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[DEXTER] [GIANT FEEERTNALE SPOILERS ALL UP INS, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED]

joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Just...Just, the worstRegistered User regular
edited April 26 in Debate and/or Discourse
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Dexter is a television show on Showtime that's about a bad guy. He knows he's a bad guy, but he's not going to stop.

Dexter Morgan is a serial killer who exclusively kills other serial killers who have escaped justice somehow. But that isn't all he is. He's also a blood spatter analyst for the Miami police. His intimate knowledge of their investigation techniques, as well as detective skills and forensic experience, allows him to both escape being found at (at least, at the beginning of the show) and to hunt down his murdering prey.

You kind of get this weird feeling, somewhere around 4 or 5 episodes in, that you want Dexter to keep killing people. This is a credit to the show. It's not so black and white as you think it is going in, although I'm sure people will come in here now that I've posted that in the OP and say, "I've been rooting for him to get caught since Season 1!" Okay, guy, you don't count.

The show is based on this book by Jeff Lindsay. Apparently the first book is pretty good, and the show follows it fairly closely. The second season of the show is more of an adaptation distillation, but totally different from the second book. By the third season, the show has become something else totally apart from the books, and according to people who have read past the first book, this is a very good thing.

The show has won numerous awards. The list is too long, so if you want to see, go here.

Right now, the show is on Season 8. You can find trailers for it somewhere but don't go find them because all a Dexter trailer does is fake you out.
=-=-=-OFFICIAL THREAD POLICY REGARDING SPOILERS-=-=-=

New viewers be fucking warned!

We do not spoil anything from the prior season until the new season arrives. The DVDs do not come out for each season of Dexter until directly prior to the new season. So right now, you can freely discuss seasons 1-7 in this thread without using spoiler tags. This is a show where ruining something for a new person absolutely destroys the impact. There are many twists and turns and I will personally report anyone who reveals them and ignores this spoiler policy.

So to recap:

Seasons 1-7: Okay to openly discuss.

Season 8: I will fucking cut you.

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  • DracomicronDracomicron Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I think Dexter needs a magic sword, a rocket ship, and a wise-cracking skull.

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Just... Just, the worstRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    My favorite episode of this show so far is the Thanksgiving episode from Season 4.

    Typically when I watch the preview episodes, it's like... yeah okay, they're trying to hype me up to watch the next one, whatev.

    But that particular episode just came out of nowhere like a bolt from the blue. The entire time I was just like... holy shit

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  • DracomicronDracomicron Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    My favorite episode of this show so far is the Thanksgiving episode from Season 4.

    Typically when I watch the preview episodes, it's like... yeah okay, they're trying to hype me up to watch the next one, whatev.

    But that particular episode just came out of nowhere like a bolt from the blue. The entire time I was just like... holy shit

    Oh yeah, we just watched that one a bit ago. The bit with Trinity's daughter, my jaw was on the floor.

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Just... Just, the worstRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I don't now if this was posted in the other thread but...

    Season 6 casting spoilers
    Spoiler:

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  • BuddiesBuddies Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I don't now if this was posted in the other thread but...

    Season 6 casting spoilers
    Spoiler:

    This excites me. I like that person! That one movie he did with that other guy turned out different than what I expected but it was still a good movie.

  • Reverend_ChaosReverend_Chaos Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I don't now if this was posted in the other thread but...

    Season 6 casting spoilers
    Spoiler:

    I am excited about this addition. He is surprisingly good.

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  • Captain TragedyCaptain Tragedy Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    New casting news:
    Spoiler:

  • DracomicronDracomicron Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    New casting news:
    Spoiler:

    Jiminy Crickets!
    Spoiler:

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  • DevoutlyApatheticDevoutlyApathetic I've Done Worse Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    New casting news:
    Spoiler:
    Spoiler:

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  • JacobyJacoby Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    New casting news:
    Spoiler:
    Spoiler:

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    New casting news:
    Spoiler:

    All three of these are really exciting to me. Awesome!

  • DracomicronDracomicron Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    batzmaru05 wrote: »
    man, i really need to see this show. I heard it was good.

    Still is good. Season six in September!

    But really, the worst Dexter is still better than 90% of other shows.

    Gary Gygax wrote:
    ''The secret we should never let the gamemasters know is that they don't need any rules.''
  • mxmarksmxmarks Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Yet another actor added to the cast.
    Spoiler:

    I really disliked the end of last season, and found it to be the worst of all the seasons of Dexter. But, even the worst Dexter is better than most TV, mind you.

