Dexter made Jonny Lee Miller and Julia Stiles boring. That's terminal decline, and I quit for good, after sufffering through seasons four and five. (Season three had its longeurs too, but it had the terrific Margo Martindale episode Easy as Pie.) I think that Clyde Phillips leaving marked the beginning of the end. Like most deaths, Dexter's is an ugly, drawn out nightmare. All it's offering now is tawdry vigilante fantasies, badly plotted, with fatuous characterizations and thematic frauds.