I'm writing a series of episodic stories over the next few months, and I wondered if anyone had thoughts on the development of the Antagonist during the story. I want this man, named Isaiah to begin as a friend of the Protagonist, Ben, serving on his crew. Is it a bad idea to have the story build toward the plot with no major Antagonist until the middle or end of the stories? It occurred to me that not having conflict early might feel boring to the reader, especially in episodic format. What do you think?