The Art of the Title Sequence is on of my fave blogs, as it weds my two loves: pop culture and design. This week they did a very special profile on the Emmy Award-winning titles of one of my fave shows, Dexter. Apt, as the fifth season of Showtime’s sweet serial killer series kicked off this past Sunday night. Let’s marvel at the violent beauty of those titles. Ah! So pretty! It makes me want to move to Miami and eat Cuban food until I die.
Unlike some other returning shows (:: cough :: Glee :: cough ::), Mr. Morgan came back with a vengeance. I found myself teetering on the edge of weep mountain throughout the entire premier episode. Yet, I laughed. I marveled. I queried, “WTF?” That, my friends, is what I find to be so exceptional about Dexter–each episode is so densely written and expertly executed.
Allow me to discuss the premier a bit without super spoilering some of you.
Maybe I’m crazy, but I don’t see his behavior as always being that odd. At least, not in the way that his coworkers do, though they are nosy detectives so it’s in their nature. Is it really hard to understand that someone would be in shock over the loss of a loved one? Or that one may feel guilt over their passing? Has no one heard of compartmentalizing? Am I to believe that Dexter would be under the microscope for reporting elements of a crime via scientific terminology, while Temperance Brennan of Bones is a respected member of society? I wish that Bones was more like Dexter. Methodical and intelligent, but not robotic to the point of being cartoonish. “I’m the smartest woman in the world, which means I don’t have to respect social mores or respect others.” Bleh. Anyway, Dexter. The cool part about the show is the way it flips you upside down. He’s like the Robin Hood of murderers, and he can be a real doosh sometimes, but you never really get mad at him. You rise to his defense. You justify his actions almost as well as he does. You feel bad for him. He’s surrounded by people, but all alone. His life is a sham–keeping up appearances until his dark passenger can flourish in the shadowy night.
A taste of what’s to come…?
What is the premier telling us about this season? My best guess is that they are going to bypass the Dexter formula of a “big bad” in place of Dexter’s journey through the stages of grief. In a haphazard way that only he could, Dexter already went through them all in the first episode–perhaps a taste of what’s to come? I hope so, because his rage-y spasm/shriek towards the end was in-tense. Also, let’s give it up for Christina Robinson (Astor), my god is she good at being the really annoying tween that just discovered her pie-hole!
What say you about the premier (or the show in general)? Are you as excited for Julia Stiles and Johnny Lee Miller as I am? Am I really mean/weird for laughing during the scene when Dexter delivers the bad news to the kids?