I didn't see the entire series until this year, and I've watched all the episodes several times since then. There definitely is growth in many of the characters-- though Travis didn't seem to change that much for me.
R. Star wrote:
Teacake, I say this without irony. You're an example of the idealism of all us Trekkies. You always see the best. We can argue what that is, but never do you fail to look upon the franchise in a positive light.
That's very sweet of you. When I eventually choke down a TNG rewatch I will keep this in mind as a personal goal.