some initial episodes during Season 1 are mediocre at best and it is a struggle to watch a few of them.
This appears to be the popular view among the fans, and I have to say, I don't get it. Personally, I love those early episodes the best. I love the whole show, but there's a magic to the early first season that the rest of the series doesn't quite match. It's one of those rare series that was excellent right out of the gate.