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I just saw the last episode in season one of Dexter. Seeing how good that was, and how neatly everything in that season is wrapped up - yes, yes, like the limbs of the serial killer's victims, guffaw, guffaw - perhaps I ought to just give season two a miss. It's been a long time since I felt a show really paid off on all its set-ups; seems a shame to spoil that with a second season that can only be disappointing in comparison. Still, I know I'll end up giving in to my curiosity. :-)

For now, though, I think I'll just enjoy feeling genuine admiration a little while longer. What I initially took to be a bit of a sensationalist touch - making the story about a serial killer - made absolute sense in the end. The final minute was pretty chilling, the way an accusing finger was pointed at the viewers. All the little couch vigilantes... And I can't tell you how relieved I am that they didn't cast the usual model-cum-mediocre actress in the role of Debra Morgan. Choosing Jennifer Carpenter was just so classy. The girl is made entirely out of talent.

And hey - I even learnt a new word: acrotomophilia! Clever show! I wonder if that term applies to Mulder, now? I know I became a bit of an SAE devotee after that unfortunate incident...


In conclusion, I can think of precious few quality shows that actually resolve the plot of their story. Could anyone point me in the direction of one? And please, f-listies, whatever you do, don't say Supernatural. Believe me, I like watching those boys as much as the next person, but it's just not a quality show. It has its moments, but again, we are talking about good craftsmanship; there's nothing original in it. Everything is lifted off something else; Star Wars for the characterization, Heroes for the chosen children - and this is assuming that the people behind SPN do not know that Heroes owes its idea to the Swedish show De Drabbade. Which was in almost every way superior to it. Plus, SPN is cast like a porn, which is always a bad sign. Sorry.
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I'm watching Dexter this week. I like it. I'm not in awe or anything, but I really like how they treat the issue of the main character wanting to appear normal, to blend in. I guess looking at the world through the eyes of a psychopath with a morality code is as good a device for that as any.

For those who don't know the show, Dexter is a blood splatter specialist, and a serial killer who only goes after murderers who have killed indiscriminately. Dexter has no empathy, but intellectually he knows right from wrong and is determined to act accordingly. I can imagine that lots of viewers find themselves identifying with him. I know I do.



In the last episode I watched, Dexter was sitting next to his girlfriend who was crying her eyes out at some movie they'd rented. He thinks, "Maybe if I don't blink, my eyes will tear up." I laughed my ass off at that. God, the number of times I've had that exact same thought!

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