An interesting and original idea that's very skillfully executed, Showtime's Dexter
is never less than watchable, often quite compelling, and sometimes thoroughly riveting. As the 12 episodes from the show's first season (packaged here in a four disc set) reveal, it's also the epitome of "high concept," a kind of Silence of the Lambs
for the C.S.I.
generation. Creator-executive producer James Manos Jr.'s title character, one Dexter Morgan (played by Michael C. Hall of Six Feet Under
renown), works for the Miami Police Department as an blood spatter analyst, visiting crime scenes and helping figure out what happened. He has an avocation, too: during his off hours, he tracks down some very, very bad people who for various reasons have eluded the proper authorities. Seems his adoptive father, a cop himself, taught the kid how to channel his dark side in a "positive" direction; and so, having captured these evildoers (including a child molester-murderer and a recidivist drunk driver with a trail of bodies in his wake), Dex dispatches them with clinical precision, thus making him a serial killer who snuffs serial killers. But there's more--much
more, as it turns out. By his own description, Dexter is "a monster," an empty shell who fakes all human interactions and admits to no real feelings for anything or anyone, including his foster sister (Jennifer Carter) and his nominal girlfriend (Julie Benz), a former crack addict and battered spouse who's as uninterested in sex as he is. There's an explanation for Dexter's weirdness, of course, one so deep and traumatic that even he isn't aware of it. It's gradually revealed over the course of the season as he and the cops (who include Erik King, Lauren Velez, and David Zayas, all first-rate) track down the so-called "Ice Truck Killer," a fellow monster whose grisly m.o. both fascinates and taunts our hero, leading to a genuinely shocking and squirm-inducing finale. Dexter
can be a bit arch, with an ironic, too-hip-for-the-room tone that get a little old. Still, it's a safe bet that anyone who views this first season will be salivating for the second. Extras include audio commentary on two episodes, a featurette about real-life blood spatter analysis, and a variety of DVD-ROM items. --Sam Graham
Synopsis: Dexter(tm) is a crime drama about Dexter Morgan, a man who leads a double life as an incredibly likeable forensics expert for the Miami Police Department and as an emotionless vigilante serial killer. Taught by his foster father to harness his lust for blood and killing, Dexter lives by his own strict moral code - he only kills murderers who can't otherwise be brought to justice. Dexter is a killer who grapples with fitting into society while, at the same time, he struggles with his inability to feel emotion. The irony of Dexter's life is that he works closely as a blood splatter analyst with the very people who hunt his kind - the homicide departments. Bonus Features: * Other: Witnessed in Blood: A True Murder Investigation * Other: The Academy of Blood: A Killer Course * Commentary: Audio Commentary by the Producers, Episode #112 * Other: Exploring Dexter: An Inside Look * Commentary: Audio Commentary by the Cast, Episode #106 * Other: Photo Gallery
Dexter Morgan n'est pas exactement un citoyen américain comme les autres, il porte un lourd secret. Dexter est un expert en médecine légale spécialisé dans l'analyse de traces de sang pour la police le jour, et un tueur en série la nuit.
FR: Victime d'un traumatisme dans sa plus tendre enfance puis recueilli par un officier de police de Miami, il se dit incapable de ressentir la moindre émotion. Incapable, si ce n'est lorsqu'il satisfait ses pulsions meurtrières, que son père adoptif, Harry Morgan, lui a appris à canaliser. De fait, Dexter ne tue que les autres tueurs qui sont parvenus à échapper au système judiciaire, afin de protéger les innocents…
Saison 1: L'ambiance et l'intrigue de cette saison mettent en place les personnages et leur psychologie en faisant découvrir le monde de Dexter, son histoire, sa famille et son entourage. Dès le premier épisode est introduit l'arc narratif du tueur au camion frigorifique.
Épisode 1 : Dexter
Épisode 2 : Les Larmes du crocodile
Épisode 3 : Ouverture du score
Épisode 4 : Bout à bout
Épisode 5 : Le Rêve américain
Épisode 6 : Retour à l'envoyeur
Épisode 7 : Ça reste entre nous
Épisode 8 : Démystification
Épisode 9 : Au nom du père
Épisode 10 : Chambre 103
Épisode 11 : Tout se dit
Épisode 12 : Home Sweet Home