Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Question: Thanks for your first review of Dexter. You asked yourself if it's the first serial-killer hero on TV. Do you remember Profit with Adrian Pasdar as the new vice president of a multibillion-dollar conglomerate? He wasn't a real serial killer, but all his actions to get power were pure evil. Your review made me think of this (first?) evil hero. I know people didn't flock to the series, but it became a real cult show (even if all the episodes weren't aired — thanks, DVD!). Do you think the audience is now ready to care about that kind of character?
Answer: I think it's probably wise that Dexter is airing on a pay service like Showtime, where none of those tiresome my-morality-should-be-your-morality watchdog groups will have any impact. In my circle of colleagues, even those with stronger constitutions were pretty much creeped out by this show, though all agree that Michael C. Hall is astonishing as the deeply disturbed Dexter, who preys on bad guys who've slipped through the system (which makes him sort of an avenger against evil who uses methods that would normally classify him as evil). Is the audience ready for it? I guess we'll find out in October. I know I am, but then I read and thoroughly enjoyed the novels on which this series is based, so I guess I'm not the most objective observer here. I certainly wouldn't recommend it without giving viewers due notice about what they're in for. And speaking of controversial antiheroes, read on about the summer's biggest bad boy....