I didn't get a chance to see this series for about ten years, when my wife found the DVD set on discount and bought it for me. I watched it in one day, and loved every second of it. If you took Star Wars, Blake's 7, a few Spaghetti Westerns, and a bit of Kurosawa, and you would get this. On one level, you get an action packed show that is just fun, but then there are characters with actual depth and are interesting to watch. And then you have a philosophical level that added to the rich tapestry of the show. One scene in particular is when River is "correcting' The Bible (rightly so), and Book is trying to explain the idea of faith to her, and that it's not about rationality or reason (I'm still on River's side, but it makes for brilliant television).