'Dexter' Prequel Gets Animated - Featured

Dexter's fourth season isn't the only thing to watch out for this fall. As reported previously, Showtime will be creating an animated prequel of its dark hit series, which will kick off on the network's website simultaneously with the show's new season. The webisodes, which was announced at San Diego Comic-Con International 2009, will consist of 12 installments and will be entitled Early Cuts.


If you're an avid fan of the TV series, then you already have an idea of what caused Dexter to be emotionally divorced from the rest of humanity. And as Dexter rediscovered his origins (he and his older brother Brian witnessed their mother's murder and were left in a freight cargo box filled with blood for days), his sociopathic behavior gradually unveiled under the tutelage of his adoptive father Harry, who in turn presented him with a sort of "code of ethics," which serves as a rule that he should only kill killers in order to satisfy his urges, as well as a guide to cover his tracks. But we've only seen bits and pieces of how Dexter honed his skills as a teen. And since Early Cuts will serve as a prequel, viewers left in the dark on how Dexter Morgan turned out to be a serial killer will hopefully gain a better understanding of Dexter's complex character.


Early Cuts, which explores the early days of Dexter's craft and evolution, will be voiced by Michael C. Hall to give it a more authentic experience. I'm not really a fan of webisodes but since Hall is doing the voice-overs for his character, it might be worth checking out.


In addition to the animated prequel, Showtime has a special application for iPhones called Dexter: The Game, as well as action figures of your favorite Dexter characters.


"When I was shooting the pilot, I didn't think it would come to this," lead star Michael C. Hall said during the show's packed panel.


Dexter returns for its fourth season on September 27 on Showtime.


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