Ice Truck Killer'. He sends Dexter secret messages to seemingly taunt him but how could he know Dexter's secret, and what could his true motives be?
Dexter is quite simply brilliant programme making. I've never seen another programme that could actually get you hoping that the serial killer is the one who doesn't get caught by the police. The way the whole series is laid out is just a joy to watch. You can actually feel yourself agreeing with why he does what he does.
There are several other characters that appear in the series. The main ones are his sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) who becomes involved more and more throughout the series and several police department members. The most interesting of these people is Sergeant James Doakes (Erik King), who is the only one that thinks there is something strange about Dexter. His constant efforts to figure out just what Dexter is hiding makes for some good moments.
I was a big fan of the Sopranos and then the Wire but Dexter rates right up there with those types of programmes. It is clever, humorous and gripping from start to finish and will instantly have you hooked after just one episode. Michael C Hall plays the role of Dexter perfectly, crossing between good and bad sides with seem less ease. The more intense scenes are made very realistic because of his expressions and the funnier moments are also performed well.
On Amazon you can pick it up for only £10.98. On the box set there are 4 DVDs and 626 minutes of TV brilliance. Not bad for that price! I'd really recommend you give it a try. There aren't really any scenes that would put you off because of gore and the whole killing part is handled well so as not to become too much of an issue. For less than £11 you can't go wrong so go and enjoy Dexters dark side from the comfort of your own living room.
10/10 from me!
Does watching the delightfully debauched dealings of a demented psychopath sound appealing? No? Then you clearly haven't been watching the dark and deadly exploits of Dexter, star and namesake of Showtime's hit drama.
Dexter Morgan (Played by Michael C Hall of Six Feet Under) is a smart, charismatic blood splatter analyst who works for the Miami Police Department alongside his adoptive cop sister Deb. He has a house on the shore, a boat, a good job and a girlfriend. You would think that would be enough right? Wrong, for poor debonair Dexter has a compulsion, he needs to kill. Now this isn't anything new for Dexter, he's been dealing with and suppressing his darker side since he was a child, but he does have a wonderful outlet for his needs.
Now you see, if Dexter had been allowed to carry on as he had begun as a child he would now be in prison (at the very least). But thankfully for our deadly star he was adopted by Harry, who saw early on his compulsions and taught him to restrain himself and his urges. That doesn't mean for one second that he has stopped killing though. Harry gave Dexter a set of rules to live by, and to kill by. It is these rules that he follows to this day and so only exacts his deviant ways on those that truly deserve it - such as the serial offender drink driver who has killed several people and keeps getting away with it without remorse. Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the serial killer who kills serial killers!
This show has many great characters that you will grow to love (Or hate), the main characters for the first series being:
Dexter (Michael C Hall): There are very sad and disturbing reasons why Dexter was adopted, and he feels that they may have played a part in the way he turned out. He idolises his adoptive father who has taught him how to pretend to be the best human being ever. He loves his adoptive sister (In real life now his wife) to the best of his abilities and certainly feels some sort of caring towards his equally messed up girlfriend and her children. He calls himself a "monster" and doesn't see himself as human, because he just doesn't feel the way others do. Everything everyone else does and feels seems alien and strange to him - even sex, but he watches their interactions and does his best to fake them, fooling almost everyone all of the time.
Debra (Jennifer Carter): Dexter's sister and work colleague, she works on the Miami P.D as a cop and is driven mad by the fact that no-one will listen to her in her male-dominated workplace. If there's an undercover job for her you can guarantee it's for vice and that she is going to be standing on a street corner. She is very protective of her brother even though even she thinks he's a little odd. She also idolised Harry, even following in her father's footsteps in becoming a cop. Deb is a little, well, promiscuous and has a horrendous taste in men.
Rita (Julie Benz): Dexter's girlfriend. She's a troubled soul with a history of drug abuse and being beaten and raped by her estranged husband. But she is now trying to put her life back together and be a good mother to her two children whilst maintaining a strange romance with our anti-hero Dex. After her long suffering ordeal with the husband from hell she is completely disinterested in sex, which suits Dexter completely as that's just one big can of worms they don't need to deal with right now.
Sgt. Doakes: Dexter's colleague in the loosest form of the word. He doesn't like or trust Dexter and is determined to show him up for what he is, not that he knows what that is.
Paul: Rita's ex husband, and if ever there were a man to hate this is the one. He's a terrible husband and a father who uses his children to get back at Rita whilst trying to worm his way back in so he can gain control over Rita once more. He doesn't like Dex, and Dex doesn't like him.
