Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dexter review

The moment Dexter got caught by his sister
Dexter has just begun showing the 7th season. It has been an enjoyable ride so far, with some poor moments. Overall this is a great TV show for guys and most people will enjoy it. Dexter is the star of the show, a serial killer with a twist. Instead of the traits we would associate with a traditional killer, Dexter is actually a "good" one.

He works for the Miami police as a forensic blood spatter specialist. So technically he not a cop but that is where he goes to work everyday. His step sister is the second biggest character in the show. One of the poorer decisions from the writer so far has been to introduce signs of sexual tension and possibility between the two. This is not a nice idea and hopefully they will stop going down that route.

Dexter was identified as a psychopath by his father at an early age. His Dad taught him to channel his obsession with killing and taught him some life rules. This resulted in a fairly normal, well functioning member of society with a good job. Instead of killing random people, Dexter channels his urges towards more just killings. Basically he targets the worst criminals who slip through the system. The original format was to kill a new person in almost each episode, but that has gradually given way in favor of a season long battle with a more formidable criminal.

The show has a classy style and it avoids being too graphic or crude. It is not the perfect TV series but most men who have seen it are big fans. This comes highly recommended from me and is one of the better options airing at the moment.

 My rating 4 stars out of 5.

Update 2014: Dexter has now ended and the last season was awful. The last episode in particular was a shambles. A truly disappointing end to a previously decent TV show; rating downgrade to 3 stars out of 5.

Update 2015: My advice is to skip the last season altogether if you watch this TV series. It is not worth it and will leave you empty. Such a terrible ending is criminal and an insult to fans of the show.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Breaking Bad review

Breaking Bad review
Breaking Bad is easily the best mens TV show on at the moment. We follow chemistry teacher Walt as he gets cancer and falls into a life of crime. His expertise in chemistry means that he is quickly able to learn how to make crystal meth (an illegal drug). His meticulous work ethic and attention to detail means that he makes it with a greater purity than anyone else.  He teams up with an ex student (Jesse) who is a school drop out and small time drug dealer. We follow their story with lots of ups and downs, twists and turns.

Breaking Bad quickly gained a cult following although it did take a while for the masses to catch on. This is partly due the fact that it is created by AMC rather than HBO. Nowadays it is extremely popular for men around the world. The reason is because the characters and story lines are utterly compelling. There are some fun criminal characters which come and go. Walt's family help to keep the show's feet firmly on the ground.

All of the main characters have internal conflicts and more than one side to their personality. This gives the series a greater depth than we are used to. At times it can feel like there is too much emphasis on family dynamics rather than criminal action. However we are rewarded later when the plot develops, as we then have a greater understanding of decisions and actions. The show feels like it has a precision to the filmmaking. It feels intelligent and complex, whilst always delivering exciting events.

If you haven't seen this series then I highly recommend you watch the whole lot as soon as possible. It is a rewarding experience, unlike many shows for men which are all plot and action. Part 1 of season 5 has just finished. The final part of season 5 will be aired next summer and it may be the finale. This rather short run this summer has easily been the best mens TV show of 2012.

Mr rating 5 stars out of 5.