If that old guy doesn't at least beat Kirito's ass a little in the next episode, I'm dropping this. It's like watching a bad .Hack fanfic and I'm just not interested.
While the boss fight was visually appealing, there was very little tension. Did anyone honestly expect Kirito to not win and survive?
Character motivations: almost as bad as that guy not taking a potion in the second episode. While Asuna appeared to be a strong, independent young woman, she turns into a weak girl who needs protecting as soon as a man brings home something to cook. And Kirito is hesitant to reveal his hax skills because he's afraid people will be envious? Is that not the same reason he choose the 'beater' title?
I should stop torturing myself. The only reason I seem to keep going is for the awesome opening by LiSA, and some decent animation. I'd rather watch a show following either Egil or Klein.
You know what, Shop Art Online sounds pretty awesome.