To me, canon comes first...
For me, the story comes first then continuity within the franchise. I don't care if they alter what has been done before as long as the story itself is worth it.
Well, yeah. Quoting my words out of context like that, you'd think I was disagreeing.
Rather than addressing that point, in context I meant two particular things.
First, the process of watching an episode begins first with being exposed to canon. From there, I decide whether I like it enough to revisit it, or whether it goes into something like an intellectual garbage can.
Second, either way, like it or hate it, canon is canon, that can never be erased, only piled on top of.