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We just finished watching the first season of the TV series Dexter. We liked it but didn't love it. We heard somewhere that subsequent seasons weren't as good. If you've watched it, do you think it's worth watching the second season?

Also if you've read the first book of the novel series about the same character, how much loving detail is put into the butchery scenes?

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liveavatar
Aug. 9th, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
I liked Season Two -- we watched up through Season Four and then quit for mechanical reasons (DVR died with all of Season Five on it, and we just never re-upped). John Lithgow in Season 4 is good and creepy.

Read the first three novels but I'm not recalling the butchery as particularly loving or detailed, at least from Dexter. The books approach things differently. It's possible that I would have skimmed any extended butchery descriptions in self-defense. But it's not Bret Easton Ellis, if that helps any.

Edited at 2012-08-09 03:35 am (UTC)
firecat
Aug. 9th, 2012 04:15 am (UTC)
it's not Bret Easton Ellis, if that helps any.

Yes, that's exactly what I was looking for.
liveavatar
Aug. 9th, 2012 07:01 am (UTC)
Meant to say, "...from Dexter's POV."
bunnybutt
Aug. 9th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
I'm fairly (though not awfully) squeamish, e.g. I don't read horror as a regular thing. I got through 3 seasons, but Lithgow was too creepy for me and I didn't finish that season; my understanding is things got more shocking from there.

I buzzed through the first 3 books after watching like 3 episodes of Season 1 (checked all three out from the library at once and returned them before the due date). I liked them. I think D.M. Hall does a really good job inhabiting the character as written. The story arc diverges strongly after book1/season1.
firecat
Aug. 9th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
Thanks, that helps!
usqueba
Aug. 9th, 2012 05:33 am (UTC)
I've watched the entire thing. I was WAY creeped out during the first part of Season One (granted I was on Heavy Duty Pain Meds). I can't wait till Season 6!

I'm not squeamish at all. Dexter makes me feel guilty for some reason ::shrug:: I love it/him, though. And Deb. She's one of the good ones.

Yeah, Season 4 w/ John Lithgow is creepy but it was SO GOOD. I enjoyed Season 5, too.

We've seen film crews setting up in Long Beach where they film parts of it. We were all Squeee! That's another thing. We laugh cause we recognize parts of LB where they film some of it.
firecat
Aug. 9th, 2012 06:17 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D
charlottezweb
Aug. 9th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
I don't remember those scenes being quite as detailed, but I will say that after the first book, I thought they went off the rails, and I'm so glad the tv show didn't follow the book plots.
firecat
Aug. 9th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Helpful to know, thanks!
treacle_well
Aug. 9th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Well, I did love season one, so watching the second season was worth it for me. I'd have to poke around (more than I have time for at the moment) to recall what each season's story well enough to remember which ones I loved the most besides the first, because my liking for them has varied. Definitely found the season with John Lithgow compelling, and definitely found the most recent two seasons lackluster--I mean, I enjoyed them well enough for lazy watching, but I didn't get that sense of "must watch next episode now! (Even though, since I'd already set aside the time for my binge, I did in fact watch the next episode within minutes of finishing the prior one.)

I did read the first book of the series, don't remember much about the potentially gory details; just remember that I preferred the show--at least partly because in the show Dexter seems more, well, likeable (which is key to having the show survive on tv for so many seasons, and may not be so important for a book). Felt no desire at all to read additional books in the series.
firecat
Aug. 9th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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