Dexter has a provocative premise and succeeds at being original by using blood and violence as a morbid punch line. But unlike American Psycho on the big screen (starring Christian Bale), fans of the series are drawn to the likability of Dexter himself. Hall delivers again (much like his character in the hit HBO series Six Feet Under) and leaves viewers wondering, “is what Dexter’s doing really so wrong?”
Every character is well formed, and each season delivers enough twists, humor, scares, and cliff-hanging moments that fans keep coming back for more of a good (albeit bloody) thing.
- Families can talk about the fact that killing another human being, no matter what your motives might be, is 100 percent wrong. But is committing a less-drastic act that you know to be illegal ever OK if the person you’re committing it against is a bad seed?
- How far is too far when it comes to revenge? Is there a point when your actions become just as reprehensible as the people and bad deeds you’re targeting? Do the ends ever justify the means?
- Why do we sometimes root for the bad guys? Is Dexter a “bad guy”?