You Should be Watching “Dexter”
I was going to write out a play-by-play of the pilot episode of "Dexter", Showtime’s new hour long about a serial killer who daylights as a forensics officer with a love for blood splatter analysis. But since there are sites specifically for episodic recaps, I’ll take the easier route and pluck just a sampling of the show’s successful traits.
- Charming and funny: You may not break a rib laughing, but the humor hits with great precision.
- Dexter is a vibrant serial killer: Even when his kills aren’t you unique, his buildup is and Hall’s power switch is admirably instant.
- Dexter’s envy of the superior killer’s originality: The first time Dex sees one of the sectioned, bloodless bodies, the seething jealousy inside him is almost infectious. I don’t think it was quite the psychotic envy perfected by the business card scene in American Psycho, but it certainly deserves the comparison and sets the mood for the rest of the show.
- The Ice Truck Killer: Miami’s other resident serial killer ups Dexter’s ante in a truly morbid way and, by the pilot’s end, throws down the murder gauntlet. The climax will give you a rush, craving to see a body count battle between the meticulous Dexter and the unknown, fetishistic truck driver who throws a severed head at Dexter’s car.
It’s a show about the most likeable serial killer ever that features a fun cast, sick makeup effects and a tightly wound plot – it’s certainly the best genre oriented show I’ve seen on TV in a while.
It airs Sundays at 10, but if you don’t have Showtime, the premium network is having a free weekend October 6th – 9th. This gratis promotion of their new shows will also be available online until the 13th. If you have Showtime or broadband, you owe it to yourself to at least watch the pilot, even if you can’t catch the first season in full until DVD land.