3 Better than season 2owensouthwood | 03/01/2011 | See all owensouthwood's reviews (77)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.