The first couple episodes were so so and didn't truly address the big questions from Season 2 or push the story forward in any meaningful way.
aside from "Tale of two cities" and "Cost of living" which ruled. But once the show got back from the hitaus it was better than ever. If it weren't for that slow start I think this would be the best season. People who see the show on DVD probably won't understand what the backlash was about early in the season.