i didn't particularly like the first lecture of mackie. but we didn't need to do it, since we could choose between that module and logic.
for this year, they've revamped the course programme, so you guys will start out with descartes. the first four meditations or so are awesome, so i think you'll enjoy it loads. i found it quite daunting at first, since i had no previous experience in doing philosophical readings, but hatfield's guidebook helped loads. especially for exams.
hope you all do well.