I’ve been watching this show Dexter on Showtime. If you haven’t seen it, the concept is simple. Dexter, the show’s hero, is a Miami Police Department forensics expert. He’s also a serial killer. Actually, he’s a serial killer who only kills other serial killers. It takes a lot of work to make a character like this likable, let alone sympathetic, and the show pulls it off. Personally, I think the opening credits are the best part.
The credits do a great job of bringing the “eccentricities” of the title character to the audience in a way that we can understand. Instead of the blood and gore of a murder, they give us the tiny violence of everyday life, like shaving your face, tightening your shoelaces or squeezing an orange. It’s beautifully shot, and really add an interesting angle to the character.
Check out this New Yorker review for another perspective on the show.