Angel: Works at Miami P.D and always looks sharp. He gets on great with both Dex and Deb and is always willing to listen and help them. Angel loves the ladies, dancing, drinking and music and can often be found in the local Latin dance bar flirting and dancing with any pretty young thing in a skirt. But he only truly has eyes for his beautiful wife and daughter, even though he isn't always very good at showing it.
The Ice Truck Killer: A mysterious monstrous killer who drains his victims of their blood and removes limbs with precision before wrapping. The entire Miami P.D will spend the majority of the first season trying to catch him whilst Dexter just wants to meet him; after all, he's a fan of the killer's work. And the killer it seems is a huge fan of Dexter's work also.
So having covered the main characters you need to know and the basic outline we come to talking more about the Region 2 DVD box set specifically (even though the only dooyoo listing for season 1 is in Region 1 - but don't buy that one, the UK boxset is half the price). For those who like to know, the first season of 12 episodes comes on 4 disks totalling 626 minutes. It is currently available on Amazon at the time of writing this for £9.98 with free postage - working out at an incredible low 1.59 pence per minute of deliciously grisly viewing. A very good credit crunch buy for those who enjoy the darker shows on offer these days.
The twelve episodes themselves are very well written, though not as camp in humour as the original books by Jeff Lindsay. The episodes in this season are as follows:
Dexter - Our season opener is unsurprisingly not gentle on the viewer, there's no gradual ease in to the blood and gore here when Dexter arrives on the scene of the first victim of the Ice Truck Killer. Well perhaps there is an ease into the blood on this one as there isn't any. Dexter's job is moot in this investigation and he's intrigued by the perpertrator.
Crocodile - Debra finds a refrigerated truck with a gruesome surprise linked to the new murders. Meanwhile Dexter is following his next victim, a wealthy drink driver who is acquitted of all charges. There is mystery and intrigue at work when Lt Laguerta starts digging into Doake's past and an awkward and hysterical situation arises with Dexter and his girlfriend after she decides to brave intimacy after a double date with Debra and her latest disaster.
Popping Cherry - Another Ice Truck victim is found dead so Dexter helps his sister as the police try to track down a security guard they believe may be the killer. Rita encounters some car trouble courtesy of her ex husbands drug dealer while Dexter finds himself another victim - a paroled teen murderer whose urges bear a surprising resemblance to his own.
Let's Give The Boy A Hand - The Ice Truck Killer starts to get personal, leaving severed parts of his victims in places that mean a lot to our favourite serial killer.
Love American Style - A victim of the Ice Truck Killer is miraculously found alive, giving the police some much needed help. Dexter however manages to get himself into trouble whilst stalking a new victim - a human trafficker who extorts money from his victims' families and then makes their deaths look accidental.
Return To Sender - The Ice Truck Killer manages to point the finger of blame at Dexter when he leaves Dex the gift of a dead body at the very place Dexter has just exacted his own brand of justice.
Circle Of Friends - The Miami P.D. think they know who the Ice Truck Killer is, but Dex doesn't agree, who will be right? In worse news, Rita's ex husband has been paroled and disappearing away quietly to let her and the kids lead a happy life just isn't on his agenda.
Shrink Wrap - Dexter suspects a psychologist is killing his patients, but is surprised when the bad doctor gets him to open up about his darker side. Rita begins to think her ex husband may be telling the truth when he says he's a changed man. Laguerta has become increasingly sceptical that the man they think is the Ice Truck Killer is telling the truth in his claims while Debra's new relationship with gorgeous doctor Rudy is warming up.
Father Knows Best - Dexter gets a surprise when he is informed of his biological father's death, especially as Harry told him he was dead 30 years ago. But he has a chance to learn a little about his past as his father's home and all his possessions have been left to him and gladly takes it, taking Rita with him on a trip out to the house to pack up everything. Later Deb and new beau Rudy show up to help (and party) and Dex almost feels human. And sadly Paul's claim that he was a changed man doesn't last long, but thankfully Dexter is on the case.
Seeing Red - So far Dexter's job with the Ice Truck killings has been minimal due to the lack of blood, this has suited him fine as he doesn't deal well with blood. However he's about to have to face that fear when the Ice Truck Killer leaves an indescribable bloodied room at a local hotel, bringing back sad and horrific flashbacks that relate to Dexter's childhood and family.
Truth Be Told - Another day, another victim, this time the Ice Truck Killer murders a prostitute and leaves her partially gift wrapped under a public Christmas tree (Oh Santa, you shouldn't have...seriously!). Dexter finds a link between him and his new killer playmate whilst Doake's suspicions about Dexter grow stronger. Debra and boyfriend Rudy's relationship gets serious and Rita takes her kids to see their father, who is not happy about where he is and doesn't know why he's there.
