If this works, it will serve as a kind of introduction to a series
Yeah, this seemed like a good introduction.
It doesn't seem like it's yet gotten to the part where we (generic hypothetical reader "we") know if the sequence was going anywhere new yet. So I'd hope to see one or two posts exploring the further ramifications that I assume you're building towards before evaluating whether this post worked in isolation.
Mild aesthetic note: I felt like it apologized a bit too much for the outlandish metaphors. I think a single apology in the beginning and then just owning it would probably be better.