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Dexter: The Complete Second Season
Dexter The Complete Second Season
Actor: Michael C. Hall
Genres: Drama, Television
NR     2008     10hr 36min

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Actor: Michael C. Hall
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, Television
Studio: Showtime / Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed
DVD Release Date: 08/19/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 10hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 29
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 4/2/2013...
The second season of Dexter kicks off with Dexter's ocean body dump being discovered and the FBI being brought in to get the "Bay Harbor Butcher". If this wasn't trouble enough, Rita find out that Dexter knocked out her sleazy husband and got him sent to jail, which ultimately gets him killed. Fortunately, Rita mistakenly believes that Dexter has a drug problem, which leads him to rehab and a sexy sponsor...who takes a shine to his dark side. Dexter also finds the identity of the men who killed his mother and has an opportunity to go after them. But, trouble continues to come his way in the form of Detective Dokes, who suspects something is wrong with Dexter. Can he deal with all of his newfound troubles, or will it finally bring him to ground?

This is a good season. I personally didn't find it as good as the first one, but it's hard to follow up a season like that! I felt that they did this "Dexter-being-found-out" story a little too quick...But it all works out. Far more original than the "serial-killer-of-the-season" stories that came after. We get to see a lot of character development in some of the side characters, such as Dex's sister, Deb, and the other officers that Dexter works with. We also get to meet some characters that play larger parts as the season continues, such as FBI agent Frank Lundy. All-in-all, it's a very tight season full of twists and turns. I still think it would have made a better story for a later season, but it's great on it's own merit. That's just my personal opinion. If you love crime scene forensic shows, such as CSI, give this one a shot. It's fun seeing the killer being the main character. A good killer, but a killer nonetheless.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sandra S. (ratracesandra) from CUMMING, GA
Reviewed on 7/17/2010...
Just as good as the first season, and I can't wait till the third!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Vanessa V. (sevenspiders)
Reviewed on 2/1/2009...
Season two of a show that is **not for everyone** comes back stronger and slicker than ever. Dexter Morgan is the nicest serial killer on the block, eating his favorite Cuban sandwiches, bowling with his colleagues, spending time with his lovely girlfriend and her adorable kids.... and dismembering evil doers.

Season two is stronger, funnier, and more thought-provoking than the first. Dexter is struggling to maintain his cover with his co-worker Seargent Doakes tailing him constantly.

His homelife gets complicated when girlfriend Rita, sure that Dexter is hiding something, is convinced that Dexter is a drug addict. In rehab Dexter meets the darkly volatile Lila who just might see the real Dexter.

Things get even worse when his body stash is discovered and Dexter himself is drawn into Miami Metro's investigation of the "Bay Harbor Butcher". With fantastic acting and writing, Dexter continues to be one of the most addicting and exciting shows on TV.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Robey S. (Robey)
Reviewed on 10/7/2008...
This tv series is so awsome! Finished this in record time. The only diapointment is that season 3 already started and we don't have showtime. I'm already needing a Dexter fix! :)
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Are Dexter's days finally numbered?
Melissa Niksic | Chicago, IL United States | 04/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I didn't think the second season of "Dexter" could even come close to to the brilliance of the first season, but I was wrong. Instead of the Ice Truck Killer, Season 2 begins with the Miami P.D. hot on the trail of another mass-murderer dubbed as the Bay Harbor Butcher. Dexter (Michael C. Hall) already knows the identity of the killer right off the bat, because it happens to be him. The FBI is brought in to help investigate the case, and Dexter is under pressure to stay off the radar and figure out how to get himself out of this huge mess.

Season 2 introduces some great new characters, including Special Agent Lundy (Keith Carradine) and the mysterious Lila (Jaime Murray), a woman who interferes with Dexter's relationship with Rita (Julie Benz). Meanwhile, La Guerta (Lauren Vélez) pulls some very dirty tricks out of her hat in an effort to get her job back, and Dexter's relationship with Doakes (Erik King) escalates and is finally put to the ultimate test.

There are some exciting twists and turns in Season 2, but everything wraps up very nicely at the end. I have no idea what will happen to Dexter in Season 3, but I can't wait to find out!"
No Sophomore Slump for America's Favorite Serial Killer
Wesley Mullins | Kentucky | 11/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Miami blood-spatter analyst and moonlighting serial killer Dexter Morgan spent the first season of Showtime's groundbreaking drama helping his police department track the Ice Truck Killer, a man who turned out to be the brother Dexter never knew. In Season Two, he helps hunt someone even closer...himself. When his Glad-bag graveyard is discovered at the bottom of the ocean, all of Miami buzzes about the Bay Harbor Butcher, the nocturnal crime fighter who litters the sea with body parts of bad guys.

