I love the idea that you have discussed on the show a couple times: that this whole first season with its huge themes and adventures could serve as merely the "pilot" to the rest of the series. At the end of the first half of the season, (I think it was Valerie?) proposed the idea that those first ten episodes were a kind of "see, we can do each of these types of episodes"—horror, Harry Mudd farce, time loop shenanigans (but I repeat myself), philosophical dilemma, prison escape—which I really loved.
I cancelled my CBS subscription after the finale (hopefully my $50 has been enough to fund the second season) but I have until March 2 before it cuts me off. I'm going to attempt to rewatch the whole season by then (difficult as I have twin 3-year-olds). Obviously the rewatchability of this season is off the charts with everything we've learned. And as a sub-quest I want to pay close attention any mention of the passage of time, to see if we can make a guess as to how much time actually passes between each of these scene cuts that often seem to disguise quite a bit of behind-the-scenes discussions and developments.
Please pardon my overuse of parenthetical diversions! (I actually deleted a couple of them.)