Dexter Season 2 [DVD]
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All 12 episodes from Season 2 of the US drama series about a Miami police forensics expert who moonlights as an avenging serial killer. In this season Dexter (Michael C. Hall) is still carrying out his twisted brand of vigilante justice, but begins to doubt his murderous capabilities and continues to be haunted by his tortured past. His difficulties multiply when evidence of his deadly after-hours activities begins to surface and the FBI is brought in to investigate the city's new serial killer, known as the 'Bay Harbour Butcher'. Episodes are: 'It's Alive!', 'Waiting to Exhale', 'An Inconvenient Lie', 'See-Through', 'The Dark Defender', 'Dex, Lies and Videotape', 'That Night a Forest Grew', 'Morning Comes', 'Resistance Is Futile', 'There's Something About Harry', 'Left Turn Ahead' and 'The British Invasion'.
Dark and sinister is the new sexy, thanks to Dexter, which in its second season has proven to be the most successful series Showtime has offered up yet. Remember how much you squirmed in your seat during the season one finale? Believe it or not, the premiere of season two felt like it could have been a season finale--because jaws were on the floor when the credits rolled. For being a supposed sociopath, Dex is pretty broken up about the gruesome events that concluded last season. The one and only person who could possibly understand him is six feet under, and it seems our unlikely hero is losing his homicidal grip. He’s even having a little trouble slicing up a few of his latest victims (from a murderous gang member to a chainsaw-wielding fiend from his past). Enter Lila (Jaime Murray, Hustle), a lady with a sweet British accent and a few dark secrets of her own. She seems to accept Dex for who he really is, and he finds himself feeling relaxed for the first time in his life. In contrast, his relationship with his girlfriend Rita (Julie Benz) has been stretched almost to a breaking point. The problem is, he should be anything but relaxed. Someone picked a poor place to go scuba diving off the Florida coast, and came across an underwater graveyard: Dex’s primo spot for dropping dismembered bodies wrapped in heavy-duty trash bags. Word about the "Bay Harbor Butcher" gets out quick, and the F.B.I. sends the best of the best, Special Agent Frank Lundy (Keith Carradine, Deadwood) to work alongside the police to sniff out Miami’s latest serial killer. This guy is no schlub, and Dex may have met his match. And, yes, Dexter gets to work with Lundy on a daily basis, which provides some wonderfully awkward moments. It certainly doesn’t help that the intuitively paranoid Sergeant Doakes (Erik King, Oz) is hot on Dex’s trail. Season two of Dexter is all about decisions. Lila or Rita? Old code or new code? Run or fight? Right or wrong? Well, one thing’s for sure: When it comes to writing, casting, acting, and production, the makers of this show made all the right decisions. Michael C. Hall is simply superb as the title character. You’ll never find yourself more willing to genuinely root for a serial killer. It’s bloody liberating. --Jordan ThompsonSee all Product description
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For anyone who loves '24' and 'Prison Break', this will appeal greatly. I am now about to watch Season 3 but am already ordering Season 4 as it won't take me long to get through it. Each episode leaves you wanting more.
One point, when I began season 1, I was put off by the sheer amount of bad language but as it goes on, I am quite used to it because it really is part of the characters, especially Dexter's sister who is a cop with a foul mouth. She is however, more and more a great character.
All in all, fantastic stuff which I wish I had watched years ago.
Decter is different in Series Two also. In the first series much was made of his emotional detachment from "normality" and he was presented to us as something closer to machine than man. In series two this all changes as everything he ever believed in is threatened and emotions seem to control every action. The dichotomy between the character in series one and series two didn't gel for me. It was too much of a leap from the one to the other. That said, it stood well on its own and if you'd never seen series one I don't think you'd have thought anything was amiss.
The acting was great once again. Dexter is convincing as he struggles with the confusion of seeing his code undermined and the walls of his facade start to crumble. We see him run the full gammit; anger, fear, panic, calm, love (perhaps?).
The supporting cast is a joy. Back when The Wire was my show of the moment I'd rejoice everytime The Bunk was on screen and it's the same in Dexter whenever Doakes, Masuka or Batista joined the scene. Not to diminish the excellent performances from the remainder of the cast, but there three get to deliver all of the funniest lines, typically juxtapositioned perfectly into an otherwise tense scene.
Overall it was really enjoyable and I'll be pre-ordering series 3. Would have been 5 stars but some plot lines felt a bit rushed and the main character seemed inconsistent with the first series.
Never a dull episode, and the characters are great.
On the surface, ``Dexter" is a neo-noir with a gruesome central mystery -- the ``ice-truck murders" -- that will stretch across the season's 12 episodes. Who's killing hookers and draining them of blood? Then it is also a fascinating character study of Dexter, a man raised by his cop foster father (James Remar ) to channel his violence into taking out society's trash. And deepest of all, it is an intelligent and sustained exercise in moral irony. Dexter may be an obsessive murderer, but he's also a hero of sorts, he only kills bad guys.
The first year bowled me over as a piece of great, original television unfolded before my eyes. I wasn't sure it could get any better, but it did.
Season 2 takes us on a more complete journey into the minds and lives of the characters. The show stays true to what made it so good, but adds greater depth and creativity; everyone seems to be on a mission to find themselves, or are at least trying to recapture who they think they are.
Dexter's life becomes much more complex as his web of ever increasing lies constantly threatens to come undone and wreck the lives of almost everyone. A special mention should go to all the suppoting cast, especially Jennifer Carpenter, who plays Deb. Her story was great and she acted her socks off.
The whole show seems to have taken a step up in every way and has really started to mature. Fantastic writing keeps this ahead of most other dramas, and with the work that follows, it allows us to enjoy a uniquely entertaining piece of television.
Dark, dangerous, and downright funny at times, I wasn't disappointed with a single minute of a single episode. TV doesn't get any better than this.
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