I do agree that a lot could be fixed, but with this just being the first episode, I have to say it has a lot of potential. I'm already enjoying it a little more than the last LS and expansion due to the fact that we have a villain that actually feels like a villain and not some cop-out plot twist lovechild. *cough* looking at you Balth *cough*
I was really harsh, but after Heart of Thorns, the bar for story telling was set really low. And I will admit it is nice to focus on someone or something else besides an elder dragon. I'm just waiting for Kralkatorrik to show up at some point.
But it does feel as though it's an all or nothing story that's taking place.