The stand alone episodes are arguably better than that of any other sci-fi show, some hold a candle to big-budget films. Season one is great, seasons three to four are sublime. Season five is on par with season one. Season 6 is so-so...7, 8 and 9 are pretty untouchable for me as the quality of the stand-alone episodes deteriorated into standard fare. You owe it to yourself to watch the first four seasons in totem.