Dexter and his Life of Hero or Villain

Dexter was recommended to me by a friend and a professor, so obviously I had to start binging it.


For those who have ever heard of the show, Set in Miami, the series centers onDexter Morgan, a forensic technician specializing in blood spatter pattern analysis for the fictional Miami Metro Police Department, who leads a secret parallel life as a vigilante serial killer, hunting down murderers who have slipped through the cracks of the justice system.

I’m only two seasons in, so far I have these thoughts:

The first episode left me thinking “well ok, he’s sort of a vigilante”. Then I began to think “wow, this guy is a creepy criminal who gets rid of his guilt by justifying his actions by saying that he’s getting rid of the criminals that the justice system couldn’t handle”. Now I’m thinking “wow this guy loves to kill.”

Dexter has two kinds of fans: those who believe the good side of his actions, and those who love to see a character with two layers. With that I mean, he’s a hero by day and a villain by night.

The way Dexter is written as a character is actually really interesting. He wants to fulfill his craving to kill, but also wants to live a normal life with his Girlfriend, Rita, and her kids. This kind of conflict lives in all of us, but in different forms (obviously we don’t want to kill bad people as our night job). After getting past the first half of the second season, I was debating on stopping watching the show. So I stopped for a few days, and then realized I missed it. It made me question why I liked it, and I came up with a few reasons.

  1. I want to find out what happens. Does he get caught? Does he surrender himself? Does he stop killing?
  2. The relationship between him and Rita has got me wanting to see it through to the end.
  3. How can he love Rita’s kids, but kill people so cold heartedly at the same time?

All in all, I will continue the show, and after some deep thought, I do recommend this show to you. It’s different from other crime dramas I’ve come across, and it’s definitely worth the watch.


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