Born Free - In the grisly finale to the first season, Dexter has to find his sister who has been kidnapped by the Ice Truck Killer, which leads to the ultimate showdown between our two killers where secrets best left unsaid are revealed.
To say this is a gripping drama is an understatement, because the characters are so well written and fleshed out you will care what happens to each and every one of them. Though Dexter has his faults it is hard to do anything but root for him, yes he's a killer, but he's killing the people that deserve punishment for their misdeeds. Debra is the sister you wish could know what Dexter is truly about but know there's a good chance if she did she'd turn him in because of her morals and dedication to the force. Rita, well bless her heart she's a girl who has made a lot of bad decisions in life and has had to live with the fallout of them and even though she feels weak she keeps fighting. Doakes is irritating as the cop trying to catch out Dex, he wastes a lot of time trying to figure him out and distrusting him without ever giving a real reason why. As for Paul, you will hate him so much that you will be begging for good old Dex to do something about him. There are so many other characters too that you will care for and that's one of the best things about the show, these characters have a real back-story, no-one is perfect and they are all just trying to get by.
The premise itself for Dexter is equally wonderful, a serial killer working for the police and killing those who evade justice is sheer genius in both its oddness and uniqueness. This is a crime drama for those who are desperately bored with the regular formula and brings a breath of fresh air to an old much-loved format.
The casting has been well thought out; Michael C Hall plays the part of a seemingly mild mannered crime analyst with a secret well without being obvious. It's the subtlety in his performance that makes it work. It's also really nice to see Julie Benz in a different role to what many will have seen - going from the (very well-known in geeky circles) tough evil Darla in Buffy The Vampire Slayer to the downtrodden but desperate to be happy Rita. Jennifer Carter is also well cast as the tough but fed up Deb who wants a career and love but is finding neither is that easy, she exudes confidence and the sort of attitude you'd need to get by in her job.
All in all Dexter Season 1 was a joy to watch, so much so I have watched the DVD several times over and even knowing all the twists and turns watch gripped. It's a great show for those of us waiting for Season 2 of True Blood and the latest offering from Heroes to air. It does seem to be that it appeals to the same demographic; I guess we're just a little sick!
For those who are squeamish chances are this won't be the show for you, as there are corpses and severed limbs a plenty. There is also bad language, scenes of torture and sex (Not at the same time you'll be glad to hear!) and a hell of a lot of violence. So I wouldn't advocate this as viewing if little ones are likely to come into the room as you'll probably have to sleep in their bedrooms for a while. It is a deeply disturbing show so it takes a certain type of person who likes dark humour at its blackest to watch it. But it isn't as horrific as it may sound from this, Dexter's internal monologue is shared with us the viewers throughout almost like a narrator and quite often it's his odd take on events that means you're laughing even though what you are seeing is awful. If you are looking for a gift for an older teen into sci-fi/fantasy or a crime fan this is a good buy.
This is a show that gets 5 stars from me as it never failed to disappoint and it's deeply dark yet funny premise is a new one on me. In fact I love this show so much I had to fight the urge to write the entirety of the review in Dexter-style - as any reader of the books or to a lesser extent viewer knows, the man likes to describe himself with words beginning with 'D'. But the title and the opening paragraph just screamed to be 'Dexterized'.
I was first drawn to Dexter, by the actor playing the lead, Michael C Hall whom I had liked when he starred in another of my favourite shows, Six Feet Under. Not content with the darkness if Six Feet Under, which is set in a funeral home, this time he stars as Dexter Morgan, a serial killer and blood spatter analyst.
Sounds a bit obscure doesn't it? Let's write a 12 episode series about the life of a blood spatter analyst. (Actually, they were based on the books by Jeff Lindsay, but still!) Well not really, for ages forensics have been a really big part of police type dramas both in the UK and Amercian programmes. I guess people who love things like Waking the Dead, or indeed Six Feet Under will like Dexter.
Dexter is set in Miami and follows Dexter at work for the Miami Police Dept Homicide Unit and off duty but often the two areas of his life cross over. Dexter had a troubled childhood that we learn more about, as does he, as series one progresses. His past experiences have turned him into a blood thirsty killer, but this isn't slasher type stuff. Dexter is organised and picks his victims very carefully, making sure the people he uses to quench his thirst for killing deserve it anyway. He's not the only killer in town though, at work his job is to help catch the other murderers, buy analysing the mess they leave behind. One such killer is the basis of the all the twists and turns in the story of this compelling first series, the 'Ice Truck' killer.
