Your alcove is laid out perfectly where the top trim piece lands dead on a grout line.
The punishment should fit the crime.
Pruning off the dead bits would leave a horribly misshaped tree.
The leaves have come in now and the tree is very spotty.
So far he's three episodes into the build, though I think he's much further along in reality based on his Instagram - I suspect he's just in an editing lag.
After about 2-3 minutes it would try again.
Voltage at the compressor input is right at 240V.