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Once again, Showtime's Dexter starts slow, with lots of potential




Fans of Showtime's serial killer drama Dexter will remember that last season took a good long while to get started -- Jimmy Smits' take on an unhinged prosecutor befriending our hero/murderer Dexter Morgan was a slow burn that didn't really catch fire until halfway through the season.

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.


His reappearance in Miami brings back Keith Carradine as now-retired FBI expert serial killer hunter Frank Lundy, dropping by the Miami police department in a way designed to freak out Dexter's sister Deb (played by Hall's wife, Jennifer Carpenter, ugh),  who used to sleep with him. 

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:

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:02pm]


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