Yeah, I agree. I think this one showed a lot more of that Joss talent for dialogue and plot twists than the other two.
Hopefully, we can look forward to more stories about the characters instead of cookie-cutter space opera tales about evil empires and space renegades.
TV doesn't have much patience lately for slow-starters. I read recently that there are more viewers for the show after "Firefly" which is a very bad sign. (Personally, I liked "John Doe" a lot more also until this week.)