Dexter: Series 1: 4dvd
Based on the compelling novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, DEXTER SEASON 1 is a twisted story of a police department forensics expert who spends his free time pursuing killers that have eluded justice but as a respected member of the police force and a perfect gentleman, its hard not to like him
The show is based on the story of Dexter Morgan; orphaned at the age of four and harbouring a traumatic secret, Dexter (played by Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor Michael C. Hall, Six Feet Under) is adopted by a police officer, Harry Morgan (James Remar, Sex and the City), who recognises his murderous tendencies and guides his son to channel his gruesome passion for human vivisection in a constructive way by working for the Miami Police Department as a blood spatter analyst, visiting crime scenes and helping to solve murders.
However during out of hours, Dexter focuses on capturing the heinous perpetrators (including a child molesting-murderer and a drunk driver with a trail of bodies in his wake), and dispatches them with clinical precision. By his own admission, Dexter is "a monster" (albeit a very likeable one); an empty shell who fakes all human interactions and admits to no real feelings for anything or anyone, including his foster sister (Jennifer Carter) and his nominal girlfriend (Julie Benz), a former crack addict and battered spouse who's as disinterested in sex as he is.
There's an explanation for Dexter's weirdness, but it is one so deep and traumatic that even he isn't aware of it. It's gradually revealed over the course of the season as he and the cops track down another fellow monster whose grisly motives both fascinate and taunt our hero, leading to a genuinely shocking and squirm-inducing finale.
DEXTER provides one of the small screen's most appealing antiheroes - Entertainment Weekly
Fiendishly good - Esquire
Deliciously dark - Mail On Sunday
This is fascinating television... As Dexter, Hall is phenomenal - somehow likeable despite his appalling deeds - Ultimate DVD
After playing a mild-mannered funeral home director in SIX FEET UNDER, Michael C. Hall makes a smooth transition to serial killer in this original crime drama. But the twist in this smart show is that Dexter chooses to prey only on other serial killers. As a child, Dexter is adopted by a cop (James Remar) who soon realises that his new son is no ordinary boy. Since Dexter is compelled to kill, his law-abiding father pushes him to choose his quarry in a way that will best benefit society. As Dexter grows older, he works as a blood splatter expert in Miami, giving him a close view of other murderers and their handiwork. Stylish and blackly comic, this drama is adapted from Jeff Lindsay's novel DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER. This release includes the entire first series, which largely focuses on Dexter's pursuit of the coldblooded Ice Truck Killer and his own efforts to evade detection.
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