The First Episode of Dexter: A Review

Okay guys, Keedy is away on a business trip, but it’s time for another courtroom drama review by yours truly. So this isn’t going to be a typically review so much as a “live” play-by-play of my first time watching the show Dexter

A friend of mine and an Orange County injury attorney has been on my case about giving this show a chance for years now since the series takes place there, and even though it’s final episode was in 2011, from what I understand, Dexter was supposedly a fantastic series so I’m going to watch the very first episode, entitled “Dexter” tonight and give you my thoughts as I do. 

If you’ve already seen the show, you may or may not disagree with my opinions, and if you haven’t seen it, beware the coming spoilers. 

A Killer Himself

So right from the start, it turns out that Dexter himself is a killer. Opening a show with the main character stalking his prey is certainly unique, and it’s caught my attention early on. 

I’m pretty sure the guy he killed was a lawyer, who was also coincidentally a killer, but this guy kills kids and apparently that’s not okay with Dexter. A serial killer with standards? It gives me a Jigsaw vibe and I was all about the Saw movies. 

Like all serial killers, Dexter is charismatic and says he is keeping up appearances by having a girlfriend and working as a blood splatter forensic analyst for the Miami PD, but he feels nothing for anyone. Flashback to him as a child telling his Dad about his urges to kill animal, where his father taught him everything he knows and how to cover his tracks since he worked in law enforcement. I’m hooked.

The Ice Truck Killer

Now that we know about Dexter being a serial killer, the crime of the episode is the murder of a prostitute whose been dismembered, but there is no blood at the scene. 

Dexter is apparently obsessed with blood, as we see throughout the episode, and since he is also a serial killer, he’s able to help his cop sister get on the case and uncover some information about the killer: driving a vehicle that can keep the body cold. 

Later in the episode, another body is found, same as the first, which intrigues Dexter. One night, on his way home from killing his latest criminal, Dexter finds himself next to an ice truck who plays “chicken” with him in the middle of the road, throwing a severed head at Dexter’s car. 

The episode closes with Dexter finding a cut up doll positioned exactly the same way the other bodies were, with the severed doll head next to the body, seemingly sending a message to Dexter.

Honestly, I might binge watch this season. The first episode has me pretty hooked and I want to know more of this story. Maybe next week I’ll check back in an give you guys an update on the entire season. In the meantime, Keedy will be back next week and I think discussing his favorite crime movie. Henning, out.

Hulu Original Series: The Act, A Keedy Review

This week at Henning-Keedy we’re reviewing Hulu’s new original series, The Act. This story was huge even before Hulu picked it up. I remember seeing an HBO documentary called Mommy Dead and Dearest a couple of years ago about Gypsy Rose Blanchard and it was captivating. So, when I saw that Hulu made her story into a mini series, I knew it would be a must-watch. 

Now, this review is coming out a bit late considering it first premiered back in March, but you guys know your boy Keedy is a binge-watcher, and I had to wait to give my final review until the finale aired a couple of weeks ago.

Based on a True Story

So, The Act is based on the true story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother, Dee Dee. Dee Dee had Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, which means she was essentially making and keeping her daughter, Gypsy sick. 

This is truly a form of child abuse. Even as early as age three, Gypsy was made to believe that she had a slew of conditions including muscular dystrophy and leukemia. Dee Dee forced her daughter to undergo surgeries she didn’t need, she kept her head shaved, made her use a feeding tube to eat, and otherwise held her prisoner. 

Keep in mind guys, that this actually happened! Can you imagine if it were you in the same situation? I know if it were me, I’d be on the phone with my hometown Corpus Christi injury attorney suing her for everything she had. The truth is, Gypsy wasn’t sick at all, and her own mother kept her in a wheelchair for the majority of her life so she could gain sympathy and money from generous organizations and members of her Springfield, MO community. 

To keep a long story short, Gypsy rebelled against her mother, and after already attempting to escape once, she enlisted her online boyfriend of three years to kill her mother so she could be free. Once dead, Gypsy was soon apprehended a few states away with her boyfriend and ultimately she was sentenced to ten years in prison. 

The Act

The Act is basically a re-told, dramaticized version of the story, and I have to say, it was pretty good. The actress who plays Gypsy really nails it, even down to her tone of voice and mannerisms (when compared to footage of the actual Gypsy in the HBO documentary). 

I personally really enjoyed how they showed Gypsy’s evolution into a murder accomplice, and how thoroughly she thought out every detail of the murder. I’d rank this in my Top 50 favorite crime dramas, just for that reason. If you haven’t checked out The Act yet on Hulu, you definitely should.

My All-Time Favorite Episode of Law & Order: SVU

Keedy here. A couple of nights ago I got to watch a rerun of one of my favorite Law & Order: SVU episodes. It’s one of those story arcs that captures your attention. There’s something about SVU that is far more gripping than the original Law & Order. Don’t @ me. 

Season 14 Finale: Her Negotiation

The season 14 finale focuses on this guy William Lewis. Let me start off by saying that none of the bad guys in SVU are of sound mind, obviously. But William Lewis really takes the cake. The episode opens with him burning his fingertips on a stove top to give you an example of what a lunatic this guy is. 

The story leads into him running into Rollins, Amaro, Cragen, and Tutuola in Central (?) Park on their day off when he exposes himself to a couple of European tourists in the park. Once he’s brought in, they try to run his fingerprints, but because he burned his fingers, they couldn’t get them. 

Out on Bail

Benson and ADA Barba are brought in, but Lewis knows his way around the law and winds up being released on his own recognizance. He winds up torturing and raping the refined 60 year-old woman who was a witness against him in a gruesome attack while out on bail. 

Who is William Lewis?

In the meantime, the fact that he knows all these tricks to beat the law tips Rollins off and they find out that he has committed similar crimes across the South over the last ten years, all under different variations of his name. One of his victims was his girlfriend’s mother who tried to break them up and another was his Baton Rouge injury lawyer who he actually had formed a relationship with and then she broke things off so he killed her. 

To make a very long story short, he forms a new relationship with the public defender representing him in present day, and she is able to force the judge to declare a mistrial due to the DNA evidence being compromised by a lab tech. So, this guy is out on the loose again and has become fixated on Benson during their initial interview and throughout the episode, so much so that it was disturbing. 

The episode closes with him pointing his gun at Benson. Thank goodness for binge watching because closing out a season like that is just cruel. I need to know what happens to Benson NOW, not three months from now, NBC! I’m off to rewatch Season 15’s premiere dubbed “Surrender Benson,” but this story arc is in my top two favorite episodes of SVU, along with the episodes about Greg Yates, but that’s for another blog post.