Hey! I really like your series! Here are my thoughts on your questions.
I like both formats and think if you could combine them so there is one consistent storyline in each episode (that also carries to the next) but with a few funny scenarios throughout the episode, that would be great. So what I’m saying is yes to story continuity and stand alone-ness.
For the latter episodes, I think the timing could be more snappy. I love the slapstick bits like when she keeps smacking the xmas tree. The acting is at times really really good, and other times less convincing. But overall I like the realism, it feels very natural and relaxed. The video quality is fine, I would work on lighting though. The biggest thing I noticed was the sound quality. Sometimes I couldn’t understand what was being said, and sometimes the audio clips. A mic upgrade would go a long way!
I like the AI bit and wonder how you could integrate it more purposely into the story. I was confused at first but I liked it. I don’t know if it’s intentional that the AI is kind of out to get Daria but I love that - maybe play that up even more!
I think it’s totally worth continuing the series! I also struggle with creating plots and story arcs. But I would enjoy seeing where these characters are headed - and watching them grow in one way or another, dealing with common relationship themes, challenges and such. For example, meeting the parents/families.
I am subscribed and am looking forward to seeing where it goes!