Dexter: The Complete Third Season [Blu-Ray]

Dexter: The Complete Third Season [Blu-Ray]
Even serial killers need a little bromance. With all the veiled darkness pulsing at the core of their being, perhaps they need it more than anyone — a kindred, sick spirit to confide in. But can a killer with a strict moral code ever have a truly honest friendship? That's one of the deadly conundrums central to Miami-Metro Blood Spatter Specialist and vigilante butcher Dexter Morgan's life during the third season of the much-lauded Showcase series. Free from the scrutiny of Sgt. Doakes and any suspicions as the Bay Harbour Butcher, Dexter has the chance to nurture his personal life for a change. Things get messy quickly when a trip to claim his latest victim, "Freebo," a scuzz-bucket murderer/drug dealer, is complicated by a certain knife-wielding someone else with a different sort of beef with "Freebo." Being forced to kill in self-defence opens up a new world of spontaneity for Dexter, and the subsequent investigation introduces his potential bosom buddy: firebrand Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado. Figuring into the investigation is the emergence of a new serial killer who tortures his victims to death by slicing large patches of skin from their bodies. There are important side developments involving Dexter's relationship with Rita (the ever-lovely and steady Julie Benz), his workaholic cop sister Debra's relationship with her badge and Batista and Masuka's relationships with loneliness. The bloody pumping heart of this season, however, is the masterfully acted camaraderie between Dexter and Miguel. As Miguel Prado, Jimmy Smits turns in quite possibly the best work of his career, a seething, unpredictable river of emotions perfect for Michael C. Hall to play Dexter's unflappable calculating calm off of. The rich colour scheme and the Miami locale look gorgeous on Blu-Ray, with nary a hint of graininess in the picture quality. It's a shame that for such a maturely evolving season of this excellent series all of the special features are stored on the BD Live network and for reasons neither known nor explained are as of yet unavailable. Would it really be too much to squeeze a few extras onto the physical discs for one of the most morally fascinating shows currently airing? (Paramount)