Seeing how many of you haven't read or even heard
of the book makes me feel older than usual
... The first is the best, and I think it has real possibility in a TV series format. The books are a classic illustration of the question-is-more-interesting-than-the-answer syndrome [for all you Lost
fans], but that shouldn't come up in a series starting from the beginning. They'll never get far enough for that to be a problem.