By Douglas Howard
Based upon the winning Jeff Lindsay novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Showtime’s Dexter continues to elevate the bar on tv drama, because it chronicles the grisly exploits of a police blood spatter professional who moonlights as a serial killer. yet not like different serial killers, Dexter basically kills the undesirable men, a contrast that units up one of many basic moral conflicts of the express. For lovers who are looking to delve deeper into the interesting complexity of this hit express, this advisor bargains a variety of issues that would provide bloggers, tweeters, and aspiring spatter specialists much to speak about.
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So it is here: Dexter swats the mosquito with a precise, well-aimed, deadly blow, without even opening his eyes. We are only five seconds into the series at this point, but the central theme is already established: Dexter Morgan disposes of parasites, with a deadly efficiency. Moreover, we, the audience, are also already complicit in identifying with Dexter’s actions: which of us has never killed a mosquito? The protagonist is unseen at this point, remaining either out-of-focus or in extreme close-up, but his actions so far are entirely understandable and familiar.
On the one hand, he’s obviously got severe psychological issues, and he’s committing ritualistic murders. On the other hand, he’s killing other killers, ones that the police haven’t caught, and he’s taking them off the street, so isn’t this a good thing? JM: Who wouldn’t kill a pedophile who’s killing little kids? Who in 23 IBT031 —˚Dexter:Layout 1 25/11/09 11:39 Page 24 DEXTER their right mind would say, “Oh, let him go”? This guy’s obviously not being incarcerated. That’s the opening scene of the pilot, and it really endears the audience to this character.
The worst part of it, and this is the thing I had nightmares about for two weeks, was that about half of the letters are from people saying, “Please consider eating me. ” DH: Who are they eating? Volunteers? JF: Yeah, they’re eating volunteers. DH: I guess, just doing research for these books, you wind up seeing sides of the world that you never knew about. JF: And don’t want to know about. And they ask why writers drink. Well, there it is. 13 IBT031 —˚Dexter:Layout 1 25/11/09 11:39 Page 14 DEXTER: INVESTIGATING CUTTING EDGE TELEVISION 2.
Dexter: Investigating Cutting Edge Television (Investigating Cult TV) by Douglas Howard