I too am loving the new material. It's being fit in seamlessly, and for me it's a gift to the fans of the books, in that it gives the story things I've always wanted to see. The show so far has been light on the social matriarchy in the books. I saw Egwene's forced bath at the hands of men as being a slap in the face to the Aes Sedai; whether Egwene was perceived as one or not, the men would certainly have felt that way. This scene, along with the torture of Perrin, would be a push for Egwene to fully embrace the Aes Sedai. While Nynaeve has reasons to feel hesitant and mistrustful (eg. the story of her Wisdom mentor as told in the first episode), Egwene is left with reasons to throw herself into it. This fits well with their characterizations later in the books... Spoiler ...Egwene becoming Amyrlin of the White Tower faction and Nynaeve Amyrlin of the rebel Aes Sedai who sided with Rand.) I see what you mean about Loilal's appearance, but he's so damned lovable I'll forgive it.