I think you're being rather harsh on S1 of TNG there. While it's by no means a classic, I think most folks think the episode with the Bynars is pretty good at least, but you don't even list it there.
Also, if "Believers" is the episode I think it is, I'd consider it a bad episode.
Eh...I don't know why I'm getting this invested in it...it's just tv, and everyone's perspective is going to be different anyway. One person's "crucial" is another's "I understood what was going on just fine without that"; one person's good is another's bad, etc.
I think I've spoken my peace.