This season is so much better than last.
These people are a very weird bunch.
I just caught up on the last five episodes, and didn't realize so much happened.
Tumi - Such an ineffective leader. She's just out for Tumi. She doesn't care about managing her interior, she doesn't rein in either Natalya or Kyle (because she can't handle them), and she is quite a bit to blame for the toxic work environment in the interior. The producers won't bring her back again as Chief Stew.
Natalya - Crazy eyes. Manipulator. Narcissist. User. She thought she was in control, but I'm glad the interior turned the tables on her and forced her out. She was a cunt in her previous season on BDM, and she's a cunt this season. Good fucking riddance!
Kyle -Toxic Bipolar Queen. He is poisonous and he's a bully. Completely paranoid and creates scenarios in his head that are far-removed from reality. He really is the common denominator in all the drama, but Natalya had a hand in it too. Between the two of them, I have never seen such a pair of manipulative, shit stirring, back stabbing cunts in all seasons of Below Deck. No wonder they were friends, and no wonder they are enemies.
Jess - Useless floater.
Lily - Keeps talking about what a fast learner she is, how she went to University, and worked at Wimbledon, but her work performance reflects absolutely NONE of that. One episode in, and she really has done a shit job.
Chef - He seems like a good guy. Tries to get along with people, and treats everyone well. He has the best temperament of any of the other BD chefs I've watched. And I can't blame him for his relationship with Kyle. Chef put it perfectly: Kyle could be in a closet with a mop, and there would still be drama.
Luka - He's doing a great job as Bosun. Watching his communication with Sandy as she backed the boat into Portofino, was just brilliant. He was so on the ball, and crystal clear in his directions on the walkie talkie. I don't think most people realize that he's only in his 20's because he is really mature and extremely competent at his job. Give the guy his Bosun stripes already. I'd love to see him take over as Bosun next season on Below Deck Down Under with Captain Jayson.
Max - I've liked him from the beginning. He's so handsome and so good natured and playful. I felt horrible about how Kyle treated him, when all he was doing was trying to show his support for gay people. Fuck Kyle for doing that to Max. I don't blame him for wanting to leave after that, but I'm very happy he decided to stay. He's such a sensitive guy, and it broke my heart to think that Kyle made him feel so low.
Lara - I have mixed emotions about her. She can be cool at times, but she can also be aggressive and judgmental at others. I am happy though that she came around in her treatment of Max. It shows what a natural leader Luka is, because it was his idea to get her to praise Max, rather than yell at him, because it worked.
Hayleigh - Nice girl. She's been in the background the whole time, but at least she isn't causing drama.
The rest of the season (6 more episodes) looks like it's going to be a clusterfuck for the deck team though. Sandy is going to get pissed at them for slacking, and Natalya comes back to cause more drama.