It's fascinating to hear comments from other people watching the same program, and see how subjective much of this is. I love the program. Other people don't. I don't see transitions in the front half and lack of transitions in the second half, and I CERTAINLY don't see a regression from where they were two years ago (completely the opposite, in my opinion).
I can't argue those points, if that's what those posters are seeing. I simply don't see what they're seeing, though.