Good stuff. I was all ready for Debra to be killed off because Dexter couldn’t save her at the last moment. I’ve been expecting that plot development since the middle of the season, because it’s so predictable and so cliche. I was ready to be p*ssed off at the inane knee-jerk sexism of it all. But then they surprised me by having him save her, and threw an actual real surprise at me–the brother. I don’t know if I buy the same trauma causing two kids to become serial killers, but it made the ending more heartfelt.
Two latex-gloved thumbs up!
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NANCY E. SHAFFER has been an experimental psychologist (M.A., Cognitive Psychology, Rice University), a philosopher (Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science, University of California, Davis), and software developer. She taught history and philosophy of science at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Her philosophical work has appeared in the journal Philosophy of Science and her pop-culture philosophy website, All Things Philosophical on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel: the Series.
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5 thoughts on “Finished Dexter, Season 1”
I don’t think we can
ever know in what precise way how a serial killer is created cause there is no exact recipe on how to make that type of person. I just ignored the doubt and enjoyed the series. In the book Debra is a more curvy woman but I love the actress and what she brings to the relationship. The book ends differently but at some point it became clear that to make an ongoing series that the book and series would have to become similar but seperate entities.
I saw the brother thing coming because I was spoiled by the books. But they made enough changes to keep me on the edge.
Also, based on the first two eps of season 2, the fantastic writing/acting/directing keeps coming and coming.
Re: I don’t think we can
Good to hear.
Re: I don’t think we can
Eh, I wouldn’t recommend the books. I actually read the first one before the series, and was prepared to be underwhelmed because the characters are very two-dimensional and the writing is very pulpy. And then the show completely blew me away in how it added depth to every character that the author of the book didn’t even scratch the surface of. The book’s characters are very one-note, and on top of that, it has kind of a sexist, misogynist streak. For example, Rita’s a completely damaged, broken women with basically no chance of ever healing or being whole again (with no interest in sex whatsoever). Deb’s mostly incompetent. LaGuerta’s a completely incompetent, borderline evil character- her depiction is pretty close to racism, too. And as far as Dexter, there is no growth in him whatsoever throughout the book, whereas the Dexter of the series develops. By the end of the first season, he isn’t nearly the unfeeling monster he’s always defined himself as. In the book, he doesn’t change. Deb is in danger, and he does not care.