Let's just face it: Season 3 sucks!

Am I the only one to be disappointed with season 3 so far?


I understand they need some time to set up the story etc. but we're almost reaching half season and let's be honest, it's nowhere as interesting and intense as season 1 and 2 were.


It's getting more and more focused on Rita, Dexter's relationship with her and the kids, Rita being pregnant and deciding to keep the baby, him accepting the idea of becoming a father, proposing her... This is NOT what fans care most about Dexter and unfortunately when I see the promo for s3e5 (at the very end of e4), I don't see this thing fading away in the next episodes: Rita having problems with her pregnancy etc etc.

Who cares about this honestly?? It doesn't bring much to the main story and this is not why we got hooked to this tv show in the very first couple of episodes.


The worrying part is writers have been using this pointless "family guy" story line more and more, season after season, to fill episodes and this is a bad sign for the future. If after 2 seasons only they are starting to have so little things to say, how uninteresting and lame will seasons 4 and 5 be ???


Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of the TV show, my level of disappointment is just as big as a fan I am. I really hope the writers will prove me wrong soon...


Anyway, am I the only one to feel this way?


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Oct 20, 2008 4:49AM EDT

You are definitely right about the emphasis moving more and more towards how Dexter feels about being a father etc. and this is not good.However we have seen a couple of developments in this episode which could prove interesting. Things such as; Miguel becoming alot closer to Dexter, hinting that Dexter may allow him into his world.Also Dexter devious side coming out again in setting Ramone up. However, I would have preferred if it had developed into a scenario where Dexter felt he had to do something more drastic to Ramone. I am not too interested in Quinn and I believe this storyline is just as uninteresting as the Rita affair.I can foresee the show heading in the direction where Rita will be a constant nuisance to Dex when he's trying to kill, always nagging and suspecting him of cheating.Finally I was dissapointed with the way Angel and the Vice cop was resolved so fast. Blackmail etc. would have been far more suspenseful. Maybe Deb will discover Quinn is a killer and Dex will do his thing, which may put some heat on Dex. Hopefully....

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Oct 20, 2008 11:33AM EDT

I was disappointed until last night's episode. It was fantastic! It's hard to beat Lila though, they should have kept her on. Or have had Dexter not be able to find her last season.
Thing is, the show follows Dexter's transformation as a killer and person in the "real" world. He's much more relaxed this season, and seems to not be as resistant with fitting in, which I suppose = the show being a bit more boring so far, as most of us like the more sinister Dexter. :)
It's only episode 4 out of 12 for this season, so things can still get interesting!

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Oct 20, 2008 3:01PM EDT

but the rita story was only secondary in other series, now it's the main one... not interesting!! more killing! the story with the Prado's is well cool, he might kill another brother if they're not carefull

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Oct 20, 2008 7:33PM EDT

*sigh* don't listen to them writers, they are just stuck on one aspect of show.
I mean really, all the killing in the first two seasons were just filler parts to complete the episodes. If you don't believe me, re-watch them and see if you can figure out the real story behind the show.
HINT: pay attention to the parts about the relationship between Dexter and his father. this will give you the plot of the whole show
Now don't get me wrong, i love the killing and plastic bloody rooms,but I think this season is pretty good so far. I mean mystery is great. Its like the first season all over again. For example, who is the real killer that's been killing those girls, who the hell is this Quinn guy and why is internal affairs investigating him? Is Miguel really that trustworthy?
And come on, a psycho killer becoming a father is pretty damn interesting if you ask me. I mean really, what would a killer like Dexter teach his kids.

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Oct 20, 2008 8:45PM EDT

i think nkosi2 is 100% correct and 5 ep will be really dope. i watched the trailer and its thrilling

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Oct 20, 2008 8:58PM EDT

nkosi2 has it right. The original poster must be an idiot.
This show is entertaining for the novelty of a serial killer main character, but novelty is not what makes it so amazing. If that is all you are getting out of it, I am surprised you have kept watching thus far, and I suggest you just go watch the pilots of every show you haven't yet seen, or else go beat off to a "Faces of Death" video (depending which reason for liking Dexter strikes you more strongly).
The first two seasons were essentially a complete set, requiring no sequels. It may help you to think of the third season as a new first season, as it seems to take on the novelty of the main idea again and take it in a related but new direction. Harry is only passingly discussed, and Dexter is dealing with being an alone serial killer again, but with the new and improved obstacle of no real reason to keep "the code."
This season is pretty amazing, considering it is essentially uncalled for after the plots from the preceding seasons. Bravo to the writers.

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Oct 20, 2008 10:34PM EDT

We have a police officer being investigated by IA. We have murders being done to look like they were done by someone we as viewers know who is dead. The killer wants it to look like someone else and was keeping them on the wrong trail. Sound familiar? Quinn doing the killings? I know it's a stretch but....

