Dexter The Second Season Blu-ray Review
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Run time: 10 hours, 36 mins
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 3 BD50 DL
Dark and sinister is the new sexy, thanks to Dexter, which in its second season has proven to be the most successful series Showtime has offered up yet. Remember how much you squirmed in your seat during the season one finale? Believe it or not, the premiere of season two felt like it could have been a season finale–because jaws were on the floor when the credits rolled. For being a supposed sociopath, Dex is pretty broken up about the gruesome events that concluded last season. The one and only person who could possibly understand him is six feet under, and it seems our unlikely hero is losing his homicidal grip. He’s even having a little trouble slicing up a few of his latest victims (from a murderous gang member to a chainsaw-wielding fiend from his past). Enter Lila (Jaime Murray, Hustle), a lady with a sweet British accent and a few dark secrets of her own. She seems to accept Dex for who he really is, and he finds himself feeling relaxed for the first time in his life. In contrast, his relationship with his girlfriend Rita (Julie Benz) has been stretched almost to a breaking point. The problem is, he should be anything but relaxed. Someone picked a poor place to go scuba diving off the Florida coast, and came across an underwater graveyard: Dex’s primo spot for dropping dismembered bodies wrapped in heavy-duty trash bags. Word about the “Bay Harbor Butcher” gets out quick, and the F.B.I. sends the best of the best, Special Agent Frank Lundy (Keith Carradine, Deadwood) to work alongside the police to sniff out Miami’s latest serial killer. This guy is no schlub, and Dex may have met his match. And, yes, Dexter gets to work with Lundy on a daily basis, which provides some wonderfully awkward moments. It certainly doesn’t help that the intuitively paranoid Sergeant Doakes (Erik King, Oz) is hot on Dex’s trail.
Season two of Dexter is all about decisions. Lila or Rita? Old code or new code? Run or fight? Right or wrong? Well, one thing’s for sure: When it comes to writing, casting, acting, and production, the makers of this show made all the right decisions. Michael C. Hall is simply superb as the title character. You’ll never find yourself more willing to genuinely root for a serial killer. It’s bloody liberating.
With the way the debut season ended, you might think that they people in charge couldn’t come up with anything to top that. But they do and in spades too whether it’s Dexter’s “alleged drug addiction”, the sponsor that is supposed to be helping him said addiction. But she really has MANY issues going on with her which will made clear through the season. I will just say the woman gives Glenn Close a good name. Also Dexter is having issues with his girlfriend and a prolonged stay by her mother (JoBeth Williams) only compounds the problems between them.
Also one of his coworkers is on to him and late night murderous dealings and basically lets him know it every occasion whether by stalking him or just being the all around jerk that Doakes is throughout the show. Along Lt. LaGuerta who’s lost her job and is undercover (literally) trying to get it back by any means necessary. Dex’s sister Deb is having her own issues still reeling from her having the Ice Truck Killer as her steady boyfriend. She finally finds someone and starts second guessing things and all that. Another player comes in as well from the FBI, Agent Lundy who’s task is to be bring in the new serial killer that no one knows is right under their noses.
There are so many things going on in this season that its hard to believe that everything will get resolved but just look out for the last 2 or 3 episodes of this season to see how it does just that. I won’t say anymore other than, if your thinking about getting into the show start off at Season 1.
Movie Content: 9/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Colors are bright and vibrant providing washed out colors in certain scenes. Blacks are deep. Fleshtones are accurate and natural. Details are excellent, providing even some of the minute details on screen. There is grain throughout the presentation which is very consistent as opposed to the first season. There is also noise throughout and this does become a bit more distracting. Season 2 improves upon the image quality of the first season on Blu-ray with improved clarity albeit a few of the inconsistencies..
Print Quality: 9/10
The audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. ‘Dexter’ is a dialogue heavy television show and it really shows with how well the audio is placed through the center channel. Dialogue is clean and clear providing some excellent depth. For a television show, I was rather impressed with how clear the audio is. This is a more front heavy presentation as the rears do get some workout, but not much. There are some effects that come through the rears.
Audio Quality: 9/10
- The first 2 episodes of United States of Tara
- “Blood Fountains” Featurette
- Dark Defender Series
- Tools of the Trade
Special Features: 8/10
The Final Word
‘Dexter’ Season 2 on Blu-ray is finally here in high definition. There is an improvement in video quality over the first season on Blu-ray. Fans of the show will not be disappointed and those new to the show I can’t recommend picking this setup enough. There isn’t enough smart television shows on the air these days, but ‘Dexter’ continues to get more interesting with each passing season.
Overall Rating: 9/10
Review by: George Theofanopoulos