The Way of the Word

30. November 2009

Dexter Season 4: So Good It Hurts

Filed under: review — jensaltmann @ 20:15
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Dexter Season 4 Episode 10: Lost Boys

Arthur Mitchell, the Trinity Killer, kidnaps a 10 year old boy. Dexter tries to prevent it, but fails. He discovers that the missing boys are part of Trinity’s cycle: it’s not three victims, it’s four, and the boy starts the cycle. Now Dexter races against time to find the boy before Trinity kills him.

Meanwhile, Deb and Batista discover what the audience found out last week: that Christine is Trinity’s daughter.

10 down, 2 to go. I’m at once looking forward to this season’s end, and sorry that it is about to. Sorry, because it’s the best season of Dexter yet, and I have no idea how they can top this next season. And glad because I don’t think I can stand much more of this. The last couple of episodes have raised the stakes, the tension and the intensity to almost intolerable levels. (The next episode preview indicates that it will get even worse next week. Argh!)

Michael C. Hall as Dexter and John Lithgow as Arthur vanish into their roles. I’ve always thought highly of Lithgow as an actor, but this may be the best work of his career.  Both men radiate an intensity (that word again), both men are so frightening, so believable… It’s almost unbearable. You forget that these men are actors playing roles. You sit there, bite your nails and break out in a cold sweat.

Earlier this season, I had enjoyed the plots around Dexter’s home life and supporting casts more than the Trinity story. Just another standard Dexter story, I had thought. That had changed after episode 6. Now each episode becomes harder to watch than the previous one. Which is a major feat. And a major compliment.

What do you mean, I have to wait another week for the next episode?

Verdict: you need to watch this. You really need to.

Here We Go…

Filed under: general — jensaltmann @ 10:23
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Welcome to my new blog, The Way of the Word.  I hope you’ll find me interesting enough to motivate you to come back.

First, allow me to introduce myself: my name is Jens H. Altmann. I’m a German writer and translator. I’ve written a couple of novels (some of which were even published), short stories, comics, webcomics and other stuff. My translation work consists mainly of manga and anime.

What this blog will be about… Essentially, stuff. I plan to update frequently, but not regularly. Mostly, this will be a workblog, where I keep you updated on whatever I’m working on at this time. Which is currently a horrornovel with the working title of Die Rache der wandelnden Toten (Revenge of the Walking Dead). As you can probably guess from the title, the novel is about zombies, and it’s a sequel to my 2007 novel Jahrmarkt des Grauens. I’m also going to blog about interesting (to me, in any case) things I discover both online and in meatspace, very occasionally about politics (mostly, I expect, when something makes me angry enough that I feel the need to say something about it), and I’ll provide an occasional review of TV shows, movies, books and comics. You may want to keep an eye out for the reviews. Among other things, I write for an entertainment magazine, which means I occasionally get invited to press previews. If so, there’s a good chance I’ll talk about it here.

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