I'm really chewing over this review you guys. I've liked all of Season 8 so far, but it's hard to review it in small chunks like I'm doing. Anyways, as far as these 4 issues go, I'm mixed. There's a lot happening here, and the really interesting stuff is all happening off-screen, so we're being set up for whatever happens later, which is fine, but it felt like some really important stuff flew by much more quickly than it should have. I mean this is kind of big stuff, I wouldn't have minded slowing down to take it in a bit more. Anyways if you read this you know what part I'm talking about in particular.
Also: Season 8 has too much sex in it. There I said it. At first I thought it just had too much midriff in it, but no, as a whole, the hormones could be tamed down a bit.
Didn't super care for the stand-alone at the end. Not the end of the world though.