Just finishing the show through On Demand. Random thoughts: the "Goes Good w/Beer" or whatever episode...why didn't the judges have a good mug of beer at the end while they were sampling the tastes? Maybe then the perceived saltiness of certain dishes would have made more sense. I didn't think Marina would win but I kinda wished she would...agree w/those who said she didn't follow the instructions too many times. But I have been quoting her, "I don't know what I don't know but I know what I know, and I don't know what they know, but I know what they don't know," for a couple of weeks. ;-) I was very surprised at Jacques' choices but how thrilling for Marina to be chosen as top dish! From there on out, I didn't mind whoever won, I didn't see it coming but it's alright.
My one criticism of the show would be that mentoring is a particular thing...this season seemed very...dicated to me, so far as what people prepared, at least for team challenges. I would rather see them give a variety of ideas and let the chefs pick their own way.