The finale does kind of disappoint...or maybe that's not the right word.
[spoiler] But the way Joe is capable of seducing the audience, along with the object of his obsession, does feel like it dies along with his obsession.
Most of his kills, with the exception of one, were not justified yet still we could hang in there and try to find ways to justify them (at least for a tv show) until it comes down to Beck.
Beck was not always that likable yet if he's doing everything for her (in his mind) ..then offing her just makes him no more than the typical psychopath that really loves no one but himself. And making her just an insecure vulnerable princess that choose snobbish, rich entitled friends and just wanted attention and to feel special makes it an ordinary tale.
Of course that is the reality, I know....
but I was hoping to be able to somehow still see him with some empathy.
Better if Beck had flipped on him like Winslow suggested...or if she had had the presence of mind to play along with Joe and survive but have us all wondering what she'd do.
We know now no matter how much he charms us that he's just a charming psychopath so in Season 2 there won't be the same degree of intensity...so I'm not sure how it can maintain being compelling for the audience...
Will we still wrestle with ourselves over our inability to dislike him?
I don't think so..[/spoiler]
At least Dexter only killed bad people, right?
Which of his kills was justified?..
To me Joe is a completely creepy and repugnant character.
Ron could be justified..although I'm not personally justifying murder..just saying that hes the only one that could be rationalized..and even understood.
Ron was an evil man that the system couldn't reach and he appeared to be in the process of maybe finally murdering Paco. Or hurting him badly at the very least..
The others were maybe shallow narcissistic users but none deserved his extreme measures.
Joe is a sociopath that is creepy and repugnant but he's also charming and does a lot of lying and evading even to himself..
Oh, right, I forgot about Ron.
Yeah, that douche needed to go or that poor family would have never been rid of him.
I was thinking about Dexter as well while watching the show. He, Dexter, at least made thorough research about the people he offed. Joe, on the other hand, acted without having a concrete plan or a backup plan for when things go to sht. Okay, maybe he did. Maybe he was also acting in his voice-overs to make it seem that he didn't have a plan... or that he would somehow fck things up for himself. Ugh. Whatever he did, props to him because I felt so dang stressed watching him navigate all the killings he did.