Dexter: Season One

Data
Title: Dexter
Year: 2006
Network: Showtime
Episodes: 12, at c. 54 minutes
Creator: James Manos Jr. (developer), from a novel by Jeff Lindsay
Directors: Michael Cuesta, Robert Lieberman, Tony Goldwyn, Steve Shill, Adam Davidson, Keith Gordon
Writers: James Manos Jr., Clyde Phillips, Daniel Cerone, Drew Z. Greenberg, Melissa Rosenberg, Timothy Schlattmann, Lauren Gussis, Kevin Maynard
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Erik King, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas
Music: Rolfe Kent (theme), Daniel Licht

My reaction
Synopsis: a serial killer kills other killers, and does crime scene forensics by day
How I saw it: online (streaming from Netflix), over the past few days
Concept: Good.
Story: Great. It’s the sort of show where once you start, you need to know what happens next. It took an act of willpower to not just stay up all night and watch the whole thing in one sitting.
Characters: Good.
Dialog: Good.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Bad. With the notable exception of the wonderful opening title sequence, it looks like crap. Maybe the streaming quality is at fault.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Good.
Music: Good. Although, there’s an annoying tendency to break into spontaneous mambos.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). As great as it is, I’m a little baffled by how long it’s been running. It really felt like he should have died at the end of this season, despite the presence of a second season proving otherwise. How much show can you make about a serial killer without him ever getting caught?
Objective Rating: 3.2/4 (Very good).

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