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Oct 20, 2008 11:58PM EDT

I did watch all episodes and this several times. When did I say it's less interesting because there are less killings? It's not about having more or less killings in s3. Actually having more killings would make it even more boring because we've seen this a lot in s1 (and 2) and there is nothing new or interesting about them anymore.
First season was about the character of Dexter, his relationship with Harry (the flashbacks were all amazing), the truth about his past and why he is the way he is. This is what made it so interesting, intriguing because as viewers we were wondering if he was bad or good, if we should "forgive" him what he does etc. Plus the end of s1 was very intense (with his brother etc).
Second season was about him questioning himself, the FBI search for "the Butcher", close to catch him and him being discovered by Doakes. The whole season and especially the last 4 episodes were so intense.
Now we have this whole thing with Miguel that caught him with blood on his hands, which stretch can be interesting, Ramone close to knowing the truth about his brother's death, AND his personal family story with Rita that is being more and more prominent in the story line. This is the part that bothers me because it wasn't even a secondary stretch in the last seasons but now it became primary and it doesn't bring much to the story.Rita has always been there to nag, call him or knock at his door at 3 am to say "Dexter I think we should talk" and slow him down in his business. Now that they are getting married it will become even worse as he'll move in with her and he'll have a hard time going out etc. Thus I'm anticipating a good part of season 3 will be her suspect him to cheat, doing drugs again, arguing together etc etc + the whole story with the baby having problems in her stomach... Again, this Rita story has pretty much been a filler part since the beginning and there to slow down the action. It's just irritating to see a huge part of season 3 going this way.
Last thing, to majikmonkeyman, not because we don't agree that you have to insult me. I posted this for the purpose of discussing and sharing opinions with other people outside of my circle of friends (which btw mainly agree with me).

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Oct 21, 2008 8:51PM EDT

I agree. The first few episodes have been less thrilling than usual. The only intense moment so far was when he almost gets caught by Miguel. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm getting sick and tired of the whole Prado family thing. They need to move on to a new case and Dexter need to find a new victim. And this mushy stuff is getting annoying too. Previews for next episode look good. Hopefully it will get better from here on and we can put this Prado stuff behind us.

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Oct 22, 2008 7:17AM EDT

Although i respect the views of people in this post/comment talk, i have to agree with Nkosi 2m mainly because i like the 'mushy' stuff between Rita and Dexter, its almost like the traditional, will they wont they, with the end result already there, but then again, as much as i like dexter the seriel killer, i prefer dexter the dad figure. It brings a new dimension to his character, so he isnt a psychopath the whole time, which can get borning.

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Oct 23, 2008 12:07PM EDT

I do not believe the show is as bad as the first persons post... Season 1 was character building for dexter, Season 2, is he is not alone(brother, Lila) and deciding if he is going to change his dads code...which he decides to kill them both and stay solo like the code but he has made changes Season 3 he is again tested to trust another person prado....As a best buddy.... so keeping count (Brother(family), Lover (Possible Family).... i dont think there is much to cover except with the rita case... If he is going to marry her... would he actually tell her that he was the bay harbour butcher, if he dont he may have to fight with rita all the time, cuz she probably wondering where he is!
Third as some people mentioned before, what Dexter would teach his kid and would he influence his killer ways... I that would make dexter anxious cuz he does not know if the way he is, is it hereditary or not, so in the case that he hasnt told rita about him being a killer, the child would be a thorn in the marriage if he is like his dad.... But probably the child wont be born cuz the preview of next week when rita is rushed to hospital
I personally find it funny when dexter is anxious and not very sure on what to do, especially the marriage proposal which is copied from psycho girlfriend killer LOL word for word... so fake and rita bought it....
Yes on the whole i believe its less dexter time, and more of the other characters story coming out... Angel paying for prostitutes and getting caught haha, Who is Quinn, Who is The IA woman.... Im starting to wonder if that IA woman is actually IA, cuz she has a lot of free time plus we dont know if she is connected to anybody except for talking to deb....She could be a killer LOL who was Quinns ex girlfriend, and she killing people cutting the patch of them to just to keep quinns attention LOL that IA girl is a possible psycho....Quinn he is a bit dodgy cuz no one knows who he really is too so he could be the killer too...Surprising more deb story everyone telling her to spread herself out to bit, possible love story with the snitch and her lol.
Prado may get back with Maria, i sense something there too lol
Matsuka is a dead character just kill him off already!!!
i think thats about all that i have to say!!!

