The commercials I saw were eluding that the police knew about his killings but kept him because he was too good of a detective. The film quality looked bad, the snips of acting they selected were terrible and cliche. Maybe CBS just has a really sucky advertising department, but I wouldn't want to watch the limey turd just because of how poorly it was presented. "Ooh, aah, Dexter's got a new girlfriend and hes a serial killer, ooh she better watch out." How captivating.
Sexualized violence. You don't understand that? The show is about a serial killer, typically someone who prays on those who are vulnerable and defenseless. It was inferred that Dexter has a preference for female victims, as well. But even if not, the drawn out and intimate-seeming acts of torture that one associates with serial killers, against the defenseless, especially the restrained, are quite sexual in nature.
I criticize it and refuse to watch it for the same reasons I might the SAW movies. The crappy production, writing, and acting aside (far far aside, as people only watch it for the "violence"), they appeal violence in a sexual manner. Heavily breathing, tightly restrained, sweaty, good looking people who are eventually killed in imaginative ways, screaming and moaning along the way. They are trying to turn violence into a sexual craving. People will want more of the same violence, and luckily those companies provide plenty of the same type of material. You know they call them 'torture porn' right?
Last edited by AngusFinch; 11-20-2008 at 11:59.
It's good if you watch it in sequence. If you mix it up and miss parts its probably going to suck like Lost and 24 did for me when I did that.
How many of you noticed his GF was in Rambo?
Last edited by Jezrith; 11-20-2008 at 18:03.
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Dexter is a great show.
And Angus, you've got it completely wrong.
He's a forensic guy, not a detective, he just tells the detectives what the blood spatter at a crime scene indicates.
Also, pretty much nobody knows that he is a serial killer, not the cops, not even his sister or gf.
He was taught to kill by his father, who made him follow a code and only kill murderers who are likely to murder again.
He doesn't torture them per se, but he does have a ritual. He shows them a picture of each of their victims, makes a little cut on their cheek, and then usually kills them quickly. The kills scenes don't tend to be very long.
Most of the show is either about not getting caught, or about other things that are going on in his life, which generally get complicated by his little hobby and his own changing understanding of who he is.
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well youre wrong, nobody knows hes a serial kiler. in fact, a major story line of the first season was that his sergeant always knew there was something "off" about him and was following him. the first (or maybe 2nd) season ends with his crazy girlfriend murdering his sergeant when he finds Dexter dumping bodies in the bay.
its NOT inferred he prefers female victims, he only kills 3 or 4 females in the whole show. he kills random murderers, and then hes the one who does the blood spatter analysis, so he can cover up what really happened.
also, he never tortures his victims, he sedates them and they wake up duct taped to a table and slits their throats and dumps them in the bay. thats how it always happens. the closest thing to torture that he does is make a little cut on their cheek and take a blood sample as a trophy.
i dont like later seasons because they changed the character o make him more emotional (whereas in the first season hes "hollow")
Last edited by Marrik; 11-20-2008 at 19:11.
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(Sigh) OK ive seen every episode and read the first two books so that basically nullifies half your point to begin with but ill go on.
One, Dexter is a complete psycopath. He follows Harrys code out of a feeling of gratitude and because he recognizes its effectiveness. Without the code hed be torturing plenty of innocent men and women to death. His only remotely human characteristic is a fondness for children. Aside from that every aspect of his existence is calculated.
Rita is played by a mediocre actress and the character as a whole is just grating. His relationship with Lila makes no sense whatsoever if you consider Dexter as a character. First, hes almost entirely asexual. The reason he initially gets with Rita in the first place is because shes so emotionally traumatized from previous rapes by her ex husband, she doesnt want to have sex at all. This is a perfect example of how quality is abandoned for the sake of making a buck. Showtime needs to have some romance and sex, so they modify the character.
Dialogue is wooden to the point of being painful. Im stunned that you find it realistic.
Aside from Michael C Hall who does an adequate if not good job, the majority of the actors on that show are incapable of bringing any life or charisma to their characters. Theres nothing really to Dexter as a character anymore. Where once we had someone grounded and unique, now we have this wishy washy, perpetually confused man child that occasionally kills people.
The show is definetly good. But I hate how it strays from the book series. I suppose it is because it is too violent and disturbing for tv audiences... Even on Showtime?
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