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Weeds didn't do it for me. Sleeper Cell blew ducks. But Lisa and I just watched the first season of Dexter on DVD, and I think it's the best new series I've seen since seasons one & two of Veronica Mars.

The premise, which may sound somewhat familiar to Bad Monkeys fans: Michael C. Hall plays Dexter, a Miami PD forensics technician who's also a serial killer. His foster father was a cop who figured out that little Dexter was a budding sociopath and trained him to channel his urges -- so he only kills bad people. It's very well done, and now that I've seen it I'm going to have to track down the novel that it's based on.

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tiffleigh
Jan. 4th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Michael C. Hall's carved out (pardon the pun) a legacy for himself on pay cable: first Six Feet Under then this.

Not sure what the consensus is, but I think the show is much better than the novels. The Dexter books obviously set up the universe and the characters, but in a way the show does a great job of shifting while retaining the voice (first person mind of a psychopath) for the series.

And I found the novels to be workmanlike, but nothing memorable. Maybe the concept's just that much more apt for a visual adaptation.

Also, and I may be jaded, but it seems that after the show took off there's been a couple more Dexter novels quickly published. Whether that would have happened with or without the success of the Showtime series is unknown to me.
jmtorres
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
I also found the show to be much better than the books, but then, I found book!Dexter to be a whiny emo brat.
apckrfan
Jan. 4th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Just a random passerby. I agree with you wholeheartedly. And I, too, went out in search of the books after watching Season 1.

Books 1 & 2 were published before the series (August 2004, August 2005), book 3 was published July 2007. They are different than the series in some ways. I enjoyed the ending of Season 1 on Showtime better than the ending of Book 1. And from my understanding, (I'm behind on Season 2), I'll like the book 2's ending better than the ending of Season 2.

If you're at all a fan of Bones and/or the Kathy Reichs' novels they're based on, you sort of have to accept that liked that TV show and the books it's based on - Dexter the TV series and Dexter the books use the same characters and premise but exist in two different realities.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the books if you hunt them down, they do have merit.

~Cheers.

Edited at 2008-01-04 03:36 pm (UTC)
morbid_o
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Season 2 is great as well.

What turned you off about Weeds?
matt_ruff
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
It wasn't bad or anything, it just didn't grab me. We watched the first disc of season one and then...stopped.

I'm having a similar reaction to season 3 of Veronica Mars -- stalled after episode four -- but I want to give that more of a chance since the first two seasons were so good. (I have given up, however, on the show ever finding anything interesting to do with Wallace.)
morbid_o
Jan. 4th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
I was a big fan of Seasons 1-2 of Veronica Mars. My friend who introduced me to the show has told me not to be in a rush to get season 3, so I've been watching a few other (mostly older) shows.

For what it's worth, Weeds S2 is more drama-oriented, focusing on the effect it has on the family and the craziness in her life. The cliffhanger was a rough wait for season 3. Season 3 is more basic, somewhat light-hearted (season 2 plot is wrapped up in the first 4ish episodes), and they manage to re-align most of the characters' relationships. The finale left me more curious than in suspense. Notable bonuses include Mary-Kate Olsen as a Jesus-loving pot smoker. Kevin Nealon only gets better as the show progresses, and Matthew Modine impressed me as well.
yendi
Jan. 5th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
I only started watching Weeds with Season 3 (we didn't have Showtime before), and was completely hooked. Kevin Nealon stole scenes constantly.
frabjousdave
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Finally we've found something that you love and I hate. Apart from Michael C. Hall, who I think is great in this role, and the basic concept, which I think is chilling, really nothing about this show works for me, especially the writing and most of the performances.

Perhaps I was set up for disappointment, since several friends whose taste I trust recommended the show enthusiastically, so clearly I'm the odd man out on this one. I made it through most of the first season, but then I couldn't go on.
matt_ruff
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
Finally we've found something that you love and I hate.

Didn't Peta Wilson count, or am I misremembering?
frabjousdave
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
Lindy loves Peta Wilson for me.
yendi
Jan. 5th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
FWIW, the books are fun, but different. I like the plotlines involving the children better in the books, but the writing can get a tad repetitive (there are only so many comments about bad Florida drivers or "if it bleeds, it leads" newscasters that one can take). The third book is a major step down from the first two, largely because of the author's poor attempt to inject a sense of supernatural horror into the mix.
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