Below Deck: Was the season ruined by the removal of Pete Hunziker?

BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN, Captain Sandy Yawn (Photo by: Karolina Wojtasik/Bravo)
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN, Captain Sandy Yawn (Photo by: Karolina Wojtasik/Bravo) /

Below Deck Mediterranean editors had to scramble to fix some of the footage at the start of the season, which left us with an unbalanced show.

Below Deck Mediterranean wrapped up the final charter this week and all of the crew members are getting ready to head their separate waysMalia White is doing her best to be an inspirational woman in the yachting field, but she really seems to have had the opposite impact.  If she hadn’t gotten rid of Hannah Ferrier so she could sleep with her boyfriend, she might have done that!

In addition to that, there seemed to be something missing from the season as we went on.  Once Pete Hunziker was removed from the footage, it was clear they had to add in some extra scenes as filler.  Perhaps this is why the storyline with Robert Westergaard and Jessica More became center stage.  Overall, the season seemed like there was an emphasis on a lot of storylines that didn’t matter and that viewers were not interested in.

Was this due to Pete being very involved in the drama?  Or were there no good storylines to work with regardless?  Between the hasty editing job and the power-hungry women, viewers seem glad this season is coming to an end.

It would explain why the issues with Malia took center stage.  “I definitely hope to be an inspiration to females in this industry,” she commented.  Malia talks a big game but when it comes down to it, her story isn’t really spectacular by any means.  Many women have advanced in their field without stepping on others along the way.  Between Malia and Sandy Yawn, it is clear this crew was disjointed due to a lack of leadership.

It could be said that having a male captain and a male bosun is a good thing, because there was enough turnover this season to make your head spin.  Sandy said she ended the season with the crew she hoped she started with…which is obviously not true.  That’s who she ended up with after “losing” four people throughout the season.

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Overall, this season of Below Deck Mediterranean was not one for the books.  Thank god Aesha Scott joined the crew, or we would have had no joy at all.

Below Deck Mediterranean is on Bravo Monday nights at 9 PM ET!