You should be watching Dexter

A good case:

The key to the show’s power is that Dexter is so curiously appealing—and a big part of that appeal is thanks to the superb work of Michael C. Hall. Hall’s affectless, Mr. Spock-ish performance is the opposite of Ian McShane as Al Swearingen in Deadwood or Denis Leary as Tommy Gavin in Rescue Me, who deliver unedited rants with the volume turned up. Dexter is all interior self-scrutiny, but thanks to Hall, you never for a second feel like he’s merely a construct built to upend our moral balance. There’s something profoundly sympathetic about this guy as he works to seem “ordinary,” like an awkward teen trying to fit in. He speaks to the nerd in all of us, that part of ourselves that is always wary of being seen as an outsider or a fraud.

I haven’t seen season three yet because I don’t have Showtime somehow in my $200 Comcast package. If anyone wants to devote half a day between Christmas and New Year’s with me at my mom’s house as I rectify this tragedy, please do.


7 Responses to “You should be watching Dexter”

  1. broseph Says:

    especially this season. man, they have pulled out a lot of great twists. jimmy smits’ character has been a really solid addition. and its true, michael c. hall does an incredible job. i think he was nominated for another globe, and so was the show. that’s the kind of nonessential accolade that will keep the series on for another few years. here’s hoping.

  2. broseph Says:

    i meant golden globe, but i guess i’m not coherent enough to put that in there. blame exams week.

  3. matt Says:

    i never thought anyone would say “jimmy smits’ character has been a really solid addition”

    i’m in on dexter. i own the dvd, have nothing to do, and still haven’t watched it. i need your motivation

  4. indeedindeed Says:

    i definitely can find the motivation for any activity that involves sitting on the couch and staring.

  5. zachary Says:

    im in if im around. i could use some pepsi and nuts and bolts.

  6. indeedindeed Says:

    some soda and testicles and chargers?

  7. matt Says:


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