Loved this season, happy to know there's going to be a next one. Definitely didn't see the Gellar twist coming, and I'm liking the new side of Dexter to be honest - I enjoy watching him being a father. The Debra / Dexter thing was a bit awkward but it's definitely interesting to see where it goes, even if I'll feel uncomfortable the whole time.
it's just rusty
don't care too much about what he says
about this season, it was enjoyable. not excellent, but not bad either
um no it was definitely bad, there were many parts that were incredibly cringeworthy and I felt bored for a lot of it because all the characters are so uninteresting now
it was definitely definitely horrendous there's no two ways to put it
rustys pessimism is well founded, the writers have turned dexter into a soap opera
contemplating not watching the next season as this one was so bad.
So I've only watched one episode of Dexter...ever. I'm assuming it's amazing? Please tell me I'm in for a treat.
Stop after Season 4 and you'll love it
season 1 - fantastic, this season is on a different level to the rest especially in terms of cinematography, future of the show looks amazing.
season 2 - still great, first hints of bad subplots. lila is cartoonish, yes, but she's there for a reason
season 3 - *CIRCLES "BLACK SUV"* took way too long to go anywhere, miguel was interesting but only used well in the last 3 episodes. start of pointless sub-plots that add nothing to the actual show and don't lead anywhere
season 4 - trinity/dexter (+ rita) stuff good, everything else bad
season 5 - literally pointless, didn't add anything to dexters character at all, rowboatcop character was amusing but it's completely forgetable
season 6 - has the shows worse villain, had the shows worst episode (nebraska) that somehow managed to ruin a character from 5 seasons ago and also showed whats wrong with how the character of dexter is now. dumb writing, incredibly insulting to the viewer
i only consider season 1 and 2 to be actually be great overall, all the other seasons just had hints of greatness, those being the last 3 eps of season 3, trinity stuff in 4, first episode of season 5, nothing in season 6 really
i also loved season 1 because dexter made me feel uncomfortable (in a good way, not in a cringe-y incest-y bad writing way)
Dexter was a cold, calculated, sociopathic serial killer, he didn't kill people because they were bad, he killed people because he liked and had the urge to kill people. Him having a code was all harrys doing and a way to fool himself into thinking the feelings he has when he kills people are a form of justice. A big part of why the miami police department seem to be so shitty at what they do is because Dexter withheld a lot of information on the people he killed. oh.. and the fact that he keeps trophies of the people he kills, i don't think a person killing purely for justice would do that. you weren't supposed to feel that he was 100% right doing what he was doing
but.. now he's just a nice sitcom style single dad who you're supposed to love and when he kills people it's like "go dexter!! this 30 second outburst from this character shows that they need to be killed!!", there's no stalking or planning or showing his need to kill. he's just a guy who kills people on the spur of the moment because they're basically shouting "I'M A BAD PERSON, KILL ME!!" in his face.
This is my problem with some of your guy's rationales. You are expecting the entire series to be about some bloodthirsty sociopathic killer, when in reality it's not and when your aspirations about the show are divergent from what actually happens, you all rage.
The writers had a different intention of the show; you must understand at least that much. It's about the progression of life and emotions, etc. of a serial killer and if you wanted to watch "cold, calculated" murders all the time, then stop watching (which I suspect most of you will do, but I guess I couldn't care).
no, the real problem is that the writers are just plain bad at writing. they can not make an interesting, realistic story with interesting characters.
They need to develop the baddies better and stop making dexter over-come obstacles without effort and consequence, it's dull.
season 2 did this well with Dexter feeling primal human emotions by using both Lila & Rita as a catalyst for him feeling them and progressing it over the season but it's not been done well at all other than that because his emotional development is all over the place, they can't decide if they want him to be that psychopath or a family man or a man of justice or a sociopath or someone who can love or someone who thinks humans are stupid.
but how they show Dexters emotions is basically:
"Wow, Dexter is totally emotional. Look how he banged that hot gas attendant!"
"Wow, Dexter is totally emotional. Look how he got angry and killed that guy in pure rage! We'll forget about that rage in the next episode though so don't worry!"
