It seems as though they had what one of my candidates calls “a head conversion, but not a heart conversion.”
I think the problem may be that they were not enculturated - somehow, they managed to get to the Easter Vigil without ever becoming connected to their parishes, and finding out why things are as they are (or even noticing that they were that way).
For this reason, I am strongly in favour of requiring all would-be converts to attend Mass every Sunday for at least one full year (illness excused) before being received at the Easter Vigil, just so that they can get a sense of how the written word plays out in real life, in their particular corner of the world.
This would give them the chance to: a) accept the fact that nothing ever happens in the Catholic Church according to the written directives (probably a feature of our Roman ancestry) and also that each parish has its own unique personality, for good or for ill, or b) find a parish that most closely resembles their preconceptions and hope it doesn’t get a new pastor or a new director of liturgy before the end of RCIA, or c) realize that whatever they are looking for can’t be found in the Catholic Church, and save themselves a few steps to look for it elsewhere.
Something else to be aware of, too, is that although the 'bad" parish depicted in the first one seems spartan compared to our North American standards, there are Catholics in other parts of the world who would consider it a luxury to be allowed to celebrate Mass indoors at all, regardless of the decorations.
Some of us act like spoiled brats, complaining about things that many people would like to have, if only they could.