The search for the Bay Harbor Butcher (and the ensuing cat and mouse game between Dexter and his colleagues) provides the overarching glue for Season Two. The middle episodes of the season feature the slippery Dexter trying to wiggle his way out of the grasp of the investigation, lead by new character FBI Special Agent Lundy (Keith Carradine), a professional everyman as unassuming as he is brilliant. Lundy's dedication and focus rival Dexter's and present a challenge for our hero even greater than his "game" with the Ice Truck Killer. Lundy's ritual and disciplined life of cucumber sandwich lunches and Chopin interludes clears his mind, giving him almost clairvoyance into the heart of his target.

The second principle plot centers on Dexter's new love interest, Lila. Early in the season, Dexter is able to explain away his erratic behavior to Doakes and Rita by pretending to be a recovering drug addict. His relationship with his sultry and insightful sponsor sparks tension between Dexter and his girlfriend and forces Dexter into chambers of his mind that have been closed for decades. In the arms of a troubled figure with a past nearly as dark as his own, Dexter feels understood for the first time.

Dexter's "improvements" in rehab, coupled with the relentless investigation of him by Doakes causes a reduction in body count for Season Two. Just as Season One established the winning formula of building a 12 episode serial plot accentuated with weekly self contained subplots with payoffs, Season Two also has small stories to keep the viewers entertained as the search for the Butcher continues. The difference between Seasons One and Two is that these small plots don't always involve Dexter killing someone. Season One almost had a reality-tv consistency with Dexter "voting someone off the island" each week. But sometimes Season Two episode plots are about his relationships with Rita, Lila or Doakes.

This is part of the more human Dexter presented in Season Two. His conscience gets to him a few times; he underestimates one of his victim's strength and then walks into a trap; he routinely gets outsmarted by Lundy; and he's unable to control his feelings toward Rita and her kids. He's come a long way from the unemotional science project of the first season. The extra dimensions to his character and a season-long plot that amazingly trumps the edge-of-your-seat plight of Season One's Ice Truck Killer are only two reasons why the series has improved since its sublime debut season and now fills the void left by The Sopranos as television's finest hour."
A bloody good show!
Judy K. Polhemus | LA | 10/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Even though I am a huge fan of "Dexter--the First Season," I couldn't imagine a better second season. In fact, I'm going to need imagination-stretching exercises because all the people behind "Dexter-The Second Season" give us just that--a BETTER second season!

An observation: Whoever determines casting definitely has an eye for borderline anorexic women with small breasts. Dexter's sister Debra, his girlfriend Rita, and newcomer Lila, an English woman he meets in a 12-step program and who becomes his sponsor for Season Two--all match that description.

In Season One Dexter tells us over and over he is emotionally dead, but as the season progresses, Dexter truly develops feelings for Rita and her two children. In Season Two he no longer denies his feelings, making it clear how much Rita means to him. However, Lila's presence and declaration that she understands him moves Dexter off-kilter.

Throw into the boiling pot the discovery of all Dexter's plastic bags of body parts hidden at the edge of the ocean's currents and the viewer has an explosive combination that keeps him/her on the edge for all of the second season.

But I neglect to include Special Agent Lundy, who has come to Miami to solve the serial killer case after the plastic bag discovery. He always gets his man and in one scene in particular, I could not imagine how Dexter would escape being identified. But remember? I have an imagination problem. I was wrong. Lundy (wonderfully played by Keith Carradine) also plays a pivotal role in a sub-plot. Nah, I'm not saying.

As the season nears the end, I am astonished to think that the program will end the way it seems to be heading. However, by season's end all loose ends are tied, and concludes, better than first season, with a promise of even better things to come in the third season.

I've described the bones of Second Season, but not the flesh. Season Two is about relationships: lovers, friends, lust, love, co-workers. It is also about character development. I did not care for Dexter's sister Debra in the first season, but her character development made me become quite fond of her in the second. Lila's character becomes more and more annoying as the season progressea, but I did not like her to begin with.

Sometimes the tension is thick enough to cut and once I actually screamed out loud! I scared both me and my cats! In one episode when Dexter drags a torso from one of his victims into the police department with Debra nipping at his heels, I kept thinking, How will Dexter get out of this?

Michael C. Hall is brilliant as Dexter."