Dexter: Dexter (series premiere)
(S01E01) "Takes life. Seriously." What a great tagline. Just a simple play on words and it tells you everything you need to know about the show. I'm worried though. Dexter is good. In fact, it's really good. That's why I'm worried. Why? Because Showtime has a nasty little habit of canceling great shows. There was The Chris Isaak Show. Then Dead Like Me. The most recent casualty? Huff. All three of those shows were spectacular. And you know what? Dexter is better than all of them. So, yeah... I'm worried.
Top to bottom, start to finish, this show has got "it"... whatever "it" is. You just can't stop watching. Despite all the moral questions Dexter poses, I'm sure plenty of people will be in an uproar over the subject matter. But that's what you want. People talk and then people watch. Dexter is one of those rare shows that even those against the idea will tune in to see. Think Howard Stern when he first started to make a splash. Whether you liked the guy or not, you listened just to hear what he would say next.
So who is Dexter? Played by Michael C. Hall (David from Six Feet Under), Dexter Morgan is a blood spatter analyst for the Miami-Dade Police Department. Once the sun goes down, he takes matters into his own hands. Since the crime rate in Miami is so high, Dexter firmly believes that the city is a fine place to "hone his craft." His craft? Vigilante justice of the most brutal kind. That tagline makes a little more sense now, right?
Dexter isn't alone though. He's finally met his match in another serial killer who I can only assume will be around for the whole season as Dex hunts him down. Look for this storyline to really bring Dexter down as he openly admits to himself that this new kid on the block has skills that even Dexter hasn't mastered.
As I mentioned in this early preview post, one of the hallmarks of this show is the supporting cast. It's really very well assembled and they all work great together. From Dexter's sister Deb to his "girlfriend" Rita, every character was perfectly cast. I mention those two characters because I'd like to think they'll be the first ones to figure out what Dexter actually does and I'm curious to see how Deb and Rita each react when the truth comes out. They're the only two women in Dexter's life... oh yeah, they'll find out.
I'm sure a lot will be said about how gory/bloody/violent this show is. It seems unavoidable if you're going to have a program with this premise, but I didn't think it was all that much worse than something you may see on House or one of the CSI shows.
So now that I've told you how good Dexter is... you should be worried too. Watch this show because if Showtime keeps up it's little trend, Dexter might be gone after one season.