Showtime's "Dexter" takes its basic spine from Lindsay's book. Dexter was trained by his cop stepfather (
The main plot involving Dexter's rival is unchanged from the book, but myriad supporting details have been added to beef up all of the supporting characters, particularly
Dexter isn't an easy guy to like and the show's gratingly introspective narration doesn't help. Taken largely from Lindsay's book, the voice-over reinforces the show's brand of day-glo noir (director Michael Cuesta paints Miami's colorful exteriors with a splashy gloss), but it also overarticulates the character's snarky contradictions. Hall does that well enough without speaking. Hall's Emmy nominated work in
The opening credit sequence of "Dexter" is Emmy-worthy pop art, intensely heightened close-ups of our heroes morning routine meant to accentuate the utter brutality of the most banal of activities. Shaving, squeezing juice and putting on a t-shirt are imbued with a menace that perfectly underlies the show's theme, which suggest that Dexter's matter-of-fact desensitization to killing is just a symptom of a contemporary society where our collective senses have been numbed.