Maybe it's me, but I've been watching the third season so far and it looks fine. It just sounds like many of those reviewers are not taking to account that the show was mostly shot with diffusion technique, which is the reason why most of the show had that soft look. I've noticed that many sites that review HD video have often given lower grades to films/shows that had that kind of soft look, as if the only thing that qualifies for a great looking picture is how sharp it looks. I guess ever since the hype of HD quality began that the soft look has become a negative for many. Diffusion is also not used that much these days so it's likely off putting for many not familiar with it.