I'm a bigtime Battlestar Galactica fan. More the 2004 reboot though remember the 70s show and went back and watched it, all good. Anyway, as with much sci-fi or anything lots of offshoots and such and hard to keep track.
For instance just today went into my friendly neighbourhood (yeah they are still surviving, thankfully) rental shop in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and saw Battlestar Blood And Chrome which I admit I had not heard of, it's a mid-period movie so I bought it it since I own the rest and it got me thinking about timelines and such.
In other words, need one watch BSG or any long-running series, or book series for that matter, in order? Used to be, at least in my experience, that TV series episodes were one-offs for the most part but at some point series 'arcs' came into vogue and that's cool very cool but sometimes one loses track.
So I go to various BSG sites and find the order (and I've seen the entire series but for Blood and Chrome, just like to own it) and then I think:
a la with Stephen King novels for instance — maybe best to just watch things in the release order. Sure, you might not have the actual intended continuity but then, back in the pre-web days and such, did we? And if the producers wanted the intended continuity then didn't they just feed it to us that way (yeah I know, production, staffing issues etc. but really). ?
Anyway so back in the 'old' days before binge watching we just read or watched things as they came out, then backtracked as other stuff came out. So either way you watch it (or read a book series or author) I think you get the gist one way or other and maybe, best, both ways.
So, there I be. I watch read as content comes and content with it.