This week I finished watching the first and only season of Joss Whedon's Firefly on DVD. I should've known to give this one a chance when it was on. I watched one episode and was like "huh?" but like many of the best television series, more than one episode is required to 'get' and fall in love with a series.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, possibly the greatest TV series of all time, is like that. Watch one or two episodes and you're like "OK, what's the fuss?" Watch 6 or 7 and you're apt to become a total disciple/crazed fan. What's the secret? The secret is that Whedon is a master of the multiple arc -both narrative and characterwise. No matter how disconnected or one-shot individual episodes may seem, the cumulative wallop they pack is really something.
So, there's a movie coming out this fall called Serenity which is Firefly continued or Firefly retold. Not sure exactly. But I am so there when it appears.