Timeless Thoughts: Watching Dexter doesn’t make you a serial killer

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.

The show has the two elements that I am the most fond of: voice overs and damaged characters. It’s very difficult to find a TV show with a voice over, but they add so much depth and character. The voice overs show exactly how damaged Dexter is, and he’s quite aware of it. I like how he’s detached from society, but he is trying to appear as normal as possible. As Dexter will learn over time, it’s very difficult to be normal when you kill people in your spare time. Oh, the joys of suffering a childhood trauma.

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.

5 thoughts on “Timeless Thoughts: Watching Dexter doesn’t make you a serial killer

  1. Thanks for participating, even though your blog is all about nostalgia XD

    I actually never watched Dexter, but it sounds like an interesting show. Dexter sounds like a rather complex character. However, I generally don’t watch TV shows, so I don’t think I’ll ever get around to watching it. Thanks for writing about it, though! ^^

  2. The first 5 seasons of Dexter were great! The season with Lumen is my favourite of all of them. I felt it started going down hill with the religious murders season (and I really wanted to enjoy Edward James Olmos) and didn’t really come back.

  3. My ex was obsessed with Dexter. I watched a bit and I think I found it a bit too graphic for my liking, but maybe I was just watching one of the worst bits. My ex told me a lot about the show and he was so interested in it. I think he would have agreed with you on a lot of your opinions of the show. I also think that voiceovers add a bit of depth. Better than that ‘breaking the fourth wall’ crap that is so popular in sitcoms these days. Very sick of those!

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