Most of it was pointless and unnecessary. This flashback would have been excellent if Ace was alive then he died. You know get us to actually care significantly more and then kill him. But instead Ace died, we moved on and then this stuff is shoved into our faces for a good two months. I never thought I would complain about One Piece. I always thought it was too perfectly done, but the last four or five months have been terrible for me. It probably is just me, but I really feel that One Piece has become too crazy and predictable. Maybe I have just outgrown this manga.