Dexter: The Avenging Angel Serial Killer
Is Dexter, the lead character in Showtime’s hit TV series, a good guy or a bad guy? The answer is that he is both and it is that factor that drives his public appeal. He is a sociopathic serial killer who lives by a moral code instilled by his father: he only kills really bad guys who the criminal justice system seems unable to prosecute.
Therefore, Dexter is quite similar to the enigmatic vigilantes played by Clint Eastwood in movies like “High Plains Drifter.” The public loves to root for the troubled and damaged vigilante who breaks the law, and even kills, but does so in the name of justice and the common good. Dexter has a powerful visceral appeal and the public loves to eat popcorn and cheer him on, much as our parents and grandparents cheered on the Lone Ranger in movie theaters as children on Saturday afternoons. Go Dexter!
Listen to my interview about Dexter and Serial Killers on LifeBites with host Nina Boski:
- Michael C. Hall: Playing A Killer Role On ‘Dexter’ (npr.org)
- What Do Purple Elephants and Serial Killers Have in Common? Doc Bonn and Strange Frequencies! (imaginepublicity.com)
- ‘Dexter’ Spoiler Mystery: ‘The Angel of Death’ is Coming For… (buddytv.com)
Posted on February 14, 2012, in Serial Killers and tagged Avenging Angel, Clint Eastwood, criminal justice system, Deviant Behavior, Dexter, michael c hall, Revenge, Serial Killer, Showtime TV, strange frequencies, Vigilante. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.