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Dexter
« on: October 23, 2006, 08:35:35 PM »
I could have sworn we had a Dexter thread...

Anyway, four episodes in and I'm loving it. 

http://www.sho.com/site/dexter/home.do

Based on the series of novels by Jeff Lindsay, Showtime puts together a lovingly loyal little show with Michael Hall at the helm.  I hated him in Six Feet Under, but he's amazing in this role.  It's what he should have been doing instead of little prissy boy roles. 

Julie Benz is in as his girlfriend.  Known well in the Buffyverse, she does the opposite.  From tough girl roles to prissy little girl...and she does very well. 

So the gist of the story is -- Dexter's a serial killer who is all about killing other serial killers.  So...he's a bad guy, but he's a hero.  His thing is blood.  He's cold, inhuman, troubled, distant, controlled, and captures the whole obsessive serial killer thing beautifully.  RC should be studying this one...

By day, he's the blood specialist for the forensic dept. at Miami PD.  By night he hunts and kills.  We're now caught in a slow, moody story arc where a serial killer known as the Ice Truck Killer is playing cat and mouse with Dex, all while the dumb cops stumble around trying to figure out what's going on.

I love the opening titles -- all dreamy texture that really makes me want to eat breakfast.

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Re: Dexter
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2006, 08:47:46 PM »
saw a trailer for this over the weekend...couldn't decide if it looked really gimmicky or good.  i might give it a try, but i just finished season 4 of the wire.  i might be a little TV-ed out.  Rescue Me and the Shield won't be back until next year, Studio 60 lost me, deadwood's all over but the movies...might be time for a little break, get some reading done.  Let me know if the season takes off as a whole and then I'll get back to it. 
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Re: Dexter
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2006, 08:51:54 PM »
Lots of folks are talking about how good this is.

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Re: Dexter
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2006, 06:19:17 PM »
I love the billboards because it takes a second to get it.  I love six feet under, but the gay scenes with Micheal Hall and the big bald black guy used to make me really squeamish.  I like gay guys as much as the next girl, but they just seemed to be a little too realistic.  I guess that's how you know the guy's a good actor.
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Re: Dexter
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2006, 09:53:38 PM »
I love the billboards because it takes a second to get it.  I love six feet under, but the gay scenes with Micheal Hall and the big bald black guy used to make me really squeamish.  I like gay guys as much as the next girl, but they just seemed to be a little too realistic.  I guess that's how you know the guy's a good actor.

They might not be acting that part.

I often avoid the TV thread but I read this on the hopes it'd be about Dexter's Laboratory.
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Re: Dexter
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2006, 09:58:10 PM »
we can talk about that too. 

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Re: Dexter
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2006, 10:16:40 AM »


They might not be acting that part.



Like the ex, you have a secret wish that everyone's gay.  They were acting.

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Re: Dexter
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2006, 12:26:24 PM »
It's not like straight actors have never "performed" sex on camera, or gay actors have never performed straight love scenes, etc.  Not a wish, just pointing out other possibilities. 
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Re: Dexter
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2006, 12:32:37 PM »
Okay, I agree with everything you say and you win.

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Re: Dexter
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2006, 03:18:50 PM »
I don't believe you.  Repeat what I said.
"If it were up to me I would close GuantŠnamo not tomorrow but this afternoon... Essentially, we have shaken the belief that the world had in America's justice system... and it's causing us far more damage than any good we get from it."

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Re: Dexter
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2006, 04:48:32 PM »
You said how you admired me and always backed my opinions and comments.

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Re: Dexter
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2006, 07:08:34 PM »
right; thanks.
"If it were up to me I would close GuantŠnamo not tomorrow but this afternoon... Essentially, we have shaken the belief that the world had in America's justice system... and it's causing us far more damage than any good we get from it."

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Re: Dexter
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2006, 11:23:34 AM »
so...does this hold up?
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Re: Dexter
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2006, 12:05:27 PM »
Haven't caught the last two (and next week is the finale), so, as of episode nine, yes, it holds up.  It's a thinking, talking show.  A slow examination of Dexter's life and times.  His nemesis is, pretty much, a background thing, though episode nine obviously starts the finale arc.  Other folks watching rave about 10 and 11, which I'll catch this weekend.

Following Dexter's life may be a mistake in the long run.  Hall is interesting, but Dex is so removed from humanity that there's no real point to all the characters in his life.  Julie Benz, the girlfriend, alternates from being intensely annoying to being an interesting problem for Dex to deal with.  His sister is the same.  They don't quite know how to handle the other characters as Dexter is cold and emotionless and the series is being told through his eyes... So, naturally, we don't care about their problems.  Nor have they chosen to try and enhance their problems and bring them into Dex's life.  So we have pointless distractions that feel like they're simply trying to turn a half hour show into an hour show each week.

But they're trying to stick with the books.  Dex exists -- works, lives -- like a normal person.  Though the problems around him are observed by him.  Tough to do through the eye of a camera, I guess.

I don't know... It's pretty cool.  I'd say two or three stars out of four, varying from episode to episode.  Enjoyable if you're into serial killers, can tolerate Hall and don't mind having about 20 minutes of downtime per episode.  And there's the occasional gem.  And now that we've had the Big Reveal in episode eight and nine, I'm really excited.  The bad guy is successfully a creepy bad guy.

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Re: Dexter
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2006, 12:14:59 PM »
Who the hell is Dexter?
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