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Old 09-03-2008, 04:54 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Just to reply to Coltrane - I agree that Dexter uses the whole vigilante as entertainment thing, but I think it turns it on it's head by really making the audience question what they're watching, and what they might have enjoyed as vigilante behavior in the past. It equates the vigilante with a serial killer. There's no getting away from it. And I find that very pertinent with the huge popularity of the vigilante character in so much of our entertainment. I think Dexter forces us to ask ourselves what that means about ourselves, rather than just go along with it for fun. It makes us complicit in the just aspects of the character's acts, as well as the baser aspects, so we don't get the usual free ride.
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