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The Best Thing On TV?,
This review is from: Dexter: Complete Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Before Dexter was released on DVD, I had only caught a couple of episodes on FX and had thought that the show sounded fairly interesting. However due to my common forgetfulness, I managed to miss virtually every episode.
I then remembered it roughly 12 months later and saw that it was to get a DVD release. In a moment of excitement I pre-ordered it immediately.
Upon it's arrival I put the first disc straight into my DVD player and remained seated until the 3 episodes were finished.
Now I'm not a person who will sit down for more than 2 hours if something doesn't intrigue, or entertain me. Luckily Dexter was proving more than capable of doing both of these things, resulting in me almost immediately watching the next disc.
As it happens, I watched the season in it's entirity in a single Saturday. It is THAT good. None of it feels especially cliche.
The story is of Dexter Morgan, a blood splatter analyst who works for Miami Metro PD, and who also leads a fairly shocking double life. For Dexter is also a serial-killer, but a serial-killer who concentrates his particularly messy judgement on criminals who have escaped their just-desserts.
It is with this plot element that you'll likely find yourself questioning your own morals. Though what Dexter is doing is wrong, you constantly support his actions, because those he reaps are just so much more despicable. Which is a testament to the talents of the writers of the show, and also the fantastic cast.
Michael C. Hall is excellent from the show's beginning, but it would be unfair to single him out because without his supporting cast the show would suffer. Thankfully there isn't a weak act in the show, and if even if you find yourself disliking somebody, it is far more likely as a result of them deliberately acting to make a character unlikable.
From start to finish the series is a treat, I urge anybody to give this a try. It is in my opinion the best thing we've had on the small screen since Mark Frost and David Lynch brought us Twin Peaks.