"Dexter" is a drama I thoroughly enjoy when I don't think about it too much. It's a wonderful premise, and Michael C. Hall is a captivating lead actor. But my criticism arises when I think about how much better it could be.

“Dexter” is a drama I thoroughly enjoy when I don’t think about it too much. It’s a wonderful premise, and Michael C. Hall is a captivating lead actor. But my criticism arises when I think about how much better it could be.

There’s potential for it to be a spectacular show, if only it would build a long-running narrative instead of just creating an interesting arc about Dexter hunting down a different big bad each season.

I wish we could finally get some real stakes by letting Dexter’s sister, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), know about his “dark passenger” or by having the two siblings learn about their dead father’s (James Remar) mysterious past.

For the record, I expect both will happen in the final season, but they occur earlier in order to build tension.

Unfortunately Season 6 looks like another case of Dexter matching wits with some nefarious killers (Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks) that will surely be entertaining, but they’ll ultimately end up on his table in the finale. Predictable.

I’ll mainly be watching for Olmos and Hanks and the interesting theme of Dexter contemplating religion/spirituality. There are also developments in the Miami Metro division, but those stories always play second fiddle for me.

I still look forward to Sundays with Dexter, and maybe someday when the stakes get higher, I’ll be counting down the hours like I did with “Breaking Bad” — a show where the tension couldn’t be higher.