The season premiere allows fans to marinate in the world of the characters for two hours, serving as an appetizer, if you will. They're a nicely calibrated prelude to the main courses to come. I'll drink to that!
In just the past five years, we've seen the emergence of true streaming television, the arrival of the iPad and ascendancy of Snooki. TV is like the weather in Florida -- wait a minute and it will change.