With the kick-starting of the final season of Dexter, the end of the highly acclaimed television series has begun. After all, who does not like to see ‘bad’ people debilitated with the exorbitant amount of plastic wrapped around their bodies being stabbed in the aorta, and being cut into small pieces, like the way you purchase your meat from the local mutton shop.
Dexter interestingly tries to explore the life of a serial killer and rationalize the protagonist’s character by giving him a code that prompts him to direct his ‘need’ to kill only towards sinners in the society. And by the definition of sinner in Dexter’s code, it is someone who has killed another human being. To give his logic complete impartiality, shouldn’t he wrap himself in plastic and butcher himself then? Won’t we all want to see a self-portrait?
We all love Dexter, don’t we? He is a tall, handsome man in his prime with a successful career and a hot sister. So what if he feels the urge to kill substantially more than the basic human urge to have sex? And it is completely alright if he manipulates the entire homicide department, foil most investigations and rig all the evidence. (Doesn’t it sound like the recent controversy of a major cricketing event that took place in India?) We rationalize Dexter’s killings like we rationalize having a little extra chocolate or smoking an extra cigarette than the bar we set for ourselves. Obviously, this rationalization comes from the empathy generated for the character as we see his troubled childhood and the struggle he faces everyday just to fit into the social norms. The creators take a nice, juicy advantage of the humanitarian sympathy we have (which seems to be shallow because of our ignorance and indifference to the actual social issues we have in our country). In addition to this, were the butchered people who were innocent by his code, simply collateral victims?
The introduction of incest in sixth season probably went too far in trying to fabricate a television soap where the major characters show deviant behavior and the exploration of their social complexities. It seems as if deviant behavior is the only card that can be played in order to create drama. Or probably Miami is not an ideal place for a holiday. One of the discrepancies staring us in the face is the absence of a ballistic test on the bullet that killed LaGuerta. Also, aren’t cops answerable to every bullet they fire and carry out tedious procedures to maintain their logs? The entire department took the Dexter-fabricated story for granted and moved on with their lives, is it? Pretty ironic character traits for a department full of cynics and investigators. Or probably the grief of her death hampered the department’s rational thought processes.
The series nears its end, and it seems to communicate the fact that serial-killing is a cake-walk and being a blood-spatter analyst is all you need to get out there and kill without leaving a trace. It is unusual to see how Dexter feels empathy for his wife, kids and most importantly, his sister Debra. (Probably the mystery of the entire series is that Dexter isn’t actually a psychopath after all). I’m anticipating the closure to this flawed character of a psychopath which Dr. Evelyn Vogel refers to as “perfect”. All in all, if Dexter has not only entertained us through his blood-ridden machetes and drills, it definitely has taught us how to keep our contraband in a safe and orderly manner.