For me, 'Dexter' is the best show on TV. As of right now there isn't a show that comes close to its character dynamics, its plot complexities, and its out-right thrilling reveals. By now you should know who 'Dexter' is, what he does, and why this show is so damn good. I'll skip over the whole back story of Dexter's serial killer history, because if you're into the fourth season you should know what has happened until now and what to expect. I realize many people wait until the Blu-rays come out to watch their favourite shows, so I won't spoil (much) of season four. Just so you're aware though, I may just spoil things from seasons one through three, which serves you right if you haven't gotten in on this show by now.
Not only is 'Dexter' the best show on television, season four was the best season so far. It was absolutely killer (pun intended).
Dexter finds himself struggling with family life. Most shows head off the rails when pregnancy and babies are introduced, but not this one. The entire show is focused around how Dexter is able to deal with real-life situations while being a monster inside. How does someone who kills people in his spare time handle a baby? What does he tell that baby? How does he raise it? Is he afraid it will grow up to be like him? What a perfect twist on a plot line that has been used over and over in TV shows.
While battling with his family and sleep deprivation from sleepless nights of baby crying, Dexter also has to worry about his sister Deb and her screwed up life. Besides Dexter, Deb is the most complicated character on the show, watching her grow and learn can be frustrating at times, but we understand she's a rock in Dexter's life. She keeps him grounded. Rita (his wife) has, for the first few seasons, been used more as a mask more or less by Dexter in order to seem normal. It's Deb who really gives Dexter someone to care for, so when her life is so screwed up with her unhealthy relationships, Dexter finds himself trying to protect her.
Finally, let's talk about the reason this season is some of the best TV I've watched in years. Two words: John Lithgow. Lithgow plays the Trinity Killer, another serial killer foe for Dexter to face. Although, Trinity is like no other villain you've ever witnessed. Lithgow is creepiness personified. Each time he's on screen he makes your skin crawl. It's an awesomely grotesque performance.
Once Dexter comes in contact with Trinity, the scenes are electric. Who's going to give first? Who's going to come out on top? This was the first time in a long while where I honestly had no idea what was going to happen in a TV show. Usually you know that your protagonist is safe and sound and will live to fight again another day, here I was never quite sure. The writing in season four keeps you on your toes.
If you haven't seen Dexter - you shouldn't really have read this review - you need to get with it, because you're missing some fine television. Michael C. Hall ('Six Feet Under') is brilliant as the ever confused and evolving Dexter, but John Lithgow is the real treat in this season. You'd never know he played High Commander Dick Solomon on '3rd Rock from the Sun.' After playing Trinity, it's hard to imagine him as anyone else.
This season's got twists and turns aplenty, but the character development here is unrivalled by any other series. Even the side characters perform their tasks perfectly by creating a world around Dexter that seems to be closing in. The real question is, will Dexter get caught? It seems imminent the longer the show goes on.
Like I said, I can't say enough good things about this series, and this season is the best so far. So what are you waiting for, go watch it already!