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Dexter: The Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray]
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Dexter: Season 4 [Blu-ray]
Unfolding with tragic inevitability, Dexter's fourth season is a taut game of cat and mouse between Dexter (Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall) and Arthur Mitchell, "a very special kind of monster," unnervingly portrayed by John Lithgow in his Emmy and Golden Globe-winning performance. Whoever guest stars in seasons to come has a very hard act to follow. (Never mind all the blood, Mitchell's greeting, "Hello, Dexter Morgan," from the episode of the same name, will disturb your sleep.) But let's not forget Hall's consistently cutting-edge work. The Dexter saga has a rich back-story and mythology, but for those new to the series and lured to this season by Lithgow's justly celebrated performance, season 4 is a good place to start, because it represents something of a new beginning for Dexter himself. Married at the end of season 3, he is now dreaming of "having it all" as a husband and father, trying to juggle the demands of his job as a Miami Metro Police Department blood-spatter analyst, his new family, and his other calling as a serial killer. But he is more conflicted than ever. His new baby keeps him up nights, and the normally precise and methodical Dexter finds himself exhausted to the point of making mistakes in court. "Who knew life could get so unsimple?" he asks early on. Dexter and Mitchell are not the only characters harboring secrets. Some we can mention (Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta and Detective Angel Batista are in a relationship), but others we dare not even hint at (the episode "Hungry Man" has a doozy of a cliffhanger revelation). As the season unfolds, an incognito Dexter insinuates himself into Arthur's life and discovers disturbing parallels in their lives. Meanwhile, now-retired serial killer hunter Frank Lundy (Keith Carradine), who nearly uncovered Dexter's identity back in season 2, returns to ask for his help in catching the Trinity Killer. His reappearance upends the life of Dexter's sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter), a homicide detective and Lundy's former lover. Debra has also been digging into the past of her late policeman father Harry (James Remar) and learns more about her twisted family tree. Disappointingly, interviews with Hall, Lithgow, and other cast members can be accessed only on a PC, but the DVD does contain episodes of Californication, Lock 'N Load, and The Tudors. --Donald Liebenson --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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For me, the biggest problem with this season was the lack of a good villain. John Lithgow is a great actor, but his character just didn't do it for me. I suppose many viewers found it "ironic" that the supposed perfect conservative Christian American husband-and-family-man turns out to have a dark secret. Whereas to me his entire character seemed like a total stereotype and this is exactly the type of person who would be most likely to repress his feelings and have a violent or sordid side. Also, I found his psychological reasons for killing to be flawed and inconsistent. I just disliked the whole Trinity Killer storyline, particularly during the latter half of the season, and found the series ending to be overly manipulative.
On the other hand, Dexter and the rest of the supporting cast is fantastic as always. I am addicted to this show and hope next season has a better villain.
La mort de Rita (désolée pour ceux qui n'ont pas vu la série) est un coup de tonnerre dans le monde de Dexter et je me demande comment il va réagir. Va-t-il perdre son charme et devenir complètement froid et sans remords ?
À quand la saison cinq bilingue ?
Bathtub murders of young women. Mothers of two jumping to their deaths. Bludgeonings of 40-something fathers. Such is the M.I. of the Trinity Killer, Dexter's twisted adversary this fourth season of the hit Showtime series.
The good news is that "Dexter" rises to the challenge of staying fresh this season and delivers with its best story arc since Season One. The second and third seasons were good but John Lithgow and the Trinity storyline bring back a creepiness to the show that was missing with Jimmy Smits. Not since the Ice Truck Killer storyline has "Dexter" managed to make this viewer so uneasy. The kills this season are very disturbing. An attack in a quiet and deserted office building is particularly unnerving.
While Dexter hunts Trinity, the department is trying to solve the Vacation Murders, as Miami tourists are being robbed and killed.
It was a delight to see Adrienne Barbeau ("Maude") in the season-premiere as one of Harry's informant girlfriends.
Deb finds herself in a love triangle when FBI Agent Lundy returns unexpectedly, but it isn't long before both he and Anton are out of her life for good. Jennifer Carpenter really delivers when Deb has her subsequent breakdown and also at the end of the season in some crucial scenes involving a suspect.
Quinn starts up a sexual relationship with a clingy female reporter, whose neediness makes him a little uncomfortable and which tests his loyalities to the force.
Angel gets promoted this season but he and Laguerta endanger their jobs by engaging in an inter-office romance.
Masuka again provides the comic relief, and his big moment comes during Thanksgiving at Dexter's.Read more ›
The option of audio selections was great. Can't wait 'til season 5!
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Although I no longer follow the series after this season it was pretty good. Just very dark!Published 1 month ago by Katherine J. Mitchell
The series was perfectly FUN. But the package arrived damaged. Had to buy a new case to store the disks to prevent damaging them.Published 4 months ago by Zombie
The quality of the DVDs is excellent. Il will never buy new DVDs again since these DVDs are only viewed once.Published on May 24 2014 by Guy Lefebvre
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