I hate to be that nerd, but just read the novels. They are better than the show, and although there is some of the human drama, overall it's an amazing series. Light sci-fi of course, not Vernor Vinge or something, but still very enjoyable. Plus they have already said they are going to cram 9 novels into 6 seasons or something, some stuff is going to get lost.
Also, that Alaskan pilot broke like... all the laws.