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I didn’t watch Dexter the first time around on FX, I was put off by the Guardian reviews and thought it was going to be too gory or just plain bad. I’ve relented though now that it’s on Wednesdays on ITV I caught the pilot and wasn’t overwhelmed by hysteria or terror.

Incase you’ve not read the books or heard about the series, Hall was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006, Dexter is a Miami CSI type who in his personal time likes to track and kill murderers and other wrong-doers.

After Six Feet Under, it’s hard to get used to Michael C. Hall smiling and having a tan. He’s slightly camp and the lingering smile is a little creepy, but so far, anyway, he’s not scary. Even when he kills it’s his glad wrapped face/killer suit outfit (to avoid blood splatter and being caught) which scared me more than Dexter himself.

The voiceover didn’t quite work for me, I’m not sure whether it’s a permanent aversion to voice-over after watching Little Children (can’t be, I still love Ron Howard as narrator on Arrested Development), but Dexters freaky thoughts and actions aren’t quite convincing me. Perhaps it’s just that his character is too hard to empathise with, or is knowing about Dexter’s other side in such a conspiratorial way too obvious for this format?

The pilot finishes with Dexter discovering a new serial killer is on to him and has even been in his house, putting a chopped up Barbie in Dexter’s fridge, showing off his style (dicing bodies up in an ice truck, the chill slowing the flow of blood).

Possibly more exciting than all this, was the ad for Dirty Sexy Money (Six Feet Under’s Peter Krause people!) I saw last night.

Written by Victoria

February 29, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Posted in TV