I have a confession to make; I love serial killer movies and tv shows! There, I said it. I feel much better now that I’ve gotten that off of my chest. In particular, I love the Showtime series called “Dexter”, starring Michael C. Hall. But I’m not the only one who loves the show. Many of my friends have admitted liking the show and rooting for Dexter too. But isn’t there something morally wrong with siding with a serial killer/bad guy on tv? Perhaps there is, but the writers for Dexter do a superb job of making the viewer feel compassionate toward and a connection to a vigilante serial killer named Dexter.
So who is Dexter? He’s a blood spatter analyst (imagine CSI-type) who works for the Miami, Florida Metro Police Department. He spends his days helping to solve murders by investigating crime scenes; he spends his nights researching, planning and executing his next kill. Unlike many well known serial killers like Hannibal Lecter or Jeffrey Dahmer (who were loners), Dexter is a more of a social person on the outside. When the series began he was single but soon finds himself in a serious relationship involving children, which creates challenges for his busy schedule as a crime-fighting criminal.
During the show the viewer is allowed full access to Dexter’s every thought. He frequently obsesses about who he is (a father, killer, citizen, etc.) and he often discusses his precarious situations with his deceased father, Harry, who introduced him to killing in the name of “The Code” – a series of rules that were developed to allow Dexter to quench his desire to take away life and yet balance it with the ideals of killing in the name of justice – i.e., killing those who have killed or caused serious, malicious harm to others and somehow escaped the judicial system.
So why blog about Dexter? First, it’s one of my favorite shows on tv and second there’s a wedding scene that I enjoyed (as someone who works at a lot of weddings). [Spoiler Alert!] I’m about to discuss the end of season 3, so if you haven’t seen it, stop reading! At the end of Season 3 (Episode 12: Do You Take Dexter Morgan?), Dexter narrowly escapes the clasps of another serial killer, “The Skinner”. In the process of escaping he breaks his hand/wrist and cuts himself. But luckily he escapes just in time to make it to his wedding ceremony. One of the final scenes shows Dexter falling back into his hum-drum, suburban, Neo-Americana lifestyle with his new bride and family. As the camera pans away from the close up shot of Dexter dancing with his new wife, a single drop of red blood drips onto the back of her wedding gown, unbeknownst to either person. This drop seems to be the symbol for Dexter’s life – something serious and deadly is always lurking just beneath the surface or just behind you.
Season 5 premieres on Showtime – Sunday, September 26, 2010
Don’t miss it. Dexter could be your new addiction!