Re: late bloomers
That's pretty funny, Whitecrow!
I think BSG is an example of bad sci-fi. I tried to watch it when it started but gave up after the first episode. Same with Jericho.
If it takes too much explanation and there is little focus on realistic characters it's hard for non-fans to get attached.
Buffy is an example of a show that got some non-sci-fi people interested in fantasy and sci-fi. Well written. A good balance of characters and plot/action.