I won't expose why the killer is called this I'll let you watch. It's very hard to review this with out giving any of the game away. As an audience we unravel this case along with the characters in it and it's very hard not to try and work out what is going to happen next, thrillingly though, I never did and spent a vast amount of time watching this series, particularly towards the end with my mouth wide open in surprise at what had just been revealed. Not though, at the cleverness of the script, no, but at the cleverness at the antics of the killer. I got so involved in this, these people seemed real!!
The way the show is designed, I guess is the best word to use, is unusual. At first I have to admit, I wasn't sure I liked it. We watch the lives of Dexter, his sister, colleagues, girlfriend and indeed enemies like we do with many films and TV programmes, but we are also in the mind of Dexter who voices over his thoughts throughout. When you get into it a little it's easy to see why this is done and how it works. It makes the audience understand Dexter and be on his side, after all the serial killer in most films that have one, is the bad guy. If we as an audience didn't understand Dexter we wouldn't like him and it's crucial for the show to work for him to be our hero, not villain.
I guess this did work on me but I found myself willing him not to do things, because I liked him, knowing all that it was the things that he does that makes him the character I like in the first place. It's a clever way the show is done and hooks you in so as an audience you're with Dexter all the way making it really compelling viewing.
The cast, lead, as I've mentioned, by Michael C Hall as Dexter, are just superb. I'd not known any except him before, but have seen a few of them in other things since. Jennifer Carpenter (Michael C Hall's real life wife) plays Dexter's adopted sister Debra Morgan, my favourite character in the show. She's feisty bright and beautiful and desperate to get on in her job despite some opposition. Her love and admiration of Dexter, makes for a warming but at the same time uncomfortable relationship in the series, if only she knew what he was! Likewise with Dexter's girlfriend, Rita played by Julie Benz. She's the opposite of Debra, naïve girly and venerable, maybe that's why Dexter bonds with her. We see a little of his softer side with her, but not enough and it will be interesting to see how this relationship develops in further series. Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Velez who I've recently spotted in another favourite, Ugly Betty), Angel Batista (David Zayas) and James Doakes (Erik King) make up Dexter and Debra's colleagues in the police dept and work well as a great bunch to watch. Maybe a few 'good cop bad cop' clichés, but maybe it wouldn't work so well with out them.
Dexter is now amazingly into it's fourth series at the time of writing this review, it seems like only yesterday it was launched. I have some catching up to do! I just really hope after all those episodes it won't lose the bum on the edge of your seat magic for this amazing first series.
I really can't recommend this enough. Though, it's not for the faint hearted. It contains a lot of blood, but if you can stand that, it will reward you with a plot with so many twists and turns you'll get dizzy.
The first series box set is available for £12.99.
Dexter, Dexter, Dexter. How would I have spent all those weekends without you? It's a rare occassion when you are rooting for a serial killer to get away with his crimes.
RRP is apparently £34.29 but it is readily available from around the tenner mark.
I'm not going to give anything away for those of you who havent yet seen it. The basic jist of it is:
Dexter Morgan = blood spatter analyst for the Miami police.
Dexter was adopted at the age of four by Police officer Harry. But why was he adopted...? I'm not telling you :P
Harry passed away when Dexter was younger, but knew Dexter had the 'killing streak' in him , so to speak. Harry provided Dexter with 'The Code' in order to ensure that Dexter would never harm any innocent people or be caught.
We know from the start that Dexter is a serial killer. According to 'The Code' he can only harm those who are guilty of terrible things, but whom the law cannot touch. For example a murderer or rapist who gets acquitted on a technicality. Dexter must first be able to prove that they are guilty of the crimes of which they are suspected, even though it is only to himself. This involves a lot of breaking into homes and snooping around!
Dexter has recently met new girlfriend Rita. She has 2 young children, Astor and Cody. She also has her own back story of abusive husband who is still on the scene. This could get interesting...
Dexter has one adoptive sister, Deborah. She also works for the Miami police. Through series one we see her work her way up the ranks from a uniformed officer in the vice department to helping with the Ice Truck Killer case...
Ah yes, the Ice Truck Killer. Series one centres around a series of extremely gruesome murders taking place in Miami. Even Dexter is surprised by the skill shown by this killer.
Who dun' it? Sorry. Watch and see :)
Dexter Season 1 was bloomin' marvelous! There are so many different stories running through, Dexter and the code, Rita and her ex, The Ice Truck Killer and Deborah's career problems but despite this it is nice and easy to follow and never gets dull. I would highly recommend this addictive series. There have been 3 series aired so far and the first is, in my opinion, by far the best.
