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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:19 pm
As per [b:8846ba347a]jay[/b:8846ba347a]'s suggestion I'm starting a new [i:8846ba347a]Dexter [/i:8846ba347a]thread (and hoping I don't go getting deleted from TVAus again, causing this thread to disappear). :)

I'll be downloading this when it's available, because the premise is just too intriguing! And in all honesty, the past couple days I've read so many reviews, and not one of them has said they didn't like it. There have been a few minor criticises, but ultimately the reviewers have liked what they've seen. So I can't wait. :)

Edit: Decided to make this a spoiler thread, seeing as I now I'll definitely wanna discuss the episode after seeing it. So spoiler thread it is. :)
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:20 pm
When does it start?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:21 pm
It premieres Sunday night US time on Showtime. So it should be available to downloading early hours of tomorrow sometime.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:30 pm
Lets fatten up the thread :

[b:ad2f02cbe6]Review: 'Dexter' -
You may not like the hero, but it's hard not to like Michael C. Hall[/b:ad2f02cbe6]

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By Daniel Fienberg

Jeff Lindsay's "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" is a wisp of a debut novel, a thinly plotted little thriller with only one thing going for it, lead character Dexter Morgan. Our protagonist, Dexter is a blood splatter expert working with the Miami police department. Dexter's good at what he does, because when Dexter isn't solving murders, he's committing them, doing what he sees as his part to rid the city of the kind of scum the law can't touch.

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Showtime has made a weekly series out of source material that would have been stretched for a two-hour feature, so it's a pleasure to note that the premium cable network's "Dexter" is a substantial improvement. It's stylish, sly and full of local color and it features a career-redefining performance by Michael C. Hall, who makes sure that Dexter is always compelling, but never excessively sympathetic.

Showtime's "Dexter" takes its basic spine from Lindsay's book. Dexter was trained by his cop stepfather (James Remar, making the creepy seem paternal) to use his twisted instincts for something that resembles justice. Dexter may be a bit of an unfeeling monster, but he's been well socialized, with a sexy police stepsister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter, looking glad to be far from "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"), differently stunted girlfriend Rita (Julie Benz) and a boss, Lt. LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) who also has the hots for him. His life is a carefully assembled facade that becomes more complicated when a new serial killer hits the town, dismembering bodies and showing a very personal interest in Dexter. Sounds twisted, but it's also quite funny.

The main plot involving Dexter's rival is unchanged from the book, but myriad supporting details have been added to beef up all of the supporting characters, particularly Erik King's Doakes, the only officer with the good sense not to trust Dexter. He's been given a subplot involving a Cuban drug kingpin that isn't fresh, but that helps fill the time. Also benefiting from extra depth are Debra and Rita, with Carpenter's coltish professional enthusiasm and uncertainty and Benz's utter vulnerability paired nicely with Dexter's still exterior.

Dexter isn't an easy guy to like and the show's gratingly introspective narration doesn't help. Taken largely from Lindsay's book, the voice-over reinforces the show's brand of day-glo noir (director Michael Cuesta paints Miami's colorful exteriors with a splashy gloss), but it also overarticulates the character's snarky contradictions. Hall does that well enough without speaking. Hall's Emmy nominated work in "Six Feet Under" was impressive, but I forgot about David Fisher in seconds. On the page, Dexter is so internalized that you can't imagine how he could operate in the real world, but Hall creates a character for whom the line between friendly and deranged might just be a trick of the light. His sardonic delivery provides laughs, but Hall carries himself with the confidence of a man who knows that the rules of society no longer apply to him.

The opening credit sequence of "Dexter" is Emmy-worthy pop art, intensely heightened close-ups of our heroes morning routine meant to accentuate the utter brutality of the most banal of activities. Shaving, squeezing juice and putting on a t-shirt are imbued with a menace that perfectly underlies the show's theme, which suggest that Dexter's matter-of-fact desensitization to killing is just a symptom of a contemporary society where our collective senses have been numbed. [/quote:ad2f02cbe6]

This sounds so awesome, i can hardly wait.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2006 8:52 am
For anyone who wants to read a whole bunch of reviews/articles on the show, I've posted heaps at my posting board: http://dontkillspike.proboards33.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=otshows&thread=1159610076

And, I found one negative review! One, out of about 30 odd. And really, the negative review sounded more like the reviewer just didn't have the stomach for the show, so it wasn't specifically critical of the story itself, just the nature of the story.

Still can't wait to check it out for myself. :) In fact, I'm gonna go see if it's available now.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:16 pm
Ok, I just finished watching the first episode and, as expected, I loved it! It's dark and twisted and hilarious and thoroughly enjoyable. Michael C. Hall is fantastic. He's walking a fine line between creepy and nice guy next door, and he does it to perfection!

[spoiler:0ee8bb7a68]I'm totally intrigued by the relationship he had with his foster father. That too definitely falls into the dark and twisted category, so I'm hoping we get to see a whole bunch more of that. (And just as a side note: They did a brilliant job matching the younger actors with Michael. They have such similar features, you'd at least have to swear they were related)

And I thought Julie Benz was fantastic as his girlfriend, Rita. Dexter's right, they're both as screwed up as each other. So there's another relationship that'll be intriguing to delve in to.

And I loved that ending. It was so simple and twisted and hilarious, and it's left me wanting more and more![/spoiler:0ee8bb7a68]

So did anyone else watch?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:39 am
Great reveiw jamie_marsters. Its sounds like a great show. I havnt seen it yet but i plan to download one day. Maybe Next Week.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 6:22 am
I do want to check this out, but I'm running out of space on my Hard Drive. :( I'm tempted though...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 6:26 pm
Well, let me definitely recommend it to you both.

I had high expectations going in, because I'd heard nothing but great things, so I was half expecting to be disappointed. But gladly, I was not. It certainly lives up to the great reviews.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 10:22 am
I watched it a couple of days ago, but just downloaded the HDTV version over night for my collection :)

I dont know what i thought of it. It was enjoyable with great performances and a facinating premise. But....

It wasn't compelling enough for me, the voice overs were way overused (way way, even :mrgreen:), but there was so little suspense for a show where the main character is going about killing people.

What i did love is how honest and frank it was, and how it didn't bother itself with right and wrong. He is a killer, the show doesn't have an opinion on whether he is doing the right thing or not.

Julie Benx was awesome as ever, i cant wait to see her more. She is such a talented actress and her and Michael are a great screwed up couple. It was facinating seeing them about to have awkward sex, Her as Darla and him as David Fisher (Gay :mrgreen:), the mix worked so well....

I will continue to watch as it gave me enough to like about it, but it wasn't brillaint tv for me sadly.
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