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DEXTER kills in ratings for Season 4 premiere

dexter-season-4-posterThe fourth season premiere of Dexter on Showtime scored with its best ratings yet and the highest in the history of the pay cable network. Its 1.5 million viewership was also 25% better than last year’s premiere. This episode, titled “Living the Dream”, has the blood splatter expert/serial killer Dexter now married and the sleep deprived father of an infant son. The episode wasted no time introducing the great veteran actor John Lithgow as this season’s nemesis. He plays a character known as The Trinity killer, a near mythic serial killer who’s been on the loose for three decades. Lithgow’s debut on the show accompanies a pretty disturbing murder scene when he offs a victim in a bathtub.

In the four year history of this terrific program, this was the most disturbing scene they have ever shot and that’s saying a lot. It is hard to get out of my head even as I write this. It was also good to see Keith Carradine return as FBI Agent Lundy. This is a really cool character that Carradine has nailed. The one thing the writers of Dexter do very well is produce really interesting supporting characters and Lundy is just one of them.

I can’t say enough about the program’s star, Michael C. Hall, as I can’t imagine another actor who could play the title character more brilliantly than he does. Hopefully sooner than later an Emmy will wind up in his trophy case. Given his last eclectic role in Six Feet Under and the relish with which he plays Dexter, it’s entirely possible that he’s just legitimately crazy. Even so, I loved when he said to himself “I have to be careful, I have a son, so I’m killing for two now”. That is just a brilliant line and extremely effective coming out of this fascinating actor’s mouth.

The episode ended with a really nifty cliffhanger that shows that Dexter’s life with wife and son will not be easy on his double life. I can’t wait for this season to unravel. Do yourself a favor and watch Dexter!

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September 30, 2009 - Posted by | Reviews | ,

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