Spartan Ops definitely has a lot of potential. These aren't cheap one-offs--each mission features fully-voiced dialogue housed in elaborate cutscenes. For 343, they offer an opportunity to tell stories in the Halo universe that go beyond the bounds of a typical story campaign. For fans, it's a chance to get together with friends and blow new things up on a weekly basis. Everyone's a winner.
That being said though, the early growing pains are apparent. Overall, the missions are pretty solid, but the quality can be kind of uneven. They can be played alone, but 343 Studios has come right out and said that they are balanced for multiplayer, and it shows in the level design and the enemy distribution. It feels a little limited at times, but by the fifth mission, the levels are definitely trending upward. Here's what jumped out at me about three of the missions.
Can 343 keep up the quality of Spartan Ops without it seeming forced?