I've been watching Naruto since I discovered it back in 04/05 - I've loved it all (except the eon of fillers) and now that Shippuden has rolled around. I was very, very excited to get back into Naruto. Shippuden has been great but for the past perhaps 8-9 episodes (and a special!) it's seriously been the same episode the whole time.
Kakashi and Naruto chasing down one Akatsuki member while Grandma and Sakura face off against Sarutobi. It's pretty undeniable. Sakura and Grandma get backed into a corner, then they recover and back Sarutobi into a corner, back and forth, back and forth. Even worse is the Kakashi/Naruto combo of just jumping on logs. :\
Now theres been some cool stuff in amongst it all (and some shockingly bad animation) i.e getting a good insight into how Sakura has gone from useless liability to a medical ninja power house but really... they don't have to spend this long on this part of the story - they could abridge it a tiny bit. Oh well - heres hoping tommorows episode gets us somewhere.