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captain~swing



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:10 am    Post subject: Dexter Reply with quote

I watched the debut of "Dexter" on Showtime Sunday
night. Showtime Sub-Site. Based on the novels "Darkly
Dreaming Dexter"
(Amazon link) & "Dearly Devoted Dexter"
(Amazon link) by author Jeff Lindsay.

Dexter works in forensics, specifically blood spatter, for
the Miami Police Department. He's also a serial killer of
"serial killers" (to be more precise he murders murderers).
I don't know who the first person was to use the "serial
killer who kills serial killers" bit but I like it. :)

Dexter, played by Michael C. Hall, is not a vigilante.
He's a sociopath. He isn't doing this to "make things right"
or get the bad guys "off the streets". He's doing this
because he would be doing it anyway but his adopted
father pointed him in the "right" direction.

His adopted father was a police officer, played by James
Remar, who recognized what Dexter was, and what he
would become, so he channeled/shaped his son's pathology
to only go after the bad guys.

We saw a couple of flash backs with Remar talking to
Dexter when he was a child and then when he was a
teenager. Thus far we haven't seen Remar "officially" lay
out the rules that Dexter must follow in order to keep
killing and get away with his crimes.

I liked the first episode which primarily set up Dexter's
relationships with all the principal characters including his
season's nemesis, a serial murderer known as "Ice Truck
Killer". (for his use of an stolen ice truck to possibly kill
and transport his victims. I write possibly because it's not
clear on if he kills and dismembers them in the truck or
just uses it to dump the parts afterwards.)

Hopefully the show will continue with Dexter's inner
comments/monologue which serve to undercut the cute,
nice and sarcastic comments he makes at crime scenes
and around the office. Without them it's just a guy making
a joke, not unlike CSI's "pun" at the beginning of an
episode. With them it continues to reinforce that he's a
psycho which is very important to the show.

For instance Dexter says he doesn't understand the drive
for sex
but later becomes aroused on a date with his
girlfriend (Julie Benz) at the thought of how the Ice Truck
Killer chops his victims into pieces.

He's only dating this woman because his sister (Jennifer
Carpenter), also a cop, set them up on a date after the
woman needed to called 911 because her last boyfriend
had been physically and sexually abusing her. Dexter
dates her for the cover and her emotional damage not
only reminds him of himself a bit, it means she's been
keeping him at a distance physically so he doesn't
have yet another thing he doesn't feel to have to fake.

Another little moment was his description on how two
murders must have been committed at the scene of
the crime. He was photographing the blood evidence
after having "strung" (with yarn like they do in CSI etc.)
the scene and was explaining his theory to a "beat" cop
standing duty.

It was neat because while the officer on the scene
probably just though the scientist was using blood spatter
science~! Dexter has actual first hand experience.

This effectively created a double scene, one for the
character of the "stupid uniform cop" and the other for
the viewer. I'm sure there's a pretentious French term to
describe this, heck I might even know what it is. ;p

Wasn't sure if anyone else watched or was planning on
watching but wanted to see if anyone had enjoyed it first.

~the captain

Incidentally I had considered picking up the novels but
after reading some excerpts they seem poorly written... many
times the idea is better than the execution.
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captain~swing



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The second episode aired during a Showtime Free
Preview weekend.

The 2nd ep was mediocre, or sucked, depending
on your tastes.

The 3rd ep is apparently available now through cable's
"OnDemand" feature.

Hopefully it doesn't suck as badly as the 2nd ep.
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Tomer



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 3:58 am    Post subject: Re: Dexter Reply with quote

captain~swing wrote:
I don't know who the first person was to use the "serial killer who kills serial killers" bit but I like it. :)


Wasn't that the plot of 'Suspect Zero'? I'm pretty sure there were even earlier movies with the same plot, though.

-Tomer
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captain~swing



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Dexter Reply with quote

Tomer wrote:
captain~swing wrote:
I don't know who the first person was to use the "serial killer who kills serial killers" bit but I like it. :)


Wasn't that the plot of 'Suspect Zero'? I'm pretty sure there were even earlier movies with the same plot, though.

-Tomer


Sort of.

As I recall Sir~! Ben Kingsley's character has the power
of "Remote Viewing". (wikipedia link) He was trained by
the FBI, along with others, to develop and harness their
Remote Viewing power for crime-solving purposes.

Once the program was shut down Kingsley was unable
to "turn off" his power and began his killing spree as a
way to get the visions to stop. He became a murderer
because he couldn't turn off murderous visions; they drove
him mad. Nuture versus Nature with Nuture winning.

That's how I remember Suspect Zero but it's been
a while since I watched it and it isn't good enough for
me to watch again. :)

So you can see it's not quite the same story concept
as Dexter. Dexter, if not for his adopted father, would
be killing people; we just don't know which ones. Nature
versus Nuture ends in a tie. ;p

Dexter IS a serial killer. He has the compulsion to kill.
He is a sociopath. (perhaps even a psychopath)

There are plenty of stories with vigilantes killing criminals
but I'm not sure who is credited with the "monster killing
monsters" story idea.

~the captain
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RL



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Location: Atlanta

PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Dexter Reply with quote

I watched the first episode of this -- couldn't get into it. Some of the writing is just bad. Same with the acting.

~rl
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Jeremy Billones



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Location: Alexandria, VA

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally finished the Season One DVD set. I'd originally planned to watch eps 10 and 11 on Wednesday night, then the finale on Thursday.

For those of you who've seen them already... yeah, that didn't happen :)

Unlike the previous posters, I liked the season a lot. It's not The Wire or anything -- most of the supporting cast is pretty stock -- but I liked the concept and both the individual and overall plots.
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