With the writers’ strike still in full swing, I’ve been branching out and watching some different television shows. I recently borrowed the entire first season of Showtime’s Dexter from a friend, and have gone through a few episodes already.
I wasn’t too taken with the pilot because I actually found the premise to be a bit off-putting. But I stuck with it, and have found subsequent episodes to be a lot more engaging.
I think the best part of the show is the titular Dexter, played by Michael C. Hall (in an amazing departure from his previous Six Feet Under character). Dexter is a forensics specialist with the Miami police department who happens to moonlight as a serial killer.
He chooses his victims carefully, making sure to go after scumbags (child molesters, wife-killers, rapists) who have somehow escaped justice. And like most serial killers, Dexter takes a token from his victims. Instead of the usual personal effects like cufflinks, money clips, or earrings, Dexter likes to take blood samples, which he preserves on microscope slides and keeps in a box. Weird, huh?
My friends who like this show positively RAVE about it, so I can’t wait to get into it a bit more. Hopefully I’ll end up enjoying it just as much as everyone else!