    But I do know that nearly everyone on the show's contract is up at the end of this season. I speculate that a whooooole bunch of this casting blitz is in anticipation of needing to replace some people.

    And honestly, once the actors who decide to leave (or who Showtime decides will not be renewed) are sorted out, it could make it the best seasons ever. Some real tension when anyone could be gone...

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Just... Just, the worstRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    At least one of the actors who has been cast is a recurring character.

    Meaning, will likely continue to be a member of the cast after Season 6.

    Don't spoil yourself on who it is if you don't want to know who will not be dead at the end of this year.

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Just... Just, the worstRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    batzmaru05 wrote: »
    man, i really need to see this show. I heard it was good.

    It's your new rack o' lamb, your new champagne. Hell, Dexter's your new fuckin' heroin, kid.

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  • DracomicronDracomicron Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Even more casting news:
    Spoiler:

    Gary Gygax wrote:
    ''The secret we should never let the gamemasters know is that they don't need any rules.''
  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    So I just finished the first Dexter book:
    Spoiler:

    No, I am not really communist. Yes, it is weird that I use this name.
  • XtarathXtarath Registered User
    edited June 2011
    batzmaru05 wrote: »
    man, i really need to see this show. I heard it was good.

    It's your new rack o' lamb, your new champagne. Hell, Dexter's your new fuckin' heroin, kid.

    Josh you have impeccable taste in shows and video games.

  • mr_michmr_mich Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    I'm working my way through Season 4...I can't explain why I enjoy this show so much.

    Dexter's over-the-top monologue is lost on me. I understand it's supposed to be like that, and we're supposed to find it funny sometimes, but I just don't.

    Still, they've got the suspense factor pretty well nailed down. I don't care about his relationship with his dad, I don't care about his struggles maintaining a facade with his wife/kids. They somehow manage to keep me wondering how he's going to get into and out of trouble with every season, and they should be commended for that.

    And I don't know why, but I find his sister smokin hot. She's kind of awkward, and attractive in a pretty unconventional way. Still, she's a foul-mouthed, rough around the edges cop that rocks my world.

    EDIT: Also, the reason I came here to post... (Spoiler'd in case someone hasn't gotten to S4 yet):
    Spoiler:

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  • AurinAurin Registered User
    edited June 2011
    mr_mich wrote: »
    I'm working my way through Season 4...I can't explain why I enjoy this show so much.

    Dexter's over-the-top monologue is lost on me. I understand it's supposed to be like that, and we're supposed to find it funny sometimes, but I just don't.

    Still, they've got the suspense factor pretty well nailed down. I don't care about his relationship with his dad, I don't care about his struggles maintaining a facade with his wife/kids. They somehow manage to keep me wondering how he's going to get into and out of trouble with every season, and they should be commended for that.

    And I don't know why, but I find his sister smokin hot. She's kind of awkward, and attractive in a pretty unconventional way. Still, she's a foul-mouthed, rough around the edges cop that rocks my world.

    EDIT: Also, the reason I came here to post... (Spoiler'd in case someone hasn't gotten to S4 yet):
    Spoiler:

    In the beginning I really wanted his sister to get killed. So loud and annoying. She's grown on me though. You're going to enjoy season 4 very much. >.>

  • DracomicronDracomicron Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    mr_mich wrote: »
    I'm working my way through Season 4...I can't explain why I enjoy this show so much.

    Dexter's over-the-top monologue is lost on me. I understand it's supposed to be like that, and we're supposed to find it funny sometimes, but I just don't.

    Still, they've got the suspense factor pretty well nailed down. I don't care about his relationship with his dad, I don't care about his struggles maintaining a facade with his wife/kids. They somehow manage to keep me wondering how he's going to get into and out of trouble with every season, and they should be commended for that.

    And I don't know why, but I find his sister smokin hot. She's kind of awkward, and attractive in a pretty unconventional way. Still, she's a foul-mouthed, rough around the edges cop that rocks my world.

    EDIT: Also, the reason I came here to post... (Spoiler'd in case someone hasn't gotten to S4 yet):
    Spoiler:

    Good of you to be careful, but I think we're apparently okay not spoilering anything that came before season 5. Plus, Lithgow is featured as the bad guy even in the ads and promotional material, so that wouldn't be a surprise even if we weren't spoiling the big twists of past seasons (which I would still probably do, for the major stuff).

    Anyway, I find Dexter and Deb's relationship to be full of awesome little moments. While I didn't like season 2 nearly as much as other seasons, the scene near the end where they eat steak and drink beer was both touching and hilarious.

