Orphan, brother, protege, forensics splatter expert, husband, father, widower, good guy, good bowler, sociopath, serial killer. All these descriptions apply to the same man---Dexter Morgan.
Showtime's Dexter is back for a 5th season. Episode 1 "My Bad" picks up where season 4 ended. Dexter finds his baby son Harry crying, sitting on a bloodied tile floor, and his wife Rita murdered in the bathtub ala The Trinity Killer. Viewers know the truth, but circumstantial evidence has the FBI and Dexter's homicide detective co-workers wondering is Trinity really Rita's murderer or is Dexter? Dexter hasn't the ability to express emotion in a way society deems appropriate. The "dark passenger" doesn't know which mask to wear, which behavior to mimic to appear normal. When the EMTs arrive, Dexter cryptically utters "it was me". But they have no way of knowing that what he means is that he'd pushed Trinity's buttons too far, and was the motivator for Trinity's rampage. When the detectives from his precinct arrive his neighbor is a sobbing emotional wreck, but Dexter is calm.
For detective Joey Quinn, Dexter is the prime suspect in Rita's murder. Like sergeant Doakes from earlier seasons, Quinn plans to keep close tabs on Dexter and find out exactly what he's up to.
The best thing about this show is each season it keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat with suspense and horror and also manages to have humor in all the right spots.
This season the dynamic between Dexter and his step-children Astor and Cody in the aftermath of their mom's death should make for great confrontational and heartbreaking scenes.
There are new cast and characters introduced in season 5, Julia Stiles as Lumen, a possible romantic interest for Dexter, Shawn Hatosy described only as "a bad guy"---but the one i'm most excited about is Peter Weller as a Miami Metro cop who has his own internal affairs problems with which to contend.
Dexter's 5th season begins Sunday September 26th at 9:00pm on Showtime. Please check your local listings.