Leave it up to Showtime to make me fall in love with a serial killer.
I know, I know, it sounds crazy, actually inappropriate, but you can't say anything until you've watched the series, "Dexter."
In this series, Dexter Morgan, a blood-splatter analyst for Miami Metro Police Department, is a serial killer.
“Dexter” may be seen at 9 p.m. Sundays on Showtime. More information about the show may be found at www.sho.com/sho/dexter/home.
But listen! He's a good serial killer. Dexter Morgan only kills people who deserve it. People who slipped under the law, thinking they got away with what they did.
But they didn't. Dexter's always watching, taking care of rapists, pedophiles, anyone who has not gotten the sentence they deserved.
Void of pretty much all emotion, Dexter is kind of comical in his day-to-day routines. With his love interests, he's always awkward, which brings a bit of comic relief to the show full of gore and killing.
The thing about Dexter's killing is that he's methodical. He's precise and always scopes out an undisclosed, vacant area to finish out his killings. He usually lures his victim (I'm having a hard time calling them victims sometimes) and then injects them with a tranquilizer. The next thing they see is their last sight, a room Dexter has painstakingly covered every inch of with plastic. And they are usually naked, plastic wrapped to a table.
Dexter leaves no evidence except a little drop of blood on a microscope slide, which he collects from every victim and keeps in a box for his own collection. The body parts are carefully placed in black trash bags, and thrown into the ocean in the dead of night on his boat aptly called, "Slice of Life," where nobody else can see.
With every move, Dexter is thinking of how to appear normal to everyone.
After witnessing the brutal murder of his mother at the age of three, Dexter was taken in by a Miami police officer, Harry Morgan, who raises Dexter as his own. Harry fosters Dexter's "dark passenger" after he sees that Dexter has been killing animals at a young age, and steers Dexter toward a better way of dealing with his urge to kill.
Dexter periodically "talks" to Harry, who has been deceased for some time now. Their scenes are quite intense, as Dexter is not having flashbacks, he's still taking advice from Harry.
Now in it's seventh season, we've seen Dexter dodge every bullet of being found out, each bump Dexter takes with stride, keeping his secret safe. But I believe it's only a small amount of time before Dexter is found out.
I sit with anxiety sometimes; you really root for him not to get caught because the show has you believing, even though Dexter is committing a crime, he's ridding the world of evil people at the same time.
Dexter also discovers his emotions, as in later seasons he actually has a son, proving he is capable of human emotions. And he begins to think of the future his son might have with his father as a serial killer.
It's a roller coaster. One minute, you think, yes, Dexter has this under control, and the next, your heart is in your throat because Dexter could get caught at any minute.
You almost wish for a real-life Dexter to take care of all the criminals that get off scot-free from crimes they committed. And sometimes, when I see trash bags on the side of the road, I wonder if maybe Dexter forgot something or someone.