Having been blown away by season 1 of Dexter, and dissapointed by season 2, I was hoping for a great season 3 to get things back on track. The good news is that it's better than season 2 in many ways. Bad news, it's not as good as season 1.
The writers have repeated the mistake of season 2 by placing a "new character" opposite Dexter as his wavering "friend or foe". At least this time around it's a man, and the whole "fatal attraction" thing is left aside. The play-off between Dexter and Prado has potential but ultimately feels a bit lacklustre.
This season's serial killer (The "Skinner") is very weak in comparison to the Ice Truck Killer (or indeed Bay Harbour Butcher) and their identity is a bit of a let-down to be honest.
A lot more screen time is given to Dexter's colleagues this time around, and it feels like a proper police drama at times, but then other times it feels like a soap opera, with romance and love being major themes. Oddly, some of those soap opera moments work better than the Dexter moments.
I am slightly irritated by the apparent "personality transplant" of some characters since season 1. LaGuerta was a flirtatious bubbly woman in s1, but now she's a tortured and serious officer. Rita was a troubled woman with huge mental issues in s1, but now she's a radiant mother without a care in the world. No trace of her original character seems to remain. And that's annoying.
Worth seeing for continuity. I'm ready for season 4 now.