Originally Posted by oink
dad, you are so late to the game here....
Agreed, and by the time he watches and posts his thoughts this thread will be deader than a doornail. With that said, I concur with dad1153 about season 6 being the one that originally spun way off the rails. Season 7 brought things back into focus and was pretty darn good if you ask me, and then season 8...well, you know.
Originally Posted by daryl zero
Good question and you may be right about Deb's crush on Dexter which was horrible. I think I go back to Season 4 and Dexter's trying to deal with a baby. I know that it was a plot point and they tried to make it work. I just never felt that it worked and it seemed to be the beginning of Dexter's sloppiness and acting out of character to try to make a storyline. It was the beginning of the end in that the writing was terribly inconsistent from then on. Even in seasons (such as Season 4) which had some good parts, that's when my eyes started rolling. I know people love Season 4 but I thought it was pretty bad until the Thanksgiving episode.
I get what you're saying, but they had to set up the "holy crap" ending scene, so I am able to look past it concerning season 4. Season 6 was terrible, but I think the real defining moment is when the writers decided to give Dexter real emotions; that's what kind of slowly derailed things. I'm no doctor or psychologist, but as far as I know psychopaths don't all of the sudden develop real emotion, and in Dexter's case, magically lose the desire to kill. Season 5 explored this nicely, but in the end Dexter decided he wasn't willing to give up his "Dark Passenger" and told Lumen he'd take hers on as well. Now later down the road they completely forego that idea? Huh?
OR, you could probably blame the change of showrunners on the derailment. I liked Phillips' proposed ending...Edited by Nuance - 9/26/13 at 5:21am