Somewhere in the second season of this series I remember being so amazed at where they were going with it that I had to keep asking "Where are they going to go with this show? How are they going to keep up how solid this is?" And now we have the answer. They didn't. Or maybe they just couldn't. The third season of this show was it's first valley after a series of peaks. The fourth season (Trinity) was a return to form with what ended up being Dexter's best adversary that culminated in the series strongest moment. After that it was a lot of waiting around to see if it would get back to greatness, and it never really did. The 6th season was terrible, and the beginning of the 7th showed a lot of promise - in general I liked the 7th season, but this last season… geez.
Now - if you haven't finished watching this series - stop now. Spoiler heavy shit coming below.
First off, let's start at the end. What a terrible ending for this show. Although, to be fair, there was no good ending for this show. It was almost an impossible task. But watching the finale was like watching a bad fan-boy script. Having the final thought of the show being that all the work Dexter had done to become a rounded human was pointless? That he couldn't changed, despite evidence that he was changing? It all felt a little random. It made me feel like I'd wasted my time watching this show all together. And the fact that the show never put Dexter's feet to the coals in the end and exposed him to his world… what a missed opportunity. We got to see Miami Metro be bumbling idiots for years, it would have been amazing to watch them go toe to toe with Dexter and Debra caught in the middle… but alas… instead we get Oliver Saxon - as boring as they come.
The writing on this season was terrible. Just little things like the idea that Hannah has come back, and is a wanted woman. You'd think the first thing they'd do is cut and dye her hair. Something, ANYTHING to change her goddamn appearance. But no. Whatever cleverness was in the writing early in the series has long since evaporated. The stuff with Masuka and his daughter was such a last ditch effort to give that character some depth - and the fact that it resulted in… nothing.. what a waste.
And Debrah… fuck it… at that point it just felt like the whole thing was being written by a fan who didn't really understand the show. I like that it was Dexter that took her out and was protecting her, that he put her in the water, and that he "died" there as well.
I could go on and on, but I'm not entirely sure the point. This last season was such a wasted opportunity given how strong this series started. But… well at least it's over…