TV on DVD: Dexter, Season Two (2007)

Whoops, I actually finished watching season two of Dexter about two weeks ago, but forgot to write a review of it.  For people with normal brains, that might be no problem.  For people with MY brain, I may have some difficulty remembering details.  Head’s too full of bad horror movie plots to make room for good horror TV plots.

That said, I did enjoy season two — enough so that when it looked like I was going to have to wait forever for Netflix to send me the second disk, I just went and rented the rest of the season at Ye Olde Video Shoppe so I could watch finish it up in a single weekend.  I don’t do that for just ANY ol’ television show, so that tells you it’s good quality, at the very least.

The plot?  Was. . . um. . . yeah.  It was good, yeah.

Oh, I’m kidding — my brain’s not that schiznizzled, people!  Actually, the interesting thing about season two for me was that it dealt with concepts related to addiction, which is my professional field, and, in particular, the nature of cold turkey quitting, cravings, and relapse.

When Dexter gets caught acting bizarro in the first episode, he has to make up a story that will explain his absences and erratic behavior, so he tells Rita he’s a drug addict.  She makes him start attending 12-step meetings, and there, he meets a dark-haired dangerous woman named Lila who ends up sucking him into her wacky life (happily, he also is followed to a meeting by Doakes, who initially relaxes about Dexter, thinking an illegal-narcotic addiction must’ve been what pinged his cop-dar originally).  At first, Dex finds himself able to let go of his “urges,” thanks in part to Lila’s support and understanding of addiction (though she doesn’t know what his addiction REALLY is, of course).

But then, once an addict, always an addict, right?  And it’s not long before circumstances draw Old Dexter back out into play.

Also intriguing in season two is all the stuff about Dexter’s adopted father, Harry.  I had posited after watching season one that Dexter might have been made into a sociopath by Harry, not by what happened to him as a child or by his genetics, and this is a theory that is played around with a bit in season two.  We don’t learn the answer either way, really — but certainly more questions as to Dexter’s TRUE nature are raised.  Not to mention questions about Harry himself.

All in all, this was a very satisfying season, though I did feel it was a bit weaker than season one in places.  Still, this is a smart, well-written show, and it kicks the ass of 90% of the rest of the crap on the tube these days, so, jeez, just rent it already, wouldja?

Recommended!

[Netflix me | Buy me]

Genre: Drama
Cast: Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Keith Carradine (yay!), David Zayas, Jaime Murray, Erik King

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2 Responses to “TV on DVD: Dexter, Season Two (2007)”

  1. Lizzie Says:

    Wow, that’s kind of what I thought after season one (on CBS) – that actually Harry was the “real” monster. I couldn’t figure out how a parent – adoptive or not – could actually teach a sociopathic child how to cover it up, but not seek psychological help for the child.

    Although I agree that “Dexter” is a good show, I don’t know if I’m going to pursue any more of it (we don’t “do” the Showtime/HBO thing). It disturbed me more than any old horror film could! Because it actually almost rang true to me!

  2. Lorraine Says:

    I’m still waiting on Netflix – ARGHHH! I’ll read this post and comment when I’m done with the season. I figure it will be next year at the earliest.

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