Episode 82 had a lot of conflict, but it also had a lot of resolve...As did the whole filler arc. ...
I'm under the impression that the Filler arc was oddly planned out, as we get too many hints of non-associating appearances, like Hollow Ichigo, the VCs from Soul Society, etc...They wouldn't have junked that all in there for no reason...They would end up like Naruto ...But eh, I think Bleach will pull through, and even if it isn't exactly like the Manga, I'm sure we can settle for damn-near close :P
Yeah I think instead of introducing everyone at the same time, they'll do it gradually. Matsumoto and Hitsugaya should appear somewhere soon too, I think.
It's too bad they will remove the "reunion" scene from the manga then. I thought that scene was funny, with Ichigo's classmates and the gang from Soul Society.. "Yeah, that guy is definitely bald.." :P