The only reason this show was cancelled was they were dropping a Million an episode and they couldn't handle it (not sure if it was the network or the producers).
They utilized the cast to the fullest.
If you check the cast, many of them played multiple characters.
Administer Agnot (maybe right spelling) was also another character in a different season.
And yes the cliffhanger at the end pisses everyone off, but that is what the mini-series was for.
I believe the comic starts off just after the mini-series.