Ray, I'm still scratching my head on the last scene of the last episode!
As for that comparison, I'm sure you are 100% right. As I said, I really felt that the HDR in the last episode came in to its own. The outdoor scenes in particular, looked absolutely awesome.
Ray, I should mention that I adjusted the available HDR controls and then went back and took another look at some of the scenes that bothered me in a few previous episodes. The adjustments I made were to back off on contrast and lower or turn off the extended DNR control. The many scenes that were shot in front of windows looked better, but were, IMO, still too bright for comfortable viewing with all ambient lighting off. This is how we normally watch TV. Without knowing how the Director intended those scenes to look, it's difficult to know if the window whites were clipped or the detail in those windows was simply limited, as they would normally be if you exposed properly for the indoor lighting.
The unfortunate thing with the current state of HDR, as I had previously mentioned, is once you've adjusted controls to look right on one show or movie, they often need readjustment for the next program. I'm sure one day we'll have standardazation of HDR, but until then, it's kind of a free-for-all.
With that said, I really did enjoy, for the most part, the HDR in this series. I think for fun, I'll try doing the experiment you suggested and watch a bit of SDR before switching back to HDR.