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Jackie K. Cooper

Jackie K. Cooper

Posted: September 29, 2010 03:13 PM

Michael C. Hall and company return for the fifth season of Dexter. This is a very special season for many reasons but the most important is that it marks the first season in which Hall has participated since he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. That disease has been treated and he is now in remission. In the new episodes he appears to be in excellent health.

Without Hall there would be no Dexter. His casting for the role is just about perfect as he creates a character who is emotionally damaged to the extreme. By day he works for the Miami Police Department and in his off hours he kills people. As a general rule these are people who have killed other people so there is some justice and justification for his actions.

Dexter has trouble relating to people. He is close to his sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) and last season he had a wife, Rita (Julie Benz), and a new son Harrison. At the end of that season Rita was killed by a serial killer (John Lithgow). The new season starts right where the last episode left off. Dexter has discovered Rita's body as well as baby Harrison sitting in a puddle of blood.

The first couple of episodes this year deal with Dexter trying to take care of his stepchildren and baby and also putting his life back in some type of order. As everyone tells him, he has to take care of Dexter if he wants to take care of his kids.

Even in these early new episodes the intensity of Dexter is felt by the viewers. He is a man of little emotion coping with feelings of high emotion. This is something new for him and it makes him feel he is on shaky ground.

In addition to Hall, the cast includes his real life wife Carpenter. Their relationship makes the emotional bond between Dexter and Debra that much more believable. Also in the cast are Desmond Harrington, C. S. Lee and David Zayas as his co-workers. Lauren Velez plays his boss.

Guest stars this season will include Shawn Hatosy, Jonny Lee Miller, Julia Stiles, Peter Weller and Maria Doyle Kennedy. Hatosy appears on TNT's Southland and Kennedy was last seen in Showtime's The Tudors.

Dexter is not a show for everyone but for those who can stomach the gruesomeness of its stories of blood and guts it is a must see. Hall has won awards for his performance as Dexter and he certainly deserved them. This year he is back on the job and back in contention.

To get your dose of Dexter tune into Showtime on Sunday, September 26 at 9 PM. The killer we hate to love is back with enough excitement and strange adventures to keep us totally entertained for another season.

Feel free to watch the first episode in full below.