Dexter: The Complete Series review by Bobby Blakey
There have been so many great series over the years, but none were quite like Dexter when it was released in 2006. The series brought a new take on the crime drama, but sadly after eight seasons the show came to an end. Thankfully everyone’s favorite serial killer is coming home with Dexter: The Complete Series.
Dexter follows Dexter Morgan, a forensic blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department who is also a serial killer who targets only other killers. How he came to be a serial killer and develop his unique Code of morality is revealed in flashbacks throughout the series as well as how he tries to live an ordinary life outside of his dark secret one. The series features a great cast including Michael C. Hall as Dexter as well as Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, Julie Benz and James Remar. Like most series this one had its ups and downs, but the intrigue level never wavered. The first season really knocked it out of the park bringing viewers into this dark world and giving them the insight of this loveable serial killer. It constantly did an excellent job as it progressed at not only allowing the ongoing case of the season to mesh to perfection with Dexter trying to build as personal life and hide his own double life.
Everyone in the cast did a great job throughout, but it was the early seasons featuring Michael C. Hall and Erik King’s Sgt. Doakes going head to head. It was this ongoing love hate and then turned suspicious relationship that really kept the tension going. Once they ended that aspect of the series it struggled a little here and there trying to find another direction to torment Dexter’s personal life outside of the cases and normal struggles but never found one that was ever as good as theirs. With each season they stepped things up with the case of the season, but not all fully delivered. What is great about this show is that even the weaker seasons were still better than most other shows on TV at the time and really hold up well. Hall had something special in this show and manages to keep you interested in the character and actually worrying about anything happening to him or his family despite the horrific things he does. Throughout the series run they also brought in some great supporting cast for each story including Colin Hanks, Yvonne Strahovski, Sean Patrick Flanery, John Lithgow, Edward James Olmos and more.
Each season leaves fans with a twist or cliffhanger that will have them eager to jump right into the next season and thankfully with this collection you don’t have to wait long. Like most I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending, but there is so much greatness here that it is a small bump to a series that kills it with every season. This collection not only brings together all eight seasons, but also a slew of bonus content including interviews, commentaries, featurettes and so much more.
Grab your copy of Dexter: The Complete Series available now from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.