I saw the show when it first started in 2008 but gave up after just a few episodes. It didn't look too bad but it wasn't "must see" television. Then I found out that an arc was developing, something about an alternate reality, so I figured I'd give it another try at some point. Now thanks to Netflix, I'm able to watch all five seasons knowing that I'll get a full story with a proper ending. The spoilerish rundown begins… Season 1 You could say that the show is similar to The X-Files, but it isn't really. The mysteries are there and the FBI is there but it has a much lighter tone and a different character dynamic with the young FBI agent, the mad scientist brought out of the mental institution and his son to look after him. The cases are also a little more "out there" and any connection to real science or even pseudoscience is pretty thin and simplistic. This took away a lot of the dramatic weight that you'd expect from a good TV show. The first season didn't grab me but I held on and finished it. On a more postive note, Anna Torv played a competent FBI agent and yes, she's pretty. I can see why so many people had her in their avatars over the last few years. Then there was John Noble as Walter Bishop who was very Michael Cain-esque and a lot of fun to watch as he played a scientist with a few missing marbles. And finally, we had Joshua Jackson as his son. He was a decent addition to the show. He had an interesting past that could have been milked as old enemies came out of the woodwork but that looks to have been dropped pretty quickly. I also see that there's a fourth character named Astrid. Didn't know about her and she's not in the promotional material. This season, she came off more like a glorified extra than a full character like the others. A few more thoughts and observations… "The Arrival" was the only episode this season that really captured my attention. These "observers" are truly alien and I want to know more about them. Mary Beth Piel, Joshua Jackson's costar from Dawson's Creek made an appearance. I like it when shows do that. Seeing Peter's grave was a surprise and I knew it had something to do with this alternate reality arc that was brewing. Netflix had "Unearthed" as the last episode of the season. I thought that was odd so I did some checking and found out that it was shot this season but held over until the 10th episode of the 2nd season. I knew that Leonard Nimoy would eventually appear as William Bell and I knew about the shot of the World Trade center at the end of the series finale so there was no surprise there. Anyone else enjoy this show? I'm not done watching, so no spoilers on how it all ends.