Dexter - Season 8 DVD|
IT'S A WRAP. It's the beginning of the end for charming Miami forensics expert Dexter Morgan (Golden GlobeÃ¯Â¿Â½ Winner Michael C. Hall) as all 12 season eight episodes bring to rest the critically acclaimed hit series. He's spent his days solving crimes and his nights committing them, but never before has Dexter had to deal with a more abhorrent and deranged enemy than he does now: himself. Six months after the stunning murder of Lt. LaGuerta, Dexter's estranged sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter)...from£8.49 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play All 12 episodes from the eighth and final season of the American crime drama about a Miami police forensics expert who kills those he believes have escaped justice Dexter (Michael C Hall) was orphaned at the age of three after the murder of his mother an incident which implanted in him a fierce desire to punish those who commit criminal acts While avoiding suspicion with a genial and helpful professional facade by day when off-duty Dexter remorselessly hunts down those he believes have escaped the justice of the law and takes his vengeance The episodes are &39;A Beautiful Day&39; &39;Every Silver Lining&39; &39;What&39;s Eating Dexter Morgan?&39; &39;Scar Tissue&39; &39;This Little Piggy&39; &39;A Little Reflection&39; &39;Dress Code&39; &39;Are We There Yet?&39; &39;Make Your Own Kind of Music&39; &39;Goodbye Miami&39; &39;Monkey in a Box&39; and &39;Remember the Monsters?&39;
All 12 episodes from the eighth and final season of the American crime drama about a Miami police forensics expert who kills those he believes have escaped justice. Dexter (Michael C. Hall) was orphaned at the age of three after the murder of his mother, an incident which implanted in him a fierce desire to punish those who commit criminal acts. While avoiding suspicion with a genial and helpful professional facade by day, when off-duty Dexter remorselessly hunts down those he believes have escaped the justice of the law and takes his vengeance. The episodes are: 'A Beautiful Day', 'Every Silver Lining...', 'What's Eating Dexter Morgan?', 'Scar Tissue', 'This Little Piggy', 'A Little Reflection', 'Dress Code', 'Are We There Yet?', 'Make Your Own Kind of Music', 'Goodbye Miami', 'Monkey in a Box' and 'Remember the Monsters?'.
Average Rating for Dexter - Season 8 - 1 out of 5
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Dexter - Season 8Dave Marshall
Watching season eight of Dexter is like looking up your childhood sweetheart on Facebook, and seeing how old and ugly they've grown.
What was once a fun, smart, gripping, and occasionally disturbing show has in its later years become a mere shadow of its former self. As the plotlines have become more and more convoluted and forced, the central protagonist of Dexter - the crime-scene forensics expert who'e also a secret-serial-killer (albeit one who only kills people who deserve it) - has been diluted and compromised to the point that he's barely recognisable as being the same character any more.
Gone is the genuinely unpredictable and edgy vibe that the show used to have, replaced by endless variations on the same ideas (Dexter has a romance with another psychopath! Miami Metro are getting close to discovering that he's a killer again! And now he's discovered yet another new secret about his dead foster-father, Harry!) and padded-out with interminable soap-opera style plotlines (with acting to match) among the supporting cast.
To give this review some context, I've been watching the show since its first episode, and I hugely enjoyed the early seasons of the show. I kept watching even when the quality started to decline around season five, as it was still a fairly entertaining and compelling series. And I even stuck with the show during those moments where the writers clearly had no idea what they were doing (Batista marrying LaGuerta? Deb falling in love with her brother?), in the hope that they'd come out the other side, and rediscover the magic that made the series such a hit in the first place.
But with season eight, I feel as though I've finally got to the end of my relationship with Dexter - and this is best signified by the fact that I've got through nine episodes of the twelve-episode season so far, and I simply cannot bring myself to muster up the enthusiasm to watch the final three episodes of the series. Just think about that: I've invested in watching seven years of Dexter, have slogged through three-quarters of the way through its final season, and I just can't go on.
So why is season eight so bad?
For me, it comes down to the complete lack of direction for what should be a climactic, dramatic final season of Dexter. There's no strong, central narrative to the season: I challenge anyone to sum up in a single sentence what the story of Dexter's eighth year is, at its core. Instead, we get a cluster of storylines that would ordinarily be treated as subplots to a larger arc, all bundled together in the hope that it'll be enough to sustain twelve hours of TV.
Among these are: Dexter meeting and befriending the female psychologist who helped Harry to develop the moral 'code' by which Dexter lives his secret life, and who has some secrets of her own to uncover; Deb, now an ex-cop private-investigator, struggling with her feelings for Dexter after she was forced to kill LaGuerta to protect him at the end of last season; the return of a former love interest from a past season to torment Dexter and Deb further; and the introduction of a young boy who is struggling with similar killing urges to Dexter, and who Dexter decides to raise in the same mould as himself.
If any one of these plotlines was fully-developed, it could potentially make for a half-decent skeleton on which to hang a season of Dexter. But all of them are utterly half-baked, and tossed off without any real thought behind them - and the show jumps around between all of them in a seemingly random fashion, with no sense of a larger, well-structured narrative in place. It's a testament to the weakness of this final season that its only real high points are the silly throwaway comedy subplots (like Masuka's hitherto unknown daughter turning up). Ordinarily, these would be an enjoyable garnish to a meatier story - but now, they feel like the only part of the show that really has any heart and soul left in it any more.
It's a shame, because there are undoubtedly still some talented people involved in this series: actor Michael C Hall is still great at capturing the sardonic but sinister nature of Dexter - even if he's made to act like such an unpleasant and unreasonable character here that we can't feel any sympathy for him any more - and Jennifer Carpenter's portrayal of Deb is as charming and loveable as ever, particularly during her swearword-filled tirades. They're just saddled with scripts that have clearly run out of ideas, with the people behind the series seemingly hoping that fans' warm memories of the earlier seasons will generate enough goodwill to carry the show through to the end.
I write this review in the hope that I might warn those who might still be interested in Dexter not to let their curiosity get the better of them. Even if you've followed the show up to this point, just stop at season seven, which - despite being fairly inconclusive - still manages to provide a better ending for the series as a whole than this follow-up does. Or better yet, stop at the end of season four, when the show was at its peak; because if I'm honest, Dexter has been on a downwards slide ever since then, leading inevitably to this underwhelming, poorly-constructed and ultimately unsatisfying final season.
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