Originally Posted by VisionOn
The Captain and the Lt storyline just feels like it could be from any other cop show. I've lost count of the office bickering like that found in NYPD Blue, The Closer etc. It's the norm for the bureaucrats and the squad room to not get along.
Dex's sister is probably the only other main character I like since she does have some personality and rapport with Dex and the other characters. Angel started well but now he spends more time twiddling his wedding ring than he does actually solving crimes.
Bizarrely I also think Deadwood is far more shocking and gory than Dexter as well. The killing on Dexter is so over the top, convoluted and stylized that it doesn't feel real. Whereas on Deadwood, the brutality is presented in a casual and more realistic matter, so that when the tension snaps you don't get much warning and it's pretty disturbing.
The eye gouge scene on Deadwood was probably one of the most uncomfortable scenes I can remember in a long time. I don't get anything like that from Dexter. A room full of blood is just a room full of blood, and a few severed limbs are not particularly frightening if they didn't belong to a character you cared about.
For the very reason your complaining about the show not being gruesome is the very reason I like it, I can see gore and disturbing images anywhere, theres nothing special or innovative about that, but regarding last weeks scene where dexters mom got chainsawed infront of him, sure it didnt show her actually getting cut up, but the emotionally disturbing aspects of that scene is what got to me, seeing more of a gruesome image would just take away from her sadness saying goodbye to dexter as she died infront of him. The goal of that scene was not to focus on her getting diced up so we can be grossed out, but to focus on her face and eyes as she was crying saying goodbye to him while being murdered infront of him. I dont find anything special about disturbing graphic images, its the intelligence and storyline around it that entertains me.
The body parts are suppose to be of characters you dont care about, there hookers, they are just people in the big scheme of the ice truck killer, we do and you obviously do care about dexters sister which is his main objective thats the one we will care about, if we cared about the other characters whose body's got chopped up we would be Desensitized to it after the 5th time. Theres a reason in the story hes using dead prostitutes nobody cares about.