First of all, let me say even though it takes AWHILE for the situation to get back around to the 'samurai who smells of sunflowers'. The episodes ARE entertaining none the less...
1st episode...very interesting and you wonder if Mugen will make it in time to save Jin & Fuu, but the scene with Mugen and the warrior-priests after the burnt *ahem* 'magic-grass' incident is a scene that will live on in my memory. TOO damn funny.
2nd episode...this one is centered on Mugen & his fight with a street killer and I thought it was interesting what Mugen learned to do in the end..or MAYBE he had always known.
3rd episode...this one is centered on Jin [now one of my many favorites..as he falls into the category of cool & calm like Sesshoumaru of the 'Inuyasha' series & Ryuho of 'Scryed', anyway...]. This was a very serious & compelling story and you can't help but hope that Jin helps the woman trapped in the situation that's she in because of her husband...and being the closet-romantic, I was hoping Jin would 'get the girl'.
4th episode...now called the 'flashback' episode, now DON'T knock it UNTIL you've watched it. Yes, I know we've seen flashback episodes that were considered a waste of time in other animes. But this one is funny because it is centered on Fuu's diary and her thoughts on the journey thus far and the men she travels with, much to the annoyance of the two men she travels with ..who just want to know more about 'samurai who smells of sunflowers'.
Bottom line...personally, I found nothing boring about this part of the series and I liked the way the creators have the episodes flow into one another, instead of each one being stand-alones, so if you want action, drama & a little humor this DVD has it and I have to say I've enjoyed this anime so far and hope to continue to enjoy it until the end.
*side note: the parallels of Jin & Mugen to Ryuho & Kazuma [S-cry-ed] I couldn't help but notice so it will be interesting to see at the end IF Jin & Mugen's fight wind up like Ryuho & Kazuma considering these men are different but in many ways so similar.