I watched the second episode of series 1 and didn't "get" it, so I gave up. When it came round again, I watched from the beginning. Wow! It is brilliant. I didn't think the first series could be surpassed, but the second series is sublime. The actors are wonderful, the stories will make you laugh, cry, squirm and reflect. Add to this a fabulous Metisse soundtrack (Boom Boom Ba and Nomah's Land) and you have a complete package. One of the episodes in this series has made it to my all time Top 10; that's no mean feat, given the stiff competition from ER (in its early days), NYPD Blue, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Frasier, Buffy, Angel, Raymond, Two and a Half Men & Wonderfalls.
There's something rather comforting about the idea of soul collectors and I urge everyone with a modest interest in this genre to buy both collections. You need the first episode to understand both the nature of the series and the characters of the lead actors. Everything else will fall into place. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. If nothing else, you'll re-think post-it notes. And if someone touches your arm today, fear not. It won't hurt and you're on your way to the TV show of your dreams.