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Happy 39th Birthday Michael C. Hall!

by on Feb.01, 2010, under Dexter News

Happy Birthday MCH. This has been one hell of a year for you mate. 13 months ago he married Dexter-on-screen sister, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter). He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is at least a treatable blood disorder and he is still in remission. On the up & up, MCH was also awarded with a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama series.

Not to mention that Dexter keeps breaking records and I’m sure this year will be no different. Also congrats on the two new film projects – East Fifth Bliss and Peep World. We hope you beat that horrible disease permanently and have a great year.

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Dexter nabs two Golden Globes

by on Jan.22, 2010, under Dexter News

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Below is a guest post (very first) by a true fellow Dexter addict! Please welcome Gareth and make him feel at home. If you’re interested in writing a guest post here (and plug your blog, podcast etc) please contact me. (conditions apply)

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Superb results at the Golden Globes this week!  Congratulations to Michael C Hall and John Lithgow for winning their awards. They did an excellent job this season, making it a strong candidate for the best Dexter season ever.

Michael C Hall had been nominated before but never won. I’m really glad he’s got the global recognition now. His portrayal of Dexter has been consistently good for four years; a perfect portrayal of someone with a very dark secret, trying to be normal and blend in. Sometimes it’s subtle – an expression he pulls when he feels awkward in a situation and he’s unsure how to react – and sometimes it’s in your face when his dark passenger is unleashed and he gets someone on his table.

I think of this Golden Globe as just reward for 4 years of hard work by Hall and it was made all the sweeter, and his acceptance speech all the more emotional, by the fact that he had only just announced his successful battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The effects of the chemotherapy meant he was wearing a hat at the ceremony. However the cancer is reported to be in remission and he’s expected to commence filming of season 5 later in the year. Good news for all concerned!

As for Lithgow, his chilling performance as Trinity really made this last season and forced Hall to raise his own game.  Their scenes together were always compelling and very well acted.

The disastrous Thanksgiving dinner scene at the Mitchells’ was one of the most dramatic and exciting I’ve seen in a tv show and it’s credit to the tremendous performances by Hall and Lithgow, although kudos to the writers too!  The scene must now surely be on both actors’ show reels! They both did a superb job and thoroughly deserve these awards.

I talk more about Dexter on episode 2 of my podcast, Gareth’s Waste of Time, which you can download from iTunes or grab it from my blog, Gareth’s Waste of Time, where I talk about films and tv.  If you fancy, follow me on twitter, Gareth_UK

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Dexter hits 2010 with big news!

by on Jan.21, 2010, under Dexter News

First off welcome to 2010! Hey it is only January 21st ;-).

Lots of news already around Dexter and cast. First off poor MCH announced on the 13th of January that he has been battling cancer (Hodgkin’s lymphoma) since last year and is now in remission. Not even the cast or crew new about it. Lauren Velez (Lt. Laguerta) told E! Online:

“You know they’ve always been incredibly private and kept to themselves, and he’s always been very private and throws himself into his work, so I knew nothing of it, and I don’t think anyone else did either.”

Michael C. Hall

“I had every intention of keeping it quiet, but because award shows were imminent, I had to make a statement.” he said.

Best of luck in remission MCH, we all hope pull out of it competely.

Now onto the bestest news! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, MCH has finally recognised as the true talent that he is. After 4 nominations he was awarded with Golden Globe’s Best Actor in a Drama series. Mega contrats to you Michael, you deserve it! Added to this John Lithgow was awarded with Best Supporting Actor in a Drama series, again very rightously deserved for his stellar performance Season 4’s antagonist, Arthur Mitchell aka The Trinity Killer.

Rumour has it that Bill Paxton who plays the lead on Big Love said that Hall only won due to the ‘cancer card’. IF this is true… get a life fucktard.  Dexter is a better show with more depth and all round superior productivity, storylines, supporting cast and MCH is simply a better actor.  Get over it.

Unfortunately (and again) Dexter missed out on Best Drama series to Mad Men (again!). Who knows maybe Dexter will win that category for a different award this year.

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Dexter Episode 11 “Hello, Dexter Morgan” Recap

by on Dec.10, 2009, under Episode Recaps

So there was episode 11, very much a ‘tie up all loose ends’ episode.  Get everyone in place ready for the big finale.  Let’s get those loose ends out of the way before we focus on the main storylines.

Rita & DexterAll is not well on the homefront for Dexter, Rita admits to him that she kissed Elliot.  Poor unemotional Dexter did’nt respond as expected.  Dexter showed no signs of jealousy or anger, raising questions for Rita.  Later Dexter punches Elliot to show Rita that he does care.  So that makes Rita happy again. Meh.

Captain Matthews discovers that Batista and LaGuerta are still bumping uglies, so threatens them.  Painted into a corner, they choose to get married to nullify Matthew’s accusations.  The ploy works, but Matthews walks away in disgust with them using the sanctity of marriage for professional gain. Meh squared.

Moving on to the good stuff, Dexter needs to throw the all too effective Quadrinity investigation off track.  He chooses a suspect from Lundy’s file… A trucker who escaped a murder conviction.  He also receives a call from Arthur who is naturally suspicous why a man who witnesses an abduction of a young boy does’nt report it to the police.  Covering himself, Dexter asks for $50,000 from Arthur under theat of being named a pedophile.

Christine is in custody but refusing to talk, Angel bends some rules and keeps her as a material witness to keep her in custody longer while they work out her connection to Quadrinity.

