‘Dahmer’ Episode 1: Netflix Series Starring Evan Peters

Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story opens not on the titular serial killer but on his neighbor Glenda Cleveland (Niecy Nash), who can’t enjoy her late-night TV ritual because of the incessant drilling and banging in the adjacent apartment. Her annoyed expression suggests that this problem is not new.

From there, we went to Dahmer’s one-bedroom unit, where he’s at the end of a post-mutilation cleanup. We get a fleeting glimpse of his murderous workshop (bleach, drill, gloves, creepy aquarium, etc.) before following him out the door and into the communal hallway, where he is briefly confronted by Nash’s character. It’s then that we first see Dahmer’s face (and that of his portraitist, Evan Peters, in full-on death-in-the-eyes mode).

The following faces we see are featured on numerous posters of missing persons in the area, indicating that the 10-episode limited series will begin at the end of Dahmer’s murderous timeline.

The premiere then shifts to Dahmer picking up his potential next victim, a black man named Tracy Edwards (Shaun J. Brown), at a local gay bar before returning him to his death chamber and terrorizing him for what feels like eternity. Much of the episode is actually devoted to their tense cat-and-mouse game, in which Edwards connects enough dots to realize he has to run, but quickly.

After being drugged, threatened with a knife and forced to high points of The exorcist 3Edwards manages to overpower his tormentor and escape. Dahmer’s subsequent arrest closes the episode, but any relief one might feel is quickly replaced by anger when we’re reminded that were it not for a series of systematic police failures fueled by racism and homophobia, Dahmer would have — and could have – captured much earlier.

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