Once again, Showtime's Dexter starts slow, with lots of potential
The show's fourth season starts Sunday in the same mode; revealing Michael C. Hall's charismatically creepy blood spatter analyst as a new dad balancing married life, stepkids, a new baby a new house -- with nosy neighbors, of course -- and a taste for killing which never dies.
John Lithgow joins in as a serial killer who has practiced his craft for 30 years without capture -- his pasty, welcoming face hiding a ruthless talent for targeting victims while leaving no trace.
Producers love the idea of revealing emotions in a character who presumes he has none, forcing Dexter to face the question of whether this family life is an elaborate disguise, a millstone around his neck or something more.
Over the first four episodes, they've set the table well; I'm hoping we'll get a substantial main course before too much longer.
Here's some preview clips: