Dexter… a new breed of character

Blood. Sometimes it sets my teeth on edge, other times it helps me control the chaos— Dexter, season 2

Dexter. There’s something appealing and yet at the same time, creepy, about Dexter Morgan, a blood splatter analysis working for the Miami Metro Police Department. Something more than the fact that as a main character, he is a serial killer, murdering those he deems evil, those who would never go to trial for the crimes they’ve committed. Based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, Dexter is a hit on the television screen.

Though a killer, Dexter is a living breathing, 3d character with hopes and fears- going through life by faking emotions to keep up a semblance of a normal appearance as a socially responsible human being.

Needless to say I have some unusual habits, yet all these socially acceptable people can’t wait to pick up hammers and smash their food to bits. Normal people are so hostile.— Dexter, season One

Orphaned at the age of three after his mom was brutally murdered in front of him, Dexter was adopted by a Miami police officer named Harry Morgan and recognizing his sociopath tendencies, taught him to channel his gruesome passion for killing and directing in a constructive way: killing people who deserve it those who have slipped through the justice system. With the use of flashbacks throughout the series, Harry instructs a young Dexter on the art of appearing normal in the sacred “Code of Harry” in which all of Dexter’s victims must be killers themselves who have murdered multiple times with no remorse.

There’s something so appealing about Dexter’s character in a way that I’d never truly understood. His POV is a killer’s, making me ask myself why it’s so compelling. What about him makes us feel, to see beyond the killer in him? Is it the fact that he watched his mother get murdered? The fact that he lives by the Code of Harry, only murdering those who are murderers themselves? The fact that he’s trying so hard to live a normal life with a girlfriend and her two kids? The fact that though he doesn’t feel love per say, he cares for them and would do anything for them?

He is not the first dark character to have been fallen for. Just look Darth Vader. A tortured hero turned evil. And what about the anonymous narrator in the Serial Killer Club by Jeff Povey who ‘accidentally’ kills a mass murderer then assumes the man’s identity?  Assuming the name of Doug Fairbanks, he joins the Serial Killer club and begins preying on his fellow club members. There seems to be a new breed of characters, or maybe just a new understanding of those characters that we never expected to love.

Dexter is both tortured and dark, and is one of those characters to not look away from with surprising twists that are sure to keep you riveted to your seat. So when Season 2 came out onto dvd I couldn’t wait to buy it. So what are you doing on a sunday afternoon? Me, I’m going to veg up on the sofa with Dexter.

Tonight’s the night. And it’s going to happen again, and again. It has to happen. Nice night.— Dexter

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Posted on September 7, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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