Everything about Dexter is changing ... except the opening?!?
by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 29th 2009 3:02PM
Every now and again (mostly now), something small and insignificant will waft in front of my snark radar and won't go away until I point it out to someone. Right now, something with the new season of Showtime's Dexter has found its way through my skull and is gnawing on parts of my brain, and the only way to kill it is to expose it for the brain sucking parasite that it is. This is exactly like the first time I voluntarily watched Blossom.
So Dexter 4.0 kicked off last Sunday and the episodes I've seen are highly entertaining on just about every level (emotional, comic, spiritual, etc.). It's interesting watching Dex play the role of daddy in a non-fun stepfather kind of way while trying to juggle the needs of his dark side, which lead him and his other relationships down all sorts of roads you don't see coming.
It's feels like I'm watching a really f-ed up version of The Dick Van Dyke Show, only Mel's not there because he discovered Rob was the Bay Harbor Butcher and Rob's old high school sweetheart blew Mel up in order to save Rob and tear him away from Laura and Ritchie.
Now that Dexter's new life is unfolding before our very eyes, something is chewing away at me: the opening.
First off, it's a great opening. It's easily in my personal "Top Five" list of the greatest TV openings of all time. It's shot in this ultra-creepy close up real time mode that's doubly creepy when you realize the things Dexter is doing are probably things that you do everyday (if you're a girl and you have to shave the way Dexter does everyday, then it's probably three times as creepy ... for me at least).
It's the very end of the opening that's gnawing at me. We see Dexter slowly pulling a key out of a deadbolt lock. Then the shot goes wide and there's Dex strolling away from his domicile in his happy-go-lucky mask, ready to take on the day. Except the domicile in this picture is still his apartment. He moved to the burbs at the beginning of the fourth season so he and Rita could have more room for the kids and the new baby without having to live on top of each other like crates on a loading dock.
I know Dexter hasn't completely given up his old apartment since he needs a place to store his blood slides and research his kills, but he's still eating breakfast and getting ready for the day before he leaves his apartment. Shouldn't that shot end with him leaving his new house? Is he going back in time suddenly or something? Are the writers going to weave some bizarre Slaughterhouse Five time warp structure into the narrative? Is there something bigger in my life that I should be complaining about right now?
So I asks ya...
|Hell yes!||205 (34.7%)|
|Hell no!||259 (43.8%)|
|What the hell are you talking about?||127 (21.5%)|
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