This post is a part of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly link-up hosted by Georgie and Tara where bloggers share something they’ve missed from their past. OK. OK. That’s basically my entire blog, but I’m doing this anyway. Sue me.
Once upon a time ago, we used to be surrounded by TV shows centering around serial killers. They were apparently a big thing back in the mid to late 2000s. There have been a few serial killer TV shows that came out in recent years; most notably, Hannibal, but it’s just not as much of a thing as it used to be. As a society, we are always changing. I guess we’re transitioning from serial killers and vampires to race issues and remakes. How exciting for us.
Dexter is a TV show that I instantly fell in love with. For those who are unfamiliar with the show, Dexter Morgan is a serial killer who kills serial killers. Adopted by Harry Morgan, the police officer who found him covered in his mother’s blood next to her body, he quickly learns he is not like most people. He has what he calls his “dark passenger,” an urge within himself that makes him want to kill. Henry teaches Dexter “the code,” a set of guidelines specifically made for Dexter to tame and satisfy his urge to kill. Yes, it’s a TV show your entire family will love.
Sadly, it ended in 2013, and it ended on a disastrous note. I still miss it though and have very fond memories of watching the first season. I remember when I started watching Dexter, my entire family as worried that I was going to turn into a serial killer just from watching. Yeah, sure, mom. I’m going to murder our next-door neighbor right after I finish this episode. Sigh.
Oddly enough, Dexter is a character that one can relate to. Sure, he’s a detached serial killer, but he does have a strong ethical code and he’s trying to be as normal as he can be, given who he is as a human being. I see him as a character who sees himself outside of society, and instead of hiding in a small cabin of woods in severeisolation, he has decided to assimilate and be a productive member of society. He may be a serial killer, but he’s also a decent human being.