"Damn, Dexters really progressed emotionally. He seems to love his wife! Oh.. she got killed. Gonna forget about her after a few episodes!"
"Oh cool, Dexter might be understanding faith. Oh, Brother Sam got killed and now the writers seems to have forgotten about the whole faith motif."
"Dexter is so unhinged!! Look at him fire that gun randomly, doesn't that show he's unhinged??"
they have literally no subtlety in regards to his emotional state and I think one of the problems is that the writers DO think they're being subtle and clever, in season 1 & 2 they could actually show his emotions in a way that makes sense (the bloodbath at the motel springs to mind, shows vunerability in Dexter for the first time), his emotional reactions/outbursts were built up and understandable instead of coming out of nowhere
U have stopped watching this show by the way because I liked it a lot and it could have been amazing but it's just bad now, after season 2 it was still entertaining to watch both in terms of drama (not that often) and because it's pretty funny since there's always been an elemant of cheesy humor in the show. Unfortunately the last 2 seasons have actually been insulting to the viewer because of the writing and now it clear they're not actually being cheesy/silly on purpose a lot of the time, plus the drama between characters and the reasoning for their actions is embarrassing.
Although I agree that the show isn't what it used to be, I don't mind Dexter not being as smart etc as he used to be. I think it's showing him change, he used to have no feelings, now he's a father and he wants his son to live a good life unlike him, so he's changing, he isn't as smart as he used to be because he's slowly moving away from the killing I think.
Dexter has only become dumber, and for almost no reason at all. The writers attempt to bring in 'feelings and emotions' but they fail horrendously. I feel like they try every emotion in the book the season, with absolutely no progression. At least the beginning of season 5 you had dexter experience rage after losing rita, and eventually progress through the stages of grief. This season was just one forgetful episode after the other. Dexter's angry, now hes sad, now hes vengeful, now hes reckless, blah blah blah. Just bad.
also, cinematographically speaking, i enjoyed a lot of scenes
I don't think anyone is talking about Dexter being bad "cinematographically", only in terms of story and character development.
I still enjoy watching Dexter, but I do think it has been dumbed down a lot.
I really miss back when he was a cold-blooded killer who has issues feeling emotions and the only reason he could function in society was because he was following a strict code. This resembles a lot more how some psychopathic people work, they don't feel sympathy and they don't have a grasp of right and wrong not directly related to their own benefit, so they create their own moral codes to fit in among normal people and avoid being detected as a psychopath. Dexter being emotional and having a sense of right and wrong not just based on his code to ensure his survival does not fit well with being able to kill people in cold blood, being a serial killer is not common among people who are not psychopaths.
But anyway I can still see similarities from Season 1 to Season 6. It's still better than most series too, but yeah the characters are becoming something else, like Masuka videogame shit and Quinn being a drunk cop despite being so young etc. Some bullshit stuff that's all.
I don't know, it's still pretty awesome. Gotta see how the next season starts, but like it how Deb caught Dex doing his thing.
The end of season 7 was awesome. That's all I have to say right now.
I didn't see that coming at the end of season 7.
Debra finds out she's pregnant from Dexter, shit don't tell anyone!!!
Just watched the season 4 finale.
Fucked me up pretty badly.
Just stop there.
Just saw the season finale, holy shit that was awesome. And to be honest, season 6 wasn't really THAT bad. It's far better than the last season.
just sitting here with my sad face on. cant believe they went forward with the deb-dexter relationship storyline.
it's probably michael c hall convincing them to write scenes where he has to kiss jennifer carpenter to try and get the chemistry and spark back from their failed marriage haha. ruin a show for personal gain perhaps :P
How many dexter seasons are they still going to make?
2 more atm, could be even more. Unless people stop watching it in the hopes that it'll get better and it just gets cancelled.
That fucking season finale. End on more of a cliffhanger.
IMO Seasons 5 and 6 weren't bad but they were pretty boring. 1-4 had me on the edge of my seat and I would want to watch the entire seasons in 1 day. 5 and 6 simply didn't do it for me. Too many loose ends.