Dexter: The Complete Series:

Did you ever think that you would watch a television show and root for a serial killer?  If that ever were to happen then Dexter Morgan (played by Michael C. Hall) would be that serial killer. You really see him as a product of witnessing his mother’s bloody murder at the age of three.  He can’t be to blame for what that made him. Despite the fact that he has a large urge to kill he funnels it toward something good. If you could ever think of murder as good. Dexter kills only those who have also killed and gotten away with it. It is almost as if he is a vigilante.

As the series progresses he is more at ease with the idea that he is a serial killer.  More determined to take out his urges on those who kill innocent people.  He has his hands filled with his job with Miami P.D. as a blood spatter expert and a family man.  Not enough hours in the day for this overachiever.  Thank God he can go on not much sleep.

In season four it seems like Dexter Morgan (played by Michael C. Hall) might have met his match in the smarts and serial killer fronts.  It is a test of will and skill between Dexter and another serial killer.  May the best man win!

No, he is not feeling guilty about killing his victims and he shouldn’t as he is just taking out other serial killers.  I think that many would think Dexter is actually doing the city of Miami a favour. What he is feeling guilty about is the death of his wife Rita (played by Julie Benz). Rita was killed by another serial killer (played by John Lithgow) in an effort to keep Dexter off his back.  Dexter has to deal with his grief (yes, he does feel emotion over the loss of Rita) and suddenly being a single father.  All this plus he has to satisfy his urge to kill, which he has dubbed his Dark Passenger.

As a psychopath relationships don’t come easily or naturally to Dexter but he does love his son Harrison (played by Jadon Wells) and sister Debra (played by Jennifer Carpenter), who is a detective with Miami Police Department. As much as he tries to fit in Dexter always finds himself on the fringes of society.

The show and its odd premise only work because it is done from A to Z with skill. The stories are gripping and sometimes funny, the acting is great and the city of Miami is a great backdrop, what with all the water to hide the bodies.

Dexter: New Blood:

As we left our favourite (?) serial killer, Dexter (played by Michael C. Hall) disappeared into the teeth of a hurricane. You had to know he was coming back, didn’t you? I mean, the series was an incredibly popular one. But what I did not expect was that it would take a decade. 10 years is a long time! Would audiences have moved on or would they return to the creepy world of Dexter? As with most things, that depends on the quality.

Dexter is now living in a small town (where else would a serial killer disappear to?) under a different name. Living a quiet life and not killing anyone in Iron Lake, New York, Dexter seems to be loving his new life that does not involve blood, disposing of bodies and murder. But you have to know that his Dark Passenger is going to reappear eventually, right?

Now living as Jim Lindsay, Dexter has undergone a rebirth. Living his life without killing and even dating the town’s sheriff, Angela Bishop (played by ). He seems to be walking on the path of the straight and narrow.

So after eight successful seasons, Dexter is back for number nine. Ten episodes of the same type of quality you knew and loved from the Showtime series. The excellent Michael C. Hall is back as the lead as well as Jennifer Carpenter as the serial killer’s sister, Deb. Many fans of the series were not thrilled with the previous ending and now they are back for another kick at the can.

A very different setting from steamy and beachy Miami, though rural upstate New York kinda matches the detached nature of the lead character. Also, from a technical aspect, the series is different. The direction and even editing have been changed up a little. What has not changed is the examination of humans’ dark side. That we all have one. How we deal with it is how we are judged for it. Again, though he is a serial killer, we don’t think harshly of Dexter. We understand why he behaves as he does and even cheer him on. That is a sign of great stories, acting and writing.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentaries by Cast & Crew
  • Cast Interviews
  • Why Now?
  • Dissecting Dexter: New Blood: Deb Is Back
  • Dissecting Dexter: New Blood: The Kill Room
  • All Out On The Table
  • And More!