I think I must have been hiding under a rock somewhere for the past two years as I have only recently discovered the guilty pleasure of "Dexter". After a brief spell staying with a friend she insisted that I watch the series. As I had a lot of time on my hands and she handily had the series on DVD I sat down to watch an episode, then another and another and another...until all I had greedily consumed all 12 episodes. This T.V. series should come with its own special warning "Highly Addictive."
"Blood. Sometimes it sets my teeth on edge, other times it helps me control the chaos."
Dexter likes to kill people. He is a self confessed sociopath who claims to have no feelings and to love no-one. The people around him have absolutely no idea, including his sister Debra, who Dexter admits he would love if he could. His girlfriend, Rita was the victim of an abusive husband and Dexter has picked her to have a relationship with because he thinks she is as messed up as him and that they'll never have to get that intimate. Dexter is probably the worlds greatest actor, he has to fake all social interactions and maintain a constant lie about who he is. The only time you ever see Dexter being honest is if he is about to kill you... nice guy lol. But that's exactly the point... he is a nice guy, in fact he is absolutely hilarious at times! The episodes maintain monologues so the viewer can really see what is going on in Dexter's head and how juxtaposed it is to his interactions with others, which can lead to some very funny and ironic situations. They are often even funnier due to the unemotional deliverance of the monologues. It is this cheeky insight into the psyche of Dexter which truly makes this series enjoyable and ultimately unique.
Dexter knows what he is doing is wrong, but he can't help himself. He is addicted to the kill. But he doesn't just kill anyone... a strict moral code which he abides by must be followed before he commits himself to murder. The most important thing being that the victim must be undoubtedly guilty of a heinous crime. The fact that Dexter isn't on a senseless murder spree means the viewer is able to warm up to this serial killer. Although I must admit when I first heard about the plot I felt a twinge of disgust at the idea of the hero being a serial killer. But although this is obviously a major part of Dexter's character it isn't really what the series is about. The series is about Dexter's struggle to survive in our world.
Dexter works as a blood spatter specialist with the Miami Metro. His work brings him into contact with potential victims but also with a rival. The "Ice Truck Killer" is the new serial killer in town preying on prostitutes and his methods have Dexter fascinated. They enter into their own personal game of cat and mouse, but Dexter meanwhile has to also play ball with the police investigation which creates a dangerous juggling act. The series follows Dexter attempting to deal with all of this as well as his emotional and spirited sister's struggle for recognition in the homicide department and his girlfriends ever increasing desires. And if that's not enough you also find out the reason Dexter has turned out like he has.
Michael C. Hall is absolutely brilliant as the nonchalant Dexter, who must be a difficult character for an actor to get to grips with. He is supported by a superb cast. Girlfriend, Rita, is played by Julie Benz (Buffy, Angel) she is super sweet and innocent and believes she is so lucky to have such a perfect and understanding boyfriend. Julie Benz is perfect for the part and she is a really easy character to love.
Debra, played by Jennifer Carpenter (who incidentally fell in love with her co-star Michael C. Hall and is now married to him) is fantastic as the loud and foul mouthed cop who wants nothing more than to be loved and praised for being herself, she has a second best complex and is always striving to prove herself against her brother and her father's memory. Her ability to string insults and expletives together so fast is truly an amazing talent lol.
Detective Angel Batista is played by David Zayas who is truly a sweetie pie on the force and perhaps the most genuinely lovable character in the series. He is a good and honest cop through and through and he cares and looks out for his comrades. On the flip side is Detective Sergeant James Doakes played by Erik King. Doakes is an absolutely hilarious character. He is a hard ass cop who is not going to beat around the bush, he has killer instincts and as Dexter says "The only real question is why, in a building full of cops, all supposedly with a keen insight into the human soul, is Doakes the only one that gets the creeps from me?" This makes for some interesting and hilarious insults between them. What is great about the series is that all the minor characters have their own back story, so you can get to know them all well and understand how the police department ticks.
Is there anything bad about the series? Well for me I would have to say no... except there only being 12 episodes. But this may not be the case for other people. There is a reason the DVD box set is an 18. There is a lot of swearing, a lot of graphic gore and quite a few sex scenes. If you don't like blood then do not watch! Don't attempt to watch episodes out of sync. Start from the beginning, otherwise you just won't get it. Also not a good idea to watch season 2 or 3 before you've seen this first season, its the building blocks for everything and it is also the best season out of the three. Its currently at an amazing price of £11.98 on amazon. Grab yourself a bargain, you wont regret it!