My original 3 star review from episode 1 is below the dashed line, unedited. Here is my updated 1-star review after having watched up through episode 4.
Episode 4 is where they really reveal their Woke crap; a podcaster calls someone out for being a "rich, white, entitled, cis-gender guy" - which is an unbelievable character in the first place - you can certainly tell it was written by someone on the far Left of the political spectrum, which only exists in their minds; since they can't find someone in real life who behaves this way, they have to write one who does and project it onto everyone else as if it's reflective of reality.
They do have all their woke bases covered with representation (or over-representation, as it were), as other reviewers have stated; handicap, latinos, gays, black people, white people, etc. It's as if the Leftists don't understand micro-culture, or they think their personal bubble is universal. It's so strange.
I'm not gonna call the women out for crazy hair colors, that stuff is pretty common place now and the Poison Dart Frog theory is self-explanatory.
As far as my original concern with the same directors and writers go, that has been answered and it does show in the final result; they are different. So each episode is a mixed bag. Unfortunately, it just takes one bad apple to ruin the bunch, and episode 4 did it for me, though there are tells in all of them so far.
My subscription to Showtime remains canceled and will not auto-renew; this series of Dexter just isn't worth it.
-----------Original, 3-Star review--------------
The original was certainly better; this New Blood is fairly badly directed - bad camera angles - and the audio certainly isn't great, but it's only in a few spots where I noticed bad audio. Hopefully it's not the same director for all episodes. This first episode is not overtly woke, but the boxes are checked: gay guy, latinos, strong female character (sheriff - possibly Native American? Not sure). Straight white male is the bad guy and SUPER badly written - one of the most absurdly irresponsible people I've ever seen or heard about, which makes it really unbelievable.
There is a gun-buying process in the first episode, and kudos to the writer for not doing the busted "loophole" crap about buying a gun, unfortunately for the writer he goes an equally dumb route - the guy has to wait before the FBI approves the purchase, but he badgers Dexter into selling it to him anyway (Dexter doesn't do it), which makes his character even more unbelievable (I've never heard of anyone trying to circumvent the FBI in a gun store, lol).
As an aside, during one of Deb's appearances, she pulls the bullet that killed her out of her side - but she pulls the ENTIRE thing out - casing and all! Not simply the projectile. It was so insulting seeing that, as if the viewer is too stupid to know the difference.
As far as Dexter goes, the story is kind of off - he doesn't vet his first kill, he just does it because of something that he heard from someone who was on drugs at the time and could have just been making something up. The guy kills an albino deer that Dexter has grown fond of, and that's ultimately what sets him off.
Overall, I think the first episode has bad writing and bad directing; if they aren't using the same writers and directors for every episode, then there is certainly hope for this series, otherwise, I think it's safe to say it's dead in the water unless they clean up their act and do some research instead of just throwing their personal points of view into the story and messing it all up.