Dexter – Season 2, Episode 1 – It’s Alive

About a year before the show Dexter hit the air I read Jeff Lindsay’s Darkly Dreaming Dexter, a quick read that I found pretty entertaining.  This summer I pretty much devoured Season 1 of Dexter over a famililess weekend and really got into following the adventures of serial killer Dexter in his game with the Ice Truck Killer who was eventually revealed to be his brother.  Michael C. Hall did a great job although there’s no question he approached the character differently than the book which presented the character as an amoral, emotionless being.  I’m not sure that would have worked on screen so, good call on the writers’ part.

This first episode of the season serves primarily as the set-up to the season reintroducing us to the characters and laying the foundation for this season’s arc.

Season 2 picks up a month after the conclusion of season 1.  Dexter’s sister, Deb, is living with him, working out like crazy and dealing with the aftermath and notariety of being kidnapped by her lover the Ice Truck Killer.  Rita still suspects Dexter of setting up her ex-husband after finding his shoe at the end of last season but is fighting her instinct.  Doakes is following Dexter trying to figure out what secrets he’s hiding and Dexter, in the one moment when he gets away, is experiencing some performance anxiety after killling the one person in his life who understood him.

All of this is really just a build to the final two scenes of the show.   Rita’s husband has been killed in prison and a lot of hefty bags with body parts are found at the bottom of the ocean.  I’m going to guess that both revelations are going to mean bad news for Dexter.

Avi’s Episode Rating: A-

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