Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Dexter, Season 2 (2007)

Dexter Morgan's meticulously neat life has suddenly become rather messy.  His serial killer mojo has been thrown off since the events of season one, and the hits just keep on coming, both personal and professional.  Already on rocky ground with both his lover and one of his colleagues, Dexter must now face the most serious threat to his secret life that he's ever encountered, when the bodies of eighteen of his victims are discovered and a massive investigation ensues.

Dexter Season 2 is a breezy, easy watch, helped along immensely by a wry sense of humour (something I don't recall the latter seasons exhibiting as much) and charismatic performances from the cast.  If you think about the actual plot very much, it quickly becomes obvious how much the writing relies on convenient happenstances and coincidences to drive things forward, but (at least at this stage of the show's history) it carries off those narrative contrivances with enough panache that they're generally pleasingly neat in how they fit together, rather than annoyingly artificial.

If you enjoyed the first season of Dexter, it's a fairly safe bet you will enjoy the second, as well.  The last episode of this season also offers one of several decent "ending" points for the show, prior to the actual, official (notoriously bad) one.

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