As I stated in my review of Dexter season two, Dexter is the best show on television. It’s important to get that out of the way in the beginning so you know what my biases are.
But, this review isn’t really about the show itself; it’s more about the first ever Dexter Blu-ray release. After seeing what Blu-ray could do, my first thought was I hope they release Dexter on it. Dexter is full of vibrant colors, and has scenic Florida as its backdrop, which is perfect for the high definition treatment.
Season one of Dexter introduced us to Dexter, the lovable but demented serial killer. By day he’s a blood spatter specialist for the Miami-Dade police force. At night he kills people. But rest assured he only rids the world of the bad and degenerate. Criminals who are able to beat the justice system find themselves receiving Dexter’s brand of justice.
In season one we are shown flashbacks of when Dexter was a child, and how his father Harry saw that Dexter wasn’t quite right. He saw that Dexter had a dark side. Instead of trying to purge the darkness from Dexter, Harry decided to cultivate it into something that would help, instead of hurt, the world. Dexter has to deal with trying to have a normal life, all the while hiding the person he really is. His narrative voiceovers are wickedly hilarious, but also deeply profound.
Season one deals mainly with the Ice Truck Killer case. A man is killing prostitutes in Miami and leaving their bodies packaged and bloodless for the authorities to find. Dexter becomes infatuated with the case. Someone out there is exactly like him. While all the other cops want to catch this madman, Dexter would prefer to admire his “art.”
With only 12 episodes Dexter moves at an extremely fast pace. Unlike other shows that labor along a 20- or 24-episode season, Dexter is able to pack in all the essentials without letting the show drag.