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PostSubject: Anybody watch Dexter?   Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:06 pm

There's a Showtime series Dexter, was on for 8 seasons. I never watched it.

But the other day, I was looking for some late night TV, and I noticed that it was all available On Demand, so I started in right at the beginning with season 1.

It's good. It doesn't overly rely on the usual cable hooks (nudity and bad language), it does have an interesting premise, and some interesting story: it does keep long-range story arcs and crime-of-the-week stories going pretty well. So I finished up doing a sort of mini-binge, two or three episodes a night for several nights in a row. And fortunately, there are still plenty of episodes left.
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody watch Dexter?   Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:22 pm

I watched a half dozen episodes, but I could not get into it. I was a big fan of Six Feet Under, and couldn't shake the sunny heroic image of Michael C. Hall from that show.

The Dexter episodes I watched left me with a queasy feeling. The moral ambiguity -- the almost celebration of what Dexter did because of who his victims were -- I could not separate my viewing from the horror I felt. I was, I guess, and still am repulsed by the whole premise.

One of the episodes I watched -- I think it was in a later season, so you may not have gotten to it yet -- Dexter teams up with a long-lost brother and the two of them start working together. Until Dexter decides that his brother cannot live, that his brother is a terrible person and so must die. Not making the connection that he, himself, was exactly like his brother.

I dunno. The shudder factor was just too much for me.
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody watch Dexter?   Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:33 pm

I quite enjoyed Dexter. It was not the same disney-esque crap that television floods the airwaves with.
I don't have to like any characters in a program in order to enjoy it. Give me something a little different, with characters that haven;t come from a xerox machine, and there's a good chance I will like it.
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody watch Dexter?   Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:12 pm

NoCoPilot wrote:
The Dexter episodes I watched left me with a queasy feeling.  The moral ambiguity -- the almost celebration of what Dexter did because of who his victims were -- I could not separate my viewing from the horror I felt.

Yeah. That's kind of what they were going for.
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PostSubject: Re: Anybody watch Dexter?   Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:55 am

The moral ambiguity thread extends to most of the sub-plots, too. His detective friend who wants to reconcile with his wife, but still has a wandering eye. The police captain and lieutenant who focus on office politics as much (or more) than chasing the serial killer they know is out there.

As the saying goes, nobody's perfect.
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