I just ploughed through all 8 seasons of Dexter over the past few weeks. I liked it, but some of the writing, acting and execution left me wanting more. With more effort it could have been great. One problem that immediately jumped out at me was the attention to detail (or lack thereof) that went into the blood and laceration work. Even in the show's opening that starts with the mosquito and the shaving injury, the blood looks totally fake, like catsup. I just finished season 2 of Westworld and the blood/guts looked far more convincing. Even movies like No Country, where Sigur was treating his shutgun injury to his leg, had incredibly realistic, detailed graphics of the injury. For a show about a blood spatter expert, one would expect more attention to detail on this. The other thing that bothered me throughout was the constant use of the father not just as a voice of conscience but as an actual character appearing in many (most?) of the scenes each season. I realize this came directly from the book, but it may have been interpreted too literally in producing the show. For me, it really got in the way of the pacing and urgency of many scenes and the series overall. But it was a great idea for a show, and well executed in most respects.