I’m wary to say it, but...i’m really enjoying this season? Last season was such a mess, I couldn’t even finish it out. But it seems some kind of peace and understanding was found between Capt. Sandy and Hannah and I truly believe that helped set the tone. Plus Joao must’ve entered some kind of douche rehabilitation program and has been shockingly helpful.
I also think the rest of the crew is doing well, are actually putting forth effort, and mostly seem to get along, again setting a very positive tone.
Of course there’s Mila, the proudly homophobic, Putin-positive, incompetent chef, but I’m sure she won’t be here the whole season, so for the time being, I can appreciate how everyone deals with her trash self. I really appreciated Travis’ response to her non-apology, “You didn’t hurt my feelings. Your opinion hurts humanity. Done. Finished.”
Because, honestly, hate isn’t an opinion. And while she shouldn’t (and won’t) be fired for sharing her hate, no one needs to dismiss it as just a difference of opinion. She held up “freedom of speech”(which made me laugh), which is true, but everyone else can easily exercise their freedoms in response. They all continued working with her and we’ve all had to work with trash, too, but, like all hateful people, she has no real understanding or awareness.
I don’t think she’s a plant, exactly. No more than any of the other cast. I do think casting chose her for her attitude and knew full well she wasn’t an accomplished chef. But I definitely don’t think it’s all some act.