I know it's not a popular opinion, but I always hated it. I loved the premise for the show and when I popped the tape in and saw that my hopes and dreams of awesome and epic were crushed.
I could barely get myself to watch episode 2, but I preserved and was rewarded with the rest of the show far surpassing my expectations.
Again, it's been over 10 years since then and I haven't found a single person who agrees with me on it on, or offline. So it looks like I'm alone on that.