Well, I guess if KyoAni are allowed to create the exact same episode as last time with some subtle variations, then I should probably be allowed to simply link to my entry for the last episode and go grab a beer.
Quite simply, this third instalment in the "Endless Eight" story arc of the series has nothing new to bring us - Yes, new animation and costumes, but is that really what we watch The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya for? I think not. Although admittedly this basic repetition of the last episode did highlight some of that offering's good points, it does nothing to further either the story or the viewer's immersion within it (yes, this stuff has happened a lot of times - We get it), thus rendering it entirely pointless. While the last episode was a necessary repetition of much of what had gone before, there was nothing to be gained from this episode whatsoever, leaving me bored and restless aside from the tension of the final minute when we're left wondering if Kyon is going to speak up or think of something. He didn't, and The Sigh of Andy Hanley followed.
Let's just hope that KyoAni have got this pointless little charade out of their system now, and we can actually have some real progress next week. Shame on you guys, I thought you were better than this.