So i've been watching S1 on DVD ahead of the bluray release just so i can appreciate the changes a little bit more, and it struck me that despite the sometimes cringeworthy writing and acting, the storylines were so much more ambitious than what we got in the latter seasons. The direction, lighting and actual science fiction storylines all had a sense of wonder and awe that seemed to disappear by the time S7 rolled around. Unfortunate really.
Marge: "Oh no, how will the kids get home?"
Homer : "I dunno, internet?"
^Problem solving, Homer Simpson style.