***SPOILERS FOR ALL SEASONS OF DEXTER***
Overall, Dexter is a fantastic show with an interesting premise and brilliant characters who live in a slightly crazy but still believable world. It’s thoroughly entertaining, with moments of comic genius as well as moments of genuine human sentiment. Whilst the plot lines aren’t always flawless, the show is engaging enough to ignore some of the weaker plots. – On…Dexter, 11 Jul 2013
That’s what I wrote 3 months ago about Dexter. The reason I put this here is to serve as contrast to some of the comments I’m going to make about the last season of Dexter. I re-read my review of Dexter in preparation for this one, because I wanted to remember why I even watched the show in the first place. So let’s just put it out there: the final season of Dexter is just bad. Now that it’s finished, dressed all in plastic and dumped in the ocean, I can get all my vitriol out at once and forget about it. I hope. Spoilers abound obviously.
It’s a show about a serial killer who kills other serial killers. Regardless of your moral intuitions on such an individual, what I do think is that Dexter, the TV show, is one of the better dramas. It certainly has gotten worse in recent seasons than its early ones, but boy some of those early seasons are just fantastic. It’s well-written, sinfully funny and thoroughly entertaining. It has a cast of fairly interesting characters though like a lot of shows, it can fall victim to ‘stereotype-syndrome’ where certain characters just become caricatures of themselves. Still, a huge part of the appeal for me, is the slightly zany world that Dexter resides in. In this crazy world, Miami police’s best homicide detective is actually a serial killer who works as a blood spatter analyst in the forensic lab. It’s a world where serial killers seem to crop up every week with a new M.O. and unsolved cases due to Dexter’s interference are surprisingly routine. It certainly isn’t a show if you want police driven realism, but then again, there really are no shows like that on TV currently. Even The Wire had to take dramatic liberties to create an entertaining show. Overall, Dexter is in one my top ten TV shows to watch, and though it is flawed in numerous ways, it manages to entertain me and keep me engaged even after 8 seasons.