Well, it seems that a black sheep must come to every thread, so I would say just one thing, and in a way that may spare as much discussion as possible.
BW films to be processed at one hour minilabs are wonderfull, no doubt. Yet there is a slight trap concerning the minilab in whose hands you fall. So the more these days in which color processing machines are running at slower paces than in the past.
Accordingly my very small suggestion is that before you try a BW film, pick a color one, Fuji preferently. After having secured at least one decent color film, smelled the minilab, etc. then I would start with BW films.