I, Take You Dexter, to Be My Lawful Wedded Serial Killer!
Jan 22, 2010
Dexter Morgan, America's favorite serial killer is back for a third season in Showtime's hit series, Dexter. Season three brought back the great cast of characters who star on the show including the introduction of a new character played by Jimmy Smits. Smits plays ADA (Assistant District Attorney) Miguel Prado, a very well respected man in Miami's Cuban community. While the third season of Dexter was just as entertaining as its previous two seasons, it ended up feeling like there was more to be desired from the show. The season had its fair share of exciting plot twists and 'oh my god' moments, but it also had an air of predictability around it as well, especially surrounding Jimmy Smits' character. Despite some disappointments and lack of depth, something every TV show goes through at one point or another, Dexter season three was still a lot of fun... and very killer!
All is well again for Dexter Morgan. With the Bay Harbor Butcher case closed, he is able to once again fulfill the Dark Passenger's needs. That is until Dexter gets thrown two very large curve balls. When Dexter goes to kill a drug dealer with a killing habit named Freebo , he witnesses a fight going on between Freebo and another man. With a new distraction the room, Dexter is attacked by the other man as Freebo gets away and is forced to kill the man in self defense. Dexter quickly finds out the next day at the crime scene that the man is Oscar Prado, brother of well respected ADA Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits). Prado notices that Dexter is taking a special interest in Oscar's case and having no idea about what really happened to his brother, befriends him. Later, when Dexter finally finds Freebo and kills him, he is shocked to find Miguel Prado outside with a gun in his hand. Instead of taking Dexter in, he hugs him and thanks him for doing what he could not. With what seems to be Dexter's first legitimate friend, he bonds with Miguel and quickly finds out that they share something very dark in common...the need to get killers off the streets by any means necessary. Dexter also finds other uses for Miguel's friendship, including talking to him about the other curve ball thrown at him, the fact that Rita is pregnant. But Dexter soon realizes that Miguel Prado is not who he thought he was and with a serial killer on the loose looking for Freebo, Dexter seems to have his hands full.
Dexter season 3 had a few different stories going on during the course of the season, but it mostly revolved around Dexter and his friendship with Miguel Prado. This story, while very well acted and quite entertaining, also happened to be were most of the seasons predictability came from. Without giving to much away, you know that there's got be something off about Miguel's character the minute he hugs Dexter for killing Freebo, and that's pretty early on in the season. I'll admit when nearing the end of the season, the main story became a lot less predictable as did Miguel's actions. In the end it didn't really matter whether the A story was lacking or not because the interactions between Michael C. Hall and Jimmy Smits were both outstanding. Together, the two had such great chemistry on screen, it's no wonder that Mr. Smits got nominated for a best supporting actor Emmy. There was also a lack of Rita this season despite her pregnancy and engagement to Dexter. Sure, she was on the screen a lot, but she seemed to lack some depth in season three that she had had in the previous two seasons.
Despite Dexter being the star of the show named after him, the real stars of season three were the cops in Miami Homicide. Jennifer Carpenter as Dexter's sister Deb was particularly stunning this season as she worked towards getting her detective badge. Even Angel (David Zayas) got a lot of character development with his relationship with Vice cop Barbara after she catches him seeking prostitution services. Unlike previous seasons, the B story of the show got a lot more air time and was the better of the two stories this time around. It was thoroughly entertaining to watch Deb all of a sudden get a revelation about "The Skinner" case while arguing with new partner Quinn (Desmond Harrington) who was half pain in the ass and half a caring good cop. He was another standout this season. Early on, you weren't necessarily supposed to like him, but as the season progressed he definitely won me over.
All in all, another great season, but not as good as the first two. One thing that's great about Dexter is that the show never leaves you disappointed and you won't be after watching season three. It's more like you'll want to go right into watching season four. The Blu-ray is pretty standard as far as Blu-ray's go. It's shot it 1080p with Dolby TrueHD Surround Sound. The Special Features include cast interviews and the first two episode of the next season of The Tudors which is quite possibly the worst show on TV, so in other words, nothing special. Dexter season three is available on Blu-ray at Amazon.com for $34.99. 4/5!
Hi, my name is Julian Brown. I currently write for The Brotherly Game, a local Philadelphia soccer website where I cover the US Women's National Team and the local WPS Philadelphia Independence. I … more
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