Once Boxleitner gets on there in season 2 and starts yelling at people and talking to himself you can't help but get into it. LOL Garibaldi gets a lot better too.
Season 1 is more or less necessary to learn the races, backtory and politics that serves you well later on. Some very light duty shows that might only had a tidbit or two towards the big picture, and some could be skipped.
Best thing you could do: rent or buy the backstory movie "In the Beginning" and watch it right away. It's about the war 10 years preceding the first season that it all gets built on. It was made to draw the audience in when the show moved to TNT. Really good sci fi, lots of action and fleshes out the history.
Season 2 seriously takes off. More aggressive and all characters use the backstory you learn to build some epic storylines. Acting is a lot better.
Looking at IMDB, the main ones in S1: ep 3, 5,6,8,11,13(big time),17 to 22 (end of season). Ep 20 is epic, but you don't get to fully appreciate it until sometime later. Shows how well thought out the show was.
Watch those, after In the Beginning (and the show premiere The Gathering on the same disc) and you could move on to S2.
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