I ended up watching this episode a day after the first part to the "anime original" story since the first one irked me so much by being as bad as it was. I fully get the need for the filler episodes, though I question the timing of when we get them sometimes, but what I don't care for with a show like Naruto is that it does go back several years to tell a story. You know it will have less than zero impact on the series proper. That's just a given. But surely there are many more story ideas they could work with in the present with characters and settings that can build up the worldview more, expand on a minor character that could be interesting or anything. At least this isn't one of those game show episodes that we've seen in the past, which is why it's not getting a flat out failure grade.