Killer Appeal: Review for “Dexter”

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While some may see it horrifying to identify with and empathize with a serial killer, think about this: we have no trouble empathizing with any other vigilante like Batman or Spider-Man. So why is it so hard to do it with a killer? Is it merely the idea that he is a killer? That is understandable. Dexter Morgan (a brilliant Michael C. Hall) is a forensics investigator for the Miami Police Department. Specifically, he works with blood splatter. He is quite execellent at his job. But Dexter has a dark side, a very dark one indeed. Dexter is a serial killer. As a kid he would get an urge to kill. But Dexter isn’t your average murderer. He has a Code of Honor. He only kills other crime offenders. That includes rapists, murders (ironically), pedophiles, and other serious offenders. The show, which is based on a series of books (the first being Darkly Dreaming Dexter), is extremely well written and portrayed in an unbiased manner, which is impressive for the subject matter. As graphic as some may assume it is, it isn’t as bad as I thought. It us significantly tamer than torture porn pictures like Hostel or Saw. One thing I like about this show is how it raises provocative questions without rubbing it in your face. How can we agree or identify with a murderer? Even though he IS killing bad people, does that justify it? My answer is irrelovent but it is a good topic of discussion after you see it. Michael C. Hall is fantastic as Dexter. The character doesn’t feel any emotion, very similar to that of Patrick Bateman in the novel (by Bret Easton Ellis) and film American Psycho. Not only is an interesting pycho-drama, it’s also a fantastic crime procederal. It’s filled with great mystery and suspense and their cliff-hangers want to make you watch the show, but not in an obsessive way that makes you scream at a new revalation. A great show you’ll want to commit to.

Grade: A-


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