I wondered a while back if I would feel different about Gerritsen’s Rizzoli & Isles series if I’d read the books in order. Rosario commented that she thought I might since I could see the character development better/more gradually.
And this evening I’ve been thinking about that same sort of thing in television series. There’s a drama that’s a couple of seasons old but I only watched the end of the second season. I had definite Opinions about how the season ended and the propriety (or lack thereof) of a lot of the character interactions. And now that I’ve gone back to watch from the pilot through Season 1 and into Season 2, I’ve got a completely different perspective about one of the main characters and several different relationships as they develop.
I can’t really remember the last time I started watching a drama with on-going story arcs without watching all the earlier episodes. ER way back in the day, maybe? Or The West Wing, which I started to watch after a colleague raved about the show, beginning with the episode when the prez got shot. (Usually I watch the first season or so then lose interest or miss episodes and can’t be bothered to catch up.)