Meeting at a murder scene Dexter realises Arthur is hunting him when he hears the victim’s name was Kyle Butler.  Upset that he’s responsible for yet another innocent person’s life, he realises he must catch Arthur ASAP.  He heads to the ‘next’ Kyle Butler home, puts him to sleep and awaits Arthur.  Unfortunately Arthur discovers that Kyle Butler on a postcard just inside the door, where Dex is ready to pounce, and then leaves.

Angel and Deb finally get a warrant to search Christines house and discover postcards which match the dates and places of Quadrinity’s kills, all signed “Love Daddy”.  They hope that this will urge Christine to talk however she continues to protect her father.  Neither Angel or Deb, who attempted the heart-to-heart approach, were successful in getting Christine to admit she knows that she’s Quadrinity’s daughter.  They eventually let her go – under surveillance in the hope that she’ll contact her father.

Dexter Kills BeaudryDexter is challenged and sidetracked by family and work whilst trying to meet up with Stan before he returns to Miami.  He then rushes back to Miami to cover Stan’s home in Arthur’s DNA.  So then Miami Metro gain a very likely suspect with alot of evidence and hopefully providing Dexter with plenty of time to finally take Arthur out.

Sitting watching TV again, Arthur discovers that Stan Beaudry is now the no.1 suspect, as the story breaks he receives a call from his darling daughter.  The call does not go well at all for the lass with more Daddy issues than a trampstamped Vegas stripper.  She begs for her father’s help, but Arthur tells Christine what a dumbarse she was and disowns her, demanding that she never all him again, ever.  Daddy’s girl does’nt take this well and calls for a meeting with Deb at her home.

Miami’s phones seem to be running hot as Arthur calls Dexter regarding the drop-off for the $50k.  Dexter overhears the games, music and noise in the background and knows exactly where Arthur is – the arcade where he previously nabbed the boy.  So they arrange the meeting time for that evening, then Dexter head straight to the arcade to catch Arthur.  Except that Arthur tricked Dex, so now becomes the hunter and follows Dexter.

Whilst Dexter is uknowingly the hunted, Deb meets Christine at her place with Quinn staying close outside.  Christine in tears admits to Deb that she killed Lundy and shot her.  She begs for Debra’s forgiveness, but Deb is simply unable to.  Christine pulls out a gun and shoots herself.  She calls Dexter in to the office for some brotherly support.

This leads to Arthur following him all the way to Miami Metro where he promptly asks if a Kyle Butler works there, unsurprisingly not.  He steals a visitors pass from a tourist and wanders his way around the office.  Passing a trophy case he sees a bowling photo of Dexter et al. He then stumbles upon Deb’s Trinity wall where he admires his work of over 30 years.  At first he appears a little shocked, then smiles a wicked and satisfied smile,  glancing accross to Stan Beaudry’s photo as no.1 suspect. “Mr Beaudry, you’ve done me a kindness” he grins. Strolling around, Arthur and Dexter spot each other almost simultaneously, Dex jumps out of his chair and rushes (in slomo) towards Arthur – standing toe-to-toe, Arthur glances down at Dexter’s ID badge and coolly says “Hello, Dexter Morgan”.Hello, Dexter Morgan

My 2 cents, I think the episode as a whole was fairly tame.  This is mostly due to tying up the loose ends which no one could give a rat’s arse about.  I also think that there is no way Dexter would have fallen for Arthur’s arcade trap.  With Dexter’s experience along with the fact he knows Arthur is a calculating SOB he would’ve seen it as a trap instantly, even I picked up on it the second he called from the arcade.  Also in the unbelievable spectrum, is that Arthur could get into the Homicide division with just a visitor’s badge?  Even small businesses have a policy that no visitor can be in the building unless they’re escorted, but in a Police Station? Gimme a break!  However, Jennifer’s performance in the suicide scene was awesome as was Courtney Ford’s.  The ending was pure suspense, simply brilliant and made the whole episode!

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Scream Awards 2009 – Results are in!

by on Oct.28, 2009, under Dexter News

Scream 2009 Nominations

Last night was the night of nights for SpikeTV’s Scream Awards.  If you’re not familiar, the scream awards I posted about them when both Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter were nominated for their respective roles in Dexter.  Basically the awards celebrate horror, thriller,Sci-Fi  and other associated movies, TV shows and comic books.  Very Emmy type categories are included, but a few extra gorey ones are added such as the Fight Scene of the Year, the best HOLY S^&* scene and my personal favourite, Most Memorable Mutilation.

This year the most  True Blood swept away most of the awards including Best TV Show, Best Horror Actress (Anna Paquin) and Best Horror Actor (Stephen Moyer).  No offense to any fans of the genre but I really find these vampire themed shows to be utterly dull, overacted & uninvolving.  However this is the current in thing and the Scream Awards which are visitor voted, reflect this.

As Dexter, although thrilling and quite graphic is not the most horrific to watch compared to the vampire genres or movie such as Saw.  So I was’nt expecting alot from the Scream Awards crowd.  Michael C. Hall missed out on Best Actor, but a nice surprise is Jennifer Carpenter won Best Supporting Actress! All I can say is congrats Jennifer & keep up the good work.  If find you to be a very talented actress, but unfortunately the Deb character leaves me wanting more depth, rather than just a crapload of swearing, tears and unlucky romances.

Scream Awards – Pre-show quick interviews including Julie Benz and Jennifer Carpenter, who exclaimed how amazing it would be to win a Scream Award!  Congrats again Jennifer :-D.

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