Dexter is based on the compelling novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by Jeff Lindsay. Orphaned at the age of four and harboring a traumatic secret, Dexter Morgan (Dexter Morgan (Emmy- and Golden Globe- nominated actor Michael C. Hall from "Six Feet Under") is adopted by a police officer who recognizes Dexter's homicidal tendencies and guides his son to channel his gruesome passion for human vivisection in a constructive way - by killing those heinous perpetrators that are above the law or who have slipped through the cracks of justice. A respected member of the police force, a perfect gentleman and a man with a soft spot for children, it's hard not to like Dexter. Although his drive to kill is unflinching, he struggles to emulate normal emotions he doesn't feel, and to keep up his appearance as a caring, socially responsible human being.
I just started watching the first season of "Dexter" this weekend and it's rather....unsettling. Of course I had my own idea of what to expect: charming and charismatic serial killer uses his powers for good, relatively speaking, instead of choosing random, innocent victims to dismember. And it's pretty like that, though I don't know that I'd call Dexter charming as much as mesmorizingly creepy. He's intense and awkward and a little too good at his job for me to find him charming.
Dexter has issues, ones that go back to him being a kid with violent urges. And he gets all giddy when he goes up against another serial killer, someone with artistic and refined sensibilities. He's not really into sex, and ends up dating a woman with some hang-ups that prevent them from gettin' busy, and that suits him just fine. He approaches situations from a very detached, unbiased place, mainly because he doesn't have the ability to feel the emotion most people do in any given situation. This is really beneficial in being very effective at work. He's able to analyze a situation and uses the evidence to deduce how a crime was commited.
I haven't quite figured out, after 4 episodes, whether I like the show or not. It's interesting, no question, but eerie. And I believe in real life Dexter is engaged to the woman who plays his sister on the show, which I don't want to even think about, because now when I watch them I have to say their bantering makes me go "eww". You can tell the actress who plays his sister is totally into him in a non-sisterly way, and even though Dexter's adopted, it's still too weird for me.
Still, I'll finish watching the first season and decide whether or not it's worth watching beyond that.
Any shows you've recently started watching?
Yay or Nay?