DEXTER: SEASON 1
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Michael C. Hall
What's it about
Dexter Morgan spends his days as a part of Miami County’s Forensic team, studying blood splatter patterns to determine where and how murders take place. Of course, by night, Dexter is a self-admitted monster who must satisfy his primal bloodlust by capturing and killing people who really have it coming.
Is it good movie?
I’d heard from a friend of mine that I should really check out this Dexter show, and I do indeed trust his opinion, but I am also quite aware of the fact that many people are hooked on CSI-type programs and that I can’t stand watching TV. Needless to say, I was rather intrigued when the neatly packaged boxed set of season one graced my desk.
And I’ll tell you this, any misconceptions I had about Dexter being less than stellar were cleared up rather quickly because this show’s fantastic. Dexter Morgan is a very interesting character who is played brilliantly by Michael C. Hall of Six Feet under fame. What I like the most about this character is that he’s so well fleshed out, helpfully through flashbacks of him growing up with his Policeman father, played by James Remar. His father helps him cope with his bloodlust and teaches him the morality lessons of right and wrong. Dexter is like an emotionless, cold monster who has been shaped luckily by the right forces instead of the wrong ones, and is sort of a super-hero of sorts, without any tights or powers, a true nighttime vigilante.
It doesn’t hurt either that Hall is surrounded by an excellent cast of secondary characters, the members of the police squad and his lovely but fractured girlfriend, Rita (played by Julie Benz). When not murdering or studying whodunit, Dexteris trying to pass himself off as human as best he can in his relationship. His down moments with Rita are some of the most interesting of the show, and are often heartbreaking, awkward and hilarious. It’s very intriguing to see how someone with no emotions tries to cope with the insecurities and quirks of having a significant other.
As if this wasn’t enough, the show’s plot is also mile-a-minute. Dexter doesn’t just move from one victim to another while studying murders, instead the whole season has a story arc that revolves around the “ice truck killer”, who seemingly knows who Dexter is and is targeting him specifically. This adds a tremendous amount of punch as it puts
I can’t say enough good things about this show; I love it, it’s original, fresh, well-acted and intelligent and always keeps you guessing.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 2.35:1 aspect ratio, and looks beautiful, for a TV show.
Audio is presented in Dolby 5.1 and is one of the better mixes I’ve heard in awhile.
First, you get Witnessed in Blood-- A True Murder Investigation , a short real-life analysis of blood splatters, which is devoid of real enthusiasm and is somewhat disappointing.
Two episodes get commentary - Return to Sender has one with Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, Lauren Velez and Erik King, and the season finale has one with producers Sara Colleton, Clyde Phillips and Daniel Cerone. I didn’t find either really entertaining, but the finale’s commentary is unquestionably better.
Also, if you look on Disc 4, you’ll find fourth disc also includes a web link to two chapters of Dexterin the Dark, the novel which this show was based on, downloads of The Tudors,/i> and a sample of a CSI game.
Although the DVD set leaves a bit to be desired, who buys DVDs only for extras anyway? I’d like to see a better set in the future, but for now, run down to your local Megalo-Mart and pick up this killer season of a brilliant show today. The moral of the story here is to also listen to your friends- they give good advice sometimes!