Everyone’s favourite serial killer, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), returned last night in the Season 4 premiere of Dexter on TMN.

Entitled ‘Living The Dream’, the episode opened (disturbingly) with our introduction to Dexter’s next nemesis. Dubbed ‘The Trinity Killer’ by a returning Special Agent Frank Lundy (Keith Carradine), he’s a 30-year veteran at killing young women. (John Lithgow is creepily effective in an as yet non-speaking role. Can’t wait to see more of him, although less naked ass is fine.)

Elsewhere, an increasingly dishevelled Dexter is slowly getting used to balancing fatherhood, marriage, work and serial killing. (One sequence brilliantly parodies the show’s opening.) But the added work is making him sloppy on the job, leading to the untimely release of a thug named Benny Gomez. Fortunately, Dexter’s dad Harry (James Remar) is always there to remind his son that his “dark passenger” needs to be satisfied. Goodbye, Benny Gomez.

Other plot strands teased in the series’ opening include an unexpected affair between Laguarda and Angel (!), and Deb’s continuing probe into her father’s CIs (including, in a welcome cameo, genre vet Adrienne Barbeau, looking, shall we say, like she’s had a bit of work done).

All told, ‘Living The Dream’ promises another solid season of dark humour and even darker personal revelations. Will Deb discover her brother’s pastime? And how will the Trinity Killer inspire or affect Dexter? Dex’s struggle to satisfy his need to kill is being severely challenged by his desire to be a good husband and father. “Can I have it all?” he asks himself at one point, and it’s a question every man – and especially every American no doubt – has asked himself at one point.

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