The Way Back is amazing - and completely atypical of the series that follows it. It's like a Play for Today about a future totalitarian state.
I love Space Fall and how well drawn the supporting characters are - Captain Laylan, Raker and Artix in particular. You could argue that these three are better served here than some of the regulars. Although another thing that isn't so certain is who are going to be the regulars. Nova is given quite a good build-up before he gets killed, and later on Arco and Selman are well portrayed and really have just as much chance of joining the Liberator.
Incidentally, I can and have watched the entire series in around 10 days before. It's that good.