Dexter: New Blood brings back Michael C Hall‘s iconic character, and in this review, I will mention spoilers about the end of the original series which came to a conclusion in 2013 after eight seasons… but if you haven’t seen it by now…
Dexter’s moved to the icy town of Iron Lake, not least because Christmas is coming up. Last time we saw him, he’d left Miami and joined a logging company and sported a huge beard with which to identify himself. Now, he must think he’s in the clear because ten years, on, he’s back to the usual look and has given up bumping people off.
He’s also known as Jim Linsday, is dating cop Angela (Julia Jones), and nothing happens out there other than the sheep going AWOL and getting up to mischief.
In lieu of killing people, Dexter’s into line-dancing, works in a hunting shop with knives, and claims to be scared of blood. Harry is gone, and so Deborah (Jennifer Carpenter) is his new dark passenger, and it’s strange how Angela looks so much like her. Perhaps that’ll get addressed before too long.
Coming into his life in the opener is a younger man, Matt Caldwell (Steve M Robertson), a cocky moron who wants to buy a $9000 rifle in the shop, and is upset that – as per standard procedure – he has to wait 24 hours to get the weapon.
Now, I can’t stand cocky people anyway, even if they’re TV or film characters. Looks like it’s the same for our lead, because he’s getting the urge to kill for the first time in 10 years, but is Matt worthy of his knife, or is Dexter just overreacting? Safe to say, he gets a reason to slip back into his old life, but will he?
So, the opener is a bit of a slow-burner, but then as Dexter’s eased back into his old life, so we should be with him.
The first episode does have some neat touches, such as when Matt tries to be a complete dick aroud Dexter with the gun, and he has a vision of smacking him in the face with it, only to reveal said vision and that it wasn’t real. We’ve come across that before in the original series, but it still works well.
But as shown in the trailer – and so I’ll mention it here – Harrison tracks him down. Will Dexter accept him into his life, and risk exposing the fact he’s not Jim? It must be hard if he did push Harrison away, but then as Deb reminds him, ‘everyone around him dies’, so would it be for his own good?
Some fans are still butthurt about the fact the finale wasn’t a good one, in their eyes. I found it rather a curveball, but Dexter didn’t have to actually be dead. Besides, if they hadn’t shown him alive, I’d have assumed that was the case anyway. Why kill off a great character?
Personally, I’m wondering why they went with a Cinemascope-style 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio for this new . I figured it might just happen for the opening scene before going to the usual 16:9, or even the 2.00:1 ratio we often get.
And I’m not sure why he has a big log fire outside… where it’s going to be cold however many logs are burning on that thing. Can someone explain that?
Dexter: New Blood certainly carries along the feel of the old series, and I didn’t think it would win me over quite so soon, even though I hoped it would. It even has the same end credits closing music (albeit slightly different), although we’ve yet to hear the opening theme.
Tonight’s the night…
UPDATE Episode 2:
And that extra information about episode 2…
UPDATE Episode 3:
Dexter: New Blood airs on Sky Atlantic at 3am each Sunday night/Monday morning (mirroring the time it broadcasts in the US) and then again at 10pm. It’s not yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD, but you can buy Dexter: The Complete Series on DVD.
Episode 1 Score: 8/10
Episode 2 Score: 7/10
Episode 3 Score: 6/10
Series Directors: Marcos Siega, Sanford Bookstaver
Writers: Clyde Phillips, Alexandra Franklin, Marc Muszynski, Kirsa Rein, Alexandra Salerno, Warren Hsu Leonard, David McMillan, Adam Rapp, Tony Saltzman
Based on the novels by Jeff Lindsay
Music: Pat Irwin
Dexter Morgan: Michael C Hall
Harrison Morgan: Jack Alcott
Angela Bishop: Julia Jones
Audrey Bishop: Johnny Sequoyah
Logan: Alano Miller
Debra Morgan: Jennifer Carpenter
Teddy Reed: David Magidoff
Kurt Caldwell: Clancy Brown
Fred Jr: Michael Cyril Creighton
Esther: Katy Sullivan
Matt Caldwell: Steve M Robertson
Zach: Oscar Wahlberg
Scott: Andrew Fama
Pastor Brian: Dustin Tucker
Susan: Dee Nelson
Caldwell Diner Cook: Armen Garo
Edward Olsen: Fredric Lehne
Tess: Gizel Jimenez
Lily: Kimmy Anne Dunn
Gig: David J Curtis
Chloe: Skyler Wright
Miriam: Pamela Matthews
Adam: Benjamin Breault
Bill: Henry Lynch
Molly Park: Jamie Chung
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