I'm not a big fan of Inverted Ichigo (hee) so watching these scenes in the anime, and reading them here, were a little boring for me. However, as the characters move closer to the winter battle, the manga seem like quicker reads. Soon enough the cool battles will start up again. :)
I don't understand why Soul Society believes anything that Aizen tells them, hints at, or leaves obvious clues to. Surely they haven't forgotten his zanpakutou's power. And his general sliminess.