Miami's favorite serial killer returns with a new season filled with change and unexpected surprises. Now free of Harry's Code, Dexter's next victim is also wanted by DA Miguel Parda. While in pursuit of a drug dealer named Freebo, Dexter unintentionally kills an innocent bystander, who turns out to be related to DA Miguel Parda. The two men form an unusual friendship based upon Dexter's curiousity about Parda's relative. Meanwhile, Debra tries her luck at changing her image and lifestyle while working towards her detective shield. Debra's attempt rise up the ranks are thwarted by her crass attitude and Lt. LaGuarda. One the homefront, Dexter does his best play dad to Astor and Cody, much to the delight of Rita, who ultimately has a big surprise for Dexter. Jimmy Smits makes an outstanding addtition to the cast and his acting is impressive as ever. DA Parda may be a by-the-book DA on the outside but I do sense some dark secrets lurking on the inside. Just the type of person Dexter could relate to.
While the start of the season seems to have lost the edginess of the past two seasons, Dexter is still in fine form and doesn't show any signs of running out of steam. The writing is still strong and the performaces are noteworthy. Season 3 appears to be off to a very strong start.