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2006, TV Show

Dexter Episode: "Dexter"

Season 1, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: A Miami forensics whiz moonlighting as a vigilante dispatching murderers who've escaped justice searches for “a very neat monster” who's chopping up hookers and leaving no prints---and no blood.
Original Air Date: Oct 1, 2006
Guest Cast Margo Martindale Marc Macaulay: Detective Ethan S. Smith: Jaworski Mos Def: Brother Sam
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Season 1, Episode 1
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Length: 53:00
Aired: 10/1/2006
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Dexter - Pilot Season 1, Episode 1

"Tonight's the night, and it's going to happen again and again." So begins the tale of the forensics guru who specializes in uncovering killers by studying the blood spatterings they leave behind. And how does his know what these killers think? Because he is one. Meet Dexter Morgan, forensics expert by day, serial killer by night. This is a gruesome show and not for the uninitiated. Like me. I sat both terrified to watch the premiere episode but also strangely titillated. I could not turn away, but I also awoke in the middle of the night completed horrified. So, I'm a lightweight now you know I hope you won't hold that against me. The opening sequence is gorgeously shot, slick like a David LaChapelle video; Miami has never looked sexier. But when the camera alights on a beautiful gazebo glitteringly decorated with twinkling lights and the sounds of a boy's choir singing I knew we were in for trouble. Not just us, but the choir director, a husband, a father, and a killer of young boys. He needs to be taken down, but the Miami police can't handle the amount of crime they've got. Dexter takes it upon himself to right this terrible wrong in all too gory detail. Michael C Hall, looking way hotter than when he was in Six Feet Under, is all confidence and only slight swarminess. Dexter is a man who knows himself very well and needs no psychoanalysis or pharmaceuticals to come to grips with his daily life. Dexter ferries his boat, Slice of Life, to his houseboat, (surprise) enters and proceeds to dismantle the air conditioner. Even a newbie to serial killer shows, like me, knows what's he's got in there. He pops out a wooden box, and lo and behold, his treasure chest of mementoes from his kills. After admiring the latest prize, a single drop of blood memorialized between two glass specimen slides, he drops it in alongside the many others and smiles saying, "blood sets my teeth on edge sometimes," a feeling we are sure he enjoys. So it's interesting that his case tonight is a bloodless one. Women being sliced up in pieces and the parts wrapped in brown paper and twine, like an Easter leg of lamb. It bothers him because a day without blood to Dexter is just not a day worth living. In flashbacks portraying Dex as a messed up kid, his foster father Harry Morgan recognizes his son's demeanor and teaches him to use it for good, not evil, turning him into vigilante, even if he's pretty sadistic about it. Aside from the choir director, Dexter also gets his hands on a guy who kills girls in snuff videos. Nice. I didn't know saran wrap was that durable, this is some industrial-grade stuff definitely, not your mother's saran wrap. Cast and Crew notes: I knew Julie Benz looked familiar she plays Rita, Dexter's "girlfriend," she's from Angel! Jennifer Carpenter (plays Dex's sister, Debra), was Emily Rose as in "The Exorcism of" Erik King had a stint on Oz and frankly is the most interesting character after Dexter Was that Tootie from Facts of Life coming on to Dexter as his superior officer? No, it was not. But Lauren Velez looks a heck of a lot like Kim Fields. It threw me off the entire time. Michael Cuesta directed several Six Feet Under eps over the past few years and the indie fave LIE back in 2001. God, that movie made me squirm. I should have known. -- Edited by Paula Paige at {1} show less
Tonights the night and its going to happen again and again So begins the tale of the forensics guru who specializes in uncovering killers by studying the blood spatterings they leave behind And how does his know what these killers think Because he is one Meet Dexter Morgan forensics expert by day serial killer by night This is a gruesome show and not for the uninitiated Like me I sat both terrified to watch the premiere episode but also strangely titillated I could not turn away but I also awoke in the middle of the night completed horrified So Im a lightweight now you know I hope you wont hold that against me The opening sequence is gorgeously shot slick like a David LaChapelle video Miami has never looked sexier But when the camera alights on a beautiful gazebo glitteringly decorated with twinkling lights and the sounds of a boys choir singing I knew we were in for trouble Not just us but the choir directo read more

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Premiered: October 01, 2006, on Showtime
Rating: TV-MA
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Premise: A forensic expert lives a double life as a vigilante-serial killer who murders wrongdoers who've escaped justice.

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