It all started with my brother. He told me long ago that I had to watch the show, how good it was and so on. Completely forgot about it (sorry, bro!). But, last Christmas he bought me the first season on DVD.
So we started watching it. The first episodes were kind of “meh”. You know? Like most shows I guess. Even good ones. Or maybe especially good ones. It’s probably not all that common that something genuinely good can get you hooked with the first episode. Something good has to be deep, so you have to learn to like it and develop your relationship with the characters and story. But anyway.
To tell the truth, the only season that I really, truly like and I consider myself a fan of is the fourth one. The first one is quite engaging and fun to watch, but not much more than that in my opinion. The second one is actually awful (all those relationships and changes that not only don’t seem to do anything with the rest of the show, but they don’t add anything to it). The third one is good, kind of “experimental” and different. It starts exploring some ideas that will become important in the next season. But the fourth one… that’s a damn good show worth watching.
In the fourth season you really see Michael C. Hall as the great actor he is (remember that smile at the end of episode 6, “If I Had a Hammer”? So much said, in a couple of tenths of a second, with a look and a smile), and it’s where Dexter, the character, evolves and becomes more interesting. He has more challenges, he must (re)define himself, and he is forced to adapt.
Finally, one thing that the show as a whole made me wonder was why and how can a serial killer in disguise connect so well with the audience. How can it be such a popular show. When I was starting to watch it, I was reading a book called “Living, Loving and Learning”, by Leo Buscaglia. One of the things that struck me while reading it was this part:
Let me read you some of the reasons that people give for not choosing intimacy […] “I’m afraid to let anyone know who I really am; if they really knew they’d be horrified”
I couldn’t help but seeing the connection to Dexter here. Is it that? Do people recognise themselves in him and empathise with the character?