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    ''The secret we should never let the gamemasters know is that they don't need any rules.''
  • mr_michmr_mich Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Whoa, just finished season 4.
    Spoiler:

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  • DracomicronDracomicron Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    mr_mich wrote: »
    Whoa, just finished season 4.
    Spoiler:

    Not to mention
    Spoiler:

    Honestly I think that your point about
    Spoiler:

    Gary Gygax wrote:
    ''The secret we should never let the gamemasters know is that they don't need any rules.''
  • mr_michmr_mich Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Finished season 5:
    Spoiler:

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  • VariableVariable Ted Hitler Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited June 2011
    I watched the end of season 4 yesterday, last 4 episodes

    starting season 1 again right now, don't know that I'll go all the way through but I felt like checking it out for a 3rd time.

    totally forgot laguerta has a thing for dexter in the early going.

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  • DracomicronDracomicron Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Variable wrote: »
    totally forgot laguerta has a thing for dexter in the early going.

    Yeah, that plot thread kinda trails off as time goes on. Kinda good, in that it got old after awhile, and kinda bad, because Dexter always needs a little extra scrutiny.

    Gary Gygax wrote:
    ''The secret we should never let the gamemasters know is that they don't need any rules.''
  • Fizban140Fizban140 Registered User, __BANNED USERS
    edited June 2011
    I feel like this show is a really cool show about a cool guy doing cool stuff, with a really shitty cop drama that takes up too much time.

    But yeah I really don't see Dexter as a bad guy, he is justified too many times.

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Just... Just, the worstRegistered User regular
    edited June 2011
    I kind of feel like Dexter is largely a good guy with a very bad streak, in his own universe.

    In our real-life universe, he would be pure bad guy.

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  • Fizban140Fizban140 Registered User, __BANNED USERS
    edited June 2011
    I disagree, if I knew the guy I would definitely agree with what he is doing. Its a little creep with what he actually does, but the idea is not something I am against at all.

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  • MentalExerciseMentalExercise Indefenestrable Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Fizban140 wrote: »
    I disagree, if I knew the guy I would definitely agree with what he is doing. Its a little creep with what he actually does, but the idea is not something I am against at all.

    It's a lot easier to skate that thin moral line when you have writers to keep you likeable.

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Just... Just, the worstRegistered User regular
    edited June 2011
    The problem is that in DEXTER-WORLD (tm) people are able to escape justice with relative ease and a high frequency, and Dexter is always always able to conclusively prove they murdered someone. In Real Life [tiny](real life is the intellectual property of Sony Entertainment, Inc.)[/tiny], it's impossible to say with certainty how many people get away with murder, but to conclusively prove it prior to murdering your suspect would be quite a bit harder than the show makes it seem.

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  • mr_michmr_mich Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Eh I'm a pretty big believer in "where there's smoke there's fire." Gotta crack a few eggs to make an omelet and all that. I'd be his friend in real life, even knowing what he does. The only concerns I'd have are how ritualistic he is (would be pretty jarring) and the whole plausible deniability thing.

    It's kind of interesting how certain season killers get brought back (like Season 1) and certain guys like Miguel never get mentioned again.

    When's season 6?

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  • Captain TragedyCaptain Tragedy Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    More casting news:
    Spoiler:

  • ShawnaseeShawnasee Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Spoiler:
    is the biggest addition to the cast in my opinion.

    That guy is gold.

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  • Captain TragedyCaptain Tragedy Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
  • DracomicronDracomicron Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    New teaser. No spoilers, it doesn't reveal anything:

    snip

    Oh yeah. When we first met Dexter he was basically living for nothing but his obsession. Now he's had everything taken away for the sake of his obsession. Color me intrigued as to what he's going to do now.

    My speculation:
    Spoiler:

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  • DevoutlyApatheticDevoutlyApathetic I've Done Worse Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    .........creepy.
    Spoiler:

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  • jefe414jefe414 Southern CTRegistered User regular
    edited June 2011
    mr_mich wrote: »
    Finished season 5:
    Spoiler:

    Yeesh. I thought that (season 5 spoilers)
    Spoiler:

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  • DracomicronDracomicron Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    jefe414 wrote: »
    mr_mich wrote: »
    Finished season 5:
    Spoiler:

    Yeesh. I thought that (season 5 spoilers)
    Spoiler:

    Man. Tough crowd.

    I liked Jimmy Smits as Prado.
    Spoiler:

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  • mr_michmr_mich Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Personally,
    Spoiler:

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