Bullying and small minded criticism of others, should that behavior surface, always goes right on screen for us. So far, this group has at least managed to be, in my opinion, just annoying rather than awful human beings. Last season, people said things that made me cringe. The editors didn't make those words come out of their mouths.
I agree entirely. Last season there was a strange, middle-school bullying vibe to a lot of the interactions and everyone just seemed so freaking immature in their reactions, but not in a "Yes, they are young" way. Some of the chefs truly should have been absolutely, without question, full-grown. That's just how they really were (which made me shudder to think what someone like Heather was like as a younger woman, since she was stunningly unaware of how she came off at forty).
But this season is more the garden variety stuff. Josh is super prickly, and I did end up wondering if there had been a different confrontation with Tyler, because Josh was unnecessarily nasty to him. Similarly, I'm not sure what the real deal was with CJ and Josh mixing it up with John so harshly, but I really did have the feeling that something went down that might have put CJ and Josh being such giant twerps into an entirely different context. Like maybe John wasn't quite as blameless as he seemed in that moment.
I guess all I'm saying is that last season seemed to be a case of the cast being made up of some actual bullies, with truly hateful personalities. Whereas this season I feel like a couple of people are being shaped in the editing room and only half the story presented, yet I am enjoying it much more because everyone seems like they are likely a full person, with both positive attributes and a detraction or two. Much of the bickering here lacks the actual venom that really seemed present in the Texas season.
ETA: I should mention that there was one contestant last year who just struck me as being a really nice human being and who kept swimming against the tide pretty admirably. I wish I could remember her name, but when Lindsay tried to start harping that Beverly was ruining her dish (with poor Beverly less than six full feet away), she really shot back immediately shutting Lindsay down. She was sort of tall, with fantastic, crazy hair and she was just a super appealing person on a lot of levels.
Edited by stillshimpy, Dec 21, 2012 @ 12:46 PM.