Temis the Menace wrote:
The show does not pull any punches.
It pulls a lot fewer punches than most shows, but it's not 100% brutally gutsy. The writers have a tough task to keep the audience in love with a guy who is extremely creepy if you allowed yourself to think about him. I've noticed certain manipulative elements and plot conveniences such as
Well, yeah, it can't afford to be 100% brutal toward its main character, but they come as close as anyone ever could, with less than 12 hours per season.
They completely describe the intent with Dex's cold precision, & they've shown the stalk, the kill, the aftermath, & though they haven't shown the full on dismemberment, they do show the product thereof. They even call his boat "A Slice Of Life"
As far as "Emotional Wreckage" or collateral damage, they've been delving into that much more in season three, as well as the real consequences of deliberately killing people, not being as neat a kind of activity, as he views it
As for the point about the criminals. it's not so much that Law enforcement missed them, it's more that they didn't seal the deal, & they're out on the streets again. I'd attest that this is really the only area subject to a very mild suspension of disbelief, because it is a fairly real situation that criminals get off. The suspension of disbelief comes in that were he to continue finding them, he'd almost undoubtedly have to take the show on the road, outside of Miami
I don't think we have to be in love with Dex, we only have to identify with him, & they are successful in doing so