Q. Should the episodic question in the pilot be the bigger meta question for the series writ small?
It can be. Think of the "ducks leaving the swimming pool" in The Sopranos
. Or "searching for romance" in the Sex & The City
pilot. And Meredith's issue with McDreamy are the backbone of Grey's Anatomy
, like it or not. (I don't.) And the X-files
pilot, with the UFO's ... and our Naked Josh
pilot... and, in some ways, our Exposure
But then, how loosely are you defining meta question? Really, every episode of the show will want to relate to its overall question, right? X-files
: Who's Out There? Sex and the City
: Is Romance Dead? Sopranos
: How the f*** do you raise a f***ing family, you f***ing c***s*****?