Dexter - Series Six

19 June 2012 Film

Dexter - Series Six

Even in an era that celebrates the small-screen antihero, the title character of Dexter has always been something of a stretch. But, thanks to some ingenious plotting and stylish execution (in all senses of the word) and charismatic performances by Michael C Hall as the cunning serial killer who only preys on other murderers, the series quickly gripped the imagination of its audience. Over the course of six seasons, Dexter has had its highs and lows, and when the series focuses on Dexter’s emotional and psychological journey or gives him a challenging adversary (like Arthur Mitchell, played by John Lithgow in the fourth season), it goes gangbusters. But every show has its off seasons and Dexter’s sixth year – while certainly chilling and confronting in parts – occasionally drops the ball. The apocalypse-happy bad guys aren’t all that intimidating, sad to say, and the odd turns in the relationship between Dexter and his foster-sister Debra reek of calculated shock value rather than straight-up shock. Hall, however, continues to excel.

Guy Davis

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