well apparently there is an ANSWER, but i refuse to be told and shout loudly if anyone tries to tell me. the beginning of the second series provides lots of answers, but tiresomely, sets new questions to ponder over agonisingly :o(
also, new season of west wing has started. im saving those up, so i can watch a few episodes at a time. west wing is epic, and this season (for reasons i shant divulge) will, i suspect, be one of the best ever.