SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online ep7-8
Definite improvement now that we're back into the game, although I can't see my overall opinion of the show changing much from 'watchable, but very lightweight'. Part of me feels like there are better things I could be spending time on, but I don't dislike it enough to drop it so close to the end.
Have no fear: all will be explained in the final two episodes.
*winks at everyone else who has already seen Evangelion*