A little while ago Frog-Kun wrote this piece on Japanese reactions to the anime adaptation of GATE: Thus the JSDF Fought There. Karice has gone further and translated the main article in full, with footnotes.

Both posts are highly recommended.

As for the recent episodes: muddled is as muddled does. Despite the 2nd last episode being decent, I still doubt that GATE can deliver a decent ending.

Four Lines, All Waiting is still in effect, if not an outright Kudzu Plot.