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Oct 23, 2008 1:08PM EDT

I have a feeling that Yuki and Deb are going to be involved romantically. Calling it right now.
And I don't think Dexter's child is going to be born.
And I think Dexter is going to end up killing off Miguel.
And I think Quinn is going to end up playing a huge role in this season.
Annnnd I love this season so far - have more faith, guys!

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Oct 30, 2008 11:30PM EDT

I totally agree!! Season 3 of Dexter is going downhill-FAST!!! It's so boring!! Season 1 and 2 were amazing! What happened to season 3? It's so true, Rita and the relationhip should be secondary. The reason people loved the first 2 seasons was because Dexter was so weird, and creepy and now he's getting married. Oh god! If I wanted to watch a man become a father and then get married then I'd watch desperate housewives, plenty of that going on there. I hope it gets better because I don't even bother watching it on Showtime anymore, I just watch the show on the internet when I remember that a new episode was on.

Even though this season is horrible (so far), Michael C. Hall is by far a very talented man

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Nov 3, 2008 11:21AM EST

I'm sorry guys, but Season 3 is not living up to the past 2 seasons so far. I could watch Season 1 and Season 2, over and over, and over and over again. But I find Season 3 to be dull.
First mistake: They should not have let Doakes get killed in Season 2. I think that it would have been better if Doakes got burned up, but his body would have never been discovered. This would have Dexter thinking and believing that Doakes is "out there somewhere, with all of Dexter's secrets".
2nd mistake: I think that having Jimmy Smits working with Dexter is a big mistake. I think that it would be more suspensful if Jimmy Smits was suspicious of Dexter, not in collarboration with him.
3rd mistake: The story lines are focusing much more on everybody BUT Dexter. I like Rita, but I would prefer her as a background story line. The same thing with Angel, I prefer him as a background story line.
I know that Dexter can't just kill people and throw their body parts in the Bay Harbour river any more, but, I think that he could have taken his kill to a new river in a new city. I would much prefer that he work alone.
I am not feeling Season 3 so far, but I am still a hugh Dexter fan. I don't feel that level of intensity that I used to get from the past seasons. Hell - I stopped watching Desparate Housewives when they put Dexter on at 9:00 (LOL).
I am just hoping that the season picks up again.

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Nov 14, 2008 8:53PM EST

Season 3 really does suck and it makes me laugh that some of the fans are trying to justify its blandness. Most TV shows fail in the third season, the writers run out of ideas and resort to soap opera tactics. I loved the first two seasons but now, after episode 4 of the new season I won't be watching anymore, its boring me to tears. Very sad.

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Jan 3, 2009 8:01AM EST

No you are not the only one my friend, but I beg to differ on your opinion of the storyline. The real issue with the show is the character Miguel Prado, played really poorly by Jimmie Smits. The guy has NO idea what so ever how to play Miguel. He´s lost, beacuse the other actors are so talented and realistic that everything Jimmie does seems to crash, he gets confused and always ends his lines with "man". Think about it, the guy has a TV background more than the drama/theatrical work which the rest of the cast has done. They do NOT play in the same league and he is a REALLY poor choice for the character. Maybe with someone other playing Miguel, like the guy who plays his brother Ramone (who is brilliant!), the story could actually have found some substance and be more interesting than it is. Another thing that really bugs me is Harry having conversations in the present with Dexter, last time I checked, Dexter was NOT a spinoff of Six feet under, but with Michael C. Hall talking to another dead father it makes me feel sort of that way. Where are the awesome flashbacks with the young Dexter that made the first seasons so special? These new conversations often seems really corny and phony.And, yeah what the hell is the deal with the sudden "fatherhood", as you say, that is not what we like about Dexter. Maybe they have been adapting the story from Dexter in the Dark (the latest book about Dexter Morgan) I don´t know, cause I haven´t read it. But someone IS screwing this show up and I hope that it is not on purpose. And I fully agree, tons of people try to justify its blandness. That is just pathetic. I REALLY loved the show but this third season is ROTTEN.

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Jan 17, 2009 4:35AM EST

I completely agree 100%. The first 2 seasons were AMAZING, had me on the edge of my seat every episode, I actually just found out about this show and watched the first 2 seasons within 2 days, I was that hooked. And now that I get to season 3, I can't get past 3 episodes. It's a total yawn fest. First of all, the whole thing with Quinn, and the internal affairs questioning him? Boring. I couldn't care less. Secondly, the Prado family, and the accidental murder of Oscar? Boring. It feels more like I'm watching a traditional cop show like the Wire which is not why I love this show. It's not like I want more violence and Dexter to commit more murders every episode, I just want something exciting, and the story lines they set up are too boring to be stretched out over the entire season paving the way for more boring seasons. I like the Rita/new baby story line, because it deals with the psychology of Dexter, but if this is how the show continues I don't see myself watching any more seasons.

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