Dexter: Season Four [Blu-Ray]

Dexter: Season Four [Blu-Ray]
Even seasoned horror buffs won't be ready for the sinister depths Dexter reaches just five minutes into the first episode of this fourth season. It's always been a dark show, but with the introduction of John Lithgow as the Trinity killer, a new ceiling has been installed for how disturbing television can get. The end of season three saw Dexter Morgan tying the knot with pregnant girlfriend Rita (the lovely Julie Benz), so this season finds everyone's favourite serial killer adjusting to life as a family man. With diapers to change and a wife to please, it's increasingly difficult for Dexter to find time to indulge his "dark passenger"; his term for his murderous predilection. Sharing his life and home with his family instigates the realization that he's evolving as a person and will need to evolve his methods as a killer. There simply isn't the time or space to carry on as he has in the past and being sleep-deprived by means of infant forces Dexter to be sloppy and hurried where meticulousness is required to meet Harry's code (his dead father, still dispensing advice in Dexter's mind). The balancing acts of maintaining secrets while opening up to deep emotional connections drives Dexter's journey, reflecting the basic human condition of relationships, amplified by the extremity of the compelling narrative. Can Dexter have it all? That's one of the questions repeated to cast members in a series of interviews comprising the entirety of the special features. Michael C. Hall is unsurprisingly well spoken in his interview responses, but it's his on camera sister/off camera wife, Jennifer Carpenter, who really digs into the show's psychology, offering insight into how much she thinks the characters closest to Dexter know about his "hobby." Lithgow had a great time with the challenge of his character and his friendly confidence feels extra creepy after seeing how masterfully he plunges into the depths of what just might be the most horrifying character ever committed to the small screen. The interviews are accessible via BD-Live, so load times can be a bit off-putting, initially, but like a good dealer, Showcase also kindly includes a couple free episodes of The Tudors and Californication to get viewers hooked on a new vice. Considerate of them, since after watching the closing minutes of this season, much like the opening, a comedy cleanser is pretty much mandatory to scrub the despair from your mind. (Paramount)