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Bought season 2 and started watching Thursday night, to which I am now finished. I couldn't love this show at any more of a core level than I do, the morality or lack their of, the questioning of what/who is at fault for who he is, the show just strings me along like a puppet, and I love it. Season 1 was the parading of Dexter, THIS is Dexter Morgan, the blood splatter analyst, the brother, the boyfriend, the father figure, the serial killer. Season 2 takes that and asks you to analyze it, takes every aspect of his life and makes you question it, what is the greater good, and not in a purely vigilante justice "is it right, is it wrong" sort of way, but even deeper. So many of the questions that arise had my mind hard at work trying to figure out who Dexter really is and what will come next, but never could I pinpoint it as the show is masterful at keeping your mind where they want it.
The two seasons so far have been superb although it will still be hard to top Season 1. I think the new season will be crucial since a lot of shows start off great and typically starts to taper off in Season 3. Can't wait though.
"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that." ~George Carlin
The reason I think Season 2 was as good as Season 1 was because of the genesis of Sgt. Doakes. Season 2 Doakes was one of the greatest television characters ever IMHO. If I have any concern about Season 3 it is the question, how the heck do you fill the void with Doakes dead? There seems like there will be a hand-off and Lt. Laguerta will take on the role but I'm not sure that's going to compensate. Jimmy Smits's character Miguel Prado looks fantastic so maybe he's the one to do it.
On another note, I have mentioned it before, but AFAIAC the books suck big time. The basic ideas from the books are used in the show but the show itself does a better job with them and has created better storylines than where in the books. This is what gives me hope the show can last awhile, at least a 3rd season, since it's basically been original material all along.
Maine has a good swing for a pitcher but on anything that moves, he has no chance. And if it's a fastball, it has to be up in the zone. Basically, the pitcher has to hit his bat. - Mike Pelfrey
I loved season 2, season 1 introduced Dexter so it will be hard for me to see something as better than 1 because I love the show so much, but the inner monologue, the prodding and questioning of who/what he is was phenomenal. I particularly loved the scene in which he has Doakes in his cage and he commits a murder in Doakes presence, then after he is finished Doakes is completely disgusted of just what Dexter is having seen the grim reality. Then Dexter flashes back to when his father walks in on one of his murders, and he realizes that he's not what his father had in mind. He's not an assassin of evil, but a true serial killer who enjoys not the exacting of justice, but the dismembering of his victims. Then after Doakes is dead and his burden of paranoia is lifted as the "Bay Harbor Butcher" is "caught", he laughs at his own weakness, the idea that he might give in, and begins to reconvince himself what he is doing is right.
Season 1 though was great, because it's what made you fall in love with his character, his self-assuredness, his charm, his bravado, his meticulous nature, self-awareness. It was all so brilliantly portrayed by Hall, that you couldn't help, but be captivated by him.