TV: Tonight, I plan to watch a show that I've been wondering whether I should watch. It's called Dexter, and it premieres on Showtime this evening. It's about a Miami blood spatter expert who also happens to be a serial killer. (I'm waiting for a cross-episode with CSI Miami, just waiting.) The way Hollywood makes this semi-plausible is to say that the guy's father, a police officer, recognized the signs in his son at an early age and channeled him into killing only criminals, people the police can't catch.
Um, yeah. I'd have gone for channeling him into not killing people, at all.
I have to admit to a certain morbid curiosity as to how the actor is going to pull this off. Apparently, he has done a lot of research into serial killers, interviewing both them and FBI profilers, as well as doing the reading. I want to see if he will be able to pull off the social awkwardness masked by charisma of a man who really doesn't feel a true connection with other people.
I'm not sure how much of it I can stomach, but I do at least want to watch the first episode. We'll see about other stuff. If I had children, this is absolutely not a show I would want them to see me watching. Maybe I'm wrong or misguided for thinking that, but I think it gives the wrong message.
This is the sort of story that I might come up with in my head but would never attempt to write for the public because I believe it is so implausible. On the other hand, Hannibal Lecter is pretty implausible, too, so maybe I need to rethink my opinions.
Still, is this the kind of show Dog Chapman would watch? Somehow, I doubt it.
Edit: Oh dear! I've just read the character list for this show. Some of it makes me laugh for sheer appropriateness, and some of it just makes me want to shake my head. It also appears that this show is based on the book, Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay.
Vision: I seem to be seeing a little better this morning; I can read smaller screen text than I have been able to lately. Hurray!