Going to put my thoughts on the whole series in here, as am too lazy to do separate ones.
This is a really uneven series. The first 6 episodes are a study in consistent inconsistency, in timing, mood, and humor (and occasionally plot - witch's cackling curse, I'm looking at you). Honestly, the strongest recommendation I could make to someone based on them were 'There were a few good bits - I think it may pick up in the second season'.
Then along came episode 7, and it proved me wrong by picking up early. Everything clicked, and they went and produced something which was easily as funny as Futurama at its peak. Excellent stuff.
The following three eps were then a bit of an unusual thing. Better than episodes 1-6, not quite as good as 7, but suddenly pulling together a bunch of the long term plot points that the rest of the series has been hinting at into a longer form story before cutting it short. The ending doesn't feel like a cliffhanger in the traditional sense. More like they just ran out of time and had to stop. It's kind of weird.
Overall, I wish they'd committed to the continuous story aspect of it right the way through, rather than the episodic-but-not-quite we got for the middle of the series before switching around. I do wish it had been longer. Ten episodes isn't very much space to play about in, really, for what it feels like they're trying to do. I love the painting style backgrounds, the whole thing does just look utterly fantastic. Bean is pretty close to fanfic!Maggie (I mean, just look at that smile
), which is very entertaining. Also we need more of the talking pig.
Netflix have apparently ordered 10 more episodes already, so hopefully we'll get some sort of conclusion. I really hope they don't try and wrap up all the events of the end of season 1 in the premier of season 2, then revert to being episodic but with a new status quo. We shall see...