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
* Lead by an amazing performance by Emmy nominated actor Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under), Dexter is one of the most critically acclaimed, must-see television shows of the year! Like no other crime drama you've seen before, featuring a vicious sociopath as the series' hero and star, this horrifying and intoxicating DVD will include all 12 riveting episodes and a host of delightfully twisted special features. Dexter: The Complete First Season is a must have on DVD. * DEXTER breathes life into the horror genre through unpredictable and edgy writing and the nuanced and subtly complex performance of Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated actor Michael C. Hall ("Six Feet Under"). * 4 disc set features all 12 provocatively dramatic first-season episodes. * Packed with behind-the-scenes special featureso The Academy of Blood-A Killer Course o Witnessed in Blood- A true Murder Investigation o Two free episodes of Showtime's hit series BROTHERHOOD o Free episodic download of THE TUDORS o Two audio commentaries by cast and producers! o And much more!!!